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Brandon is now officially at college. We dropped him off at WSU Pullman yesterday, got him unpacked and settled into his new home for the next year. The campus is very pretty and has LOTS of hills! The dorm was the basic dorm that you see at all campus’. It brought back lots of memories for me when I went to college. Some things are the same and some things are different. I am very excited for him as I think he will do a lot of growing up there. I am sure I will see a different person when he comes home next.

His friend Tyler is going there too and is in the same dorm as Brandon. We met Tyler and his dad there and took them to lunch (their last real meal!) once we got the boys settled into their rooms. After that, it was adios amigos. The farewells weren’t as emotional as I thought it was going to be. I think it mainly had to do with the fact that his friend was there when we said our farewells. It’s just way too uncool to blubber in front of your friend when you say good bye to your mom! As for me, I didn’t cry, but definitely felt “empty” as he walked away from us with his friend. I don’t think it has quite hit me yet. Give me a few days and I think it will settle in. And then I am sure that the tears will come in my own private moments.

It’s weird to be an “almost” empty nester. One gone, and two more to go over the next 3 years before it is official.

Right now the feelings I have are melancholy mixed with excitement and nervousness. You wouldn’t think you would be able to feel all those emotions at once, but believe me, it is possible! I am saddened that he is gone, but excited for his new future and nervous on how he will do and acclimate. Silly emotions you may think, but real none the less.

Brandon, if you happen to be reading this, we all wish you the best of success! We know you will do well and we are VERY proud of you. Go Cougars!!!

Oh…totally on another note….our “other” kids (canine in flavor)….well, they stayed with Aunt Kelly and Uncle Brian while we were gone. Needless to say, they weren’t as well behaved as my son was! Let just say, Aunt Kelly has one less hanger that Bella chewed up after she escaped from her crate, as well as one very well gnawed on soap that Domino decided to eat! Thankfully, there has been no residual affects from that fiasco! No Lawrence Welk moments in other words!!! Oh, and yes, let’s not forget Bella barfing on Kelly and Brian in bed! I think they are worse than taking care of infants and two year olds!! But we love them anyway…right?! 😉

Today is my son’s 18th birthday. Its hard to believe that is he officially an adult now. He can now do some semi-grown up things, some of which I do not want to know about!! (like going to some strip clubs…yikes!!). And he will actually be able to vote for our next president this year!

Hard to believe since it seems like yesterday when I met him at the elementary school after his first bus ride. Coming off the bus with tears in his eyes, he came to me stating that he did not know where the bus was going (since it was not a direct route to the school) and that he was worried. Now, we will be dropping him off at his college dorm next week. This time, it will be me with tears in my eyes as I wave good bye to my not so little son.

I write this with mixed emotions, happy and elated that my son is taking his next big milestone in his life and entering into the world of us adults. The other part me is sad and melancholy as I know that my little boy is no longer that “little kid” that always needs his mommy.

However, there is a book that encapsulates it all, one of my favorite all time children’s books entitled “Love you forever” by Robert N. Munsch. It is a story of the evolving relationship between a boy and his mother. The lullaby she sings to him (below) is engraved in my heart forever.

“I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
as long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.”

Brandon, happy 18th birthday! Even as you grow into adulthood, as long as I’m living, my baby you will be. Have a great day sweetheart! This is YOUR day!!

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