Saturday, October 6, 2007

College and the family way **Edited! With Pictures!**

There is nothing -- and I mean NOTHING -- like spending the weekend with your college son and his little sister.

We are faraway collegeland for their family weekend. The planned "weekend" part is pretty dorky, but the "family" part is the best ever.

The Roo-girl and I flew in Thursday night/Friday morning (no lie... it was 2 a.m. before we got settled in a hotel room), so we didn't get to see Z-man until the next morning.

And let me tell you, there is nothing sweeter than a hug from a man-child who is happy to see his mother. Oh man, I could live for days on the feeling of contentment alone.

So here are some high points:

Listening to my children bicker in a loving way. ("You're DEAD to me, Z-man." "So's your face, Roo-girl.") Oh yeah, I have seriously missed this. (Really!)

Going out to dinner with my two youngest children and laughing our butts off.

Walking the city's famous pedestrian mall with my kids, arm-in-arm.

Watching a bagpiper play on the corner and seeing the unbridled joy on my daughter's face as she listened.

Listening to my little boy rattle off a zillion French culinary terms and knowing that he knows what he is talking about.

Taking a city tour, sponsored by the college, and seeing some really cool historical sites and amazing architecture.

The Roo-girl's first-ever cherry limeade from Sonic. (We get the commercials for Sonic at home, but I don't really think there is one in our half of the state. And no, I don't know why we get the commercials.)

Eating brunch at the campus dining room ... where, you will excuse me, they have an omelet bar, fresh fruit, pancakes, a belgian wafflemaker, any kind of eggs you want AND a cappucino machine. Did someone say dorm food?

Just hanging out in a hotel room, watching TV. Doing nothing is an underappreciated art.

And knowing that my children are enjoying being with me as much as I am enjoying being with them? Priceless.


Deb said...

My kids are only in 1st and [rek, i dont wanna hear about college, I need to get through highschool first! My babies!

kim-d said...

Hi Janet~

I wandered over from Simply Not Simple, and so glad I did. So far, this is the only post I've read, but I just couldn't stay a lurker. What a great weekend; all while I was reading, I just kept thinking..."awwww..." No, it just doesn't get any better than that! I spent Saturday evening taking pix of my 9th grade granddaughter and her friends prior to their first Homecoming Dance--sob! SO beautiful! And then having dinner with my adult (step)son, DIL and some of their friends. Isn't it amazing what great people those little kids turn into? I'm so glad you had such a great weekend!

Jenny said...

Love this!

swampy said...

Just flew by from PamelaJamela's because she said you were hosting Fun Monday next week. I'm in, whatever your challenge might be for us...
Love the weekend you had at college. I have two girls and this could have been them...six years age difference, even though one of yours is the big brother.
Cherry Limeade from Sonic, the best.
Glad you had a wonderful time. There will be more, but it's over all too soon.

Phoenix said...

Oh man you made me miss my brother so much. We pick at each other like we are 13 again, every time we see each other.

Hey thanks for visiting me. On the meme...So I looked it up for you and there is a town called Uintah in Utah. See, now you can do the meme. :)

nikki said...

Shoot, I need to go live in a dorm for all that food. Plus I wouldn't have to cook. Do they accept three year olds too?

Junebug said...

Pricelss times with older children, yes, we have had more enjoyment traveling with our children now that they are 24, 21, and 20, than ever before. I miss those baby and little child stages when I am in stores and hear children calling "mom', but I had that then and I love what stage their in now too. Ch-ch-ch-changes. ;))) Say, you might like to visit my blog again. I just posted some more pictures after I returned from the dentist. Do you read Pioneer Woman? I have a picture that is related to her.

VDog said...

Aw! You guys are so sweet together! Love it!

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