so this past weekend (extended a bit) was amazing! so many exciting things! first up a wonderfully warm day (dare i say spring day??!!) to go outside and play on the parkway. lots of food, fun, and festivities!
and then it was Easter and of course that’s my favorite holiday ever! great excuse to get the gang dressed up and enjoy a fantastic brunch and mimosas…not that you need an excuse to enjoy mimosas! but the Easter bunny did stop by to visit!
then on top of that i got to visit family in boone, nc. and continue the easter fun with an egg hunt…
and boone also happens to be the home to Appalachian State University. and that happens to be my alma mater! and since it has been nearly ten years since i’ve even gone back for a homecoming game, needless to say things have changed. like really really changed. like holy wow changed! just driving into the town..the roads and buildings and new construction. not just the school itself but all the commercialism around the school. boone used to be this sleepy, casual little town. small college town. i think the school has at least 6,000 more students attending now than when i was a student. and of course to accommodate them a whole lot of buildings have been moved, built, updated, and just wow!!!! like double and triple wow! the building i spent 99% of my time in, the one that housed all poli sci majors, is gone. it’s now a state-of-the-art library. and while my building wasn’t too awesome when i was there…it was, well my building! the life changing things that happened in that building! like taking the first class in that building that got me to change my major from psychology to political science. without that one class i wouldn’t be working in the field i am now. and that one class…..it was taught by a professor that i then went on to become my advisor and friend. i took every class the man offered. and routinely joined him and his wife for a meal. he’s a staple to what i remember from college. and so inserting a bit of twilight music here, as we were walking around campus, having just left the very new and pretty library (which made me very sad that my building with all the memories was gone), i headed down the stairs with my family to the mall. and who should be walking up those stairs but my advisor/friend/professor. the only person who i would have ever gone back to boone to see, who would have ever have recognized me was walking up the stairs. in the middle of spring break when the kids and professors are out for the week and we had passed not a single other soul on campus. and he did….he recognized me. and so we chatted and changed business cards and he hasn’t aged a bit. still the same guy. and i have to admit i got a little sentimental. i mean my college years helped define me. so many things about who i am today came about in that small sleepy town….which is now not so small or sleepy. but in fact it seems rather refined and sophisticated. ohhh if only the incoming freshman class could see what our incoming class arrived to. as my sister-in-law put it, back then it was a university and now it’s a UNIVERSITY! then again when you win 3 national champions and pull a coup de grâce and become the first division I-AA football team to defeat a division I-A team ranked in the AP poll you’re bound to experience some growth and recognition! but wow! the whole town is bigger and fancier! it’s oddly disconcerting. they have an outback and a chili’s now! and while i know to some of you that doesn’t seem like big news but believe me when i say boone felt pretty accomplished to have a mcd’s and wendy’s!
overall this was an amazing holiday weekend. gorgeous weather to play outside, perfect family time, trips to old haunts…life is bliss! and to wrap it up there was April Fool’s! which holds sentimental value for me being that it’s my anniversary… but it is also something definitely remembered from childhood. ohhh how my mom had fun with us on this holiday! and so we adults decided to have a bit of fun with April Fool’s since we were now the parents. the poor kids never saw it coming….then again jase and i didn’t either when we were kids! so i called mom to tell her of our idea and share with her how we were continuing her tradition…and she immediately had a better idea (man she’s good!!! taking notes for next year!!)….i’m still in training to become as good as she was. it’s going to take some time but i’ll get there….and in the meantime keeping running things by her for ideas! here are a few photos from our april fool’s trick. we replaced the creme filling in oreos with toothpaste and the staged an oreo cookie eating contest….yes, we gave them real oreos when they realized the gig was up! they got to enjoy the real oreos in front of a nice little bonfire and play hide and seek flashlight tag….tough life!