My kids are on their way home after spending the weekend on a ski trip with the youth from our church. This was the first time my husband and I have been home alone for this long--four days! It felt pretty normal at first, because there are times where both of the kids spend the night away on the same night. But when it got to the second evening, then the third, life felt really strange! And quiet. :-)
I'm ready for them to get home. I'm really excited to see them and hear all about the trip (they didn't have very good cell phone signals while gone). I'm ready for life to be back to normal. But for just a little while, I got a taste of future normal. And I'm not ready for it! I can see why parents have a difficult time adjusting to an empty nest. Of course, the kids will start to wean us once they're driving and busy with high school activities. And that'll help. In the meantime, I just won't think about the future! :) I've still got several years to enjoy the day-to-day life of teenagers.