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Old 08-13-2011, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Denver area
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It's both a good and a bad feeling rkb...Bittersweet. The good is that they're doing what you've raised them to do - grow up, do their thing, move on. It does take some readjusting to life though. You get used to planning your life and activities around them, then, all of a sudden (it seems sudden but it really isn't), you are free to not do that. I can stay late at work if needed or catch up on weekends or meet with my girlfriends whenever. In that respect it's nice. But even now, with DS a senior and 18 (this month) - he's often not around. I cherish the stupid things like the fact that he'll go to Costco with me (although I know it's more about eating the sample food and helping to choose the food we have around) or when we're in the car, we'll play "name the band" on the "oldies (ie classic rock) station. I'll miss that when he's not around. I've finally gotten used to DD not being around but when she comes home, we really enjoy each other (not that by the time she went to school, I wasn't really ready for her to go LOL - I'm convinced that senior year drama is God's way of giving us the strength to shove them out of the nest). I have loved having everyone home but I do know that it is important that they go and grow.

 
Old 08-13-2011, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I felt that way when all of my kids were in school full time as well I remember being on the verge of tears at Target once because I was so used to having the kids along with me during my daytime shopping trips, so I felt incredibly lonely. I'm trying not to think about what I'll be like when they leave for college LOL...
 
Old 08-13-2011, 08:40 PM
 
Location: here
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I felt that way when all of my kids were in school full time as well I remember being on the verge of tears at Target once because I was so used to having the kids along with me during my daytime shopping trips, so I felt incredibly lonely. I'm trying not to think about what I'll be like when they leave for college LOL...
My youngest is in Kindie 3 half days and 2 full days now. Those 2 full days are long. It is a nice, quiet break, but I feel like something is missing.
 
Old 08-13-2011, 08:44 PM
 
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That's funny- but also sounds like a lot of fun...

So, I was sitting down to watch some TV early this morning and found 5 episodes of "The Colbert Report" on my DVR. DS (11) informed me that he records it every night and watches it the next day. Ummmmmm....
lol! Our son queues up Jon Stewart in hulu and watches it by himself.

Don't get me started on the empty nest thing. Although.... sometimes I'm wondering if the college DS is picking is TOO close to home.
 
Old 08-13-2011, 08:51 PM
 
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My youngest is in Kindie 3 half days and 2 full days now. Those 2 full days are long. It is a nice, quiet break, but I feel like something is missing.
I didn't know that type of schedule existed anymore. That's what my boys did, and I really liked it. Half the class remained two afternoons, and the other half on two different days. That's when they learned to read, etc. The teacher only had to deal with 7 or 8 children at a time. I liked it more than 5 full days, which seems to be the norm around us.
 
Old 08-13-2011, 08:55 PM
 
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We don't get to do too much any more, not as much as we used to. Darned kids . St. Martin is just beautiful. Is the crime widespread now? We used to go there too, but more frequently went to the tiny island next door called Saba. Pure heaven. We used to dive there, it was paradise. Total population 1,400.
Maybe not widespread, but a couple of room invasion type robberies at a resort on Orient Beach. When we went last fall we noticed that our resort wasn't manning the guard house anymore, and the gates were kept open. We still walked everywhere for dinner at night, but we were aware of our surroundings. That's not the vibe I want on vacation. So, it's either deal with crowds and higher prices, or find another favorite spot I guess.

My parents went to Saba. How are the beaches there?
 
Old 08-13-2011, 08:59 PM
 
Location: here
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I didn't know that type of schedule existed anymore. That's what my boys did, and I really liked it. Half the class remained two afternoons, and the other half on two different days. That's when they learned to read, etc. The teacher only had to deal with 7 or 8 children at a time. I liked it more than 5 full days, which seems to be the norm around us.
5 half days is the norm here. Most schools have enrichment for a fee. We can do MWF, TTh, or all 5 days. Some schools have all day kindergarten as an option, but you still have to pay for the "extra" half day. It is nice to have options I suppose. It can be confusing, especially for the enrichment teacher who has different classes morning and afternoon, on different days of the week.
 
Old 08-13-2011, 09:59 PM
 
Location: IL
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Aww, the empty and near-empty nesters are making me tear up.

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My parents went to Saba. How are the beaches there?
It's a giant volcanic rock, so no nice white beaches, but there is a black sand beach, which is actually quite cool. I loved Saba, it's very beautiful and unspoilt. There is lovely diving and snorkeling to see the massive coral reefs and pinnacles. The hotels are all smaller, and quaint. Great restaurants. DH ate massive lobster every night for a few dollars. Very few tourists was a real plus for me.
 
Old 08-14-2011, 04:30 AM
 
Location: Unknown. Where am I? Am I lost?
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I am so done.
 
Old 08-14-2011, 08:33 AM
 
Location: IL
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Good Morning All! How is everyone this morning?

I have a thug hummingbird at the moment. He/she has been at the feeder for weeks now, sits right next to it, and chases everyone else away. I feel like the enabling parent of a bully .


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I am so done.
What now txt?
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