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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sing Song 2013

Keith and I had not been back to Abilene since before Carli was born.  He seems to remember us going when I was pregnant with Carli, but I don't remember that...could be my mom-brain though.  We thought that the girls were old enough to enjoy the show and were excited when both sets of Grandparents agreed to go with us!  We carpooled with Grammy and Pa on the drive to Abilene and Naggy and Pappy met us there.  The girls did awesome on the long drive there.  Even though we got there after midnight, they were awake enough to remind us that they would be sleeping in Naggy and Pappy's room!

Saturday morning we took our time getting ready and then headed out to beat the lunch crowd at Sharon Allen's BBQ.  It was good stuff!  Then we went to check out the ACU Campus.  It had been so long!  The campus had totally changed.  Not only was there a running track, but the rec center...ummm, wow!  They had a Welcome Center, the Campus Center was not even remotely like it was when we were in school...and Vera Bradley in the Campus Center?!  Are we sure this is where we went to school?!

There were some old favorite places that we enjoyed seeing - like Chapel on the Hill...

And the Amphi-theatre with the Tower of Light...

And then of coarse there was the bell tower...

Sing Song started at 2 - so we found our seats and settled in.  The girls watched the first two or three acts and then Carli kept asking if it was almost over.   Guess we thought wrong on the enjoyment the girls would experience with this piece of our history!  Ava actually went to sleep and slept through most of the show.  At intermission, Carli jumped up and excitedly asked if it was over!  The look on her face when we told her there was still more to see was not one of happiness!

But then we found Logan just a couple of sections over and went to visit him.  They gave each other such a big bear hug they almost fell over!  Pure joy at seeing each other.  That helped nullify the lack of joy at watching the show!  After the show was over, we let the kids play for a bit out in the lawn before we had to go our separate ways.

One of the highlights of the trip for me was getting to see two very special ladies.  Carolyn and Grandma were a integral part of my college years at ACU.  They even drove down to East Texas for my wedding 6.5 years ago.  I hadn't gotten to see them in over five years.  They met us back at the hotel after Sing Song.  It was so awesome to sit and talk with them and catch up.  I had missed getting my "Grandma" hugs!  She is such a very special lady!  And Carolyn immediately won the girls over with bubbles, coloring books and crayons.  :)  She always knew how to make everyone feel special.  I could kick myself for not getting a picture with them.  Guess that means we need to schedule another visit soon!
We went to University church of Christ for Sunday morning service.  Ava slept through the whole service...something I am pretty sure she has never done.  Not even as a newborn.  It was weird.  Then we grabbed lunch and headed home.  We got to meet Uncle Danny in Arlington for a nice visit and still got home at a decent hour.  The girls did amazingly well on such a long trip.  Keith and I both agree it was weird being back at ACU b/c our memories there are so different.  Since we really don't have any memories of it together.  But the trip was worth it for the time spent with our parents and getting to see some special people.  It made me wish for others to have been with us...

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