Wednesday, July 29, 2020

This is a fun link up with Shay, etc. right here that happens the last Wednesday of every month! I sure was glad this came up because I’m struggling with what to blog about lately! Put any suggestions you have for me in the comments, please, or this space may be blank soon! Ha!

What we’re eating:

I have been doing pretty well with sharing at least once a week what we’ve been eating. We have been eating a nice watermelon lately! I am also trying to focus on really enjoying what I consider “summer foods”! We have had tomatoes and peaches and lots of cucumbers.

Here is this week’s menu:

Monday – Cacio e Pepe with chicken and broccoli (from my post yesterday!)

Tuesday – tacos and Spanish rice

Wednesday – spaghetti, Texas toast, salad

Thursday – BLTs, tator tots, fruit

Friday – hopefully something I don’t cook

What I’m reminiscing about:

Basically everything from age 0-now with my boys. Facebook has been showing me all of the summer pictures I posted. I am getting really sad and nostalgic. Tom and I both agreed that it just went by so fast. I am super excited for my boys to start college, but this is another one of those “twin mom” things that I am about to experience. My nest will go from two-zero in one fell swoop. Tom is really sad. He is very sensitive even though he doesn’t show that side often.

What I’m loving:

I am still loving my new bedroom with my new fan (it’s the little things!) and my new mudroom. Doing laundry upstairs is such a luxury. I will say it’s pretty loud so we try to do it before we are hanging out in the living room.

What I’m up to:

I am knee deep in buying college supplies for two. It’s kind of nice to have an empty room right now to organize the college stuff (our old bedroom that is going to be our master bath) I am lucky that I have two minimalist boys! Bed, Bath, and Beyond was disappointing for us but of course Target came through. What we couldn’t find in person or didn’t like in person I am ordering from Amazon. We are trying not to go too crazy because the more you move in, the more you have to move out, and the boys and I agree that they will add knick knacks from the college book store and they will fill it with stuff as time goes on. I love my boys so much. They are so practical.

What I’m dreading:

I am dreading move out day/move in to college day for Tom and I, but I am also so stinking excited for them! I pray that they just love their classes and make lots of new friends. I loved, loved, loved college so much.

I am dreading trying to teach online for at least the first 6 weeks of school. That would mean that we go back to in person instruction October 3 if things are safe by then. I am worried that I won’t remember all the technology I learned back in the spring, I’m worried that I won’t build the same connections and classroom culture. I’m dreading trying to do a job from home that wasn’t meant to be done from home, basically.

What I’m excited about:

I am excited about college for my boys! I am excited for the weather to turn cooler. To be honest, I have always been so busy in the month of September that I am actually excited to be at home more to enjoy the patio weather. September is some of our best weather in Kentucky, in my opinion. We usually keep our boat out before winterizing it until the very end of October and fall boating is really fun.

What I’m watching/reading:

I am watching my Bravo shows – Below Deck, Real Housewives of New York, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and Mason and are excited for Big Brother August 5. We started a tradition of watching it together a few summers ago. I guess we will watch what we can and then DVR the rest for when he comes home. Jack will watch New Girl with me every now and again and we both laugh so hard.

What I’m listening to:

I realized this week that I haven’t been turning on music as much as usual. I love the Spotify playlists so I need to turn one on today. I tend to have t.v. or a podcast on in the background.

What I’m wearing:

I’m not wearing anything photo worthy most days. I really want to start getting dressed each day and figuring out how to take outfit photos from home. I don’t have a great mirror right now and I need to play around with my tripod. I hope to have that coming to the blog soon. I know I am much more productive when I take the time to get ready. I also have been wondering about the effects on feet if you don’t wear supportive shoes while working at home.

What I’m doing this weekend:

I am hoping to socialize with two of our couple friends Friday or Saturday night and then we have a boating plan for Sunday with some friends. This will be the first time we will have non-family on the boat this year. Mason plans to go to a drive-in movie one night so that will be his first time doing that.

What I’m looking forward to next month:

Even though I am sad, I am looking forward to really deep cleaning and de-cluttering the house after the boys move to their dorms. I have been working on this, but hope to really get everything done after that.

