Well, we’re already half-way through another month, and this is the big one! In just a few days, we pack up two cars and head up the east coast to deposit our daughter at college for the first time. I won’t wax eloquent yet again on all the thoughts and feelings swirling around in my head and heart, but it’s been a week, let’s just put it that way.
I think we’re feeling a little better this weekend, or at least, we’re able to focus on all the things we have to do. I’m trying not to think about driving away next Sunday.
We had a group of close friends over to the pool last night for a last summer hurrah, and it ended up being sort of a send-off for Caroline and the other college-bound kids in our group, so that was fun. David had a bunch of friends over too, which always makes it more of a party.
Everyone always asks what I serve at these gatherings. I set out pre-dinner snacks (all stuff we picked up at Costco), Paul did burgers and brats on the smoker, and everyone else brought sides and desserts. There was a zucchini salad, a Caprese salad plate, and potato salad. For dessert, we had Tres Leches Cake, ice cream sandwiches, and chocolate chip cookies. We aren’t fancy; it was mostly store-bought, and Costco was well represented.
I used to be one of those people who had to make everything from scratch, but at some point, that all changed. I’m old and tired, I guess, and the people we hang out with aren’t really into it either. Sometimes someone will cook something really delicious and homemade, but most of the time, we pick up stuff at the store the day of the gathering and call it good. It’s nice because no one feels pressured beyond what they have time for or are in the mood to do. It makes entertaining a lot less stressful, for sure!
It’s been a full weekend because Paul and I also went to The Hooters concert on Friday night. I mentioned in one of my emails this week that I wasn’t sure we were going to go because of the weather, plus we were just at the Phillip Phillips concert last weekend. We rallied at the last minute, and I’m glad we did. It got off to a bit of a rough start because it looked like we were going to get caught in a major rainstorm, but it just drizzled and then passed on by and left a beautiful rainbow.
I always find the pre-show waiting period tedious and boring, and this was no exception. It didn’t help that the opening performer wasn’t really my cuppa tea. But once the band came on stage, I was so glad we pushed through and went on with our plans. They were so good, and you can tell they just love to play together. (They’ve been together since 1980!)
Like Phil Phillips, they said this was their first concert since Covid shut things down last spring, so they were so excited to be on stage again and performing to a live crowd. It was cool to be there for that. The crowd was really into it too, which always makes things more fun.
In other news, Becca has the first week of band camp under her belt. It’s been a hot and humid week for the kids to be outside from 2PM – 8:30PM. There were several days that the start time was postponed till 4:00, and one night they had to cut practice short due to a thunderstorm, but she says they’re making good progress in spite of it all.
And I guess my other big piece of news is that Paul’s surgery is scheduled for the first weekend of September. He’s very much dreading the process but looking forward to feeling better. He’s hoping to be pretty much back to normal once he has recovered.
We’re off to church, and then I’m hoping to get some time this afternoon to rest and recuperate from our busy weekend. And Caroline has been laying out everything she plans to bring to college, which may or may not include the kitchen sink… so we need to go through all that at some point. #sendhelp
I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy, and that you have a relaxing and blessed Sunday!