HA! I think that was actually just my vision of how it would be to leave a child at college. In all actuality, that boy of ours had a huge smile stretched across his face encircled with a bunch of new friends with stars in his eyes about all the adventures and freedoms that beckoned to him on the horizon.
Last week was not only that six-week mark, it also happened to be Fall Break here in the desert.
We drove through the most gorgeous scenery…
I loved to watch it change bit by bit as we drove through it all.
…and I loved having those girls all to myself for a little bit
…even if my co-pilot that Dave instructed to keep me awake promptly fell into a deep slumber. Ha!
We talked and discussed and listened to Lucy watch a movie.
(Lucy is kind of fun to listen to because she sings along and makes some pretty hilarious (and loud) commentary as she’s watching.)
We hardly stopped and made record time to get to Provo just in time to join the throngs of crowds all dressed in blue heading to the game.
We were overwhelmed walking into that stadium. I hadn’t been to a college football game since I was in college. The excitement in that stadium was electric.
Lucy was especially over-the-moon excited to be there:
You never know what mood you are gonna get that girl in I tell you!
We sat on some random front row where the people hadn’t arrived yet as we texted back and forth with Max who had been there forever since he and friends had camped out for the best student section tickets again. It was so loud and crazy and we took it all in while waiting to find that boy.
Let me just take you there for a minute…
Pretty fun, right?
And then, all of a sudden Max was there right behind us, and we were all swimming like salmon upstream through each other and our seats and the crowd to get a hold of that boy and give him big hugs.
It was like everything around us all went into slow-motion and froze while we soaked him in for a second.
One of my very favorite moments I will always remember.
He whisked Elle off to the student section with him and we met up with Dave’s sister Carol Lynn who met us for the game and found our real seats.
Carol Lynn was so dang cute with Lucy. She couldn’t see very well and she explained every detail of what was happening out there to her.
Heart-melter for sure.
We had to get an official “cougar tail” (of course, because I think that must be some kind of new rule of sports games at BYU..:)
We watched Max and Elle who got on the jumbo tron multiple times.
And watched a pretty fun game as the sun set behind us and they lit up the bit “Y” on the mountain (it was Homecoming so it was one of the three times they light that thing).
We happened to sit next to a girl and her family who lived right by Dave and me when we were newlyweds there so many years ago. Dumb that I didn’t take a picture of them!
It was a pretty awesome night to remember in so many ways. We kept texting Dave and wishing he was with us, but we sent him enough pics he probably felt like he was 🙂
We slept over with Carol Lynna and went to her church with her the next day:
The girls drew her some pretty awesome pictures…this is Claire’s with a girl who can actually jump in a puddle (she made it 3-D):
And here’s Lucy’s (that was already up on CL’s fridge when I took the picture, hence the magnet), of a slew of Halloween folks:
We all headed to Dave’s other sister Julie’s for dinner (she invites all the college kids over once a month and we hit the right week!).
So fun to get these cousins together:
(There are three cousins in Provo right now. Max, Jake (the blonde up there), and Allie (in front of Elle above.)
These three were pretty happy to be reunited too.
We got back to Provo just in time for dorm visiting hours so the girls could see how Max lives in his dorm. And let’s keep it real here and take a look at that room. Wow. Apparently he had “cleaned up” just for us. Ha! Fun to see his Taiwan flag up…took a little attention away from the disaster area below, and so great for these girls to be able to picture where he lives when they talk to him from now on.
The next day Elle went to class with Max to check things out up there…this is the only picture I got as they were walking over to campus:
Then we met up with them on campus for lunch…
…and a little bowling.
When he had to study we met up with Carol Lynn and Allie to go see the movie “Pan.”
…which surprised us and we really liked it.
Then we met up with Max again as well as some other friends who were up from the desert to meet up with their girl too (next to Elle).
On the way out the next morning we went to “touch” the temple (following our motto that if we allow our children to touch the temple, the temple will touch them).
Sometimes Claire has to help Lucy’s mood along just a tad 🙂
It was kind of a whirlwind couple days but we were so dang happy we made that trek.
Worth it in every way.
Especially since my “raisin” heart swelled right back up to normal again.
Let’s not talk about how six weeks without a child compares to two years (coming up in January). Not quite ready to talk about that yet but I have a feeling my heart may be conditioned a little better by then.
We left to meet up with Dave with big smiles on our faces from a few days well spent, off on the new adventure that awaited.