Sunday, October 14, 2007

Family Weekend

Well it's Sunday morning in a hotel room in Columbia MO. Chris and Hannah are still snoozing and I'm enjoying coffee and browsing blogs.

This weekend was the Family Weekend at Columbia College. Yesterday rained nearly all day. I don't know how things went on campus because after lunch we grabbed Aaron and went downtown, then the mall and spent the day as a family. It was really a great time.

During lunch, Dr. Terry Smith came by at sat at our table for a few minutes. Dr Smith is Executive Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs. Aaron, one of five Presidential Scholarship Winners, said it's pretty cool when the Dean knows you and calls you by name. Our conversation some how got around to politics and Dr. Smith told Aaron that he should take his poly-sci class next fall. It's an advanced class that Dr. Smith does in conjuction with a Presidential campaign and will require students to work on a candidates campaign.

We had a fun time visiting some stores downtown. Hannah bought a ring. At the mall, Aaron got a new pair of shoes (I told him he's like a girl with all of his shoes!) and so did Chris (get new shoes, not tell Aaron he's like a girl). We had Starbucks while at Barnes and Noble and managed to make it out with nary a single book purchased! Everybody found books they would like but said they already have too many to read!

We had a wonderful dinner at Macaroni Grill and finished the night back at the hotel with the girls reading and the guys watching baseball--just like home(but not as comfortable).

In a few minutes, we'll meet Aaron for brunch and then head home. It's good to see him growing up and developing into a great young man. I am so proud of him and Hannah. In spite of our bumblings as parents, they have turned out to be well adjusted young adults.

I hope that your weekend was a good as mine.

John

"If you ever start feeling like you have the goofiest, craziest, most dysfunctional family in the world, all you have to do is go to the state fair. Because five minutes at the fair, you'll be going, 'You know, we're alright. We're dang near royalty.' "

Jeff Foxworthy

4 comments:

Amanda said...

That sounds like an excellent weekend. How often does 'Family Weekend' happen?

Its interesting to read your blog where your children are nearly 'leaving the nest' while my son has only just hatched. I have so much to look forward to!

John said...

Amanda,
Family Weekend is an annual event. It's really a Homecoming with most of the events geared towards alumni.
You have much to look forwards to, indeed.

Bilbo said...

Our "Family Weekend" will be at Thanksgiving, when my sister and her family will bring our father down, and my sons and the grandchildren will come in from Ohio and California. We're also hoping for a visit from my brother in Florida and my other brother and his wife from back in Pennsylvania. It'll be a full, loud house...but it'll be great!

Random Magus said...

What a fabulous idea. I live far away so it's difficult to coordinate, but when I travel home then we all get together and celebrate!