I interrupt the riveting Gidget and Moondoggy Go West series to bring you this special announcement. I seriously cut down my Christmas card list this year and thus; am posting my annual newsletter as a blog. I'd like to think it's because I am deeply involved in elimating my carbon footprint but the truth is. . .I got a cramp in my hand and don't feel like addressing envelopes anymore.
Happy Holidays to Everyone! Judi, Dave, Drew and Jeff
This was supposed to be the year. The one event that every parent who has the opportunity waits for. All of our children graduated this year (all both of them.) Which meant that we would finally be facing the proverbial empty nest. And we were EXCITED! At least that was my plan. To truly describe how my plan was supposed to go down, I have to go back in time. . .
Every August from the time both of my kids were in school, we looked toward the first day of school with a mixture of excitement and dread. At least that is what the kids thought. It was hard for Drew and Jeff to imagine what my pathetic little life would be like all day without their constant company. And every year I would solemnly assure that them that I would, somehow, manage. Along with my next door neighbor and BFF) Cindy, we would slowly walk the kids to the bus stop and sadly wave our babies off into another year of school. And when the bus was safely out of site, Cindy and I would allow the smiles to creep across our faces as we danced, DANCED back to our houses, put on a Springsteen CD and toasted our freedom with mimosa’s and cake (Yes! Cake!)
Flash forward to the proud day this May when Drew walked across the stage at the U of I and into the real world. It really is something to realize that this truly is IT. At 22, Drew had college under his belt and a job on the line. Life is good. Two weeks later, Jeff walked across the stage at the high school and into college mode heading to the University of Illinois in Chicago thus; rendering our nest empty - which we were both really looking forward to. Yeah, yeah, you miss the kids and all but come on. . . .the house empties by 2 full people! Fewer clothes strewn around the house, one less bathroom to CONTINUALLY clean, and a grocery bill that diminishes by over HALF! Yep, that was my plan.