Saturday, August 21, 2010

Project 365 - Week 34

Week 34.

Wow....this week has worn me out!

What an emotional roller coaster. From realizing it was my son's last week at home, to car trouble we couldn't afford turning out to be an easy fix to new information regarding Jason's heart that took me off guard to my daughter taking the GRE for the first time to taking my boy to college......whew.

I need a week of nothingness!

But here I sit, in a very quiet house.....2 children gone. How did I get here so fast? What happened to those little munchkins that pitter patted around my house? Funny, these thoughts actually bring a smile to my face. Oh, don't get me wrong...I have cried today. But I am so proud of my children and the wonderful young adults they have become and it makes me smile. How wonderful it was to see them each be filled with excitement, not anxiousness, when we dropped them off at college. What a blessing to be able to leave them knowing in my heart they will be fact they will thrive. God is good.

Here's my week:

Started out this week with no picture!! ugh!
After enjoying a wonderful service at church,
our family went out to lunch.
I love fast, cheap and delicious mexican food!!
Afterward, I took my boys school shopping.
I had a 30% off coupon at Kohl's and with sales of up to 80% on some things, we got some great deals!!! Gotta love that!!
Tonight I made panini's and we enjoyed our last evening with my MIL before she heads home. We have so enjoyed her visit!!

Back to work today.
I took most of the summer off, but today I started my new schedule.


Jason has gotten into henna over the summer.
So tonight he gave me a henna tattoo.
Got to say, I LOVED the time it took that I was able to spend with him! :)
I'm savoring each of these moments this week.

you leave the henna on for several hours and then peel it off.
It washes off after a week or so.


A good friend had a hysterectomy this week.
I made her a meal tonight and a "special gift"!!!


Our last family night game before Jason leaves for college...sniff, sniff.
I got a little bored and stacked my pieces!

The dreaded day is here...

...and that is a LOT of stuff!

It takes a village..

....but the results were great!!
These boys have a great room!!


I think Jared got a little cold during the night in the hotel room!

Checking in during orientation

see it?
2nd window down on the far right?
that's my boy's room......sigh.

How was your week:


The Bug said...

I LOVE the special gift you gave your friend! When I was really young (I "started" when I was 11) I used to dream of having a hysterectomy someday - but this was before I really knew what it was.

I really like Jason's room at school - love the color of the furniture.

Surely this coming week will be a little more sane for you - but possibly just as emotional. Good luck!

Tori said...

If you figure out how to get a week of nothingness, let me know! :) You definately deserve it.
Sometimes when my days are crazy, filled with all those pitter pattering feet, I remind myself not to wish it away. It is my prayer that when we send them each off in the years ahead that I can do it with the joy, peace and confidence that you have shared!
Have a great week my sweet friend!!

He & Me + 3 said...

I can feel the emotions in this post. Wow..I can't even begin to imagine taking mine to college. we went to a wedding on Friday night and the bride and groom were only 23 and hubs just 13 years that could be our girl...I wanted to cry. It flies by.
The room turned out great and I love the hysterectomy gift. CUTE

Kim said...

Wow, what a week! I agree, a week of nothingness is in order :)

The gift for your friend: too cute and funny!

That is a lot of stuff he took to school with him, but not as much as it would have been if he were a girl. LOL

Have a great week of nothingness :)

Rita said...

I'm having a hard enough time with Jr. High, don't even want to think about college! It looks like you did great and I am sure he will do fine.
Love the henna tattoo and the hysterectomy gift - too funny!
As busy as you are, how do you work?!

Elizabeth said...

What a big week you had! I would be an emotional mess.

I love the pics of JBU. Gosh, I miss that place.I can't wait for you to tell stories of the crazy things that go on at college:)

The tampons made me laugh out loud! Brilliant!

Lisa said...

Oh Sara. What an emotional week! How DOES it go by so fast?? My week was filled with all that pitter-patter you refer to, but I know in an instant I will be in your shoes.

You and Steve have clearly done an outstanding job raising them and preparing them. What a blessing to be able to officially hand them off to God.

Your gift was hilarious.

Can't wait to see you soon!!

Heather of the EO said...

Oh lady, WOW. What huge changes. So much adjusting...

that tampon pic cracked me up, as a sidenote.

