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When you’re in school, it is referred to as “spring fever” or “senioritis”. The feeling that things are winding down and should be over already. The itchiness that comes along with the sunshine and warm temperatures. The desire for the laziness and freedom of summer and all that comes along with it. It has been a hectic school year for all of us here with lots and lots of things going on — one son completing senior year and his college search, one driving and working through the difficult junior year course load and the youngest busy with music and coming into his own high school career as a sophomore.

Soon, very soon in fact, will be course selections for next year for the younger two who will be a junior and a senior next year. Right around the corner is the prom for all three boys –the first and last time that will happen (with all the preparation that goes along with tuxedo rentals and corsage flowers), the various awards nights at school coming up on the schedule for music, theater, academics and seniors. That will all be followed closely by college orientation, exams and graduation in June.

I am torn between wishing that time would slow to a crawl and preserve those precious moments left before one leaves for college and my anticipation of all those wonderful events coming up in the next few weeks to celebrate lots of good things.

Things are squared away nicely with TJ having made his college choice and knowing that he is happy and looking forward to the start of a whole new chapter in his life. Tim will be spending a good chunk of the summer abroad experiencing places that I have never been to in my life. Tyler will be working and starting his college application process with lots of essay writing mixed into his summer. Adventures will abound this summer.

The coming weeks will be filled with lots of fun, laughter, pride and tears of happiness. Looking forward to every minute of it.

 

 

The men were great. The day began with a trip to New Hampshire with my husband and breakfast.

I got an unexpected call when we were out from the boys to wish me a Happy Mother’s Day, especially since the one that loves his sleep most of all made the call…that was a really nice surprise.

I came home to a house that was clean and a beautiful red, cushy blanket from one of the boys. Lunch out with Tom and two of them. A nice chance to catch up for a while with some friends who are back in town.

Flowers.

And a delicious dinner cooked for me. Complete with clean up.

 

 

If you take away the blackflies that almost ate me alive, it was a pretty good day.

 

 

 

 

Time does not change us. It just unfolds us. ~ Max Frisch

My how they’ve grown. I was looking through pictures to find a good foliage picture for an article I was writing for the Rutland County Express and I realized just how much the boys have grown and changed –dare I saw morphed into little (well not so little) men. You sometimes don’t really realize the drastic changes until you compare pictures.

In 2008 my guys looked like this:

In 2009 almost exactly a year later they looked like this:

And then 2010 rolled around — same time of the year…..

And just a couple weeks ago, I snapped this picture when we were in Montreal:

All three of them now tower over me, not that that is so amazing after all look at my hubby. Hard to believe how much they’ve grown up in what seems like a blink of the eye. They are unfolding into such handsome young men.


The boys are embarking today on a week-long backwoods canoeing adventure in the Northern Woods of Maine. Let’s put it this way – they will be 8 hours from here with no phones, no computers, no connection to the outside world for the better part of a week.

They have done this before, although on their own and not with an organized outfitter, so this will be different from their last trip two years ago in several different respects. All their equipment (canoes, paddles, etc.) will be provided to them when they arrive on base and they will finalize their actual route when they get there (depending on weather, conditions, etc.)

Basically, they are going to Maine to canoe, but they really don’t have a clue themselves exactly where they are going.

Being the mom, I’m nervous, happy and jealous — all rolled into one — I’m sure that they are going to have a wonderful trip — and we’re childless for a week.

 

TJ and Tyler were invited to a sweet sixteen party for three of their friends on Saturday. TJ was escorting one of the birthday girls. The party was “dress to impress” formal.

Here’s a few pictures of the boys all dressed up…… pretty handsome, don’t you think?

So…who was it that TJ was escorting?

They make a cute couple….but no.

Again, another cute couple, but Emily has a few more years before she’s celebrating Sweet Sixteen (and for that my brother is, I am sure, quite grateful).

No, TJ was escorting his friend, Maddie to the party.

Not the greatest of pictures, but hey, they were in a hurry to get inside!

The weekend was long, the fun was substantial, the friendship was eternal. That just about sums up our weekend. We did a lot of relaxing and laughing and catching up, mostly over food. Saturday afternoon, we headed out to the Long Trail Brewery Pub. located in Bridgewater Commons, VT. While it is not far from us, it is not a place we think of going unless there’s company. One of our friends suggested going there for lunch and the group readily agreed. Their food is quite good, especially their burgers and wings, most notably the Yaki wings. If you are in the area and have the opportunity, I would definitely suggest it for lunch. I would however, try to avoid holiday weekends, it’s usually busy, busy, busy. During the summertime, it is located on the Ottauquechee River and there is an outdoor deck for dining during the summer months. We just hung around on the deck in the beautiful winter weather.

The kids went skiing at Pico Mountain. The weather was beautiful and of course what would the weekend be without cake. Birthday cake, since what’s a birthday party without cake.

Tyler made the cake for the guys and it turned out pretty darn nice.

All in all, it was a good weekend. Good times, good friends. Thankful for both.

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