I cried my eyes out …

I booked the restaurant for George’s graduation party.

I bought decorations for George’s graduation party.

I bought a dress for George’s graduation ceremony and party.

I looked through dorm room supply catalogs.

BIG SIGH.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you don’t cry your eyes out!!!

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A wonderful gift …

My son, G3, received his first college acceptance letter yesterday. It was a total shocker since we were told by all the universities that we should not expect to hear anything until after the new year and as late as March. I’ll be honest, I know I’m more excited than he is! And not just for having so much to look forward to. But his really takes some pressure off of him. He knows that no matter what, he’s going to a university that he chose. A place he thought would be a good fit for him. Somewhere he could spread his wings and become the man he is dreaming of. That’s pretty darn awesome if you as me. And having him be notified earlier than we ever expected goes perfectly with this holiday season.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you were given a wonderful gift!!!

Appreciating every moment of her … 

Tomorrow is Sid’s senior prom. Those three words are crazy loaded for me. Let me put them into REAL terms:

My first born BABY.

LAST dance of her high school career.

SID IS GRADUATING.

For weeks I have been trying to wrap my head around all the feelings that encompass those three sentences.

I can’t.

I oscillate between elation and sobbing like a baby. There is no middle ground here. It is all both wonderful and heartbreaking. It’s a mixed bag of raw emotion.

But I can tell you this: seeing how Sid has tackled this past year has left me in awe. She did it. She dealt with every responsibility she was handed. She not only persevered but she thrived. And as painful as all of this is on some level, I couldn’t be more comforted knowing that she is ready for this next phase of her life.

I have felt lost many times these past few months. I have been trying so hard to hold it all together. To be supportive, understanding and flexible. Taking a step back and letting her do things her way. Allowing her to set some of the rules and, as hard as it was, to let her be the one who knew better. She is after all on the cusp of adulthood. HER adulthood. I think it has done us both good. Her confidence and my confidence in her has soared. Yes indeed … she is ready.

But for now, in these last few days of her high school experience, I will not think of the future. I will not think about the next chapter of her life. I will not think of college. Distance. And change. I will just simply sit back and tearfully watch my beautiful baby girl enjoy the last few days of her childhood …

Well, I hope you all have a day where you appreciate every moment!!!