Friday, October 2, 2015

Last Weekend

Last weekend was a busy, jam packed weekend,
but it was a great weekend. It was Trevor's first weekend home from school. I was so happy to see him.

We had a weekend full of soccer games. Trevor was kind enough to come watch his brothers games. They were so happy to have him cheering them on.
We took a quick trip to go apple picking, along with everyone else.
Of course, the weekend went way to fast.
After a few appointments and errands for Trevor, he was back on the bus to school Tuesday. It was so wonderful to spend time with him. I think saying goodbye this time was even harder than the first time.
The good news is that he is very happy there and was excited to go back to see his friends, although sad to say good bye to us.

Friday, September 18, 2015

This Isn't Easy

So Trevor has been gone for 4 weeks.

I thought as time passed, it would get easier or at least I would get used to having him away. Well, that has not happened.

I miss him more than ever.

This is harder than I ever expected.

It has been so difficult to hear from him so infrequently. There have been some challenges for Trevor and parenting and being assured your child is fine from 6 hours away is not easy. I have had a few (okay maybe more than a few) sleepless nights.

The good news is that he is really happy. He has made many friends, is loving soccer, is being challenged and is doing well in school. All good things. All things to be proud of. All we wanted for him.

But that does not make it any easier for me.

He comes home next week and I can't wait to wrap my arms around him and drill him with a million questions. (He is going to love this!)

And saying goodbye after next weekend is going to be even more difficult than saying goodbye the first time. I am going to do my best to not think about that and enjoy my time with him. I will face that when the time comes.
And having found this picture definitely did not help with how much I miss him.

Monday, September 14, 2015

So Soccer Weekends have begun

We started the weekend with Griffin's first soccer game of the season.
He has many good friends on his team and the coach is one of his buddies dad. This is a good and a bad thing. I am happy he knows his coach but he is so comfortable with him that he does not stop talking. 
He started in the net (his choice) and that was fun for awhile. He got really tired of it really quickly. One of the players on his team kept shooting in his net and this made him pretty mad.
Oye- having big brothers has made this boy quite competitive and he having soccer loving brothers, he knows more about soccer than most 7 year old's do.

Nolan played in 3 games this weekend.
He is having a good time with his team. They are working hard together and hopefully the team will continue to improve.
Nolan has become a good soccer player and really seems to be enjoying soccer. He even decided to play on the middle school team, so he has 7 practices a week between GYSA and middle school.

After 3 soccer games and lots of friends over, Nolan ended the night on the ice with a middle school hockey practice. 

It was a great weekend.

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!