Greetings, friends! I feel like I haven’t done one of these in a while, although I guess I only skipped one week. It’s been busy over here, juggling appointments for the kids, my work commitments, and our social activities that seem to be ramping up now that the weather has gotten nicer.
I have no complaints about the latter, that is for sure! I’m loving being able to see more of my friends, and yesterday I got in our pool for the first time this season. It was almost 90 degrees here, so I put on my swimsuit and went out and laid on the raft for about an hour. It was absolutely glorious.
I am so happy for warmer weather, but I’m having to adjust the way I schedule my mornings. I used to wait until it warmed up to go running, and now I have to try to get out early before it gets too hot. If I wait too late, it just won’t happen, so my daily emails may be going out later over the next few months.
I wish I could manage to have my posts ready to go the night before, and get my email scheduled for first thing in the morning, but I can’t seem to make that happen on a regular basis. Like even right now, I’m realizing that I haven’t even started on my post for tomorrow. I have the pictures, but I haven’t started writing it yet. I suppose I could be working on it right now, but I’d rather chat with you. Plus, it’s Sunday, so I try not to work on Sundays. But anyway, that’s enough about my work schedule.
Our school year is wrapping up over here, and it’s a bit surreal. While I’m more than ready to see this unconventional year come to an end, it also means we’re one step closer to sending my middle child off to college.
I got the email this week from Caroline’s cyber charter school with the list of books and supplies she has to return. This was her 5th year doing the cyber charter school, so I’m accustomed to getting this email when the school year is coming to an end. Usually it’s a time for rejoicing that she made it through one more year, but this time it hit me like a sucker punch to the gut because it is the last one I’ll ever get. She will be officially done with high school forever this Friday.
I can’t even think ahead to leaving her at college in Massachusetts in just a few short months. David broke me in gently, since he went to college so close to home. At the time, it seemed monumental, and it was definitely a bittersweet milestone; but he was close by, and we were able to go down and see him perform in the band at their football games.
And then, of course, he ended up moving back home before his sophomore year was even finished, thanks to Covid. He’s here to stay for the time being and plans to commute for the remainder of his college career. He may be spreading his senior year out over the next two years, which is fine with us, since he missed a chunk of college life due to Covid.
All that to say, taking Caroline away to college will be a whole new experience for us. I’m half dreading it, and half excited to see what the future holds for her.
And while I’m catching you up on the goings-on around here, I guess I shouldn’t leave Becca out. She’s finishing up her freshman year of high school, and is very excited for the summer, and then to hopefully have a more “normal” year next year. Marching band practices will start up in August, and they’re already planning the Cavalcade, so hopefully they will get to attend all of the football games and have all of their other usual performances.
So, yeah, I guess it’s safe to say that we are ALL pretty excited about this summer! I’m sure it’s going to fly.
We’re having a graduation party for Caroline in a couple of weeks, and a pool party for July 4th, and then we’ll be taking our annual Maine vacation, which we skipped last year. I hope we can get to the Jersey Shore for a long weekend at some point, and then August will be all about getting Caroline ready to go off to college. It’s going to be a blur, but I’m going to try to savor each moment.
Today we’re going to a Sixers game, speaking of things getting back to some semblance of normal. If you follow my Instagram Story, prepared to be bombarded with basketball today. As I explained in yesterday’s email newsletter, I splurged on tickets for Paul’s birthday last spring, and we were unable to go due to Covid. They gave us a credit to use towards a game this year, so we are going today! We are all so excited.
Philadelphia just announced that we’re allowed to have 50% capacity inside the stadium, and by mid-June, they’re opening it up to 100%. That will apply to any games, concerts, or other events. I’m curious to see what it’s like with 50% and kind of happy it isn’t 100% yet. I think that would feel kind of weird, after this past year of social distancing and only gathering in small groups.
Anyway, I need to get off the computer and get myself ready to go, because we’re going to church first. I wanted to get a run in this morning, but that may not happen. I did log 3 miles yesterday, so at least there’s that.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, and have a very blessed Sunday!