Saturday, August 17, 2019

Son the Elder Deposited at College (and YES, His Mission Impossible Quilt Fits His Dorm Bed!)

So THIS happened yesterday:

Last Look at Lars-of-Ours in His Dorm Room Before Driving Away
As you can see, the Mission Impossible quilt I made for him fits his XL Twin dormitory bed perfectly.  Doesn't he look LITTLE in there?  I know; he's not little anymore.  He's 18 years old and he's six feet tall and he's going to be just fine.

My Goodbye Hug: Mommy and Lars
Sometimes I still think of him like this, though:

Mommy and Lars, Just a Few Years Ago
And then of course I had to get this picture of the two brothers together:

College Freshman Lars & High School Junior Anders
Which only reminds me of so many other great photos of these brothers together over the years:

Anders & Lars, Faces Decorated With Magic Marker Courtesy of Lars-of-Ours
Anders & Lars
Anders & Lars in Stripey Pajamas
Lars & Anders, Driving to School
Superman Lars & Batman Anders
Lars & Anders
Lars & Anders at One of Anders' Birthday Parties

Lars and Anders With Their LEGO Creations
Lars and Anders
As much as they can get on each other's nerves, these boys are definitely going to miss each other this year.

Lars and Bernie at Entrance to Tunnel Between East and West Campuses
I didn't get any really great shots of Lars with his dad.  Here they are together at the entrance to the foot tunnel beneath a busy road that bisects East and West campuses.  (The spray paint was done for or by some other Bernie, but it called for a photo opp!).  

And here we have the two gentlemen who still primarily reside in my home, acting up on way back to the car after saying goodbye to Lars:

Goofball the Elder and Goofball In Training
The mountain scenery is beautiful in Boone, by the way.  It makes a person want to twirl around and start singing "the hills are alive with the sound of music..."

My Kid Lives Behind That Window Now
Sometimes the kids are ready to leave for college before the MOMS are ready for them to leave for college, if you know what I mean.  He will be fine.  He will be GREAT!  He will have so much fun.  And we are driving right back to Boone to scoop him up again a week from now, to take him to his cousin's wedding in D.C., so I'll see him again before I hardly have time to start missing him, right?

Cutie-the-College Student, Ready to Take On the World!
Whew!!  Now that all of THAT has been taken care of, THIS momma is in need of some serious fabric therapy!  I think I'll piece the second block for Anders' modified Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt today.  He's only been waiting for that quilt for two and a half years now...

Beware the Ishmaelites Quilt for Anders, Queen Size
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone, and it you are blessed to have children or grandchildren in your life, hold them close for as long as you can!

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Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

the nest is starting to get empty - you will miss him but eventually it will be normal to see him every couple weeks or months instead of every day - thank heavens for texting huh. You can make it but it sure is ok to shed a tear or two along the way!!
The quilt looks wonderful on the bed by the way :)

Gretchen Weaver said...

What is great is after a month or two, they realize how great their home was and they're really glad to come home for breaks. Be prepared, they will eat you out of the house!

LA Paylor said...

awe... our baby is growing up... don't worry he'll need you to still do laundry and pay car insurance... good looking family!

KaHolly said...

Oh, I remember those days! I only had one child, though, so the big drop off was pretty difficult to take! I was excited for her but inside I was screaming!

Frog Quilter said...

What great pictures. Hugs.

Tammy Hutchinson said...

My son attended and graduated from App State and had a great experience. Hope the same for your son. My husband and I now live outside of Boone, and I often sing the same song. The mountains are calling and you will find many reasons to visit Lars. And maybe I will bump into you at one of the two Boone quilt shops!

SJSM said...

That is a wonderful collage of Lars from a little guy to college. It is a bittersweet time. Memories abound and you realize how quickly they truly grow. You also are excited for them as they take the first baby steps into adulthood. It took a year for my DD to WANT to come home for the holidays and summer. She found how others celebrated wasn’t as familiar and comforting as she how she celebrated growing up. That’s when she pitched in with whole heart and soul to make memories together. She finally figured out times together were numbered.

Lars will see how others were raised and be curious about decisions others made. Ultimately he will chart his own course and become the man he is destined to be. You and Bernie were as one to create a loving home. Lars will be fine as he touches bases with the family and know he is loved and that will carry him through.

It’s a wonderful time in life.

Nann said...

Good luck to Lars in his new adventure! I enjoyed the photo journey. They grow up so fast....
His quilt looks terrific.

Preeti said...

I am so happy and so touched by this candid journey into your heart. Almost wept at the sweet pictures - missing teeth, stripey pajamas and adorable smiles. Wishing "Lars of Ours" good luck in his new journey and lots of courage to you and Bernie as you let go.
P.S. Is it legal to have so much handsomeness in one family? Handsomeness Hoarders!!!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Oh great big hugs!! Even tho we know they will do awesome and they are ready.... moms take a bit longer right? his quilt looks great in his dorm!!

Roseanne said...

Hi Rebecca! Awww, {{{hugs}}} a bunch for you. Those photos you shared!! LOVE them. How cute is Batman and Robin?! He'll be fine . . . he will be great. His quilt looks wonderful on his bed. I hope he enjoys just everything about this new experience and has a wonderful roommate. ~smile~ Roseanne

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

Reading your post brought back all those feelings I had the day we left our oldest in his dorm, and the same but different feelings when we left our youngest. The pictures you shared of the two boys are great, looks like they had a lot of fun growing up together. Our boys were only 14 months apart, so they were very close. You've started a new chapter in your life - it just gets better and better!

loraine everard said...

Such a bittersweet moment, isn't it? He'll be fine, you'll be fine, but ut's so hard to leave them! Both my younger kids(!) are in university now, and having a ball! I can see them maturing in front of my eyes!My husband and I are enjoying the peaceful times together during term time, and then the great joy of the holidays when they're home!Thinking of you, Rebecca, lose yourself in your quilting! xxx

Churn Dash said...

It seems just like yesterday that we moved our younger son into his dorm. I thought I would cry when I left but he looked so happy that I couldn't.

I made a quilt for a neighbour's son who should be starting at university now. He has had to defer a year for medical reasons which I didn't find out until I had finished his quilt. I gave it to him yesterday because he has to spend time in hospital and I thought it might be something he could wrap up in and realise that he has so much to look forward to.

I echo the start of a new chapter. Our sons are more like friends now. It is so good to see them taking the reins of their lives.


Lynette said...

Wow! The quilt looks absolutely perfect in there!! I really loved seeing all the pictures of the brothers. They look like great kids. It must be so quiet around the house now with Anders flying solo at home.

em's scrapbag said...

It's what we work for, having them grow wings and fly. But it can be hard to let them go. The quilt looks great in his dorm. Enjoy making the next one.

The Joyful Quilter said...

The quilt looks AWESOME on his dorm bed!! Best of luck with this transition, Mom. You've got some great photos to fall back on!

Christina said...

Wow! Your quilt looks amazing on your son's dorm bed, I'm sure it will give him a quilty hug when he is missing home. I hope you were able to piece the 2nd block of a quilt still in progress. Know that you raised your son right, and he will do great things in college.