Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Week 38

Welcome back and happy Tuesday!  It seems like we are always adjusting to a "new normal" here.  This time it's home-life without Tyler.  I suppose as time goes on it will become more natural. He is keeping in touch so far which is great, but I'm sure that will change quite a bit once classes start.  We'll just have to take what we can get for now and really grill him when he's home for Thanksgiving break ;0)

Until then here's a look at last week's pictures which include him settling into his new home away from home:

Day 256- Monday, 9/12/16
We found some dragon fruit at Nugget and Justin has been wanting to try it so I picked one up yesterday and we cut into it today.  The inside looks just as interesting and surprising as the outside, and I wish I could say it tastes as amazing as it looks, but sadly, it really has no flavor at all--very disappointing and underwhelming.  Bummer!

Day 257- Tuesday, 9/13/16
And now he's ready to tackle those college courses.  His new laptop is finally here.  It's an early and much needed birthday present since his high-school laptop was running super slow and acting glitchy.  This should do the trick.

Day 258- Wednesday, 9/14/16
Bella gets fed at 5pm and Brandon is the one who feeds her.  She knows when it's time and she knows who she needs to bug to get her dinner at that time.  She's also very attentive until that bowl hits the ground and then *snap* it's all gone in a micro second.  No joke!

Day 259- Thursday, 9/15/16
We're loaded up and ready to go.  Tyler and I hit the road this morning traveling almost 400 miles due south.  UCLA or bust!  John stayed home with the younger boys who have school so it was just the two of us.  Today was simply a travel day, but we did hit up the bookstore and a few places in Westwood once we got there.  Tyler enjoyed his first Fat Burger (an LA original) for diner and then of course we had Diddy Riese for dessert.  Tomorrow the real fun begins.

Day 260- Friday, 9/16/16
It's Move-in Day!  Tyler's in Hedrick Hall on the 5th floor, and we got to meet at least one of his roommates who seems to be a good fit.  He likes to play basketball for fun and swam in high school plus he's an engineering student so you know he'll have a heavy work load and will need to study a lot like Tyler.  The hills and stairs on this campus are insane!  He'll have now problem staying in shape.  We got his room all set up, took care for a few logistical things, and then made one last stop at the bookstore before or final goodbye.  He's super excited and a little nervous, but also very happy and so ready for this experience.  I can feel in my heart and see on his face that this is the absolute best place for him which made it so much easier to leave.  Good luck kiddo!  I know you'll do us proud.

Day 261- Saturday, 9/17/16
Time to head home.  It's going to be a long and lonely drive, but I got this!  It feels weird leaving without Tyler, but we'll see him in a couple months so that's not so bad.  His floor had dinner together last night, he caught a water polo game, and is planning to play basketball today and attend a football watch party tonight.  It's nice to hear he's putting himself out there, enjoying what the school has to offer, and soaking it all in.  Me, I should be home in about 6-7 hrs.  I can't wait to see the rest of my family and sleep in my own bed.

Day 262- Sunday, 9/18/16
Home sweet home!  While Tyler is away I'll keep my mind occupied and busy raising and enjoying these two.  They'll have no problems keeping me busy, I'm sure.  This morning we had a big pancake brunch together as I told them all about Tyler's new digs and the fun things he gets to do this week before classes start on Thursday.  We also joked about how much food was left over and how they didn't have to fight Tyler for more.  Yep--I'm going to have to adjust my cooking portions.

Wait!  There is one more:

September's Family Photo

We  had to get this one in before Tyler left.  This was our last night together on Wednesday after dinner and just before the sunset.  It will be strange not having him in the October family photo but we'll get him in Nov, Dec and even early Jan.  He may have moved out but he hasn't totally escaped my picture taking.  Haha--I'll get him when I can.

Ok--now I'm done.  Thanks for stopping by and see you next week.


  1. So glad Tyler got off and settled!

  2. So how ya doing Mom? It is an exciting and hard time--great and horrible all wrapped into one. It looks like he is in a great place, though! It does make your Mom heart happy when they enjoy it and get involved! Life goes on! It makes you love and appreciate your ones at home more I think. :) thinking of ya!!!

  3. AHHHH! I can't believe Tyler's already gone to UCLA. I've been reading your blog for years, and feel like I've watched him grow up. I hope you're adjusting well. Thank goodness for technology so you can keep in touch on a regular basis.