Tuesday, September 1, 2015

First Day of School {seventh and second grade}

Pencils sharpened, school clothing picked out, backpacks packed...

school started today for Nolan and Griffin.
Nolan said last night that he was kind of excited for school to start. I don't think I have heard that from him since 2nd grade. 
He came home from school very happy. He loves his science teacher who also happens to be his social studies teacher. He likes all his teachers and has friends in his classes. Now if he can focus on school and less on socializing and being the class clown, seventh grade might be a great one!
Griffin was not into cooperating for pictures this morning, but he was excited for second grade. Nolan had Griffin's teacher for second grade too and I just adore her. I know he will have a wonderful year with her.
He had a great first day of 2nd grade. He said his teacher was really proud of him for doing all his tasks and he had a great time with all his friends.

I have had a difficult few days. I miss Trevor so much. It was so hard to see all of Trevor's friends parents posting pictures of their kids first day of high school. I was not with Trevor on his first day to take a picture. Griffin asked if he had to take a picture with Nolan and I said no. I did not want a picture of the first day of school of my boys with Trevor missing.
And just like that we are back to homework, packing lunches, early mornings and busy schedules.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

This and That

I can't believe, don't want to believe that summer is coming to an end. It has been such a wonderful summer and I just want it to continue for a few more weeks - please!?!
Trevor has been in school for a week now and from what I can tell, all is great. He likes the school, likes his classes, made varsity soccer and has made many friends.

He has not been great about communicating, which is hard for me. I am glad his is happy and busy and having fun but I would love to hear from him a little more frequently. I miss his like crazy. I have become a crazy, obsessed person. I am always checking my phone and always thinking and talking about Trevor.

Nolan had his first soccer game today. I brought my big camera thinking I would take a bunch of pictures. Well, it has clearly been a while since I took my camera out. The battery was almost dead and I got like 3 pictures. Maybe next time.  Nolan played great and a lot. They unfortunately lost the game but Nolan looked great.

School starts Tuesday for G and N. And as much as I say I don't want summer to end, I am kind of ready for them to be back to school, in a routine.

Tomorrow, G and N and I are going to spend the last day before school begins shopping and going to lunch.
I am looking forward to a long Labor Day weekend at camp. I hope the weather is beautiful for our last big summer cele!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Move-in Week

We drove 5.5 hours to take Trevor to boarding school.
We left Wednesday to move him in to his new dorm. 

The ride up to Limestone was very long. Trevor and Rob seemed to have a great time discussing everything from soccer, to corny move quotes, to BPL, to reading from the Soccernomics book to finally streaming SNL skits. I was the odd man out in those conversations.

We stopped at a viewing spot of Mt. Katadin. Unfortunately, it was a little to overcast to see the mountain but still a lovely view.
We arrived at school and Trevor was all smiles. He was so excited to be at school. He got to move in a few days early with the other soccer players. Practice/tryouts started on Wednesday. The day we moved him it is was super hot. We got him all settled in and made a long list of all the things he still needed. He headed over to soccer practice and we headed out. It was so hard {I think for all of us} to say good bye and leave him in the dorms.
The big brick building on the left is the school, the building to the right of it are the dorms. T is in the wing farthest to the right, but his windows face out the side not shown.
The next day, Trevor did not have anything until 3PM soccer practice. We went over in the morning and took him all the items we had purchased the night before, organized his room some more and then took him out to lunch. Thursday all the nervous excitement was gone and Trevor was rather quiet and almost cranky. He had not sleep well the night before and I think the reality of living away from home, with all new friends and teachers and the intensity of the school was hitting him.  After lunch we took Trevor back to school for practice. That good bye was so hard. I wanted to grab him and all his belongings and head back home. I got in the car and cried.
Friday was the actual move-in day and registration. It was a busy morning and Trevor seemed to be in better spirits. His roommates arrived and got settled in. Rob and I got to know his roommates parents. All seemed to be right again, thankfully!

