You know on the Biggest Loser when they make the contestants do the challenges for reward? Well, I would have sworn on my life that I was secretly being filmed for an episode yesterday. We had to carry all of these items up four flights of stairs:
To be fair to HH, I only made two trips before I "pretended" to be busy in the dorm room unpacking. I really shouldn't say pretending, because I did do my fair share of organizing and making it pretty. (BESIDES, I was up until 4:30 am with a puking child...so I arrived already exhausted!) See those two big red suitcases? I unpacked and hung up their contents. Meanwhile, poor HH lost about fifteen pounds going up and down the stairs...apparently, the Stud took pity on quite a few mom's helping their children move in. So, he helped THEM too. By the time we were all said and done, Sweaty Stud had to go buy a new shirt at the bookstore because his was all sweaty and smelly. (ewwwww!)
Here is Maddi trying to help organize too:
See that bulletin board behind the bed? That is a teacher's decorating dream. I immediately started frothing at the mouth. Good thing I came prepared with bright green paper to cover it with.
Here is Steph getting her closet together. She is still smiling...no water works yet!
After we moved her in we went across the street to eat. From our seat outside I took this photo. Her dorm is the background. While we were waiting to pay the bill, Steph and Maddi walked back to get her computer so we could register it.
(That bag was filled with surprise gifts...new Rainbow flip flops, USC sweatshirt, collage photo that I forgot to show you peeps, gift cards, etc...)
After dealing with the computer, we took a walk to the bookstore to get a cord that we needed for the internet...along the way we saw Tommy:
And then watching the Marching Band practice:
Then we got to walk into the USC football practice. Unfortunately, NO cameras were allowed. So, no pics of that. Or of the coaches. BTW, Mr. Pete is a lot smaller/shorter in reality. Either that or I am gargantuan-girl.
Is that even a word? DId I spell it right?
While we were watching the Trojans practice, some USC fireman came to watch too. I thought Dale was going to lose it. He wanted to know how to get THAT assignment. He even made me take a photo of their rig. Such a Fireman thing.
Next on the list was to go back and say goodbye.
Let's just say that Steph and I cried for 30 minutes straight.
Make up has been cried off...and notice the pretty green paper? :)
Stephanie is so stinking thoughtful...she surprised ME as we were leaving. She handed me a CD and told me to play it on the way home. On it was music that we had loved together over the years, such as, "Video Killed the Radio Star". I cried the entire way home, as every song brought up an incredible memory. (Like her shaking her booty at the age of 5 on my coffee table singing "Video")
Some people told me this day would be easy...some people told me it would be hard. Hard doesn't even begin to describe it.
Truly, I feel a wide range of emotions....I just want my girl to be happy.
I can hardly wait to hear her stories.