Thursday, August 20, 2009

Another child flies the coop!

I haven’t felt much like blogging lately. Life has been a bit crazy now that school has started, and I am finding myself in the middle of a few challenges that are making being cheerful a little more difficult. One of which is my fourth child is packing up her room today and leaving for BYU in the morning. I am taking her, (driving) with a little detour through Las Vegas for our nephew’s wedding. We will get to Utah on Saturday afternoon and I will stay until late Wednesday night so I can get her settled, visit with my parents, have some fun with my sister for her birthday and see Kristen (child #3 who left to go back to BYU a few weeks ago).

And then I will fly home (leaving the car there for Kristen) probably crying all the way. But I am not the only one crying. Poor Michelle. She will be the only child left at home and isn’t all that excited about having her parent’s undivided attention for three years.

Wes is having a very hard time as well. He keeps telling me how much he is going to miss her.

Yes, we know this is a good thing. A whole world of possibilities and wonderful life experiences are in front of her. But we sure are going to miss this sweet face.

And this one. . .
And this one . . .


And even this one . . .


But maybe not this one. . . :-)

But worst of all, with Kathryn gone . . . from 6:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. I will be the sole care giver for the dog. Ugh!
Good Luck Kat!! We love you!!

12 comments:

Lisa said...

Oh, I so feel your pain. Trying to be happy and peppy but really just feeling sad because you know all to well- things are never the same.

I'm trying to think of something profound to say but I have nothing. We leave in 16 days.

Becky said...

I wish I was headed back to BYU--those were some of the best years of my life. I hope the trip goes well and the pain doesn't last too long. She looks like a beautiful, fun daughter.

Christina said...

Ah -- that does seem sad. But she's certainly someone to be proud of and it's exciting she gets to start her new journey! If you get bored while in town, feel free to stop by for dinner or even overnight, if you need a place to stay (I realize, of course, that when you have family in the are, free time isn't likely)

kathryn said...

I'm gonna miss you too Mom! And I like how the biggest downside is that you have to take care of the dog! But dont worry, I taught her how to only chew in the inside of the shoe so that the outside still looks presentable! Trained her well!

MissKris said...

It says a lot about Kathryn when you can say how much you miss her with just pictures. What a bittersweet post.

Personally I'm ecstatic. I can't wait to have a sibling around.

Poor Michelle. Tell her to save her pennies or beg you to bring her up for conference.

KC Mom said...

Ah, I'm feeling your pain right now. I just dropped my oldest off in Provo and returned today after spending the week helping her get set up. But I am a little sad that it doesn't get easier with each child! I just don't see myself without kids at home and that will be a sad day.

Shannon said...

Once again, Provo sounds like it will be better because of your loss. Have a great trip and good luck to both girls in school!

Dave and Camille said...

That last pic is definitely my favorite! I'm sad she's leaving too... poor Michelle. But I'm happy/jealous that Kris will get a sibling at BYU. I would have loved that! Good luck... and just remember we'll see you next month AND at Christmas. YAY!!!!

Momza said...

Cute cute pics...She'll be home again before you know it!
Reunions are always the best!

Marilyn said...

Darling photos. My boy is leaving for his mission in a month and boy-who-just-returned is never home so my chickies are fleeing the nest too! I guess it's a good thing so many of them are birthing-it keeps me busy!

Xazmin said...

I'm sorry your gonna be missing your little girl, but I hope you have a safe and fun trip!

in time out said...

wowsers...love the pictures!