Also, we were waiting to not disrupt the boys summer, but I am looking forward to starting the next part of the renovation – the master bathroom.

What else is new:

Nothing! It’s Groundhog Day every day around here for now!

What’s up with you? Leave me your answer to one or more of these questions!

Amy

24 thoughts on “What’s Up Wednesday

  1. I was definitely depressed when my oldest left – it felt weird to have just the three of us and I hated doing anything without him. It made it harder that he had a hard time too being away but eventually, about a month in, he found his way. Then when it came time for #2 to go, it seemed easier. Of course now they’re both home and I am kinda ready for them to leave again! It is definitely an adjustment! Moving boys is so much easier too – no crazy dorm decor, just the basics!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. It helps to see you living such a full life in the empty nest! I am looking to you for example! If they are both happy and settled it will be easier for me. There will be a time period of adjustment that I don’t think they realize is coming!
      Yes, thankful for boys because I AM that high maintenance girl that would needed so much stuff!

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      1. This will be funny for you to hear – my cousin BFF – we have always been best of friends – has 22 year old boy girl twins. They started freshman year at 2 different colleges. The boy transferred to his sister’s school sophomore year!
        It is a huge blessing to have mine both at the same school and I feel like they each made the decision independently.

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      2. That is so funny. Hayden probably shouldn’t stray too far from Hadley 😂😂 I loved your take on letting your boys decide combined with narrowing their search, KEES money, etc. I will remember those tips

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  2. I don’t think you will ever run out of things to write about! I love your blog, you know that!
    Do all American kids leave and live in a dorm!? I remember you said something about them not wanting to miss out on things, and I completely understand that. It’s probably something that everyone can relate to when they get older, right? But it must be so hard! I guess all holidays will be extra fantastic now!
    My 19 year old will be away for 9 months (military service), but then she will be home for a long time – I hope!

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    1. You’re too kind but I might!
      It’s very common to live in dorm here. It’s part of what we call the “full college experience”. I did it, my sisters did it, and most everyone I know did, too. Yes, breaks will be so special now! When does your 19 year old leave? Will you get to see her at all during that time? Ah! So hard!

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      1. She leaves for the north of Sweden in the middle of September. She will be home for “important holidays” and every other weekend, so that’s good!

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  3. If your boys feel like they are ready for college, that’s all you need to know that you and your husband have done your jobs well! Obviously times are different now due to Covid, but my daughter just graduated college and I remember how excited she was to go and really became a good problem solver for herself since she was out of state. She is our only child, but I can honestly say we didn’t go through any type of depression when she laughed because we knew she was excited.

    I like when you share recipes and even if you would share your favorite recipe blogs that would be fun. It will also be interesting to hear about how your cooking, shopping, cleaning and other habits change after the boys leave so that will be interesting to read about.

    Should have replied to your post about TV with this, but Indian matchmaker on Netflix was really interesting. I love learning about other cultures and it was done in a very respectful way.

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    1. I guess we will find out if they are ready! Thank you for your words of wisdom!
      Yes, I would like to do some empty nest posts and how I’m adjusting. New meal ideas, routines, etc. Great ideas!
      I watched a few of Indian matchmaker and loved it! Need to watch more!

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  4. I can’t imagine going from two to zero at once…hugs! It will be hard to get used to having kids in college, but like you I’m very excited about all the coming opportunities for our daughter. I think it would be so hard to start the year virtually…getting to know students will be challenging online. Hope you have a good week!

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    1. Thank you! It will be so weird. It will be hard but I have to set a positive tone for my students! I am working on ways to do that! I hope Grace does well – I know she will – and Jack too!

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  5. Oh, I hope your transition to empty nesters goes well. I’ve been doing A LOT of surveys lately as every day really IS Groundhog Day right now. Ugh. I also hope your first few week of teaching go well. This is a hard and different start to the school year.

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    1. Thank you! Haha! Yes! Thank you so much! I will try to do my best to have a good attitude and make it the best possible experience. I appreciate the encouragement!

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