You know that saying ‘Be careful what you wish for’? We joke as parents that we can’t wait until our kids are out of the house. With one child away at school. One very independent almost 18 year old. I am now trying to take back those words. Revelations from an Almost Empty Nester.
Most would describe an empty nest as that point where your children have grown and left home to not move back in. But you can become ‘almost empty nesters’ when your kids move away for school to come back part time. Or when you have kids/young adults still living at home while working or going to school. And really they are just using your water, electricity, food and bed.
This last September our household had a dramatic change. One leaving to go away for school and one basically on her own living schedule. To be honest, at first I really enjoyed not being busy and scheduled on weekdays and weekends. But now four months in, I am finding that an empty calendar and somewhat empty home is well..a little scary.
We are in the final week before Christmas and we are bringing out our BEST BUTER TARTS recipe!
I am so excited to have the whole family home and just relax. I don’t know about you, but I find the Christmas season more chill with older kids. Excited toddlers and littles are so charged up, it is really hard to get things done! It is also true that when the kids were little, I did a lot more Christmas baking.
In addition to squares, shortbread and the famous Davey Crockett, I also made homemade sugar cookies and gingerbread. We had cookie decorating parties and used a lot of our baking to take school events, teachers and concerts.
Now that those days are gone, we pick only the favourites to bake. Let’s face it – we eat it for 2 days and then it goes to the freezer. It sits around until one of my kids raids the freezer, or until the following year!!