We are taking my daughter to the missionary training center. She reports September 1. My husband has been moaning saying that this is the last time she will ever live at our house. I told him that according to what most parents say, your children always come back. However, I never did go back home after I got married. But hopefully we will have her and my oldest son back for a few months anyway after their missions. They will get home the same month!
I felt that we should stop and see both sets of grandparents on our way to Utah. My parents are getting older, and at their age, 18 months is a long time, and we don't know if they will be around when she gets back. My husband's mother and husband are younger, but there are no guarantees, right? So I'm glad we are going to take the extra time and mileage to stop in and see them both.
It's going to be weird to only have 2 kids at home again. But that will give us more quality time with them, right? Pretty soon it will be just me and my husband sitting with our dog and cat, pretending they are our children. ;)