On Saturday my beautiful baby girl turned 19. 19? 19! How on earth did that happen?
We celebrated with a family cook out. We had burgers and dogs, corn on the cob, pimiento cheese spread (yummmmm!) and cupcakes. It was also a going away party because . . .
On Sunday my beautiful baby girl become a college sophomore. I know this goes hand in hand with the turning 19 thing but still, how on earth did that happen?
Her dorm, which is actually not the dorm she originally chose, is lovely. It sits in the center of campus and has so much character.
The brick and stonework is beautiful and it has it’s own courtyard. It’s a large building but Hannah’s room is at the end of a hall and tucked around a little corner, which I think is a great location.
She has a beautiful view of the college green and I’m hoping she will grow to love being centrally located. We helped her set her room up on Sunday, rearranging desks and beds and tables, trying to make everything fit and look cozy and coordinated before her roommate arrived on Monday.
It was nice to see that she brought some many decorative things from home, like these pinwheels that were leftover from Dale’s big birthday party.
And the little owl that I got from Emily last year. The owl is her school’s mascot and I just couldn’t resist tucking this into one of her care packages. I think it makes her smile and since it’s hand knit I hope it reminds her of her mom.
Leaving her behind this year was a much easier experience than last year. She’s got a wonderful roommate, she’s already been cast in a play for the fall, and she’s got a positive outlook to get her through any rough patches. Sure, I choked up a bit when I hugged her goodbye – I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t.
But seeing her beautiful smile as she waved to us from her window made me certain that she’s got a great year ahead of her.