I can’t believe how much time has passed since I’ve posted. While this is mainly a book review blog, it’s also a reflection of my life and the things I enjoy. So in the last three-ish months I was at first very busy! and then somewhat sad, and now feeling settled.
Our son, Nick left for college on August 17, and he is our last, so we are officially empty nesters in our house. I am a practical person with kids growing up, and I’m a firm believer that going away to college is a positive experience for most young people. No tears, some frustration with his lack of keeping up with information, but in all I was happy and busy as we planned and took him off to Florida Atlantic University!
It went well! He’s in a suite with 3 other guys, shares a bedroom with one, the bath with all 4 of them. He’s in a learning community with 18 Psych majors and he immediately made new friends!
We then headed off to Savannah for a long weekend…one of my favorite southern cities! We stayed at the Westin across the river from the historic River Walk. We ate well, and walked and shopped and had a day at the pool. It was very relaxing.
As life returned to a new normal, I realized how different my son was from my daughters. He didn’t communicate at all!! Calling him or texting him yielded very short answers and no depth. This went on for about a month and we eventually had a come to Jesus discussion about how we needed to really talk to him @ once a week we wanted to really know how life was going for him. Since that talk he’s been much better. He’s been home twice, weekend visits where he spent equal parts with us and with friends. I miss him, but he seems to be doing well. He says his grades are sound, and I’m sure we only hear about the good ones…ha ha. Empty nesting has been a journey..one we will continue to adjust to.
In September we spent a week in Charleston, and in October we had Hurricane Matthew coming a bit too close for comfort!! We boarded up the house and went inland for two days. Not really fun, but thankful that the biggest problems at our house were a few limbs down and loss of power.
Our daughter Caitlyn bought a house in September! Yes, she’s just 23 and a homeowner. As I look through my iPhone photos I realize I only have a few interior shots. I did a Facebook live tour, so if we are friends on FB you can go and look. We are very proud of her, she is doing well.
Adrienne, our other daughter is finishing her degree this semester, only taking her capstone class and working full time. She is anxious to graduate. She readily admits to not being in love with academia, and it’s fine. Her degree is in Marketing, and she hopes to be looking for more focused work in 2017. She plans to stay in Jacksonville.
Yes I have been reading…not at record pacing, but reading and listening to audio books. I’ve also been using my planner and refining how I like to plan. I find it relaxing and enjoyable to spend time writing down my priorities and decorating it too! My other focus has been on skincare and beauty products. I’ve always worn makeup, I really love makeup, but this summer I became even more obsessed with taking care of my skin. My aging, wrinkling, spotty, skin. Research on products that really work, trying out natural based skincare, and more science aided methods as well. I’ve never been so dedicated to my morning and bedtime routines, which is good but has been costly. I hope to be sharing some of those finds with you all.
Enough chatter…I’m back and with a PLAN to stay back. Building slow and steady and trying to set realistic goals for blogging. I feel like I’ve missed my friends, as I’ve been sluggish in reading my friend’s blogs as well. I hope you’ll come back around