Being Busy for an Empty Nester

Raising two healthy, intelligent, and successful children is quite the accomplishment in anybody’s book. Any parent knows that raising children is an enormous job. When Bobby and Clara both moved out of the house, it was hard to accept the fact that they were grown and didn’t need to be sheltered by their mother and father anymore.

But since then I have realized and embraced, that my children are grown, and my husband and I have “made it.” We raised two children that are incredible contributions in today’s society. I know they are going to do big things and I couldn’t be more proud of who they have become.

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Since Bobby and Clara left the house I have picked up many hobbies, a new job, and revived my pre-children life. My husband and I have be able to spend so much time together. We have been able to reconnect to our first love “honeymoon” stage and reignite our love for each other.

kicking-them-out-of-the-nestI have also begun practicing healthy lifestyle changes that have taken up a lot of my free time. I love seeing my body changing for the better. Healthy eating and exercising have made me feel like a new woman. The best part of my lifestyle change is that it helps control my menopausal symptoms…WHEW, ladies you know what I mean. I am so happy with my lifestyle change and feel rewarded every day.

Tai Chi has also been a very beneficial additive to my life. It has helped me ease into exercising and I have made quite a few of friends. Group fitness classes help motivate me and make me want to work to achieve my goals.

I also decided to make a career change that I couldn’t be happier about. I love working for a floral shop part time. Being a floral designer has opened so many doors and has given me countless learning opportunities. Being part time also allows me to have time to focus on my relationships and my life.

Being an empty nester, my husband and I had the pleasure to go on a trip of a lifetime to New York City. I have wanted to go since I was a little girl and spending a week in the big apple with the love of my life was everything I expected and more. The little adventures with my husband make my empty nest life so much more exciting.

The realization that our children’s journey is not going to stop after they have moved out has been the best thing that has happened to me. I am much more positive and can handle being an empty nester better. Our kids will always come back to the warmth of our home and every time they do they will be even more mature and make us proud parents. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them!

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For all you newly empty nesters; know that it gets better. The first couple months are very difficult accepting the fact that your children are moved out and on their own, but know they will come back. Being an empty nester gives you the opportunity to rediscover yourself, take some time to reconnect, and make yourself an even better parent.

It can be difficult but it is definitely a rewarding experience watching your children become even more mature adults 😉

Until next time,

Nancy

Fourth of July!

Between grilled meals and cold beverages this weekend I am excited to kick my feet up and relax for a day.

This weekend was packed with all the Fourth of July fun you would expect.

On Friday evening we went to a friend’s home for a delightful BBQ.  It was so nice seeing friends we haven’t seen in a while.  We stayed at the BBQ much later than we expected to, we were just having so much fun.  They had a fire and we sat around telling old stories and laughing for hours.  We of course made s’mores too, no matter how old you are s’mores are always a good idea.  🙂

Saturday was quite a busy day.  My husband and I went to a Fourth of July festival near our home.  It was a beautiful day, so the grounds were packed.  There were a bunch of different food vendors and little shops set up all around the park.  We walked around had some food and bought a few things.  Unfortunately, we did not eat very healthy while we were there…it is so hard when there are so many different foods to try that look so delicious.  Besides all the food we consumed, I also found a really cute sign for my new raised garden bed! …very appropriate.

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After the festival we came home and relaxed for a little bit before meeting up with a few more friends back at the festival for the annual fireworks.  They were really spectacular.  I feel like each year they get better and have a longer show; I’m not complaining.  It was like an hour long and so beautiful.

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After the fireworks we were exhausted, we came home and went straight to bed.  It felt great sleeping in this morning knowing we didn’t have any plans for the day.  I finally decided to get out of bed and make some brunch.  I cant wait to lounge around all day and add my new sign to the garden!

It was a fun filled weekend with many friends, lots of delicious foods, fireworks, and relaxing!  Hope everyone else had a wonderful Fourth of July!

Until next time,

Nancy