Tomorrow is my last official day of summer. Nursing school begins bright and early Monday morning. (Yikes!) Though I didn't really go anywhere, this summer was very eventful.
For starters, Aiden graduated from elementary school.
I sent Lyndsay and Dylan to Flagstaff to attend EFY (Especially for Youth) at Northern Arizona University for a week. Then they spent some time with their dad.
When they got home from EFY, I sent Dylan and Aiden off to Scout Camp, their only year to go together.
I spent July 4th with all my boys, including Adam, of course. We went to the Sunland-Tujunga parade and then a traditional party at a friend's house, followed by fireworks.
The next day was my last day with Dylan, so I took him on a date. Mini-golf and frozen yogurt. Conor came along.
Then I came home and turned my grief into action by repainting and re-bedding the boys' room and Lyndsay's room.
I got to spend some time with my sister, Abby, and her family for a few days, and Lyndsay came home from Mexico on her birthday.
Meanwhile, Abby and Orion treated me, Aiden, and Conor to a trip to the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, a place I've always wanted to go.
Then Abby and her fam had to pack up and move on toward New York. I spent days getting health clearances, blood work, and immunizations in preparation for the RN program. Also a fingerprint clearance, American Heart Association lifesaving certification. Oh, and spending a small fortune on textbooks and uniforms. I also did light homeschooling with Conor and got him started reading. And we read the three E.B. White classics aloud. That was fun.
But some days we snuck away to the park, or to go swimming.
Then I took Aiden and Lyndsay to Arizona to spend some time with their dad. Lyndsay came home after a few weeks, Aiden is still there.
Amber surprised me one Sunday afternoon by knocking on my door unannounced. I love when she does that.
In between, I've read some books, watched some rented movies, and caught up with some friends. On Monday, I start school and Aiden comes home. Summer is pretty much wrapping up. It's been a pretty heavy emotional one for me, with transitions everywhere I turn. One child moving out, a child in her last year at home, and my baby going to kindergarten. And learning to be a real nurse!
All these things shall give me experience, and shall be for my good. Or something like that.