April 6, 2015

Life Update

No card today, just an update on what has been going on in life this past while. 

My posting has been a bit sporadic lately. There has been a lot going on in my real world. My son is finished classes for year two! The past few weeks have been multiple term papers, essays, drawings and model building. Tuesday is the deadline for his final project and major presentation of it and his years work/portfolio. So lets just say there has been a lot of stress and just a few phone calls. I am so proud of him and how he has handled things this year, he has become so independent. However, I am also glad that I can be here at any time in the 24 hour clock to talk through roadblocks, seemingly impossible deadlines, to tell him to get some sleep and start again in the morning and to remind him he needs to eat--coffee is not food! I am heading to Sudbury next weekend for the year end open house and maybe to bring him home for a couple days before he heads back for exams, to pack and move to his new place for next year, come home quickly again and head off to his summer job.

At home since my daughter returned from Europe it has been a flurry of activity. It's the home stretch now at school with ISU's and tests, then equally as important prom preparations--booking appointments, finding the right shoes and alterations.  If that isn't enough she is having to choose what university offer she is going to accept. It was easy when her number one choice was her first acceptance but as the other offers have come in she is now struggling with that final decision. Seeing the end of high school, knowing she is going to be 18 in a few months and knowing she is going away to school at the end of the summer has brought on a lots of emotions for both of us. She wants to grow up but it is scary too.  I want her to be my little girl forever, but I am excited for what is next for her. So when she wants to watch a movie with me or bake cookies at bedtime I make popcorn or grab an apron because we have to savour these moments. I saw it happen with Ben, he left for university and everything changed.  Changed for the good but he is not here very often and I miss that.

So if I am not  posting as much as I used to or I am not getting to your blog to comment it's just right now there is a lot of life going on that I don't want to miss before they grow up anymore.  

30 comments :

Lynn said...

Time certainly does fly my friend. So happy you are able to be there for all these wonderful moments for your children. You are an awesome mom! xoxo

sandie said...

gosh Tracey-all seems so busy, lots of stress but also lots of moments to cherish and commenting on our blogs should be way down your list! Love to you and thinking of you xx

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Awwwwwwww I feel your pain ... Adam has 36 more high school days left, then he is moving to Texas to live with his Dad for awhile before joining the military ... so I am feeling it!! Big hugs Mama!! :)

I Card Everyone said...

You've brought a tear to my eye this morning, Tracey... a sweet message and gentle reminder to never miss a moment! Big hugs to you, my sweet friend...
=] Michele

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

You summed it up perfectly! I love watching mine grow up but I feel the clock ticking down to when they'll be out on their own! Can't wait to see the prom pics, since we had a sneak peek at the dress, and also Ben's work from the open house! Enjoy!

Teresa Doyle said...

Tracey, you are doing the right thing! Savour every second as it is passed before you know it! Some days when they are young we feel time is going rather slowly but all of a sudden they are grown and gone. Although it is hard to see them leave, this is what we have prepared them for and so it is life, going in the right direction. Be proud you have prepared them for the "world of adulthood"! But of course you don't want to waste quality time with them NOW! We will be here when you come back. Enjoy your time with your family!

KayM said...

Oh Tracey this is indeed a busy time of life for you all. Sounds like it's all going wonderfully even though that means lots of change for everyone. Enjoy the time with your daughter before she heads off to college! (Big hugs)

Cindy Beach said...

Tracey,
I've only recently been popping in to your blog. I appreciate your honest sharing about real life and what's important. What precious times you are spending with your older children and I applaud your choices to be there for those conversations and pep talks, tears, and hugs. Way to go!

Kim Heggins said...

Miss Tracey....you are just one amazing mom! Take the time to be with your children and blogging will always be here. Your post today brought tears to my eyes, you are the BEST!

Maria said...

Thank you for the life update, Tracey! Your son and daughter are a priority! They all grow up sooner that we realize! You enjoy those special times with them! It proves that you're a great Mom, hugs!:-) And, such a great photo of your son and daughter!:-)

LeAnne said...

Enjoy every single minute you have with them, Tracey....stamping can wait!

