Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Fledgling Has Taken Flight

So we're truly empty nesters now. We helped my younger daughter move out of our home and into her new apartment on May 1st. And again on May 2nd. Huh? Two days in a row? Yes, two days in a row. Because when we tried to rent a truck for May 1st, there was nothing available. Nothing. "Good luck with that" we were told. Followed by chuckling. We'd forgotten that we have a university and two colleges locally, and that all those students would be doing what my daughter was doing...moving out of dorms and apartments, and moving back home or into other apartments. Which meant that every truck was booked solid that weekend. Every single one.


Since plan A didn't work, we went onto plan B: drive to Ottawa the morning of May 1st in our car, move my daughter out of her dorm room (she had to be out by noon) and into her new apartment. The next morning we picked up the small truck we had rented (any truck you wanted was available on Monday), brought it home, loaded up my daughter's furniture and a whole bunch of other things and drove back to Ottawa for round two.


Two days of loading and traveling and unloading and traveling. Sheesh... By the time we got home Monday night, we were dead tired. But we'd do it all over again if need be. My daughter is happily settled into her first apartment with her roommates and I couldn't be happier for her. This is such an exciting time in her life.

And there was another bonus to these trips, which I'll share about tomorrow...

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  1. Wow, that's a lotta work! No wonder you're pooped!

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  2. Oh can't wait to hear the rest of the story! Congrats to your daughter! That is a great achievement! Wish her and her roommates all the best! I can see why you would e tired with all that work; moving is exhausting!

    betty

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    1. Thank you so much, Betty! It was so exhausting but also very exciting. I'm so happy for my daughter. This is a wonderful time in her life.

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  3. You're great, loving parents.
    Celebrate the decrease in laundry til school breaks. =)

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  4. I close on my first house tomorrow, I'll be doing the moving thing soon. It's not far away from my current residence where my mother lives. I can move things bit by bit and don't have to stress about taking everything at once. I'm going to try to keep the house free of clutter and keep it neat for once.

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    1. That is very exciting and wonderful news, Adam! Congratulations to you and Daisy. I am very happy for both of you!

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  5. sad but the relationship is changing to an adult one.

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    1. It is, Christine. Sometimes I'm stunned at how they years have passed!

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  6. I'll bet you were sad...happy....anxious....nervous....all at once!
    Best of luck to your daughter....
    Have you sold your house? Is that the bonus?
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. All of those feelings and more, Linda!
      We at still in this house...ugh... Waiting, waiting, waiting. It's so frustrating!

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  7. Big changes! I'm glad you can appreciate this special time :o) Sounds like a lucky girl to have a momma like you!

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    1. I miss my girls but I want them to have the courage and determination to live their lives!

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  8. Congrats on becoming an empty nester! It's a hard transition but gratifying to see our children successfully on their own.

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    1. You said it perfectly, Linda. It's hard to see them go but it's also very gratifying!

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  9. You are so right about this being an exciting time for our children. It's been quite awhile now since my kids moved out but I remember those first couple of moves from home to independence as a beautiful thing. Since then both of my children have become adults and own their own homes but we still have helped them move a number of times between then and now.

    How are you adjusting??? I hope this is a wonderful time for you and your perfectly wonderful husband. I loved the time while my kids where at college because I still felt very connected to them but I had more independence on a day to day basis and hopefully that is what you feel as well.

    Good luck to your children and hope all these transitions go smooth as silk.

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    1. I often wondered how I'd handle my two daughters moving out and I can honestly say that it's been a lot easier for me than I thought. I do reminisce about when they were little and I do miss having them here but I'm also so excited for them. It is so important to me that they have the courage to fly the coop and head out into the world. Our home is always a safe place for them to land if need be, so they never have to be worried. And I felt exactly like you with the school! Still connected but also an empty nester - mostly. Thank you, Cheryl!

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  10. I wish her much success and happiness.

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    1. Thank you so much, Gail! That's all I really want for my girls.

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  11. I've done my share of kid moving. It seems we move our girls but our sons depend on their buddies.

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  12. I hope you're all enjoying this change! and yes, I love Ikea, mostly because I can get everything in one go and do not have to visit other places and run around like a nut because like you I hate shopping...

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    1. Yes! All great reasons. And I am very much enjoying the change. It's another stage of my daughter's life and my own!

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  13. It will take time to get your heads around being empty nesters, I bet. But just think.....ALL THOSE VISITS TO Ottawa!!....to see your daughter of course!!/Ikea

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    1. Yes! An excuse to go on road trips to our nation's capital!

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  14. I bet you had so many different emotions at this time ...
    Glad all went well.

    All the best Jan

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    1. It sure is! The beginning of another stage in life.

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  16. Lots of work but very cool that she's got her own place and that you're her mom.

    Well done, you.

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    1. I love that she is able to do this. Going out and living in the real world is good for them. Teaches responsibility and builds confidence.

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  17. Seriously? A truck?! Most of my stuff can fit the boot of a car when i was in uni. After a few years studying, they still fit the same boot.

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    1. When she moved into her dorm, we took all her stuff there by car. But now she rented an apartment and we needed to move some furniture for her, the bed being the most important! So unless she was going to sleep on the floor and keep her clothes in boxes, we needed to get some furniture to her :)

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