Saturday, June 20, 2009

We're bleeding maroon....and now purple

My first two children are Aggies, which makes us bleed maroon. But after spending two days at Stephen F. Austin State University, I am starting to bleed a little purple. We were very impressed with the campus, the organized orientation and by Friday, even saw Will ease into a smile. I think it was growing on him, too.

The orientation was so well organized....from meals to charter buses taking the parents to old downtown Nacogdoches for an hour of free time to walk around the antique shops or attend a reception just for us in one of the art galleries. That hour went very fast so Chuck and I didn't make it to the reception. While the parents were whisked far away from campus, the soon-to-be freshmen were getting their classes scheduled for the fall. This was after 2 days of meetings, talks and more talks given by deans, professors, counselors and even the president of the campus.

It seems very real now because Will has an official class schedule. And a dorm room assigned. And we reserved his books. Yep. It's happening.

This is Will's dorm......he's on the 4th floor of the one on the right. Although we didn't get to see his actual room, we saw others. Uh, it's going to be an adjustment. Tiny room full of furniture and one sink. And an even tinier shower that looked like maybe it had black grout. I am going to believe it was black grout. Not white grout gone bad.

This is the cafeteria right across the street from his dorm
where he will eat a lot of his meals. The entire campus is somewhat compact but it is so convenient for him to have this cafeteria right across from his dorm.

This is the Baker Patillo Student Center where most of the orientation meetings and meals were held. This houses a Starbucks, a Barnes and Noble, Chik-fil-a, Panda Express,
a small grocery market, and a movie theater.....
not to mention lots more fast food places, ballrooms,
banquet halls, a bank, and many meeting rooms.

Nacogdoches claims to be the oldest town in Texas and the Old Stone Fort (originally built in 1788....then torn down and an exact replica was rebuilt in 1936) was the first two story building in Texas. It was moved to the SFA campus and just gives a little cuteness to the place. Chuck could tell you more of the history but he'll have to get his own blog. I can just tell you it was cute.

Downtown Nacogdoches......brick streets.

One of my favorite finds was a fabric store among the antique stores. I fell in love with this fabric but it was 49.99 a yard so I just splurged on 1/2 a yard. I am already regretting that I didn't get a whole yard. I have enough to make a pillow, a table runner or another layer in my dining room valance. I'll show a picture of this fabric again in it's new place. All 18 x 54 inches of it.

It's 2 tones of silk woven it looks turquoise/blue/green/lime green

with coral/hot pink polka dots.

Can you see why I just had to have it.....even if only 1/2 a yard?

Got a date with my husband for Father's Day. Because he owes me. I made him a father. We're going to see Hangover or The Proposal. Will says we should see Up. Choices.

The best part of the last two days was spending time with I know once he's off to college those moments are going to be few and far between. This is the time in my children's life that I start wondering if I've taught them everything they need to know. The answer is no.....

And that is why I am so glad he is God's child. I know he'll be okay.


  1. He WILL be okay. I'm so glad all went well. As long as you don't get any orange blood on you....all is well.

  2. Okay, what's that fabric "doing"? It's fab, fab, fabric! (It's early here, sorry) I can't believe you've got a strayer-the boy is not going to A&M? You probably already know but it's called "Nasty toe cheese"-I have a friend who goes to school there. I've had visions quite different from what you show here (nasty toe cheese) but a town that offers fabric like that cannot be bad at all; it looks great. Will Chuck be buying some purple t-shirts now? How snotty do I sound? I don't mean to be snotty or catty-I LOVE MAROON AND A&M-that's why I even notice and I know he doesn't wear them to work or like to the wedding (he didn't did he?) or anything like that...(teehee)