Happy Dance said...

Don't worry about us. Play, enjoy, laugh with, help, hang out with, and be there for your children. We all understand, trust me. Take all the time you need. We'll always be here. And our babies grow up so fast... Such a good mommy! Bev

Alanna said...

What a fun time in your kids' lives. I agree that you need to savor every moment. My daughter will be off to college in 3 years with my son not too far behind.

Brandi said...

You must feel so blessed that both of your children are doing great! Proud momma moment! Kudos!

Nancy said...

LOVED reading this Tracey! You have said all that I have felt when my son left for college almost 4 years ago. My son is getting his Masters now and is living in another state, however more times then not I am still his sounding board when things get tough. Yes, I have given him the same advice on sleep and that food makes all things better. I find it best when I am not aware that he is pulling consecutive all nighters! Family is Everything...we aren't going anywhere...go be you!! HUGS! Adorable then and now!

Bobby said...

It's important to take care of yourself and your family, Tracey. We'll be here for support if you need it and welcome you back to the card world when the time is right for you.

Pam said...

Oh, I remember those days, Tracey. Treasure them! Hugs!

Lisa said...

Don't you worry one bit about comments and blogging Tracey. These moments go by too quickly. Just look at my baby boy, a married man with a baby of his own. Seems like his prom was just yesterday! Enjoy this time with your kids. I'm sure they enjoy spending time with the very special mom they have!!

Sharron said...

Oh, Tracey, you are such a marvelous mom! It's wonderful that you are enjoying every moment you can as time really does fly. You're helping them make the most of all these whirlwind times that will be the precious memories in the future.

TracyM #6773 said...

BIG {{{ HUGS }}} Tracey!!!

LOTS of HAPPY things happening and such a POSITIVE future ahead for your family => enjoy every moment :)

Barb Ghig said...

It was great reading your post today, Tracey! I'm sure life has been very busy for you and that you are cherishing every moment with your beautiful family! Not to worry if you don't have time to visit everyone's blog...your priorities are in order, and that's what counts!
Thanks for sharing such a sweet photo with us :) Sending you hugs and best wishes...Barb

Melissa said...

I hear ya! I'm feeling some tugging at my own heart strings right now too! Hugs!!!

Hazel Hodgkins said...

Feeling for you Tracey. Can't read your post without getting a little teary. Looking around at my small people, knowing that in less than a decade, I will be facing that with my eldest. Here's to lots of popcorn and baking opportunities! xxx

Anita in France said...

A lovely post, Tracey ... family time is so important and you're so right to focus on your children and enjoy sharing their lives right now ... drink in every single moment, my friend! Beautiful photo! Hugs, Anita :)

Joyce said...

Wow, Tracey--so much going on in your life. So many changes--all good, but still changes. Even though I miss chatting with you every day, I think you are doing the right thing by focusing in on your family. I am just at the beginning of some of the same changes, and I will tell you that it seems like you are handling them so well and are setting a very good example for me to follow.

Marisa said...

My daughter is a Junior and I am already dreading her going to university. My vote is for a local one but she has her eyes on one in Alberta. Lord give me strength LOL! I treasure the time we have together and make every moment count (with both her and her younger brother) - good for your for doing so with your daughter. Transition times for moms are hard - we work so hard to pour into our kids so they can fly on their own but oh how it hurts when they leave. Hang in there and know you are a great mom ((hugs))!!

Miriam Prantner said...

Enjoy your time with your kids!!!!

Jen Mitchell said...

What a whirlwind life seems to be! Enjoy yourself with the kids. All of these moments are precious and I know that Ben and Brooklyn appreciate them as much as you do! Hugs, my friend!

Jinny Newlin said...

I get it, love. Take all the time you need, and savor every moment! Thanks for the update!

cm said...

Tracey, we're all applauding and cheering the accomplishments of your children, and your incredibly wise decision to spend as much time with them as you can. They're your priority, and yes, they grow up far too fast! I see it with my niece and nephew: 5 and 3 came way too quickly! Enjoy them. Every. Single. Moment!
Hugs~c