This morning we all got up bright and early and drove M. down to her new college campus and moved her into her dorm room. A momentous occasion for both child and parents. (How on earth are we old enough to have a daughter in college? Didn't I just leave my 20's?)
Here's the whole crew inside M.'s dorm room:
Evidently, M. is the only college freshman who has so many younger brothers and sisters. Or she was the only one crazy enough to bring them along. Either way, ours were about the only young children around. I figured we were doing M. and her roommate a public service, because after you've had 10 extra people in your room, even the smallest of dorm rooms feels roomy.
Since it was a little chaotic with the three littles, J. took the boys and little girls to find some food. (Even though it was only 10:30am... I said we woke up early.) A. and P. stayed with me and M. and helped unpack M.'s things. We did pretty well and got everything unpacked and stowed away. Whether M. will ever find everything after our help is still up in the air, but it all has a spot at the moment. Here's my girl in her newly organized room:
We the joined the boys for a little lunch which we ate outside while the littles ran up and around these stairs over and over and over...
I brought everyone home to rest while M. goes to various orientations and J. heads to his office to try to do some work. I will return with everyone so we can eat at the welcome picnic together and then it's officially good-bye. But just for a while.