The roller coaster that is May is off and running. The next five weeks will be, oh, how do you say… busy! Here are few things that are happening right now:
Photo by Margie Scherschligt
Planning Cole’s grad party. Yep. My baby is graduating from high school. And right after that, we’re throwing a party. And right after that he and some of his fellow grads are taking a cross country camping trip. It’s funny but I don’t think when you are staring down at a little human in those first weeks that you comprehend the fact that they will grow. He graduates from high school on June 9.
Celebrating that Cole is going to college. He had narrowed it down to three schools, and the choice ended up being St. Olaf College down in Northfield, MN. (And yep, that’s where his sister is graduating from in a few weeks… which is further down this list.) In the end, it really did come down to finances and which school offered the best package. His two California school choices would have tipped the scale and saddled him with a debt load that personally, I feel would have been irresponsible for me as a parent to endorse on his behalf. At the end of the day, I wish we had more money to give him, but we don’t. That’s reality. I am just so proud of this kid and hope that he thrives next year as an Ole. He is readjusting some of his expectations, but I think he will find his place there. Of course, nothing is ever set in stone. We’ll see how it all shakes out.
Traveling to Illinois in two weeks to watch my daughter and her remarkable teammates vy for a national championship in ultimate. Dan and I will be road tripping to Rockford and we are SO stoked to be there, cheering on the St. Olaf Vortex women. This is the final ultimate event of my daughter’s scholastic life. She’ll likely play club ultimate in the future, but this is her final tournament for college. (Did you catch my scrapbook page the other day about this?)
Preparing for two more major ultimate tournaments for Cole and his fellow Great River Stars teammates. The Hopkins Hustle and the Minnesota State High School tournament are both happening in the next five weeks. Mother’s Day has been spent at the Hopkins Hustle tournament for the past four years and it’s my FAVORITE way to spend it. I’ve got my big-assed lens rented and will be on the sidelines shooting, cheering and soaking in these final days of high school sports. Man, I’m grateful that my kids chose to do sports. It’s been a joy to witness as a parent.
Anticipating the graduation of this little peanut, who will be getting her degree in Political Science and graduating on May 27 from St. Olaf College. There are wonderful events surrounding graduation and we are so excited to share them with our amazing daughter.
Holding our breath regarding Dan’s future teaching job. Hope springs eternal!
Suffice to say, May into June is going to be a bit on the crazy side, but I am saddled up and ready for this ride.
That’s the update from Zielske land. What are you doing?