And even though my heart hurts for you while I imagine what all of this must feel like, I still find myself inspired by your perspective, your attitude...
I wanna be sara when I grow up :)

Dena said...

I can vividly remember that last week before my girls went off to college. You're so right...a mixture of emotions.

The gift you gave your friend is priceless!! Love it!

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

What a hoot your special gift was!!!!!

You had an eventful week and also a wonderful attitude! Sending you 'Little Ones" no matter how big and grown up they are off is a very difficult thing to do!

Way to go MOM!


skoots1mom said...

have been praying for u this week...i'm right there with you, just one week ahead...dd has called home twice now and with each call i feel better.
His room is GREAT and well done with space...
we ended up with 7 boxes of stuff and it only took 1 1/2 hours to unload and organize.
It's been hard getting used to not asking when she'll be home or hearing her coming in before bed.
Have a wonderful week

rita said...

I love Kohl's deals too.
How did you manage a game of Settlers in that busy week?!
When we took our son to college, I was told I was not allowed on the floor. That probably was misinformation. I remember how sad we were leaving him there.
Have a GOOD week, whatever that may mean for you.

Lori said...

Feeling your pain my friend... and joy.... and pride..... I guess it all comes together. Praying for all of you this week!

McCrakensx4 said...

That 'special' gift you made for your friend made me giggle! IF someone would have done that for me when I had mine I would have loved it...cute idea! Can't believe it's that time. It makes me sad for you and just thinking that my boys will be headed off in the future (far future!) makes me cringe! Glad you had a great last week with them though! And love that Henna tat...I got one on my honeymoon and loved it! So pretty!

Mocha with Linda said...

What a bittersweet week!

Your gift cracked me up. What a great idea! I'll have to remember that.

Jamie @ Six Bricks High said...

What a week you had! Full of emotion!

I love that your son gave you a henna tattoo. You are a great mom!

You're little funny :)

H-Mama said...

Girl, my sympathetic emotions were running all over the map for you just reading this. I hope that when our girls have reached this season of life, I will handle it with as much grace as you have. {Although, I predict a mama pity party is in my future.}

And that creative gift? Such a great, fun way to bring humor to your friend. ;)

Jewel said...

Wow!! Quite the week! Our freshman move in next Friday and I cannot wait! This will be my 3rd and final year helping with freshman orientation, and it's really one of my favorite times of the year!

I love your henna!

StephieAnne said...

Oh Sara - what a week! I'll be praying for you as this next week will undoubtedly feel a little empty.

I did the same thing with Kohls - I didn't get the 30% off coupon, but was able to access that deal online with coupon codes. Throw in free shipping, yippee!

Where do you work? I was trying to "eye the merchandise" to figure it out, but didn't come to any conclusions.

Hang in there, my friend!


Ohilda said...

Catching up with you!!! I have to say you are such a cool Mama!!

Karin said...

OK--the special gift for your friend made me laugh out loud. TOO FUNNY!!! And then I got sad seeing the photo of Jason's room. wah. Is his heart okay?

Jill said...

YEAH! Emotional roller coaster! I felt a bit anxious for you as I read...good week though.

AND, that gift for your is THE BEST!! I love it!

Debra said...

Wow Sara, what an exhausting, emotional and exciting week for you and your family! And you even found time to make a gift for a friend who was having a are SOME LADY! Maybe you're Super woman in disguise and we just don't know it. LOL Anyway, thanks for sharing such a personal week with your family with us and I love the dorm room, it looks great! :)

Penny said...

That special gift is HILARIOUS!!!

BTW, so a girl I know who works at the local newspaper asked if I would be interviewed as their weekly chef (to which my dad laughed at, but that's another story...). ANYWAY, I like baking, not cooking, but there was one recipe that every time I make, people just LOVE...and I got it from you... =D I'm making Cuban pot roast!!!! Thanks again for that recipe! It's a HUGE hit!

Lori @ The Davidson Den said...

Oh, my word. The gift for your friend is one of the funniest things I've ever seen in my life!! Very creative! haha!

How exciting to be moving in to a college dorm (not that I'd want to do that again) and starting new classes (not that I'd want to do that again, either)!! Lots of fun!

I'm sure the quiet at home is strange, but I'm glad it makes you smile (and not just cry).

See ya in a couple of days!