Last weekend we took a drive. For 12 hours. Have you ever sat on your tush for 12 hours straight? You might have these dreams of your crazy-hectic life and then you get the opportunity to sit on your tush for a long time and it will be so relaxing. Well, not so much. Honest. Especially after 2 hours and your computer battery dies. Your legs tighten all up and you're in a small environment with your family. Very small environment... with your family... for 12 hours. With 2 guys. I won't go into details, but I bet you can imagine.
The truth of the matter is we had a fantastic weekend. I hope next time we will fly there, but it was definitely a memory making weekend. My son is a senior in high school. It was a busy year with his Black Belt test, his Eagle Scout project, the usual homework, chores, community service and lets not forget... all those college applications. Busy.
Nick was accepted to 9 wonderful schools. We visited almost all of them and loved each one. Nick had a VERY hard decision to make. 8 of the schools sent him a merit scholarship. All of the schools pursued him. At first it feels great. You did a good job with your son. He will do well in college. He will become the man that he is meant to be. Then it just feels... well, overwhelming. Then you remember that ALL of this is on HIS shoulders. You decide to be really nice to him and realize the pressure he is under. You bake cookies.
Nick decided on University of Portland. It is a private catholic school. Without the generous merit scholarship that they sent Nick, it would NOT have been an option for him. God is good. We walked on campus and fell in love with U.P. All of us. Nick liked the professors. He loved the campus. He LOVES the cold and rainy weather. The Engineering school is top-notch. The people are SUPER nice. Most importantly... Nick said that he felt most at home there. Or maybe it was the fact that 60% of the students are GIRLS. Ok, we won't go there.
So then you make the next step. You plunk down $400 and you get this huge smile from a boy excited to have his college student I.D. Then you go buy every single item you can find in the student store. Yes, we spent as much as we did for the registration fee!
Then you tell your University of Portland admissions representative of your decision and he literally jumps for joy. He's excited to get my boy at his school. How good does that feel?!
Then you email all the other colleges and tell them of your decision... ick that was hard. But you get over it and your mom makes cookies of your new school theme/mascot/colors and the world is all good.
Since the U.P. color is purple, I tried to make most of these Nautical cookies in purple. Oh and for those that ARE going to ask... yes University of Portland is the school that I made the airplane cookies for when we visited their Bay Area reception. I thought their mascot was an airplane pilot, but it's actually a riverboat pilot! Thankfully CopperGifts.com and eCrandal.com rushed me some cutters in the new, corrected theme :-)
Oh and see the difference in the cookie from left to right? The left is my usual sugar cookie dough and the right is the OREO cookie dough recipe from Samantha of Flour-De-Lis... yum!
and I made some in the "regular" Nautical colors too
Ok, so then you package up some of the cookies and mail them to Marty for being so excited that Nick is a U.P. Pilot!
oh and did I mention that we saw no less than 3 PINK bicycles on campus? Yes, it's a sign.
Super proud of you Nicky boy! My Engineering U.P. Pilot!
Remind me that next time I have to tell you about THE PUNCH. Ooh I can't wait!
Purple Nautical blog background for today: