They all left last Friday morning, after which I drove up to Denver to pick up Russell at the airport. We are now enjoying his company until Friday. I am getting chubby again because of all the cooking Luke and I are doing.... I know, I know, self control etc., but I seem to love to eat when everyone is around. We had a dog that was like that once. Whenever you came into the room, he would lay down and eat. He didn't really like to eat when no one was there with him. We had another dog that loved to eat whenever food was available at anytime... even in the form of peanuts wrapped in Christmas wrapping and placed under the tree. She guarded those peanuts valiantly. Now which dog I am I like? I really was talking about the first dog... hate to think I am like the second dog, but I do understand her happy thoughts of food. Okay, there I go.... great confessions on the internet. Back to the boys. One of these days, perhaps we will have a family reunion... with everyone here all at once. I love seeing them all together, but haven't been able to since Elizabeth's wedding (how many years ago is that Elizabeth? I am already loosing track of the years). The good news, in regards to a family reunion, is that my girls and families are preparing for a visit here in the near future... and Nathan and family may come back for some more film work in another month or so, and Olga is working on a visit as well... so we are having a family reunion of sorts... one that lasts all summer and fall, . I am loving that. I have missed them all so much since they grew up.
I have come to realize, when my children left home, I went through quite a mourning. I know this is a common occurrence it even has an official title: "Empty Nest Syndrome". It may be more difficult when you have homeschooled them all their lives. I say this about "when you homeschool", because they have always been with you. For 20 and some years, you have done every last thing together... well almost. It is a part of all that you are. It probably wouldn't have been so hard if they had all moved down the street or across town, but across the USA, is difficult. Thank goodness for telephones, and internet. People used to talk about "the empty nest", and I didn't really pay attention to it. I didn't think twice about it... until my nest was empty. I never knew how hard it would hit me. But it did. So we refilled the nest with one last batch. Of course I say this jokingly, for we had always had it in our hearts to adopt. It was not done on an impulse to fill a void, it was a calling that had been in us for years; but it just so happened that it came together after the first nest was empty, and that was kind of nice. I am finally getting used to the idea of going on to the next phase of life, and am really excited to be the jet set "Grandparents" who travel all over to see their children and grandchildren at "will and whim".... its not all figured out in the budget yet, as to how to do it at "will and whim", but is certainly in the heart.
Enjoy the pics of the boys... am hoping to add pics of the girls in the next month or two.
You can tell the difference between my pictures and the ones I got from Nathan... his are great quality, from good cameras that he and the guys took; mine are from my phone, and half of them are blurry... but at least I was able to take them and down load them.
Russell, Eddie and Luke... along with half of Toby Mack (I think Luke just got up off the floor... his hair is going every which direction... smile).
I got these from Nathan, and they are some of his crew, at some of the various places they camped and worked.
Here's Nathan at the Great Sand Dunes.... Looks like the Sahara doesn't it?
That's Colorado for you... deserts and mountains all with in a short distance of each other.
Blessings to all, Pam