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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

A college tour, some tulips, and it's going to ice so I better get to the store.

We got a little ice last Thursday evening so school was on a two hour delay.  But Sarah had the state swim championships in Raleigh so she headed to school and got on the bus.  Thankfully the roads were clear and she had no problem getting there.

She was only swimming in one event - the Medley Relay.  She was swimming backstroke - her favorite. The girls came in 9th and Sarah was happy because she shaved a second off her time.  A second may not sound like a lot but trust me - it is! :)

Her event was the first one of the meet so she got to relax and enjoy the rest of the competition without feeling nervous for another event.  Even though she didn't get to spend the  night in Raleigh like they normally would, she had a blast.

One of the parents organized a welcome party and we all gathered in the extremely cold parking lot Friday night and welcomed the team bus back to the school.  We had posters, balloons, and cupcakes.  The kids were shocked to see us all standing there cheering for them when they got off the bus.  I wish I had pictures but it was cold and we were all cheering and waving signs so no pictures. 

On Sunday, Dan and Sarah and I headed to Wilmington, NC. Sarah is interested in possible attending UNCW and they are doing in person tours.  Since it's a 3 and a half hour drive we decided to spend the night in Wrightsville Beach.

It rained the whole drive there and the whole evening so we weren't able to walk on the beach (it was also cold) and we weren't able to explore downtown Wilmington.  And since it was Valentine's Day all the restaurants were packed.  We ended up at Mellow Mushroom for dinner and while that wasn't my first choice, it was Sarah's so she was happy.


Thankfully, the rain stopped on Monday and we were able to enjoy the campus tour without umbrellas! The campus is very nice.  It's a newer college but all the buildings are built to look like traditional classic old-school college buildings.  That was really nice I thought.  

At 14,000 undergraduates, I would consider this university a mid-sized school and I think Sarah would like that size.  She liked the looks of everything we saw and she definitely likes that the campus is just minutes from the beach so I'd so it's definitely a contender for her. 

Dan got me tulips for Valentine's Day and a little box of chocolates:

Yesterday was Tuesday but felt like Monday allllllllll day so now I'm shocked that it's Wednesday.  And not just any Wednesday but ASH WEDNESDAY!

How is it all ready Lent?  Honestly, I have felt like the whole entire last year has been a Lent so I'm not very ready for actual Lent.  Does that make sense?  I've ordered a book that I'm going to be reading and a few other things I'm going to try to do to make my Lent fruitful.  We'll see how it goes.

The sun is actually out today which I am planning on enjoying.  It has been cold, cloudy, and rainy for a week so to see the sun has been nice.  They are calling for more freezing rain tonight with the potential for a lot of downed trees and power outages so I'm expecting the kids to be out of school tomorrow.  They can do remote learning but if there are a lot of power outages I am predicting that school will just be cancelled as it's hard to log into your remote class if you don't have power.

Peter's been enjoying football practice.  He's been coming home every night with new bruises that he seems proud of.  They are supposed to have a scrimmage on Friday night. Not sure how all the ice and rain will affect that.  It's an away game so Dan and I won't be able to attend.  But parents can attend the home games so at least we can go to those four games.  Our governor is still only allowing 100 people to gather outdoors so only parents can attend.  I think that's ridiculous! It makes me sad that none of the students will be able to attend any of these games.   A petition was started online and has gathered over 38,000 signatures so far.  I doubt it will do much good but at least it's something.

Anyway, I'm off to the store to buy milk and bread ahead of the ice storm!  



Mari said...

How can it be that Sarah is looking at colleges? Time is flying! And this year is flying too.
Are you going to torment me with tulips again this year? I better get some to keep up with you.
The weather is crazy. It was -7 when I went to work this morning and it just keeps snowing!
Stay safe!

Ernie said...

Congrats to Sarah - my kids were swimmers (only Lad swam in high school because it is the same season as basketball), so I know a whole second is a big deal. Lent has snuck up on me too. I was so excited to see chicken at the grocery store last week, that I over did it. I have so much chicken in the freezer. We couldn't eat much chicken this week with two meatless meal days. My freezer is busting. Oops. I'm going to attribute it to still not really knowing what day or month it is. Our school is allowing each varsity b-ball player two tickets to a home game. That means we can't watch Reg. Nobody goes to those fresh/soph games anyway - so why not give tickets for those too? At least we can watch Curly play travel every weekend. Mini's away games and all of Reg's games are live streamed. Not the same, but I'll take it. Oh, and I laughed at 'we had some ice' . . . we have like 3 feet of snow here. I hate it.