Today we are all being productive, I decided to bake some muffins with the old bananas, and put on a loaf of bread to have hotshots for dinner (for those who don’t know, that is turkey and gravy on toast with any other Thanksgiving leftovers you want).
Hubby went out in the garage to work on a few things. As usual he got sidetracked, this time with the rack that holds the extensions for the dining table we use for Thanksgiving. This table has been in the family ever since his grandparents. So the rack has seen some wear, and needed some attention.
The girls decided to put up the Christmas decorations in the yard. I was sitting on the couch watching a photography show waiting for the muffins to bake, and heard them laughing. As soon as the muffins were done I grabbed my camera and went out. You see, I had a realization while I was listening to their laughter, that this is the last year. Sometime in the next month or so the final two birds will leave the nest. Next year all my babies will have their own homes to decorate. They will no longer wake up Christmas morning at Mom and Dad’s house to the excitement of opening their stockings.
I have been very fortunate to be able to spend such quality time with my kids over the years. The times in the kitchen with the oldest, sewing, and crafts. Those wonderful shopping trips with my son, and hours working in the yard together. Working on special projects with the wild child, like putting together Christmas packages for Kinship Families, traveling, and crafting with paint. The adventures that the youngest and I have gone on, and sharing the joy of photography. I know it hasn’t all ended, but it is changing. It is time to move into another stage of life. They are all adults now, and the nest will be empty. So now I get to purge!!!
Yes, the joy of the kids having their own homes. We get to pawn off all those things we have been ‘storing’ for them. Also the things we have owned through the years, and just can’t seem to get rid of. You pass them down, and let your children enjoy them. The garage will slowly empty, and we might just have enough room to park the car, and Hubby have his workbench set up, at the same time!
Which brings me back to why I went outside with my camera. I took pictures of all three of them, doing what they were doing. Capturing those memories in the best way I know. With my camera.