Friday morning we headed over to the university to start moving Luke in!
Luke decided he wanted his bed up a little higher, so he could fit the dresser under it. He could have lofted it even higher--there were extra headboard things to do that with in the closet in the common area, but we could never find any pins to attach them. But what we ended up with is probably high enough. He also fit a big Rubbermaid tub under there, and some other stuff.
After we finished lunch, we went to Walmart to pick up all the stuff we realized we forgot (trash can, among other things!). There is no cleaning service for the suites, so the boys are responsible for cleaning their own bathroom/kitchen, and for supplying things like toilet paper! We bought a big thing for that! We also went to Sams to buy a different desk chair. Luke didn't love the one that was provided. We went back to the dorm and assembled it in the parking lot so we didn't have to carry the big box inside.
Saturday we probably could have driven back, but I'm glad we didn't. It was nice to have 2 days in between the big drives. Instead, after breakfast, Bob and I each exercised at the hotel gym, and then I worked on some chemistry. Then we decided to go a little further south to another BBQ place that several people had recommended--"Big Bob Gibson"!
2017 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.
So then we drove around a little more--I finally think I'm getting my bearings there--and then headed back to the hotel so I could do some more chemistry. Luke was doing ice breaker things at the university since classes don't start for a few more days. But then we picked him back up and headed over to our other friends' house, the ones we stayed with when we came down to visit. We had a ball with them, as well as a delicious meal! It's so fun to see all these friends in other places! But we eventually had to go drop Luke off and say goodbye so we could start the long drive back Sunday.
We got back after another long 12 hour day, thanks to construction and traffic. It was a really nice time though. Originally we thought we'd bring everyone, but once we realized Nathan didn't have to be back at his school until later, we decided to leave everyone else at home with him. It was a really good decision! Although I'd like for everyone to see Luke's school at some point, it was good not to have a circus trailing us as we tried to get Luke situated, so we could just focus on him. Plus it was really fun, just the three of us! On the way down, we listened to an entire week of sessions from one of the WSS speakers this year, on Jonah. It was really excellent, and we didn't have to stop it once to settle a backseat dispute or because someone was crying!
I think it was easier for me since we left 2 days after we got there. I could see him settling in, and everyone was just so very friendly. I think he's going to have a great 4 years there! I didn't not want to come home though. Aside from the always depressing thought of driving back into Northern VA, there is the thought that the school year is about to start again, and I really am not ready! Oh well--onward and upward, stiff upper lip, and all that. I can't wait for camping next year . . .