Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tea Time...

My girls have always had braids in their hair.  Emma's hair is finally past that baby stage and is accepting braids that won't fall out in 3 minutes. 

Her new favorite thing is playing tea party.  Everybody gets tea and everybody must play.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The gift...

I wanted to leave her with something.  Not so much a present as perhaps 'a gesture'.  An acknowleging and recognizing of what was happening.  This new step she was taking.  Actually, the steps we all were taking.

We were just going to be too busy to deal with going to get her a tattoo and that probably is best to be left for her own devices.(another story another day maybe?).  So this had to be something different.  Unlike a traditional gift where a recipient opens it in front of the giver---I think this was important to be done on her own so the directions for the gift included that this be private for the 3 girls.

It started with the thought of glasses and non-alch champagne for the girls to raise a toast.  Well, it grew and grew as ideas do.  

Initially I was on the lookout for her college colors. Green and Gold.  But I went to the craft store and this beautiful box jumped out at me (on sale- so much on sale it was close to free!!!)  Obviously some things are meant to be.  It had more of an adult feel to it which I also thought was important for this so I stayed away from the typical neons or cliche animal prints that are out right now.   I made the flag banner on the top of the box and put each girls initial on it.  So then I started spending time collecting items for in the box.  As you can see we have snacky stuff, a room diffuser smelly thingy and electric candles (they are not allowed to have anything that burns in their room so real candles were out of the question).  The box filled up quicker than I thought so I had to move onto the bag. 

The bag I decorated with some vintage feeling scrapbook papers.  I also used the papers to make a bunch of origami envelopes and mini boxes.  Inside the boxes were little directions for things the girls should do. I won't go into details but it was very "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" (which it was suggested I should get for the box--I just ran out of time and room!!) I added a scroll which they should read first for the directions for the gift and ta-da.....it was finished.  

I was told they were up till 3 am dissecting the box and following all the tasks and they loved every minute.  Mom Success Acheived.

Sunday, August 28, 2011


I'll wrap up some of my driving pics here. 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Welcome home....

The Pennsylvania sign is not my shot.  When we arrived it was way too dark to be dealing with the camera.  The other shots are on my way home.  So why doesn't Texas have a sign?? Oh well, there is no mistaking where you are when you get here.  The bridges in Texas always make it clear.

All Roads lead Home....

I don't know if that is necessarily an accurate quote but I'm hoping our path gets us home quickly today.  I'm absolutely sick of bein in a car.  I just want to be home and do laundry.

Well, my first rejection from my daughter happened last night.  Wasn't able to skype because they were having such 'late night activities'.  As it should be.....

From our drive yesterday....

Friday, August 26, 2011

Homeward bound...

This morning we will leave Pittsburgh.  I hope this city is good to her, she really deserves it.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

"The" Room....

I know a lot of family and friends want to see the space where Lauren is staying.  The photos aren't very good but I think you can get an idea of what it looks like.  I was pretty exhausted by the time we took these shots and there was still a bit of 'organizing' going on. 

Three girls share the space and it's actually not cramped in there at all. We lined up the three dressers to seperate the room into two areas.  One with their beds and one with their desks and such.  The bathroom must be from 1923 so I didn't bother to take a photo of it.

She is on the bottom half of the bunk beds and to the left of her wardrobe closet is a single bed for another girl.  Notice the Superwoman cape in her wardrobe??

We put sheers around the bedding which she can drop for a little privacy if she choses and has some fairy lights in there as well as a reading light and a personal fan. 

The wardrobe is one of those metal cosets.  Pretty old and beat up but will work for what she needs.  The dressers actually fit a lot of her clothes and lined up the way they are the girls can put posters on the back side of the dressers facing their desks.

Tom and I are very excited for this opportunity she is getting.  Neither one of us ever had a traditional college experience.  For a while I shook my head wondering how she was going to do in this environment, however, after settling her in today I suspect she will be just fine.

