Sunday, August 31, 2008
Although we didn't have a soccer TOURNAMENT (where we get to stay in a hotel & enjoy adult beverages by the pool with other parents in the evenings), Jordan did have a soccer GAME (where we get to get up at 4:45am to leave the house at 5:30am to drive 2 hours & to drive home again that evening in the RAIN) at UF. Kind of an exhibition game in front of the UF coaches in this prime recruitment year. This was also opening college football weekend and the UF coaches gave each of the girls & their parents tickets to the football game. (GO GATORS!!!) Megan wasn't able to get student tickets to the game and, since not all of the girls had both parents going, we were lucky enough to be score 2 extra tickets for Megan & Ben.
Never having gone to a college football game, I was very excited and even got Ben (he who hates the heat & is not too interested in sports) excited about it. I did not realize, however, that our tickets were in, not only the STUDENT section of The Swamp, but in the student ATHELETE section. Because of circumstances out of our control, we didn't get to our seats until after kick off and "others" were already in our seats (or rather, in front of our bleacher) when we got there. As we pushing our way to our spots, a LOVELY Florida Track Bi-otch expressed, rather loudly that this was the STUDENT ATHELETE section and we were NOT student athletes. Needless to say, she is very lucky that Ben was with me because I very much had to restrain myself from pushing her down the bleachers, ending her STUDENT ATHLETE career (Michael says this would have made her eligible for the gymnastics program, as she went tumbling...haha! Anyway, I digress...) It was hot & we had been rained on & I was angry & Ben really wasn't interested in the game so he & I took off & explored the campus while the rest of the family stayed on to watch the Gators CRUSH Hawaii (56-10). Ben & I ended up having a great time & he really LOVES the campus & is already envisioning himself there, 8 years from now... we'll see if he changes his mind next week when we travel to Tallahassee and sees the FSU campus.
As a sidenote...it was great to see Megan! College life really seems to be agreeing with her. She looked great and seems really happy...and she & her friends all LOVED the goodies from Gramma Tiss. We weren't so much sad to say goodbye as jealous we had to get back to real life.
On this Sunday of the 3 day weekend, Michael & Jordan are off to Disney to watch the soccer tournament we are usually attending... they really can never get enough soccer. Ben & I stayed home & watched the Discovery Channel & VH1 Classic (80 hours of the 80's, Baby!). I've also wasted hours reading blogs of random people I've never met... fascinating stuff. I'm not being sarcastic, it was really fun. I will order pizza soon & call it a completely wasted day.
I haven't talked it over with Michael yet, but hopefully we will get some things done around the house tomorrow... or he & Jordan will be heading back to Orlando. I'll keep you posted.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Jordan is a Junior! Wow! She has her license & the car that used to be Megan's and is driving herself to school, soccer & the Y now. According to Ben, "Jordan being able to drive is the best invention ever!" Can you tell he's spent a lot of time in the car?
And to reward me for not taking her picture that morning, Megan used the timer function on her camera & took one of herself before her first day of class, which was Monday, Aug. 25. I think her roommate was still sleeping, I'm sure she appreciated the flash bright & early. But thank you Meg, I really appreciated that.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Despite the weather, we were all in a great mood all day. Megan's excitement about being on campus was contagious and Michael & I were able to really appreciate what a great opportunity this is for her. We had a great lunch at "The Swamp", a local restaurant just off-campus & spent the afternoon getting her room put together. By the time we had to head home, the weather was getting really bad & I just had time for a quick hug & kiss before I had to race out the car that Michael had pulled up to the curb...and me having to run (against the wind) was good for such a laugh that Michael & I didn't have to allow ourselves to be sad. (On a side note, Jordan's team has a soccer training session at UF next Saturday, so we will see Megan again in just over a week...that helped!)
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tomorrow is moving day. Michael & I are moving our oldest daughter to college. It hardly seems possible that she's old enough to be going away. I'm really having a hard time grasping the reality that, as of tomorrow, there will be one less place setting at our dining room table.
Both Michael & I are so excited for her. We know she's going to love being a FLORIDA GATOR and that she really is heading for a great adventure. We are so proud of her accomplishments, yet we are even more proud of the person she's become. Hopefully, we have done our job & given her wings...