Monday, June 6, 2011

The Newly Enlisted, the New Graduate , and the Music of the Seventies

(LOL--apparently this is the All About My Kids issue of my blog.)

The Newly Enlisted

Last week Son #1 officially enlisted in the Army. I'm really proud of him and this step he's taking in his life, yet at the same time I'm scared to death something might happen to him. Probably a reaction of most parents with kids in the military... I hope this fear will ebb eventually. Someone please tell me it will!

He reports to boot camp in September...

The New Graduate

Last Saturday, Son #2 graduated high school. For the event, we bought him grown-up clothes. Fancy pants, tie, shoes. Things he can keep for years (if he ever stops growing!). Suddenly I could see the man he was going to be. And I couldn't be prouder of him (and also a little scared to let him go be that man).
Me and Son # 2 (btw, I'm wearing 3" heels...)
Today and tomorrow he's at college orientation... Between him and Son #1, there's not enough chocolate in the world to deal with my emotions right now!

The Music of the Seventies
Last week I was driving Baby Girl to her last day of school (thank goodness she has two years left!!!), and we were seat-dancing in the car to some random 70's song that I can't even remember the title of, but it was very disco-y and peppy.

Baby Girl looks at me and says, "Sure, the 70's were full of government distrust and social turmoil, but they had good music!"


I love my kids.

Happy Monday!


  1. Wow, Heather, that's some major transitioning! Blessings to you and yours as they go off into the world!

  2. Mercy Me Mom, they sure are growing up quickly!!! As far as son #1 the feeling will lessen but never really go away. I have a total of 8 "adopted" sons in the military and they have been for close to 3 yrs some of them. I still check the paper every time it says someone in our area did something. My heart in my throat, then I get a call, "Hey mom, I knew you'd worry, but I'm fine."

    Son #2 is gonna be a tall drink of water (as my gramma use to say). He already is a man Mom! It just takes until graduation day for us parents to see it. I cried like someone stole my children the day my son graduated (my real, but I realized something... he was my child. I'd instilled in him all the things I wanted to, I'd watched as he stood up for himself and became a truly great person. He's well respected and well liked in our community. What more can a parent do, other than love them?

    Baby Girl!! How lucky to have 2 more years with her under the wing, but her head peeking out! Love the remark about the 70's! I have to agree with her!! Myself I have two more Baby Girls to graduate, in several years. One starts 6th grade next year and the other one 5th. I know the time will fly. I also know,as with their brother, I'm instilling in them the values and morals of good people. I can be proud of them and myself.

    As to the chocolate... lol.... that's why Hershey's, Mars, Godiva, Ghirardelli and all the others are in business!! Mothers need them from the time they first begin to menstruate until they bury us because of all the stress and anxiety we go through.

    Just relax and know you did the hard part. You taught them all they need to know about life. Now it's up to them, and as when they were babies, there will be bumps and bruises for Mom to "kiss away" when they let us. They are going to be terrific though!!! BTW Son #1 will be back, safe and sound!

  3. I love the picture with you and your son, so sweet! Congrats to him on his HS graduation. How is your daughter doing with her medical issues? I hope she is getting to eat more now and that she is getting better.

  4. Judy, thank you! Definitely transitioning... Right now I'm not too happy about it, but I'm sure it will all be just fine. :)

    Aw, thanks, kissablesweet! You made me feel much better! I'm going to start stockpiling chocolate now, though, just in case...

    Hi Breaunna! Thank you! My daughter's doing MUCH better. Not an easy diet, but she's adjusting much better than I ever would. It helps that being so strict makes her feel good. :)

  5. Goodness, Heather, you've certainly got a plate full of emotions lately. If anyone can deal with it all, it's you!

  6. I love the picture of you and Son#2.

    It's both a sad and joyous occasion when our kids grow up, but still we want them to be the little kid that will always need their mom.

    They are starting a new journey and you'll be right with them for the ride.