Wow, what to do with ourselves? haha My husband and I have raised 5 children and 1 nephew and launched them all from the nest over the past 10 years. We live in the midwest. Our oldest just moved to NYC so of course we are going to visit him in September. The next 2 children live in Denver and we have visited them a time or two. The nephew is also in Colorado. Our two youngest are at University of Illinois (2 hours away). We moved our baby in yesterday. 3 years ago my mom had brain cancer surgery and whole brain radiation so the past 3 years involved me nursing her and taking over more and more of her affairs as the radiation affected her. She fought the loss of her independence tooth and nail and it wasn't always easy. She's now comfortably living in a care facility (wheelchair bound, eating assist) and is not mad at the family any longer for placing her in this safe place (she had no intentions of leaving her home!)
My husband is retired and I guess I am too now that the kids and mom are settled! My plans: organize my office and photos, get more albums put together, start writing the family history with info I've learned through my genealogy research, go through the boxes of family history I inherited from my mom and grandparents when we closed down mom's house---focus, focus, focus! By the end of the year I want to have all my mom and dad's letters scanned (they wrote hundreds of letters while dad was overseas in the Army 1955-1957). I'd also like to get a Christmas album together for each of the kids. We have 29 years of photo Christmas cards and about 25 years of Christmas letters. I also want to get a working family keepsake album started. I have a lot of things passed down from ancestors and need to record their stories.