Well, we had a very busy day today. We spent the day taking Laura back to school and moving her into her new apartment up in Boone, NC. Okay...I'm not sure what happened over the summer, but it seems like her stuff multiplied and expanded somehow and she took back way more today than she came home with in May!
Packing the car was like working a jigsaw puzzle.
We even had to ask Lindy's boyfriend, Sean, to drive his truck up with us just so we could have more room!
I have to say, he was a trooper. Mark helped us load up, but he couldn't go to Boone because he had to work, so Sean helped us out so much with all the heavy lifting, etc.
(By the way, I never told you that Lindy had a great time at the wedding she went to with Sean's family up in New Jersey. Here are a few pictures of them from the rehearsal dinner and reception...)
Anyway...it was very drizzly today and we were afraid it might start raining, so we used a tarp to cover everything in the truck. We had to make several stops to readjust the tarp because it kept blowing and flapping in the wind!
We also drove through extremely dense fog as we got higher up into the mountains. I could barely see the tail lights of the car in front of me and I even accidentally ran a red light because I couldn't see it!
We finally made it safe and sound and there was no fog in Boone, thank goodness!
Steve and I were laughing that this is the 15th time we have moved a college student in or out of a dorm! I think we are pretty much experts by now. It's so funny how our fall ritual has changed over the years. When the kids were in elementary school, it was all about buying a new back-to-school outfit and going to Wal-Mart with our supply list in hand to make sure we got all the folders and wipes and crayons we needed. Our cart was always overflowing. With four kids, I remember thinking how expensive going back to school was!
That makes me laugh now considering how much money college costs in addition to apartment rent and buying decorations and furniture for it! Can you say, "Cha-ching!" ???
We worked all day putting the bed together and hanging things up and running to Wal-Mart for last minute items. When Steve and I left, her room was starting to come together. We ran out of nails so her walls barely had anything on them yet but it is going to be really cute when it's finished!
The second year of dropping kids off at college is so much easier for me. Last year just about killed me with so many sad goodbyes. This year...I'm fine! I know they are happy and I know they do come back! :) Thank you God for the fact that never again in my life will I have to say goodbye to a college freshman. That ranks up there with one of the saddest things I've ever had to do and I HATED it every time! Saying goodbye to a college sophomore? I will miss them, but I can handle it!
PS-Laura isn't gone for good yet. She is coming back home tomorrow to stay for another couple of weeks. We just had to move her in today and sign the lease, etc. So she isn't really gone quite yet. :)