We have had a wonderful, full, fun, enjoyable week with the whole family. Beautiful 75 degree days. They wore shorts and flip flops, Andrew played basketball at the park almost daily, catching up with friends, getting together with cousins, black Friday shopping, hitting favorite food places, laughing, brothers playing video games together,watching movies, cooking and praying together. All three big kids came home- Nicole, Lauren and Andrew.
They have all grown and matured and are all doing well on their own. I know that this has been the goal to get them off and on their own, stable and secure. It seems so fast though. I've become a friend more so than a mom. Meaning they tell me what they choose to and my influence is not as great. That's how its suppose to be. I know that my voice will be in their head. "This is how mom thinks about this" and "what she would say about it" after years of teaching and mothering. Free agency is theirs.
I know, I'll always be their mom but the control is no longer there. Which is good. They should be in control of their own lives and make their own decisions. I've always wanted them to be responsible. Now I get to see what they become. It's actually kind of fun to watch. I might be having a breakthrough .... maybe I really will be able to handle my new role as a mother to college students. We were so busy that I hardly took pictures... Seriously, these were the last day.
We got smoking deals on a couple laptops. Much love and appreciation to "you know who". Lauren setting hers up.
The boys playing Mario land. This is typical of their relationship. Andrew would do anything for him. He played that game over and over again. In the first picture Andrew didn't smile (no surprise- he doesn't like taking pictures) But Tyler told him that he needed to and he'll do anything for his brother so...the second picture. A smile.
Nicole brought along her room mate Hailey and Ty, her brother. They stayed with us when they weren't visiting family. They're from Arkansas. Very nice kids!
Nicole eating cereal before packing up and leaving for school. Her official traveling clothes- comfy sweats.