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Friday, November 05, 2010

Last Friday I was sitting in my car just outside of Beanie's parking garage below her dorm, waiting for her to join me for the weekend. Imagine my joy when I saw her little beautiful face peek from around the corner wall and give me a huge smile. Then it disappeared and suddenly a large laundry bag came flying from the shadows. Smiling, I jumped out of my car and before I could get there, another landed with a thud beside it. Before I made it there, all-in-all, there were four laundry bags, a backpack, make-up bag, laptop, two purses and no Beanie. She had ran upstairs to grab her SUITCASE.

We were ten minutes down the road and she wanted to stop at McDonalds. Poor thing must have been hungry because she ordered the Big Mac Meal, an extra fry and a McFlurry. We were so excited to be with one another, that we hugged every five minutes and were constantly cutting off each other's sentences. By the time we arrived home, our cheeks hurt from laughing and we didn't feel like lugging her belongings inside.

She is so incredibly funny, witty and full of life. I expected her to crash on her bed and sleep the three days she was here, but she didn't. She did not want to run around with her hometown friends, but stayed right here with me and her Dad. One of the first things she wanted to do the first evening she was home was watch a scary movie since it was Halloween. We chose Jeepers Creepers and stayed up to watch BOTH of them. In case you don't know what Jeepers Creepers is about, it's about a man/beast who only comes out every 23 years to "feed." It eats unsuspecting people who has a body part it can use...stupid, I know, but it really was quite entertaining with Beanie's narratives along the way. At one point, there was a bus full of high school football players the beast was targeting and she shouted, "Look, Mom, MEALS ON WHEELS!" Brian had to get up from bed and tell us to pipe down and "Act your ages!" AS IF! Needless to say, the next morning the front room looked like the aftermath of a college party. Popcorn bags, diet soda cans, socks draping the furniture and drool spots on the couch cushions where we both fell asleep the night before. I woke up to her big toe touching the tip of my nose.

The next day we went shopping. We bought a butt-load of snacks and things that we didn't need. I still don't know why we bought the muscle-man magazine (cough, cough) but it's hid under my dresser for the next time she comes down. Brian was on to us when we walked in the door and he kept looking at the rectangle bulge in the front of my shirt. Because we couldn't stop giggling, he stayed with us so I had to make a mad dash to hide it before he found out! I made her favorite that day...chicken fajitas with extra cheese, just the way she likes them. Then it was another long night of movies, girl talk, Brian telling us to pipe down and stiff necks on the couch.

Did Brian get to spend time with her?? Yes. He got a few hours with her while he took her to his mother's for a little while. But that was all. She was mostly all mine!! :)

Sunday afternoon was sobering. We packed up her clean laundry and new things she had acquired since being home. She left with twice as much as what she came with. Once on campus, we made three trips up the three flight of stairs and I helped her unpack. Her room looked like it had been ransacked and I looked at her in surprise and fear...but no, it was just where she had not cleaned it...since she has been there. The Sun Chips bag I left there the last time I came to visit was still lying on her printer untouched.

She'll be back in another couple of weeks. I'm pleasantly surprised by how our relationship has changed...she will always be my little girl, but she just seems so grown-up now. We found ourselves having some really cool adult conversations while she was home. I'm SO PROUD of her (all "A's" and one "B" in her college classes)...and I can't wait until she comes again.

I may even share her with Brian this time!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JDTHUMPER 11/9/2010 3:23PM

    So glad you had a great time with your daughter. So much fun in one weekend!!

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MINENA1 11/9/2010 2:45PM

    Aww! That's SO awesome that yall have such a close relationship like that. I love it! I hope me & my daughter are just like yall when she gets older. Glad yall had a fabulous time together.

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JUNIAATROME 11/9/2010 3:39AM

    See that's the trouble when you go and pick them up. You have no idea where all those clothes come from (most certainly they complain all the time they have NOTHING to wear). I found a cure though. Let them come by train and the luggage shrinks to one bag and computer back-pack... But I'm glad you had fun.

On another note: been thinking a lot about you lately. Hope you feel the prayers. emoticon

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AZCUPCAKE 11/8/2010 1:36PM

    Oh, oh, oh -- how I LOVED reading about your weekend escapades with your darling Beanie!! I had a lump in MY throat as you described packing her back up to go back to school.... emoticon BUT she will return, and you have so much to look forward to. Lucky Beanie, lucky YOU!!! She is one smart cookie who is going to continue to AMAZE and ASTOUND you -- best part is, her heart, mind and soul are a clear reflection of your own! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CDAWN26 11/6/2010 7:55PM

    It definitely sounds like a fun weekend to catch up! I know it goes by so quickly.

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TRENTDREAMER 11/6/2010 6:26AM

    "She is so incredibly funny, witty and full of life. I expected her to crash on her bed and sleep the three days she was here, but she didn't. "
* That's what skipping classes is for

"Jeepers Creepers is about, it's about a man/beast who only comes out every 23 years to "feed." It eats unsuspecting people who has a body part it can use..."
* Kind of like me if you replace
A) "years" with "minutes"
B) "unsuspecting can use" with "chocolate"

"At one point, there was a bus full of high school football players the beast was targeting and she shouted, "Look, Mom, MEALS ON WHEELS!""
* geez. And here I thought that only guys said that about women roller-skating. I need more female rlfs (real-life friends) to clue me in on this kind of stuff.

"..she will always be my little girl, but she just seems so grown-up now. We found ourselves having some really cool adult conversations while she was home. "
* It was weird for me how after a year and a half of college. 19 years of stuff that my dad had always said that didn't make sense suddenly did.

".and I can't wait until she comes again. "
* If you thought it was tough for you when she left for college. Imagine her poor campus when she graduates.

