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A Weekend Of Kids Growing Up And Dogs Getting Ticks


It was an emotional weekend at our house.

School is starting to wind down for the kids which means that there are a ton  of school related functions happening.

It’s kind of a bittersweet ending of the school year for me.

Gracie will be heading off to middle school and Bobby will heading off to high school.

Gracie will be attending a brand new state of the art middle school. Our city is combining the 2 current middle schools into one and it will be 6-8 instead of 7-8 like it previously was. It’s a 3 level school and it’s  massive. I know she’s going to do just fine but I’m still nervous for her. Middle school is such a change from elementary school.

Bobby will be headed off to high which will open up a whole new world for him. This is it. This is when it really counts. He’ll be playing high school football and whatever other sports he chooses to pursue. I’m nervous for him. His interest in academics has been anything but involved despite our emphasis on how vital it is to his future. It has to click this year. It has too.

So last Friday was a BIG day for all of us.

Gracie had her Memories Program where they have a slide show of the past 6 years that the kids have been at the school. It was a great program and emotional for her and for me. I cried and cried some more.

Friday night Bobby had his LAST middle school dance and he went with a date. They both looked amazing and so mature. Again, I cried.


And then as everyone was back together in one house that night, we were all talking about the events of the day, I was sitting on the floor with Leroy, and I spotted a tick on his head. It was attached and gross. I jumped up, screamed a little and went running down the hall to grab the rubbing alcohol and tweezers. By the time I made it back to the room everyone had bolted and all that was left was me, Leroy and the tick.

I plucked the tick out, watched it drown in the alcohol,  cried a little more and then spent the next several hours trying to figure out which tick product I was going to get this year.

Blah. My emotions can’t handle kids growing up and dogs getting ticks all in one day.

p.s. I’m sorry that I didn’t include pictures of the kids for those that have watched them grow up over the years.  Someone is scraping my posts and I don’t want my children blasted all over the internet.

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Tuesday 17th of May 2016

Yikes. Ticks are no fun. Tis the season!! It is hard to see them grow up but fun because you share so many new things with them.

Jan K

Tuesday 17th of May 2016

Well, it rots we didn't get to see pictures of your kids, but I do appreciate that you didn't share a picture of the tick either. :)

M. K. Clinton

Tuesday 17th of May 2016

Not to get sappy, but cherish every single crazy moment of Bobby's high school years. There will be times it seems they will never end, but in reality, they end too soon. I just spent the last week with my daughter. It had been 2 years since we've been together because she lives across the country. We even took a family trip to a wedding with both grown kids. It was the best! Hang on tight. ☺ #TicksSuck

Jodi Stone

Tuesday 17th of May 2016

It is always bittersweet watching our children grow up and encounter new experiences. It's funny, our job is to teach them how to deal with life so they can strike out on their own and when we've done our jobs, it's sad. I think motherhood is the only job that makes you cry when you've actually accomplished what you set out to do. It's hard, that's how I wound up with dogs. :-)

As for the ticks, we'd been doing SO well with the spray I've been using, then last night I found one that had just started in on Sampson and as soon as that one was taking the alcohol swim, I found a slightly larger one on Delilah. BLAH

Misty Shores Chesapeakes

Monday 16th of May 2016

Wow middle school and high school!! That's huge!

I hate ticks, so far I have not found any on my dogs over the years but a couple of years ago I found a very tiny one on my temple, grossed me out :P

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