Thursday, July 09, 2009

A Big Day For Carter; A Big Day For Mom

Our oldest son is having one heck of a summer. He's packed up and en route to Texas with Aunt Caroline as I write. Six Flags, Medieval Times, Half Price Books and more await him....plus lots of time with the Starnes family. Then, 2 weeks on the beach in sunny San Diego followed by a massive road trip cross country, seeing all the sites.

Sometimes, I wish my name was Carter.

We said good-bye this morning and I proudly held back tears as I watched sister drive off with my baby. (Jack tried to sneak in, too.)

The group before departure.

I know he's in good hands. I know he's going to have the time of his life. It's a rite of passage.....to spend summer break with family....we did it as kids.....I have the most wonderful memories from it.

I know all of this. It makes sense as I write it. So, why does it hurt my heart so much?

16 comments:

Deelsu said...

I spent many summers with my family and cousins in Arkansas!
so many memories....
Just think.. this will be something he remembers as an adult too!
that may help?

Donatelli98 said...

It hurts so much because he is your baby boy - there is just something about moms and their boys! Once we moved I would go back to FL and spend several weeks with my family - the best memories! You are so lucky (so are your kids) that you are so close to your sister! I hope CC and Bia do kid swaps when they are parents!

Carrie said...

Aw Casey, I'm sorry you are hurting a bit! I'm not going to tell you what you already know...just wanted to say what a fun experience for him! It's good to let him do things like this from time to time! God love Caroliine...so nice to have a sister like that!!

Kelley and Carl Loredo said...

I'm sure it's tough - I can't imagine. Although it sounds kind of nice right now...ha! Where oh where did you get the precious watermelon dress?!

Monica said...

Just think how much sweeter it will be when you get to San Diego and see him again! On another note, love Lainey's little watermelon outfit. Can she be any cuter?

Sassy Cass said...

Aw, he is gonna have a BLAST! I bet he feels so grown up. Hang in there, mama. I don't recommend the ankle injury unless maybe you can fake it a lil bit. Its kinda nice to be useless but the whole pain thing is really a buzz kill!

Malinda said...

What a great sister you have and I'm sure they will have a blast. He pretty much worships her anyway doesn't he?

My brother informed me that he would never watch Cason until he can wipe his own butt. (His words, not mine.) He doesn't have kids of his own.

aunt caroline and carter said...

Just arrived! All is well! Don't worry; we'll call you a million more times! :-)

Clare said...

Yay, that is so exciting for Carter. I can't imagine how hard it is for you guys, but (as you know) it is the start of some great memories for Carter.

FROGGITY! said...

AWWWWW!

it hurts b/c he'll always always be your baby. even when you're 80...

it's such a bittersweet thing!

but sounds like he'll have a blast. hang in there momma!

starnes family said...

Watermelon dress was a hand-me-down from precious friends in Colorado! I love it, too!

The Rand's said...

Tears rolled down my face as I read that! Sad tears, happy tears! It's hard to be away from our kids, but it's also a nice break for you and him. Think how happy you'll be to see him! Caroline is an awesome sister and aunt!!!
xoxox

Shannon said...

What makes you a good mom is that you knew it would hurt your heart and you let him go because you knew it would be fantastic for him. So great that he has such a fun aunt!

Amy said...

Wow - Carter is so grown up.. where does the time go. Enjoy your time with the little two. Carter's going to have a blast! :)

The Lenzers said...

Saying goodbye is always hard even if it is for such a short while. But your right, he will have a great time and make so many memeories. Call him often, as I am sure you will. BTW, your cake was just fine. I am sure it was all eaten!! Rice Crispies is about the only thing I can make anyway so I am impressed.

Michelle said...

Awe! This makes me sad! You okay? You are such a good mommy!