The week I have been both looking forward to and dreading is finally over. It has been the end goal ever since my nephew came back to live with me two years ago. GRADUATION WEEK! and all that went with it. It began with my birthday, then Mother's Day, the Choir concert, Honor's night, Choir Awards Banquet, Choir Lock-In, Graduation, my sister visiting, and celebratory dinner with nephew, sister and mother. Whew, done.
My sister went home today after taking my nephew shopping for college clothes. We went to a final doctor's appointment for a booster shot and enough asthma and allergy medicine to hold my nephew over until he goes to Minnesota on Saturday where he will be magically cured of all that ails him. Well, at least, it seems that he doesn't have as many allergic reactions back there which is funny because "the desert" used to be the place for less allergies. But, his grandfather doesn't have pets except for the next door dog which visits and there is less dust although there is more mold.
For the remaining days until he leaves, we will shovel through his room and make the appropriate piles for immediate use, college use, and storage. Then I will ship his things off to Minnesota including the golf clubs which were shipped here from Minnesota but never used because he lost interest. His grandfather golfs so hopefully they will get some use again.
It's an exciting time of change and possibilities for us. My nephew is excited because he has enough money to buy his own gaming computer now with no parental controls or screen time limits (I keep warning him that he still has to do his homework or reap the consequences). And I am excited to get on with the cleaning out of this house and selling of it so that the mortgage and home equity line of credit can be paid off before my mother and I buy a house together. The weather has moved in to the 100's this week so that puts a bit of a damper on my enthusiasm but at least I will have less to do on the weekends and less grocery shopping. It's time for super-saver frugal mode while I eat all of the leftovers in the house and get organized once again.
Congrats to your nephew, AND ALSO TO YOU. Hope they had a certificate for you as well. I hope he has an awesome time this summer and successful year at college. I look forward to following you along your journey to early retirement.
We need a party for Daizy to celebrate having gotten through these hectic days! As Kim wrote, I hope you can back onto the road to your early retirement.
Having read your post, I had to take a nap. Congratulations all around. I laughed at your having to shovel through his room. And when the dust settles, you will miss him.
And yeah, it's kind of a cool opportunity with all the big moves coming up: paying off the mortgage, a new house with your mom. Lots of fun stuff.
You made it!!! Congrats to you & your nephew. A big & exciting period of adjustment ahead.
Thanks, Kim! I'm holding my breath until he gets a job this summer. I won't be there to nudge him along. It's hard to let go.
Well, moving in with my mother is a big question mark for my plan but I'm sure it will work out some how.
I am looking forward to more naps on the weekend! That's probably unrealistic since I'm supposed to be getting this house ready to sell. Maybe he will keep in touch but I hear that boys disappear when they go off to college and only surface when they need money.
I hope, when the dust settles, I have less debt. The price of the house with my mom is still a mystery but it needs to fit our unique needs so I'm willing to stretch a bit.
Thanks! I hope he adjusts and enjoys this time in his life. So many changes are coming. I try to warn him of the obvious pitfalls but some thing he'll have to figure out for himself.
Yay, well done both of you. You did really well xxx
Congratulations to you and your nephew! As a long-time reader, I so enjoy following your adventures.
Just a few more hurdles, 6 1/2 weeks until he turns 18. I'll feel better when he is at college, and hopefully doing well.
Thanks! It hasn't turned out how I planned but that's life I guess.
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