Somedays I feel like I've done it all. To look at me, you might say "now that's an ordinary mom". Dig a little deeper and you'll find I've led a pretty interesting life, done some pretty extraordinary things, especially once I became a mother of four wonderful, extremely different children! Unique personalities and needs, all wonderful, trying and glorious at the same time!
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School's out for summer!
And the Boyen Bunch couldn't be happier! We started our first night off right...
Lorelei held a popcorn stand.
Her customers were happy too...it was free popcorn!
We had breakfast for dinner at 8:30 p.m. :)
The kids are still up, no baths and certainly not ready for bed!
They look pretty happy to me...they said goodbye today to 1st, 2nd, 6th and 8th grade.
As for me, even though I'm not officially off yet, since I have to finish up packing my classroom tomorrow, I'm feeling stress free and extraordinary! ;)
Bittersweet is the word people keep using with me right now. "This must be bittersweet."
Sending your first born child off to college, is for sure bittersweet...something that brings both joy and pain. It's our goal as parents to send our children off into the world as responsible, intelligent, young adults. I just think most of us don't expect it to happen as quickly as it does. How can 18 years fly by that fast? How can this young man be the sweet baby boy, that was just playing with matchbox cars and Thomas the Tank engine trains? Regardless of times fairness to us, it's happened. Yesterday was a long day, ironically enough. We packed up the car and headed to Lubbock at 9:30 a.m.
Dorm gear is ready to go.
We had a family dinner for him Friday night. One of his favorite meals, chicken parmesan and spaghetti.
As we drove into Lubbock, around 3:45, it was raining and the temperature was only 70! The rain began to clear, just as we pulled into the dorms to unload…
This last month has been more difficult than any of us ever imagine. Tears have been shed by everyone of us. I've worried more about my children than I ever have, (and I'm not really much of a worrier!) Reality can be so much more challenging than what we imagine things to turn out like. Maybe I did realize in my heart it would be a rough adjustment, but I was optimistic as always. But change really is hard to accept.
This year's back to school has...well sucked. I'm not going to sugar coat it. The only Boyen in the bunch that's adjusted well to the new school year has been Savannah, which is not really surprising. She's always been the easy going one of my bunch. Now, she's has had to learn how to manage her job at Bahama Buck's, with her school schedule and homework, but so far so good. She cried over her first 75 in her AP English class, but laughed at her 60 in AP Physics. I think she finally realized that these are college courses and she's goi…
I have to say, although complaints about teenagers and tweens can definitely be made (even by me!), my summer with a houseful of them, has been one of the most enjoyable summers so far.
The good: Kids this age sleep in LATE! What does this mean for me? Quiet mornings alone with John or even by myself with time to watch Headline News, drink my coffee, read, go to the gym, do countless chores around the house and all before they even wake up! They have tons of personality and they really feed off each other's humor and wit. There's lots of laughter in the house. Now not all the humor is exactly appropriate, but even as the mom, they know how to make me laugh!They figure out how to form real relationships with others. I think these two boys of mine (they hate when I call them "boys"), are finally at the age where they understand each other and get along great. Of course the timing is terrible, Bailey is leaving for college in one week and these two have just re-discove…