Glad you had a great weekend!!

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/6/2010 12:36AM

    What a wonderful blog this made my night!Bre sounds like such a lovely girl! I hope you are feeling much better .Just think of all the fun you will have when Bre visits again that is bound to perk you up!!!

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LIZZYP609 11/6/2010 12:04AM

    OH NO you Won't share her with Brian! LOL How great is that to have that kind of mother-daughter relationship! I could only pray that in another 10-12 years my daughter and I can do that (she is 7 :-)) Thanks for sharing your weekend with us!

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FLEMIDG 11/5/2010 11:46PM

    What a wonderful blog. I'm so glad you got to spend all that time with your daughter, in between doing laundry of course. It is amazing how our kids change once they grow up and get away from home for a while isn't it. I'm a little jealous of you because I don't have a daughter to spend time with, but I am lucky to be able to spend time with some of my boys, and they are great to be around too. Don't let Brian find that magazine. Have a wonderful weekend. God bless you.

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CARTOONB 11/5/2010 10:53PM

    No you won't! Share her that is! LOL! I'm glad to hear that you two got along so well. Hope you continue to do so!!! And hope the next few weeks fly by so you can see her again.

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PJSTIME 11/5/2010 9:00PM

    That sounds like an awesome weekend and It is so wonderful that you can relate to each other and have fun. She must be quite a young lady. I'm very jealous you know your relationship is so great with your daughter. Enjoy every minute, but let Brian have some fun too besides just telling you two to pipe down:)

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GEEMAWEST 11/5/2010 8:09PM

    How sweet. I know what you mean about how the relationship changes, but in a good way. I have some of the best talks with my youngest daughter when we are able to get together. Christmas won't be here soon enough.

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BKNOCK 11/5/2010 7:59PM

    Sounds like great fun! I am so happy to hear how great she is doing in school too! She is one smart cookie!

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DARLENEK04 11/5/2010 5:16PM

    Tell Bree hello when you talk with her next and tell we enjoyed reading about
you two and your escapades. I have that kind of relationship with my son, we
are great friends and have a blast, but my daughter has always tried to tell
me what to do and when to do it. It is just her nature and she is a control nut.
LOL.....but she is a great person in her own right............
Thanks for sharing your visit....

PS: You can have the scary movies.....LOL.....and you said something about
buying an educational magazine? right???????????????????????
>snicker, lol, grin

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OLDERDANDRT 11/5/2010 4:31PM

    Isn't great when we get to be friends with the kids we used to pull out hair out while trying to raise them??? My DD is going to be 30 this year (in a few weeks!) We are very good friends and have tons of fun together!! I'm so glad I didn't create a monster that can't stand me. She is my rock!! And best friend.
Brian better plan his time and stuff better next time so he might get a chance to enjoy his little girl b/c daily, that little girl is becoming her own woman. (But will really always be daddy's little girl......our DD is!)hehe!
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 11/5/2010 4:11PM

    Oh! I loved reading about your mother/daughter weekend. I'm so glad you got to spend time together. And, (clears throat) can i see the muscle mag??? LOL

what a great weekend! I miss those times with my mom. Maybe I can con her into a girls' outing when I go home again.


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HOT4FITNESS 11/5/2010 3:38PM

    What a special weekend!! Can't wait to read the posts abouth the next visit!

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CALIMAN1 11/5/2010 3:05PM

    Sounds like an awesome time....and it is amazing when all of a sudden, they are not only our kids, but oddly, our friends, and, dare to think it, our peers....

The fact that you love and respect your baby so much shows the influence that you and Brian had on her....and look how well she is doing! And, look how well YOU are doing.

I think she brought you up right! Jeepers Creepers???? and brave, too!

Love ya, sis...

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BLAKBIRD 11/5/2010 3:03PM


What a great way to spend a weekend.



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ANNAMARIE1958 11/5/2010 3:00PM

    You are so blessed to have such a beautiful daughter and a wonderful relationship with her. I'm blessed too with my boys...don't know what I would do with out them!

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DKELLEY35 11/5/2010 2:54PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. Your very lucky.

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KEKEIKO 11/5/2010 2:38PM

    You're so fortunate to have a special bond with your daughter. She's blessed to have an incredible mother. No wonder she wanted to chill with her mom and have a wonderful time. Keep on making those wonderful memories to look back on in the future. Hugs, Keke

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KATVHALE 11/5/2010 2:29PM

    Awwww, you two had such a great time together and I am glad that you shared it with us. God has truly blessed you with wonderful, loving children and a great husband.

God didn't bless me with children of my own but He has blessed me in other ways. It pleases me to read and hear about others and their relationships with their children.

Love ya,


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BIKERBABE2BE 11/5/2010 2:20PM

    I'm so glad you had such fun. Sounds like the kind of weekend I'd love. Take care and rest up this weekend!!! emoticon

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AWOLF24 11/5/2010 2:12PM

    Awwww....what a great blog! I'm so glad you had so much fun and have such a wonderful daughter! HUGE credit to you for raising her to be that way!

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    Oh, how I loved this blog! A relationship with one's daughter is one of the greatest blessings God ever bestowed! I'm sorry I'm in a hurry and can't say more! Inlaws and daughter coming! emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 11/5/2010 2:07PM

    What a great weekend!! And what a far cry your kid is from mine! Mine comes home and disappears. He visits for awhile, goes to see Grandma, and the rest of the time he's out with his friends. I have to schedule a date just to have dinner with him! And the last time he was home, he stood me up!

Oh well, the story of growing up. At least he does his own laundry! (cough, cough)

And this is my last post of the day before I head out the door to spend the weekend in ... drum roll please... Athens!

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