Day by day

In spite of my best intentions, I can’t say that I’ve made a lot of progress turning the new house into a home. There are still not any pictures hanging on the wall. There are still lots of unpacked boxes in the garage. And there are still random piles of “stuff” that I haven’t quite managed to find a home for. The good news is that the old house is empty (except for a few things in THAT garage) and all clean! In my defense, other than focusing on getting out of the old house, we’ve had a couple of issues here at the new house to deal with – a broken air conditioner in the upstairs, and messed up plumbing in one bathroom (fyi, per the plumber – those “flushable” cleaning wipes, which apparently the previous cleaners used…are not truly flushable. 😏) 

Paige has had a couple of friends out. She’s trying to soak up as much sun and summertime fun as she can before she leaves for Tallahassee in ONE WEEK! She’s had fun exploring the beach and St. George Street in St. Augustine. 



Clay is able to sneak away and text me from the staff room every couple of days. He seems to be having a grand time at camp!

We are “bunny sitting” for him this summer while he is working at camp. Roger is actually quite great. I always love a quiet pet! We’ve been giving him “salads” a couple times a day and I think he is getting a bit spoiled with all these treats!


Paige will be leaving in a week to begin her new life as a college student at Florida State University. We’ve been trying to make sure she has everything she needs, including her graduation gift from Mom & Dad – a new laptop ( so she can write super awesome papers in college!) 


She did it! (also, the countdown for the move is ON😳)

Friday was Paige’s baccalaureate service…


And then, Saturday was the big day. Graduation. 

It’s hard for me to believe that 12 years have passed so quickly. I still think of her as that little first grader…

The graduation ceremony was lovely and Paige looked beautiful. 



Afterwards, she attended “Project Graduation” (sponsored by the school) and won a microwave! Yay! Unfortunately, she only got about 3 hours of sleep that night and had to get up early the next morning to attend a self-defense course which mean old mom and dad were forcing her to take before leaving for college. 

Apparently, in spite of the lack of sleep – or perhaps due to the copious amounts of caffeine she ingested – she rocked the class. In fact, she was even a little scary during the simulations…attacking with a smile on her face the whole time. Ha!

We officially move in 4 more days and have started taking some smaller, fragile items out to the new house. We are all quite anxious to get moved in. I can’t wait to leave Orange Park and become a beach bum!


A quick update (and a bad pun)

Life seems to have taken on a frenetic, frenzied pace around here. Just as soon as P finished with her exams at school, we headed off to Tallahassee for an exhausting few days of Orientation at FSU. It was informative, fun…and slightly grueling as well. They pack a LOT into just a few days. P is more excited than ever about college, although slightly frustrated with the registration process – every class she wants/needs is either already full or not offered. She did make a couple of new friends though and knows her way around the beautiful campus a bit better than when we arrived. 



In between all that, I’ve been trying to pack. I know that I AM making progress…but it doesn’t seem like it! I’m getting a bit overwhelmed. 

C comes home for a few days today before leaving to be a camp counselor at summer camp next week. Tomorrow is P’s baccalaureate and then Saturday is graduation. A week from tomorrow is moving day….

We took a day off last week before leaving for Tallahassee to soak up some vitamin D…



Clay really had a chip on his shoulder that day. 


Come on. That was funny!

Mom’s Day Off

The past week has been a blur of packing boxes, cleaning out closets, and trying to keep up with P’s schedule as she finishes up her senior year of high school. She has been studying like crazy the past couple of weeks and took her AP exams last week, as well as the College Algebra Clep exam (which she passed…yay!) This week, since she is finished with her AP classes and her Math class (thanks to passing that Clep test), she is focusing on her Ethics presentation which is this Thursday and Friday during “Senior Symposium” and which counts as her Ethics final exam. Next week she will have her last two final exams, in French and Anatomy, and then we have Orientation at FSU…and then GRADUATION! 

A few days after graduation, we are moving. Again. And I have so much packing to do. Ugh. 

But last weekend, P and I played hooky for a few hours from all of our responsibilities and we went to the beach. And it was wonderful. 


It was relaxing and calming and blissful to sit and listen to the waves and the birds and soak up a little vitamin D…


Next weekend is Prom for P. She’s going with a group of friends this year…and also, guess who is on Prom Court? πŸ˜‰