Aug 21, 2015

Little Bear Goes to College

Barrett is all settled into her college dorm room and her first day of class was on Wednesday.
She is officially a college student.
She is a Carolina Tarheel.

Her dorm opened last Thursday and had three move in days -
Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Barrett's roommate, who is from Charlotte (NC),  wasn't moving in until Saturday. So we took advantage of living only thirty minutes away and took a carload each day and moved in slowly. 
It was so nice taking all of her clothes on Thursday and getting it all  put away before bringing in the other things on Friday and Saturday.

It started to feel very "real" when she started to pack her clothes last week.

I don't know how my girls destroy their rooms any time they start packing! 

Lola knew something was going on and she would not take her eyes off of me. 
She must have thought I was leaving her forever!

This was the load Barrett and I took on the first day.

We couldn't decide if her room looked more like a prison cell or a hospital room!
It is very small, but luckily the building was recently remodeled.
I am so glad they removed the carpet and added the wood flooring. 

There are two beds, two desks with a row of built in shelves above them.
Each person has a built in chest with five drawers and adjustable shelves above them in their own closet. 
There is a small area for hanging clothes. 
There is a vanity and sink that is shared in the room with a large mirror. 

Barrett and her roommate decided not to match their bedding, but did try to compliment each other  in color and style. 

Barrett wanted to go with blue and white chinoiserie with touches of pink and gold.
We used baskets for storage everywhere we could instead of plastic storage drawers and bins. 

Our progress the first day!

Friday, the second day, Art took all of the larger and heavier pieces, hung pictures and connected all the tech stuff.  Brittany also tagged along, but I forgot to take pictures! 

Saturday, day three, since Barrett's roommate was moving in, we didn't go back until later in the day so their family could spend sometime in the room themselves. 
Brittany was home sitting by the pool and came in to say good-bye. 
This really got me.
Seems like last week "Little Bear" was the one hugging her big sister good-bye. 

When we got there,
Art hung lights around the room.
(Lilly Pulitzer lights we bought from Target.)

Between the two desk, the girls have a mini fridge, microwave and a coffee maker. 

We painted the shelf and a lot of the frames in her room gold and added battery operated candles that come on automatically every evening. 

Brooke painted the two rams for Barrett's room and also the pictures of Barrett on the shelf above the desk.
(She is opening an Etsy store very very soon!)

Barrett and her roomate S.

(Barrett and I covered the cork board with the same fabric as her pillow on her bed.)

I didn't want this moment to happen!
We did eventually have to say our good-byes.
There is a very good reason why there are no pictures of me doing this. 
Hard time for this mom!

I hugged her forever (or at least wanted to). Wordless, because I could not speak.
I didn't want to let her go and when I did I held her hand as I got into the car and didn't let go until Art pulled away.
I was hanging on as long as I could.

I couldn't take my eyes off of her.

One of Barrett's nicknames is "Little Bear".
When she got back into her room she found a little surprise from me. 
A small trinket dish with a little fuzzy bear sitting on it. 
I have a second fuzzy bear sitting in the kitchen window.  

I found a letter Barrett wrote to me and Art in her room the next day.
It was the sweetest thing.

I love you Barrett!
You will always be my Little Bear!


Sunday night two of Barrett's high school friends paid her visit.
It doesn't take these girls long does it?

And everyone on the hall is enjoying the "Carolina Cookies" Barrett baked to take.

She is so sweet!
I love that girl so much!

Aug 12, 2015

Two More Days

I am still here. Hope you are too!

We have had a great summer, but as always it has come and gone too quickly. I can't wait to get into a regular routine and share it.  This also has been  a summer full of bittersweetness.  I've been taking a lot of slow deep breathes, swallowing hard and tossing and turning at night.

My house looks and feels like a bomb has gone off inside it. Closets are being emptied and every suitcase we own is loaded down. The dogs know something big is going on, especially sensitive little Lola. She must think we are leaving her and Charlie forever.

I am praying that I do not have to make another Target run to buy another plastic bin or drawer.

I 'd really be okay if this Friday never got here.

Just two more days we take Barrett to college.

See you next week!