After a morning of registration, meetings and lunch, we officially had to say good bye and start our trek home. Not easy at all!  Trevor got his class schedule and will be taking honors comp, advanced accelerated math, Chinese, string ensemble, physical science and first year seminar. Thankfully Trevor seemed to be in a better place than the day before which made a difficult good bye a little bit easier. It was so hard to say good bye. I am sure I will have good moments and bad moments of missing him and I am sure they will be unpredictable.
I already have his first care package ready to go in the mail tomorrow.

His communications with us have been short and sweet one word answers on text. He did face time us today, but like most of Trevor's phone conversations, he does not say much.

I miss him like crazy, but I know he is in the perfect place for him. It truly is bittersweet.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Nolan's 12th Birthday

Nolan's birthday is on Wednesday,
but we celebrated his 12th birthday up at camp this weekend.
Unfortunately, we will be leaving bright and early on Nolan's actual birthday to take Trevor up to school. He will have a great day on his actual birthday with Nana and Papa.
We had a fun little family party.
Nolan made out. He got lots of money, a new ipad, a walking stick and some fishing lures. He was one happy boy.
He requested a raspberry, chocolate cake that Gia made and it did not disappoint. Nolan loves chocolate and raspberries.
I can't believe Nolan is 12. It just seems like yesterday that he was obsessed with "Melmo" and could not got to sleep with out massaging my hand. Boy the time flies. He is now an active, sweet, sports loving, determined, fresh twelve year old.
Nolan, we love you and hope your 12th year is your best yet!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Back to Reality

So after spending a wonderful week at camp,
we have returned home to reality. It definitely has been a harsh re-entry. We are busy, busy, busy for the next few weeks. We have a lot to do before we headed off to take Trevor to school. He goes a week from Wednesday. I can't believe the time is almost here!

Back to vacation.
We had a great week. The weather was perfect.
We made friends with a very cute little painted turtle.

He hung out with us for quite awhile.

Trevor and Nolan followed him and filmed him swimming underwater on the gopro.
We have a new addition to camp. Her name is Super Mable
and she is a big hit.
The boys (and Gia) had a blast cruising around the lake on her.

We spent a lot of time laughing and smiling
in the sun
on the boat
and in the water!
And truth be told, we did a fair amount of relaxing, including a little wine tasting!

So after a great week, we are diving right back into things. I hope I can make it through the next couple weeks. They are going to be busy and emotional! Hand me that wine!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Well... Hello July

I have been MIA from the blog. I have been absent for no real reason... just been busy. I can't believe it is already the middle of July. Tell me... how is that possible? The summer is flying by way faster than I would like. So life lately:
~ We have been spending as much time as we possibly can up at camp, and if you ask me it is still not enough time. 
~ We celebrated Trevor's middle school graduation with family, his favorite food - tacos and cake. And of course we celebrated at camp.
~ Nana and Papa also came to celebrate Trevor's milestone.
~ Nolan spent a week at UMO hockey camp. He had a good time. It was his first time away from us for a week and I would say it was a success. He did not call us once and his texts were few and far between.
~ We have probably eaten our weight in ice cream!

~ We saw awesome fireworks on the lake for the 4th and spent the week after the 4th at camp. {Do you see a theme - CAMP}. It was a great relaxing week.

~ I am starting to really feel the stress of sending a kid away to school. Trevor has less than a month at home and that makes me really sad!  We have a lot to get before he heads off to school. It will be a busy month for sure.
~ Our sweet duck family is smaller once again. Our favorite littlest duck is no more. So sad.

~ Griffin finally became brave enough to jump of the boat and now we can't get him to stop. He loves it!
~ Nolan got Boozled Jelly Beans Challenge and grossed us all out. All I can say is yuck. I did it twice and twice I got something nasty like barf or cat food or lawn clippings.
~ Trevor {thanks to Sean} learned how to drive the boat.
~ And then Trevor learned how to show off by driving the boat at full speed.
~ We did the Great Pond mail route tour. It was so much fun. One of five boat mail delivery services left in the US. It was a great way to see the nearby lake and to see it like I like... really close to the houses. I love to check out the homes.
~ We had a summer favorite - Lobster!
~ Griffin has become quite the fish this summer. His lips will turn blue but he will not get out of the water. He loves to jump in, swim and play football in the water.
~ I have loved spending time with these three. They make me so happy 99% of the time!