This past weekend was Family Weekend at Katie's college. It was so great to see her again so soon! We are really lucky that we are able to ease into this new chapter in our family's journey. We ended up spending the weekend mainly just relaxing with Katie and we didn't participate in any of the activities scheduled by the school. We didn't really plan it that way, but it was clear that Katie really just wanted to relax with us. The first thing she asked us when we called her from the hotel was did our room have two beds. She really just wanted to sleep in a comfortable bed and shower in a "big" shower. It was nice to have her "under our roof" for two nights and I could tell she was enjoying the "comforts of home". As great as it was to see Katie, I still felt a little unsettled since Madeleine decided to stay behind and spend the weekend with my Dad and Sandy. I wasn't expecting to feel that way. But I think subconsciously I must have been looking forward to Family Weekend as a time to put our family back together. Just another emotional response I wasn't expecting regarding this whole college experience. In any case, it was nice to focus our attention solely on Katie and we did have a nice weekend.
Geoff and I stumbled upon a very cool diner Friday night on our way to Katie's school. And we ended up back there for lunch on Saturday with Katie. Geoff was beside himself with joy! He has yet to meet a diner he doesn't like!
We also took Katie shopping at a nearby outlet mall. Unlike the diner, this was not all that joyful for Geoff. But he was a good sport and indulged us.
Saturday night we met up with some friends of ours who coincidentally also have a freshman at Katie's school. It was great catching up with them and being able to introduce Katie to their son. He is a very friendly guy and it's nice for each of them to have another friendly face on campus.
On Sunday, Geoff's parents drove up and we spent the morning showing them around campus and the town and getting brunch in the student union. By early afternoon, we all said goodbye amidst a few moist eyes and lots of long hugs. As great as it is to see each other, saying goodbye each time makes it a little bittersweet. As of right now Katie is talking about coming home in a couple of weekends. We'll see if that all pans out. In the meantime, I have my fingers crossed.
Sorry I have no pictures to share. The weekend was just so relaxed and casual, I didn't want to upset the "normal family time" by constantly taking and posing for pictures.