Sunday, January 11, 2015

Time to get back to normal

Are the holidays over yet? It’s hard to tell, all I can feel is exhaustion. 



It’s been so great having all the kids here, Mollie from college and LJ and Colin here from New York. I adore my children and love having them home – and I can’t wait for Nick and I to have our empty nest back again! I hope that doesn’t make me a bad mother.


‘Our’ Christmas day, last Wednesday, was really nice. Since we have no little children around there was no need to get up at the crack of dawn. Nick and I slept late for us and the kids finally got up around ten. We fixed a big breakfast and then started on the gifts. We took our time, going around the circle each opening one gift at a time. I love doing it this way – I can see what everyone gets and their reaction when they open it.

We had a relaxing afternoon and then Mollie started making supper, I was making some dessert. We got them both in the oven and then five minutes later all the power went out. It’s nice that everyone had an iPhone with a flashlight because it was pitch black in the house.

We found a few lanterns and sat them, along with a few candles, around and waited… and waited… No power. No supper cooking so finally we ordered pizza, which we ate by candlelight. It was a very interesting evening. The power was off for about three hours and while I shouldn’t complain about the cold down here in the south – it was COLD! Thank goodness for gas logs.

After a while the boys went out to meet with friends and Mollie headed back to her school for a meeting she had the next day. Her school is about an hour away and when she got about ten minutes from home she called back to say that her car had no heat at all. Poor kid, it was a cold ride and the next morning when she headed out to her meeting it was -1 degree.

It got down to 5 degrees here and we had a two-hour delay for school and trust me – I needed it! And I’m still tired.

The boys are heading back this afternoon and I think Mollie is heading back so she can work in the daycare, she doesn’t start her student teaching until the twentieth. But the best news is that Mollie found out that she passed her licensure tests. She had been so worried. Now she only has to do the student teaching and she’ll be a teacher – an unemployed one for the moment, but a teacher nonetheless.


So we’ve had a great Christmas. We’ve enjoyed the children’s visits and we are looking forward to getting back to being just us. I wonder how long it’s going to take for PK to reappear, I hope she’s close by.

Written by PK at 5:30 PM

26 comments

26 Comments:

At 12:22 AM, Blogger Leigh Smith said...

Great news about Molly, although I never thought she wouldn't pass. Glad you enjoy time with all of them and understand how you want you and Nick back to normal.

 
At 3:05 AM, Blogger Cat said...

Hey PK...so sorry you've had to deal with the cold weather and no power! But sounds as if you had a lovely time in spite of it. Congratulations to Mollie! Happy you've enjoyed the time with your kiddos but I do understand wanting your house back to just you and Nick. And no...that does not make you a bad parent. ;)

Hugs and Blessings...
Cat

 
At 6:39 AM, Blogger Roz said...

Hi PK, I'm glad you enjoyed the time with the kids. I'm sorry you had to deal with the cold and no power, but glad you had a wonderful celebration in spite of it.

Congratulations to Mollie! I too understand you wanting things to return to normal with just the two of you.

Hugs
Roz

 
At 8:25 AM, Blogger abby said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful celebration...the no power will make a great story to remember and retell. There is a LOT to be said for empty nesting...I love my grands to pieces...but after a week am exhausted.
YEAH for Molly......
hugs abby

 
At 8:33 AM, Blogger Florida Dom said...

Nice that you had a great Christmas despite the power going out. Nice to make new memories.

FD

 
At 8:50 AM, Blogger an English Rose said...

Hi PK, Congratulations to Mollie!! I hate being without power, especially in the cold. Everything just seems bleaker somehow. Hope this term goes quickly!
love Jan,xx

 
At 11:39 AM, Blogger Meredith Malloy said...

PK,
Isn't spring just around the corner?
Meredith

 
At 12:39 PM, Blogger ronnie said...

Congratulations to Mollie. I had no doubt she would pass.

Happy you had a wonderful time.

Love,
Ronnie
xx

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger Minelle Labraun said...

I'm happy for Mollie!! Although we both know the road ahead! Kids have such passion and endurance! She will be dynamite!
I know what you mean about getting back to a normal.... You and Nick!
I know you will be popping right back Ms PK!!

 
At 5:47 PM, Blogger Blondie said...

Sounds like there was so much to be happy about, even with little blips. Congrats to Mollie.

 
At 9:31 PM, Blogger PK said...

She was so worried that she had me worried and I am looking forward to normal.

 
At 9:32 PM, Blogger PK said...

It did make interesting memories. I've missed being Nick and PK.

 
At 9:35 PM, Blogger PK said...

Yes it was a wonderful celebration. Mollie is so relieved and I am too.

 
At 9:37 PM, Blogger PK said...

I dreaded the empty nest like a toothache, yet I've come to love it. Especially since I can see my children when I want to.

 
At 9:39 PM, Blogger PK said...

Always, memories with my family are always wonderful.

 
At 9:43 PM, Blogger PK said...

It's so very rare that we are without power it was a little exciting for a short time.

 
At 9:44 PM, Blogger PK said...

I sure hope it it!

 
At 9:46 PM, Blogger PK said...

Thanks Ronnie, she had worried so much she had me worried.

 
At 9:50 PM, Blogger PK said...

I hope she enjoys teaching, at least for a while. She may spend the next 30 years at it or maybe just 5. She does have an education, behind her now.

 
At 9:51 PM, Blogger PK said...

It was Blondie, it was just wonderful!

 
At 10:38 PM, Blogger Annabelle Smith said...

Congratulations to Mollie. Now on to doing what she has worked hard to achieve. Sounds like the best of a difficult situation was made, and everyone will be sure to remember this Christmas season for sure. Wihing you the best this year.

 
At 10:54 PM, Blogger PK said...

Thanks Annabelle, Mollie is such a great kid. No matter what, it was a great Christmas.

 
At 10:57 AM, Blogger Clara said...

I think January is the hardest month of the year. We don't have kids coming back home anymore but it's still hard finding yourself again after the holidays. For me it's missing one of my kids who's pushed us all away for many years. She comes around on the holidays but it's so hard to know I'm only a part of her life when she chooses to let us in. The holidays just throw that in my face. I never understood how families lost track of each other and now I know. It sucks and it takes all of January to put my heart back together. Glad you had a wonderful Christmas with your kids!

 
At 6:18 AM, Blogger PK Corey said...

Thank you for coming by Clara - I know not having all your family with you and close must be the hardest thing. I hope things change for you in the future. You make me realize just how good I have it.

 
At 3:56 PM, Blogger Ami Starsong said...

Glad you had a good Christmas, and so glad for Mollie that she was so successful. Way to go!

Hugs
Ami

 
At 10:13 PM, Blogger Terpsichore said...

So glad you enjoyed your time together celebrating Christmas as a family and made the best of the dark and cold. :-) And, congratulations to Mollie! That is wonderful news! Now rest up so you can have some fun in your empty nest. Hugs

 

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