Monday, September 27, 2010

Family Weekend

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.

11 comments:

Karen Peterson said...

Sounds like a great weekend! I'm glad you got to spend some quality time with Katie.

Anita said...

I am forgiving you the lack of pictures...lol.
It sounds like it was just what Katie and you needed. I am happy for both of you. Surprising Madeleine didn't go with you, was Katie disappointed? I hope not. I do think it was nice to have that one on one time too. I've been thinking of things like that a lot, as you can imagine.
Thanks for the update.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Bittersweet indeed. My last two kids have been so far away, a weekend visit hasn't been a possibility. I do have my youngest coming home for fall break - Oct. 27. Sometimes I ask myself how I can bear his absence and I realize that I'm a true 'out of sight/out of mind' person. Perhaps that is the only way I can deal with things that rip up my heart.

Glad you fun. Hope Katie is having a grand time - oh, and studying too.

Terra said...

How great that you got to spend a nice weekend like that. It has got to be difficult to be letting go and feel so good to see her hanging on a little bit.

LindyLouMac said...

I think it was actually rather good for you to have quality time with just Katie :)

Sandy said...

When I heard that her "other" grandparents were there I was SO jealous! But I got over it. We were lucky enough to have Madeleine to ourselves for the weekend which made up for it. I hope it's the start of time spent with Maddy the way we've had with Katie over the last few years.

Bethany said...

That sounds like a fun weekend and a great catch-up time with Katie :) How far is she form home?

LindyLouMac said...

Me again, thanks for your recent comment on my review for 'The White Tiger' to which I have now responded.

ModernMom said...

Oh it sounds like a perfect weekend for both you and Kaite!

Gamma Sharon said...

Sounds wonderful! I am glad you had a relaxing weekend with your girl! Very special!

Marie said...

Sounds like such a great weekend! I loved family weekends at college. So fun!

 

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