Tag: QueensUmum

Packing Challenge

Today is another bittersweet day at our house. My son is up in his room contemplating packing for his second year at university where he will be living in a rental house with a bunch of friends. Last year we had many trips to the stores to stock up with everything he needs but this year, the challenge is getting him to pack. Being more independent now he doesn't want help. The thing is he hasn't started this process yet. Tomorrow is the day we fill up the van for the early morning move the next day into a rental house two hours…

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Cha-cha-cha-changes and the Green Acres Inn

I have been writing a series about my son living at university in another town. I like to explore his temporary home whenever we go to visit him either for pick ups or drop offs. It is a town our family has grown to love. The series is called #QueensUmum and it is about our adventures in Kingston, Ontario.  I would never have found this lovely place if not for the fact that my son is attending Queen's University. It's limestone buildings are rich with the history of Britain and Canada.  We've stayed in many fine hotels since the summer of 2015. Recently, my…

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The Return of Thing 1

I drove Thing 1 back to School today. It wasn't a very dramatic farewell as it has been every other time. I'd heard that Thanksgiving was when: Stress from everything either makes them crash or it all starts to make sense; They feel more comfortable in their dorms, and know where everything is on campus; The kids come back to school with colds ( he's predictably got the sniffles ); He's definitely fitting in now and is more comfortable.  A certain calmness has descended.  This weekend marks the first visit home from Thing 1 - the first time since he's left to go to…

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Moving in day…AKA the BIG LEAP

(Here is an audio version I recorded of this blog. Feel free to listen as you read through although I have to warn you - I get a bit emotional!) Listen: [audio m4a="http://www.eclecticsoapbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Moving-In-Day.m4a"] or, Read: This was the day I had been dreading for months. The day my first born - Thing 1, moved out of our home to go to school for four years. Guess what? I survived. But it has taken me two weeks to sit down and write about it. The first week I still felt too fragile. Nothing was right when I woke up in the…

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Preparing for the Big Leap

As many of you may know, Thing 1 is heading off to Queen’s University this fall. #noTears! The Big Leap In order to help get him ready, we’ve decided to take a few trips to Kingston to check out the new "hood". The transition from high school to university will be shocking enough without having to worry about getting around campus, buying groceries, a shirt or finding some decent fries. I can’t do much to help once school starts - especially being as far away as we’ll be. But I can do something now to assist him in preparing for "the big leap".…

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