Life has been coming at me from all directions lately.
The dogs are fine - no problem there except that in the frenzy we decided to ease brushing chores by buzz cutting them both. They look a little nekked with their coats cut so short but we left a little fluff on their legs and feet. Both decided that snuggling is so much more fun when you need the warmth. LOL
We all volunteer at Girl Scout Day Camp and now have that out of the way for this year. I miss it already. lol I teach the Lanyard Lacing program, hubby teaches the Progression Cooking (firepit, dutch oven, box ovens), Caitlyn led a rambunctious bunch of 3rd graders that kept her on her toes all week and Michaella is a Program Assistant with a 5th grade Unit. The weather in Wisconsin had been blistering and muggy most of the summer so we were blessed with a nice week - only a little rain one night and pleasant temperatures for once.
Michaella starts back at High School as a Junior right after Labor Day so we are in school shopping mode. Who'd have thunk that at 16, she'd grow more...
So lots of new clothes for her and an empty checkbook for me. Sigh.
Caitlyn is going on the biggest adventure of her life... She is 21 and taking Psychology for her major, and Asian Culture for her minor. Tomorrow morning, we will be taking her to Chicago to fly out to Japan. She'll be studying abroad at a university in Nagoya for a whole year. I love both my girls with all my heart, but Caitlyn is my "minnie me velcro kid" so I'm going to miss her so much while she is gone. She has chosen to stay at home during her studies so she has never lived on her own. I have to say I'm proud of her for being brave enough to make her first step away from home 6500 miles away - but I'm scared for her too and lately it has dawned on her just how big a step she is taking. She will be with a host family there (a mom and dad about our age who's kids are grown so they have the extra room) so she is thinking that she'll fit right in. It's a traditional kind of house but aside from the location, we know very little about them. The 15 hour flight will stop once in Seoul Korea before moving on to Nagoya. We are waiting for an email from the host family to find out where they'll meet there and once she is safely with them I can relax. The University is 2 miles from their home so she can take a bus, the subway or get a bike to ride once she gets her bearings. School starts next week for her too and with classes in english and japanese, she is going to be busy. I just hope that she finds a place with internet access so we can keep in touch.
Spending so much time with Caitlyn, shopping, packing and tracking down things that needed to be done to prepare her - I've been ignoring Michaella. So on Labor Day, she, her boyfriend and I will spend the whole day at a Reniassance Faire in Southern Wisconsin. This is an outing that I've done so many times over the years with Caitlyn and her Girl Scout troop that it feels like a second home for us. She went earlier this month with the girls while I was recouperating from a banged up knee (long story, but I took a less than graceful fall on a sidewalk and ended up in the ER a few days later with a lot of damage to the leg). I'm hoping I can keep up with them, but if not, I'll hold their seats at the shows and they can wander together. Thank goodness for Cell phones. LOL
I've been putting off having sinus surgery that needed doing so this week has been a series of pre-operation appointments for tests, CT scans, xrays and blood work. Next Week on the 7th, while both girls are in their respective schools, I'll be having the surgery done. Then a week of downtime and hopefully I'll be ready to take on the world again.
So who are the saints for safe travel, relaxation and health? I could use a few prayers and one for how to slow down this crazy Merry-go-round, I wanna get off for a bit.