The first month of my hiatus from blogging I moved my daughter to a large university and here is how it went...
So here is some of the luggage bags and many other things that my oldest daughter took with her to her new home, 180 miles away. Well, it's still in sunny Florida and just 4 hours away.
We stayed up until late packing and got up early in the morning, very early in the morning.
We took many photos in the early morning but we all looked like cyclops so I decided to avoid the horror of Odysseus coming after us by concealing these photos to the secret not for blogging cave.
There were a lot of more boxes and clothes already in the car.
Of course all college students need sodas, Coca Cola to stay awake and Sprite to burp up all the bad food they eat (Hey, I still remember my college years).
It was a beautiful day, sunny, warm but not too hot and with amazing clear blue skies.
These are just some of the few reasons why so many of us live here in Florida.
Just look at the gorgeous mama nature!
Here we are! Yes, she is going to be spending her days and nights in this fabulous complex. The entire complex is only for college students and the people that work there.
I was so proud of my girl; she leased her place on her own and besides her grants she is taking loans to pay for her place for the entire year and I only going to be paying for the next year summer months. Well besides spending money, food money, clothing, medication, health insurance.....
This is our lunch; after spending hours fixing her place we needed some fast, cheap and filing lunch so Wendy's was the perfect choice.
We took a mini tour of the campus. The first time that my daughter came to the campus she came with her boyfriend's family because I was working and going to Saturday classes and couldn't take the day off.
The Knight, the college mascot is so freaking regal, and physically and intellectually ready for a fight.
This university is the 3rd largest campus in the nation and its was my oldest daughter dream to attend it. She worked very hard and finished her Associate in Science with honors and was part of the her college Dean List.
When I did my bachelors my first two years my grades were amazing but by the last two they were terrible because I was partying, working, going to concerts and having the time of my life (wait, that's what I still do). I knew that I was going to continue into my master's studies and I was already working so I really didn't care much for my grades as soon as they were good enough to get into a graduate program they were good enough for me.
It took me a long time to start and complete my masters, I started in 2007 and finished it in 2009 the same year that my oldest daughter graduated from high school.
My girl and her tall, smart and loveliest boyfriend; he's British-American and a ginger (that's always a plus for us).
He and both of his parents were there with us setting him up as well; he is also finishing his studies here just like his brother did two years ago.
I'm very happy that he is in my girl's life because I see a lot of the qualities that I like about myself in him. Specially the one about being there for the ones you love during the good and the bad times and saying what you mean and meaning what you say. In order words: a person that is reliable and present for you when and where you need them.
By the way: I take all my best life lessons from Dr. Seuss.
One of the faculties building; it was a crazily emotional week so its just fitting that I feel some attraction to the Psychology Faculty building.
I was sad, happy, tired excited, proud, loud and mentally unprepared for all the feelings that were pouring into my being all through out the two day that we spend moving and setting my daughter into her new life.
This walkway is between the faculties and it was my favorite part of the entire campus!!
These are the trees that are surrounding the walk way (bridge?).
I could swear I saw an alligator looking back at me but it also could be my imagination and the lack of sleep????
This is the center of the campus and the fountain was a lot more impressive in real life but we couldn't wait until it started to shoot higher water before we needed to move on to another area of the campus.
This is the inside of Student Government Building, and this mobile structure and the way the light comes in through the glass is quite impressive when you are in it.
This building has the school bank, library, coffee shops, cafeterias and restaurants in it. It was like a mini city and so many preppy kids roaming around with big eyed parents like me thinking "my god my kid did good and now I'll be even more broke for the next couple of years"!!!!!!
Daughter's room; I was so proud of her color choices and to the fact that she purchased everything for her room with her scholarship's leftover money.
It took us between 4 to 6 hours to get her room, bathroom, computer area and closet ready. Her boyfriend's mom got her a dark curtain for the window for those days that she doesn't want to see the sun early in the morning and some extra stuff for her room.
Another proud moment: my love for The Beatles stays engraved into her music conscious.
I think I did my job for the good of everlasting music.
Here I'm super-dupper-tired trying to helped her pick up groceries that will last her for at least 2 weeks.
I wore my old jeans and t-shirts from Target with a pile of accessories.
I left a bit after this photo and I cried a lot when I was leaving but then I had to concentrate because it was pouring down raining on our way home so the eyes needed to be in top clear shape.
I'm so sorry for the length of this post; I guess I've been quiet for too long and have too much to say.