you know you are an empty nester when...
Extended version from a Re Post from Instagram.com/DebbiDiMaggio
You know you're an empty nester when... you're traveling all the time. And following your children wherever they go (even if it's half way around the world). And it was to a place you really hadn't thought of visiting.
You know you're an empty nester when... you're trying to find your kids via social media!
You know you're an #emptynester when... the refrigerator is empty except for a couple of eggs, a few sticks of butter, organic dog food + #Chardonnay and #Champagne.
You know you're an empty nester when... you forget to stop working.
You know you're an empty nester when... you find a hobby! Even when you're a workaholic.
You know you're an empty nester when... you send your kids friends college care packages.
You know you are an empty nester when... you take Road Trips in a car. --It takes longer to get home to your empty nest.
You know you are an empty nester when... you start to relive your past and go back to activities like skiing or working out!
You know you are an empty nester when... you take risks you may not have when the kids were at home.
You know you are an empty nester when... you track and document your kids trip via re posts on your own instagram account!
You know you're an empty nester when... you adopt younger kids, and take them with you on vacation!
You know you are an empty nester when... you hire your kids friends.
You know you are an empty nester when... you still refer to their friends by the nickname you tagged them with when they were younger - even when they in no way represent that term of endearment any longer, but don't mind that you still call them by it. Little Luke, is no longer Little, and grew right passed my son on his way up.
You know you're an empty nester when... you're texting your kids incessantly only to receive a text back saying "I was in class!"
It would take months to upload all the amazing photographs from the many wonderful trips we have taken with our kids, to visit our kids, with my husband, my mom and/or dad, aunties and mother-in-law, even solo over the last few years.
From Australia to Cuba, an attempt at scuba diving, multiple helicopter excursions, my first road trip - by car, ever; even wearing college branded ( #CU ) shirts and hats --- GO BUFFS! (it never was my style, even while a college student and grad of Cal Berkeley) --and so much more to come and to be shared.
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Photos: Australia, #DownUnder visiting our daughter Bianca with my mom in January 2016 while she was living and working abroad. We spent two luxurious weeks touring Sydney - from the comfort of the Four Seasons Hotel overlooking the Sydney Opera House, then on to the very private and secluded, One and Only Hayman Island via Hamilton Island by private yacht and a butler on arrival in the Great Barrier Reef, and the if that wasn't fabulous enough, we rounded out our trip at the very exclusive One and Only Emirates Wolgan Valley where we resided in a single family one bedroom structure with our own indoor-outdoor swimming pool, reminiscent of a Frank Lloyd Wright architectural design.
Top Photo from our Road Trip after leaving Chase at CU Boulder as we drove back to California via Vail, Utah - Sorrel River Ranch and Resort, AMAZING! (photo), through Southern Utah winding through what appeared to be the bottom of the sea, read up on that later, to Las Vegas - of course we stayed at the Wynn Resort, and on to Beverly Hills - where I finalized a few deals poolside.
Mmm, maybe the empty nest isn't so bad after all?
Oh, One More:
You Know You Are An Empty Nester When... you go on vacation with your kids and their friends as their "chaperone". #CaboCrew