Our summer is quickly coming to an end with schools starting soon. Our oldest goes back to college in two weeks! The youngest goes in three weeks and our middle goes in 4. Three kids at 3 different schools is fun, really. I am thankful they are all in-state. We are 1 hour and 15 minutes from two of the schools and 1 hour 30 minutes from the other. They are just far enough away that coming home is possible but not likely to happen too often. For the first month, they will stay put and we will come to them if they need anything. The semester will go quickly as they will all be home for 8 weeks the end of November. Already looking forward to it!
Monday our state becomes a masked state. I know it is a controversy, especially if you have clinical reasons not to wear a mask. I just wear mine and go about my life. Hopefully, this trial will ease some soon.
We did manage to get up to Lake Michigan for a day trip on Jeff's staycation week. We were able to avoid the crowded beach. We had a yummy lunch at one of our favorite restaurants. We walked up a dune trail. We sat on the beach and read books while Grace produced a lovely watercolor. I never want to take for granted again these times with my kids at the beach. I was tempted to despair a little. I wanted a week at the beach, not 3 hours! But I realized that 3 hours was more than some get so I needed to be thankful for them.
We have been riding our bikes, playing disc golf, walking to the little park when the weather is not unbearable. We were going to go camping but the weather turned super hot and humid so we have put that on hold for September and October. I am looking forward to camping this fall, something Jeff and I can do together without children.
Speaking of the empty nest, since the kids have been home since March, I am ready to send them off! It is time for them to be working towards something productive. Yes, I will miss the daily interactions. I will probably not hear from the oldest very often. I will eagerly await any and all text messages. Thankfully, I have been down this road a couple times now and I am prepared for the emotional toll. I am actually looking forward to a few of the perks of the empty nest, especially, less food to buy and fewer dishes to wash. It has been 22 years since Jeff and I lived alone.
Summertime freedom is almost over but there is still a lot of summer left to enjoy!