it’s all over but the crying & a winner

well i guess we officially said goodbye to summer this past weekend. despite the fact that some of our hottest temps may still be ahead of us, summer is officially done.

sigh.

i wrote a couple weeks ago about how the beginning of school, the return of routine and my girls being gone, like all the time, is not what i’m ready for. i think, more so than flipping the calender to a new year, i’m acutely aware of this awful stage we all go through as parents called, sending them off. away. college. whatever. we start preparing them to be independent from the day they come out of the womb. no really. think about it. we want them to sleep all night. on their own. we want them to start walking and before we know it, they’re walking into an SEC game day while we’re crying buckets of tears in their empty bedroom. or something like that. we’ve sent one off & we’ve got 3 more to go. each summer i realize we’re closer and closer. in all seriousness, i do not like it. psycho analyze me all you want, but i love my crew all being here around the dinner table each day. i love staying up late & sleepy, slow starting mornings. i love lazy days driving through for a sonic happy hour. i’m not ready to sign forms & stay up late with stressed kiddos with loads of homework. i’m not ready for my weekends to be a fast & furious pace. i’m just not.

i cherished this summer. it was a mighty good one. we weren’t free from stress or injuries, sad days, tears & heart ache. no. not at all. but i truly cherished our time together, because these moments are flying by.

& speaking of my fleeting, favorite moments, i’m still looking through beach photos. in fact, i don’t think my family has even seen all of them yet. today’s post is day 3 of 7 in seaside, if that gives you an idea ….let’s just say it may be a brisk fall day with leaves falling outside your window & i’ll be posting beach pictures.

as you can see, this early in the week we didn’t have savannah with us yet. she shows up soon though. we spent some fun days with our friends, the 3 Peanuts. some of ya’ll have asked about where we stay, so i included that picture for you. disclaimer-do not hold me responsible for your rental choice. :).  we factor in close proximity to seaside and the water and a house that will hold all of us & not cost $248,367 for the week. there are only a zillion factors to add to the mix while choosing your vacation rental, but this house has been a great place for us.

& for the allie mac giveaway, amy P, you’re the winner. early bird gets the worm! i’ll forward your email to allie mac.
“Amy P – More fun shopping tips from Paige! Liked her FB page and would LOVE to win this skirt for my tall, slim teen . . . who just might share with me!”

September 4, 2013 - 8:55 am

Andrea - Lovely pictures. I wasn’t one of “those moms” that wanted their children to move out and on either. I cried when my son moved out at 20 and was thrilled when he came home to save money for his wedding and to buy a house and wept again when he left for the second and final time. My girls are 10 and 8 and I imagine there will be crying times again when they go to college and finally move on. Love the white beaches that is one thing we sure don’t have in MI.

September 4, 2013 - 9:51 am

Ella - I enjoy seeing your beach pictures anytime, even in the winter!

September 4, 2013 - 11:14 am

Robin at Recess - Love, love the pics today Paige!

September 4, 2013 - 4:54 pm

Denise Thompson - where did you get that precious dress?

September 4, 2013 - 6:24 pm

Lori H - Bring on the vacay photos…I would really enjoy them by a crackling fire with snow outside 🙂

September 4, 2013 - 6:47 pm

Jill - Cutest family EVER! I love this post. 🙂 And awesome photos, by the way!

September 4, 2013 - 7:13 pm

cathy - Oh honey I TOTALLY understand this post nearly more then you because in just over 5 months I will have empty next but before that I get to go to europe again with my beautiful ones. I am sure I will cry buckets on that flight home… not wanting it to be ever over… Sometimes I get knots in my stomach just thinking about it but anyway I will enjoy every day of this next 5 months I am sure…Thank you for always touching my heart…Love you heaps xoxox
PS the photography is exquisite !!!

September 5, 2013 - 1:25 am

Sophie - Such beautiful photos! I dread the day that one of my kiddos moves out, I know I’ll be a mess. It’s bitter sweet watching our children become grown ups

September 5, 2013 - 8:38 am

Kerri - I think these might be my favorite Knudsen family photos yet!

September 6, 2013 - 9:38 pm

Heidi @ Decor & More - I feel your pain, Paige! Never ready to send them all back to school/college and so not ready for the schedule. But… There it is, right? Onward!
Xo Heidi
Btw- love the pics, we were down there for Labor Day and loved it.

September 7, 2013 - 7:37 am

tara - keep those pictures coming!
can’t get over how much older Caroline looks.

ps. need to know how to save a picture of the random number generator winner….that would be so awesome.