Monday, August 18, 2020
What a weekend! I hope yours was good! I know life is probably starting to get crazy for most right about now. I’m linking up with Heather, Tanya and others here.
I’m going to be honest – I didn’t get many great photos because a lot was going on. I have made the comment to many that the two hardest times to have twins have been ages zero-one and college prep time! My boys (including Tom) aren’t big on photos and I tried to be respectful of this day for my boys. The Covid times made it a bit different than the traditional move in day, too, I can imagine. We don’t know anything different, of course!
Trying to get a picture of both boys with Ernie! Jack’s stuff in my car behind them. Mason’s stuff in Tom’s car.
First we drove to Mason’s dorm and the helpers swarmed (but asked first if we wanted help) and we didn’t have to lift a finger. Everyone was masked. Jack and I were behind Tom and Mason.
I took a photo later – they had written dorm info. on the car.
We parked cars and all went to Mason’s dorm first. His roommate had moved in earlier that morning and his parents were gone. Mason didn’t want much help (and he needed to get to know his roommate because they were randomly placed) so I headed to help Tom and Jack.
Jack’s roommate that he had randomly assigned to him ended up not coming so Jack gets a private room.
Mason came to see Jack’s space. Apparently they are not allowed in other dorms during this phase. He was allowed in on moving day, of course.
The chapel is between their dorms.
There is a beautiful water feature next to the chapel. You can’t tell from the photo but there is water running down.
View of the back of Mason’s dorm.
It’s kind of a park like setting between their dorms.
Walkway between Mason’s dorm/chapel and Jack’s dorm.
A picnic shelter at the end of the path.
I don’t know if the grills are functional but it reminded me of something you would see in a state park.
Tom setting up Jack’s technology.
Neither boy wanted any help unpacking. They both immediately set to work and we just kind of observed. They did want us to take empty bags and bins home that they didn’t want or need.
Jack’s wardrobe, fridge, and microwave. This is all provided in both dorms.
This is the main dining hall. They have the tables distanced and signs that say “sanitized”. The food will be already boxed up and grab and go.
The mascot is the knight and this is a prominent statue on campus.
Everyone got a bag with three masks, a thermometer (they have to do an online health screening each day),
and because it is a Catholic university a small bottle of holy water with this sweet blessing on the back. Even though it is Catholic, they are very inclusive of all religions, and all people in general.
Mason sent me this photo later – he and his roommate put this shelf together.
Parents were invited to grab a meal and then there was a movie that we could stay for at 8:30 but we were done with move in by 4:00 and there weren’t many people hanging around. They divided the move in day into two days because of Covid. We could tell the boys wanted us to make ourselves scarce, too. So, we headed home around 5:00. I didn’t cry at all with them. We hugged and said good-bye. I did cry a bit on the way home, though. They are only 30 minutes away, but it’s still very weird for them not to be living with us. Tom and I came home, ate leftovers, and were just tired and drained. I did have trouble sleeping and I still can’t figure out if I should keep their bedroom doors open or closed. It’s sad both ways!
Saturday around noon Jack wanted us to bring a couple of things so we did (this was always a tentative plan on the table) and we took him to get a couple more things at a nearby Walmart and then got him some Cane’s chicken to take back to his room. He didn’t want us to come in even though we could have because it was moving day two. So, we said good-bye again and dropped off a bag to Mason, too – he came down and got it and we said good-bye to him, too, and left.
We were invited out on our friends’ boat that evening and it was lovely. We cruised and ate pizza on the boat and it was so nice to kind of celebrate being empty nesters.
Sunday we went out on our boat with our canine boy.
And, that’s about it.
Today as you are reading this I am working to try to figure out my plan for online teaching for the first 6 weeks of school. I have a lot to do and hopefully it will distract me from missing my boys.
What was the highlight of your weekend?