Saturday, June 20, 2015

Dorm life as an adult & What College Orientation really is.....

My first step into adulthood occurred this week!! I took my very own little girl ( yes!! The same one that was adorable driving her pink Barbie jeep, precious playing with her many American Girl Dolls and the beautiful little girl that spent hours playing school, restaurant & mommy with me in her playhouse!) It was awful! Truly awful!! I keep reminding myself to remember how blessed I am that I got to go with her to orientation & spend the last 18 years being the best & most attentive mom around!
You know the pictures they show on the college website of parents & students with arms linked fluttering through campus together? Ummm.... Not so much fluttering arm in arm going on! When you arrive ... You immediately drop your sweet child off (mine did sneak me in to put the sheets on her bed correctly!) and they send you packing to your dorm! Since they don't think adults want to share a room... They put you in a "Private" room! So basically I was in a 5x5 prison cell with a very small window, horribly uncomfortable squeaky bed, sink & bathroom in the outer area of the suite! Please picture the white walls!! I watch far to many Criminal Mind episodes for this scenario!! Luckily the schedule is beyond jammed packed so not much time at this point in the room!!
We head to the large meeting area (we get to meet up with our kids... Yea me!!) I even had the opportunity to join the Parent Associaton ... I'll even get to go up in the fall to help out!! It's the ultimate room mom experience! I'm a pro at being the room mom, Sunday School leader, Prom helper & more... So I'm excited! I have a purpose!!! We get about an hour with our dear little ones & then we are sent off to separate meeting areas once again.... This pattern cycles on for 3 days!!! Yes 3 days!!!
The nights were crazy!! All alone in a cell with no color & no tv!!!!! Oh my!! The first night I went & bought snacks & drinks for Lex to get to at least see her dorm!! The 2nd night I took candy & more drinks! I even snuck doughnuts to her one morning!!! Even with my adventures ... The nights were lonesome & kinda scary! I haven't stayed alone in a house for 18 years or so!!
I did survive! My Criminal Mind flashbacks never came true.. I was safe! I even slept the 2nd night. I'm pretty sure lack of sleep from the first night & being totally drained emotionally helped!
The last day it poured & I mean the flash flood type of rain!!! We were soaked all day! The kids were soaked all day! They kept us totally away from our kiddos on this glorious rainy day!! We went to meetings all day! It was very informative but overwhelming all the same!
We were finally reunited when Lexi snuck me back in to take the sheets off, help her pack up & turn in all of the required "turn in stuff"!!
It did make me feel a bit better to meet some other moms in the same boat as me!! We are all scared & sad!!
August should be an adventure for all of us for sure! I've been reading another book .. This one on your daughter going to college! It's really good. I will do a review on it soon in case it might help you!
Happy Weekend!!!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Summer 2015

I've been on a blogging hiatus for so long... it was not meant to be. It just happened. Life got in the way! Not only have I been on a blogging hiatus but a creating one as well. I just haven't been motivated to create and get items listed in my Etsy shop, participate in shows or even have trunk shows in my home! It truly was a year that flew by.
Lexi was a Senior and I don't think I've ever been as busy as I was this past school year. Making sure every minute was spent making memories before the big "off to college!" Working on Project Celebration. Meetings, meeting & more meetings for her Senior Class Moms! Promenade, Prom, After Prom, Senior Awards Night, Graduation Party, Baccalaureate, Senior Breakfast & finally culminating with Graduation and after graduation dinner!It was a very full Spring! I'm so thankful that I got to be apart of every single minute of it and didn't miss a thing.
Now that Senior Year is over and Graduation day has come and gone.... I have time to blog. I hope I still have some readers out there! We have a fun filled summer planned making memories, enjoying "Parent/Student Orientation" ( I haven't stayed in a dorm in many years), a girl's trip to NYC with 3 of the 4 girls, hopefully a beach trip, a girl's American Girl Art camp and more!Getting the dorm ready and perfect. This summer the adventures will provide something to write about! The Fall may be filled with "Ways to Stay Busy when your Daughter is Away at College!"
I should have some new jewelry designs out soon! I've started creating again.
I've put the party planning on hold this past year and I'm ready to start back with the parties! We need some Birthdays to come our way!!
I'm so excited to be back with Covered In Glitter so I hope you join in on reading about our Summer adventures and new jewelry and card designs.
I'm leaving you with a book review... I have found a new romance author that is fabulous! Katy Regnery. She has a series called The English Brothers (The Blueberry Lane Series) They are so good. I've read #'s 1-5 and I'm about to begin #6 tonight! If you are in the mood for a light, carefree, easy romance read.. you'll enjoy reading about The English brothers!