Roadworthy News??

I was quite tired on my last blogpost so I didn't download the odd n end photos from yesterday.  I'll put them up now.  It's storming here today so I think Move In will really really really  suck.

Things to remember on the way back to Texas--

I40 in Tennessee has police every two miles.  It was crazy. 

Make Tom stop at either the Corvette Hall of fame or the Dinosaur Park.  I'm guessing neither will happen and he will instead want to 'make time' and get home in 12 hours.  (I hope we don't get a ticket on i40) 

Try to get you a picture of the sign I saw  "Used Cows for Sale"---Kentucky, please explain this to me.

Lauren introduced me to Soundhound when we were having a debate as to wether we were listening to Neil Diamond or not. .  It's a phone app which is amazing.  You hold the phone up and let it hear a song that is playing on the radio or whatever or even that your humming and the app will tell you all of the info on the song.  The song, the artist, etc.  It even scrolls the lyrics as the song is playing so it's a virtual karaoke machine in your pocket.  This phone app makes me consider a smart phone being in my future.

We were a couple cars back when this happened.  People do not understand the braking limitations of a semi truck.

This is actually a Radison hotel in Cincinnati.  Just made me hum the Jetsons song...."Jane his wife..."

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Shaken not stirred.....

So, as I gather all the family and friends in Virginia were fine after the earthquake.  Shocked but quite alright. 

Years ago when Geico built their building in Fredericksburg the floors felt really funny.  They have 'floating' floors.  I was told it was for earthquakes.  I thought it was ridiculous but was told then that the area was actually right near a fault line.  I still thought it was ridiculous.  I guess I was wrong. 

We've made it to Pittsburgh and look forward to getting her moved in tomorrow.  It was a long day of driving. 

Day One.....

Oh to sleep all day and tumble all night. 
 This sign was in Texas and Tom and I got a tickle out of it.  I suspect the sign will be a bit heartbreaking on the drive back home.
  I don't know what this wetness stuff was on our windshield.  This was in Arkansas, obviously we have nothing like this in Texas.
Did you see the headlines on her wedding????  American Princess....Really??
  This stuff was piled up on the back of a semi.  I just thought it looked cool.
Day one in the car and we ended up in Tennessee. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Farewell Texas.....

Today we leave. 

Tom and I will staighten out the debris strewn room when we get back but apparently anything of 'importance' has been put in to our trailer.

Two slow days in a vehicle and then I suspect it will be a mad dash whirlwind.  I've already had requests NOT to post photos of Tom crying like a girl.  Since I am the keeper of the camera we all know what side of the lens I will be on.

This postcard photo I took from Postsecret.com  . I suspect most folks are familiar with it, but if not you should check this out.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Time to execute....

It's no longer just a concept or an impending date.  It's here.  College is going to happen.  We got the trailer already and it's ready to be loaded.   We'll leave on Tuesday and between the trip there and back will be spending many more hours driving than I care for, but it must be done.

I've been gone for a while but I hope to be more active on here when we return from Pittsburgh.  I have a lot to share. 

In the meantime, go visit a new blogger at http://www.uscexperience.blogspot.com/ .  She is a little girl that I've known for over a dozen years.  I am really impressed with her take on things and have quickly become engrossed by her blog.  She was Lauren's first Camp Buddy.  They went to HorseRiding Camp in Girl Scouts about a million moons ago. They were young.  Second grade maybe?  Possibly too young for going away from home for that many days.  Her mother and I were both a bit frazzled at having them away from home so far, so young, so long.  The girls were undaunted and excited by the adventure.  I find it interesting that she went to college far away on the West Coast and Lauren is traveling far out to the East Coast.  Both so brave and still unafraid to be away from home.  She is so talented.  I think you'll like it.  So go take a peek.

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Many Faces of Emma....

One day in the future I'll be able to set her down and do a traditional protrait session with her.  In the meantime, I'll have to settle for shots as I can.