Sunday, August 14, 2016

Off to College!

 I am leaving this morning to take my daughter to college. It is going to be a pretty intense week. First, we are driving to Denver today (5+ hours) and staying at a hotel near the airport tonight because our flight boards at 5:45am. We fly in to Newark, NJ and then pick up our rental SUV to drive 4 hours to Syracuse. We will stay in Syracuse shopping for all her dorm stuff until Thursday her actual move in day to Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. Then Friday, I drive by myself back to Newark to fly back to Denver. I will probably stay Friday night in Denver and drive back home on Saturday. It is bittersweet as she is our only child and she turns 18 this week!
 I decided I needed a simple handwork project for the trip. I started looking through my UFOs and found this embroidery project that I am not sure who started (my sister or my daughter?), but I know it was not me because their stitches are much tinier than mine! All that was left to do was the words and the vines. I finished it up last night.
 In the UFO pile was this fall embroidery project. I think my sister had traced it because I always trace with regular pencil and this is the blue washout pen and I already made one for myself. The UFO was probably part of her stash she gave me years ago--there were 14 kitchen garbage bags full and it took me a week to organize!
These are the perle cotton colors I grabbed for my embroidery. I don't know if I will be able to hit a quilt shop or two, but there is one in Syracuse that I saw in the Quilt Sampler magazine very close to our hotel I hope to visit! I will be stitching at our hotel tonight as I watch the Olympics for Slow Sunday Stitching

Have a great week!


23 comments:

  1. Here I am with tears in my eyes ...because I know this will be hard for you, especially on the way home. But enjoy the week and the shopping and your time together and stitching as well :)

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  2. Here I am with tears in my eyes ...because I know this will be hard for you, especially on the way home. But enjoy the week and the shopping and your time together and stitching as well :)

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  3. Your daughter is on her way to the rest of her life. I know you will miss her a lot. Maybe you will have more stitching time.
    The stitchery with the saying about the number of days in a month is interesting. I learned that saying early in life.

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  4. DS2 turned 18 last month. He heads off to college next week. I got a "replacement child" in an attempt to fill my empty nest... a new-to-me longarm quilting machine. I plan to have some BIG fun!! I hope you find a way to cope with your empty nest, too.

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  5. Oh Tanya I feel for you! It was very hard for me too, and my daughter was just a half hour away. Good thing you have lots of slow stitching to pass the time and keep you stitched together :) Sending quilty hugs!

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  6. Oh my, what a difficult week. I still miss my daughter and she has been gone for a few years. I'm so grateful for modern technology to keep in touch

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  7. These times try a mother's soul thats for sure, I love those stitcheries you are working and I wish for you many wonderful hours of stitching while your daughter embarks on her journey which believe me will be just as hard for her.

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  8. Oh my it is so hard to let go, but it also means success. Enjoy your time with your daughter on the trip to school and bring some stitching along to keep your mind off of how much you will miss her. Thankfully, the digital world makes it so much easier to keep in touch these days! I wish her the best of luck as she heads to her life's ambition!

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  9. Oh my goodness that is quite a trek to college. Mine were only 4 hours away by car and that was hard enough. Then again one of them stayed near the college and one went cross-country when graduating. Best wishes for your daughter and hugs for you.

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  10. Hang in there mom. It will be hard. Over the last four years I have had to separate with my two daughters quiet frequently. They are both in college. The way BYU-I works is they are only in school a few months, or in other words one semester, at a time. We have had to learn how to say goodbye a lot. But it does get better. I feel for you!

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  11. Have a wonderful time together, I hope you get to that quilt shop, enjoy your embroidery....wishing your daughter all the best in this new part of her life, and to you too.

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  12. Safe travels and hope you both have a wonderful week together.

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  13. Enjoy your special time together. Wishing your daughter a wonderful year.

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  14. She is going to be so far away. When my daughter went away to college it was justin the next county. But, back then was long-distance just to call. Then, you had to hope she would be in the dorm if you called. So much easier to stay in touch now. Wishing you both safe travels.

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  15. Our son is turning 18 and goes off to college next year. It seems like the time flew and I realize I'll soon be sending him off, too. I don't know if you're ever quite ready for that moment.

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  16. Oh! My kiddos are 35 and 32. How I cried when my oldest left the first time!!!! And the my youngest went on an overseas trip after graduation!

    It is heartwarming to have them visit so I can spoil them!

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  17. Thinking of you today, Tanya! This is such an exciting time for kids, but also a big transition for parents. Wishing your daughter an amazing experience, and sending you a hug! Keep stitching - it will definitely help!

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  18. I'll be thinking of you as we are doing the same here this week. My girl will only be 90 minutes away and I've already cried every day for a week. I am going to miss her so much but I'm so happy that she's starting this wonderful adventure of her own. How's it possible to be so happy for someone else and so sad for yourself at the same time? Good luck to you and safe travels to you both!

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  19. It is very much an exciting and bittersweet time. I do hope the week goes well for all the plans you have. And good luck for the solo trip home!

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  20. Safe travels and best of luck to your daughter!

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  21. You must be so proud of your daughter -- not only her accomplishments but her bravery for heading out for a new experience far from home. It has been my experience, those that have been raised in Colorado always come home!! Too bad about your grandmother's Desert Rose dishes. My mother always used them for special occasions -- I do the same. Sally

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  22. All the best for you daughter, and you too! Safe travels. Such an exciting time for her and very emotional for you too!

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  23. Hoping all is going well with your trip. What an emotional time for both you and your daughter.

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