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Old 08-30-2013, 03:43 PM   #1
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Seasoned Empty-Nesters - what new activities did you undertake?

Now that both of my boys are in college, I can do anything I want all evening and weekend. The trouble is, I have to figure out what that is. I need to catch up on my Continuing Ed and of course, there is always cleaning to do. I am thinking of joining Toastamsters. I need some inspiration.
What activities/ hobbies did you pursue when you're kids left home?
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Old 08-30-2013, 03:58 PM   #2
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My nest isn't completely empty but about a year ago I started going to one matinee movie a month on a Thursday or Friday by myself. You ever wonder who was at the movies at 11:30am on a Thursday? Retired people and Empty Nesters.

Sometimes I like to take my Kindle or my iPAD and I go to one of the coffee shops around the colleges and read and hang out and drink coffee and read the campus newspapers amongst the 20-somethings. My husband keeps telling me I should enroll in some classes, or you know -- go teach some classes -- but I'd rather have the atmosphere without the homework.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:22 PM   #3
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Not an empty nester just yet (college soph, HS senior, and an 8th grader) but my plans already are to get my own dog to train...since I will finally have time. My dd shows dogs so we have a lot of friends already at the shows. I just do not have the time personally to work with a dog yet. So I am waiting until we are done with all kids activities!
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:45 PM   #4
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Empty nester here. Youngest DS moved out permanently about 4 years ago and oldest DS about 7 years ago. We took up cruising and going to WDW without them. DH and I are just on our schedule, not a kid's anymore. We do miss them. Oldest DS lives about 30 miles away and youngest DS and DDIL live about 300 miles away.

The reality is, we can do whatever we want to.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:49 PM   #5
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:10 PM   #6
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Jeez, it seems like I went from being an empty nester to being a caretaker for my elderly mother. She passed away in December and I've spent just about every weekend emptying the home she lived in for 50 years and now trying to get it ready to sell. Next spring, we start the same process with the cottage.

I'm looking forward to this winter and maybe being able to get some empty nester hobbies!
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:38 PM   #7
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:58 PM   #8
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We were empty nesters for 10 months 4 years ago. About to be again starting next week for another 10 months as DD goes overseas to school.
No really big difference in our lives, it didn't add any free time, and with kids away at school, it had a huge impact on our disposable income..
Actually kind of crimped our style, because we didn't have a built in pet sitter if we wanted to go away for the weekend.
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:25 PM   #9
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I've been an empty nester for 10 years. I turned my son's bedroom into a craft room. I took a couple of photography classes and bought a nice camera. I got 2 dogs. I joined the Dis. I started traveling internationally.
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:33 PM   #10
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Our DD is a sophomore in college right now. I have joined a bookclub, and do more crafting with some friends of mine.

I still work - and unfortunately that is just taking up too much of my disposable time.
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:38 PM   #11
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After my youngest left for college I did a lot of soul searching/praying. I work part time, but felt I had extra time and energy to serve in some way. In the past five years, we have fostered ten foster babies. It has been a roller coaster, a challenge and a sacrifice. But it has never been dull. There have been countless rewards, and I have learned a lot about myself.

When a baby moves on to adoption or back to their bio home, we take a break. We travel, we have quiet dinners, we appreciate just the two of us. Not sure what the future holds, but the first five years of my empty nest have been very, very full.
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:02 PM   #12
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Since we became empty nesters, I've taken to volunteering for the Ronald McDonald House and their Family Room at the hospital (relaxation/rest room/snack, etc.), DH has gotten into Wildlife photography, and we've both really amped up our birdwatching (now we even take bird-watching long distance trips).
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:07 PM   #13
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Jeez, it seems like I went from being an empty nester to being a caretaker for my elderly mother. She passed away in December and I've spent just about every weekend emptying the home she lived in for 50 years and now trying to get it ready to sell. Next spring, we start the same process with the cottage.

I'm looking forward to this winter and maybe being able to get some empty nester hobbies!
That is what is happening to me. My youngest is a senior in HS and I was looking forward to finally having some time to get somethings done I have put off for over 30 years, but last year my mom got worse and I had to retire from my job to take over her dealings. I guess I may get somethings done at some point in my life!
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:38 PM   #14
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Old 08-31-2013, 04:30 AM   #15
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That is what is happening to me. My youngest is a senior in HS and I was looking forward to finally having some time to get somethings done I have put off for over 30 years, but last year my mom got worse and I had to retire from my job to take over her dealings. I guess I may get somethings done at some point in my life!
I'm so sorry--it's really difficult, I know. The only good part was that I didn't have time to fret about dd leaving and being an empty nester.
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