By the time they reached jr. high, the argument was about Nike vs. Payless, or Cover Girl vs. the natural look. I'm not sure I would revisit those days, even if I could.
Then came college, and back to school changed to leaving home. After four years, I guess I've adapted to the empty nest, though it's wonderful to have them return. Back to school is now something I experience from a distance, for the most part. But senior year brought one final back to school experience - Amanda moved into her first solo apartment. No roommates, no disputes over who's turn it is to clean the bathroom, no disagreements on decorating colors.
When Mitch moved into his own place last year, he rounded up his own furniture, and persuaded his fraternity brothers to be his moving crew. All I did was shop for a few kitchen essentials. Amanda enlisted the family for a little more back-to-school bonding.
Since Manhattan was basically one giant game of Upset the Apple Cart on July 31, U-Haul trailers were sold out, so by the time we rented one at home and towed it down, Mitch and buddy, Kyle, had all the furniture and boxes waiting on the curb. Loading took less than 30 minutes, but since we couldn't take possession of the new place (dubbed the "Barbie Dream House") until noon the next day, we were left with 24 hours to kill.
For those of you who are close to Manhattan, KS - we highly recommend Wabash Bar and Grill, a new restaurant in Aggieville with a beautiful rooftop patio. We also highly recommend our over-night accommodations with friends, but I doubt they want their guestroom advertised.
After breakfast from Varsity Donuts, including Bacon Maple Long Johns (seriously!), we were off to unload and the brilliance in Amanda's choice of moving crews became evident. Daddys, brothers and guy friends not only carry your stuff, they repair your broken stuff
hang your heavy stuff
and build shelves to hold your stuff.
My job was to organize the kitchen. Easier said than done! Adorable kitchen with marble counter tops, new appliances, extra deep sink . . . and NO drawers! Who designs a kitchen with no drawers?
The challenges of organizing a small apartment necessitated a back-to-school shopping trip to Hobby Lobby. A hefty wad of cash later, the apartment is beautifully decorated - including one custom slip-covered chair.
Oh, the things a mom with a sewing machine and staple gun can accomplish! (Don't look close, I had no clue what I as doing.)
So, another "last" - our last back-to-school experience. Did someone say grad school?