And then she went on a new adventure.

NYC has a new resident. My Chelsea has been in the city for college for about two weeks now. She was lucky enough to have to opportunity to go in early and learn how to navigate the city, public transportation, and take a couple of classes. She is the happiest person right now. I am so proud of her.

Lunch! Right after we moved Chelsea into her dorm.  It was fabulous!

Lunch! Right after we moved Chelsea into her dorm. It was fabulous!

I have always told my kids that they can be anything they want to be. Dream big.

I was kind of kicking myself for a minute about that. When Chelsea said she really wanted to be in NYC I knew it was the right thing for her. I knew it was in her heart and it was her dream. She has worked on this dream for years. To study theater in NYC. That was her big dream. I had to support it. Even though for a minute I really wanted to say no.

Unpacking in her dorm!

Unpacking in her dorm!

I am doing a lot better than I thought I would. I love getting texts from Chelsea showing me her view at the moment, how amazing Pippin was, and calls where I can her the confidence in her voice. She is learning the city and learning about herself.

I am so honored to be her Mom. I am really looking forward to this crazy, exciting first year of college. I love watching her turn into the strong person I know she is.

This was right before we said goodbye.  I didn't cry THAT much.  ;)

This was right before we said goodbye. I didn’t cry THAT much. ;)


And then she grew up.

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I blinked and it was here. Chelsea graduated from high school this week. Even though we have been getting ready for it all year, I was not ready. I tried to fake it the best I could, but I cried like a baby anytime anyone has brought it up over the last few weeks.

Chelsea was a preemie. I was told she was not going to live when my water broke. I was told that if she did make it, she would have severe heart and lung problems, and would have developmental delays.

She had none of those problems. Her little four pound self just had a bit of jaundice. She only had to stay in the hospital for one week and then she was all ours.

My miracle girl. My Chelsea Rose.


Chelsea has been proving people wrong and amazing me ever since. We are all so proud of the smart, strong willed woman she has become.


Even though NYC seems so far away, I know I am just a quick train ride away if she needs me.

Or if I need her.


Weekend Wrap-up NYC College edition!

Oh I am SO behind on my posting. Darn hackers!!! Anyhow. A lot of fun stuff has been going on here. Chelsea is auditioning for BFA programs at some colleges. We had a fun weekend in NYC while she auditioned at Marymount Manhattan College. She loved it. Fingers crossed! We thought it would be fun to use some of these college visits to have some fun family adventures. Heading to Boston soon!

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One of the things I am so happy we were able to do is go skating at Rockefeller Center. That was something Chloe has been hoping to do someday. And she did it!! They had a blast! We checked out the huge Toys R Us in Times Square, and Jake loved Nintendo World. I was amazed at how peaceful it was while we were walking in Central Park. If I ever win the lottery I am SO living in NYC. I love being there.

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Oh my goodness! My pictures did not come out good. I think my phone was frozen from the crazy cold weather! Oh well, we had a fun weekend!

Have you ever been to NYC? What are your favorite places to visit while there?