Or maybe I should have entitled this post "Borrowing and Carrying?"
As in, we subracted one daughter and added one...well...
We carried the girl to school and we're borrowing a new...
On August 11, we packed up our dear, sweet Darling Daughter and moved her to her new home.
As you can see, she was a huge help in getting the car loaded.
She held her desk chair in place so it wouldn't roll away.
Dad and Daniel (our extra son) piled all of her stuff into the Tahoe early in the morning.
We weren't actually sure it was all going to fit with enough room left over for the humans that were traveling with us...her grandma and best friend went along for the big "Good Bye!" Luckily, we had borrowed one of those big luggage thingies that go on top of the car...we were able to get all seven of her pillows in there!
Unfortunately, we forgot to remove the luggage carrier before attempting to pull into our garage when we got back home that night and ummm...well, then top of the luggage carrier and the siding above the garage?
Yeah, they took a hit.
We arrived in town and checked out the falls.
Had some dinner, walked around...
caught a very interesting Mickey Mouse-shaped cloud in the sunset...
petted a humongous snake on the street downtown...
and ventured back to the hotel where we made the Grandma sleep on the floor!
Not really!! Not really!
Actually she slept in the tub!
She chose to sleep on a blow-up mattress by herself rather than take her chances getting kicked and smacked by Heather all night long. And she didn't really sleep hunched up like that, either.
She was picking with us.
The next morning, we were up at 5:30 am because...well, because it takes the girls for EVER to get ready. We had to be at the school for check-in at 8:30 and it was about a 30 minute ride from the hotel, so we knew we'd better get an early start!
We still arrived 15 minutes late.
Check out the gorgeous view of the football stadium from her dorm!
Worship service in the chapel with all parents, family, and freshmen students. I'll tell you all about it later, but THIS is where I began to cry. And cry. And cry some more.
I mean, when the president of a University gets on his knees in front of an entire room full of people and prays for his students, it's moving to say the least.
So, then we got her room unpacked. It's a fairly large room, as dorms go. The walls are a little rough, though, so nothing we brought would stick, and we weren't able to decorate. However, we did go and grab some heavy-duty velcro tape, and I think that worked.
One last photo with the BFF.
One last hug from daddy...
And then...we headed back home...without our only little girl!
I mean, our big, grown-up college girl!
A few days later...we added a new member to the family.