Thursday, August 20, 2015

Mallory Moves in at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

Three days after we moved Samantha to Pittsburgh we moved Mallory into her dorm at Bowling Green State University to begin her freshman year.n  She is an Education Major focusing on Early Childhood.
Our car is packed with Mallory's dorm stuff.

Mallory is more or less settled in (probably the cleanest her side of the room will ever look).

In front of her dorm...note there is no "luxury" sign here!  (See the previous blog entry for Samantha's accommodations)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Samantha's Return to the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

We returned from Chicago to our home in Perrysburg at 2:00 p.m., unpacked, repacked Samantha's belongings, and at 3:00 p.m. headed for Pittsburgh to move her into her new "luxury" apartment near the University of Pittsburgh campus at 7;00 p.m. She is now a junior Development Psychology major; she is enrolled in a program at Pitt that will award her a Masters Degree in Education when she completes one more year after the Bachelor's degree.
Samantha and her "spacious" room in her four-bedroom "luxury" apartment.

The other end of her 6' x 12' room.
Look carefully...the sign says "Luxury Apartment"

Saturday, August 15, 2015

American Marketing Association Summer Educators' Conference, Chicago, Illinois

Whenever the American Marketing Association Summer Educators' Conference is held close to home (such as in Chicago, Illinois), I try to attend.  As it turns out, this year the dates corresponded to the last weekend both girls would be home before heading off to college.  So, we made a family trip out of it.  The girls went shopping and to the Shedd Aquarium while I went to the conference hotel.
Dwayne, Candy, Samantha, and Mallory at Washington Park in Chicago, Illinois
Since we made plans to go to Chicago, we decided to extend our time together and spend some time in Traverse City, Michigan.  We stayed at a hotel on the East Bay.
Sunrise from our room at the ParkShore Resort near Traverse City, Michigan
While in Michigan we climbed a HUGE sand dune, played at the beach, ate lots of food, and went on a wine-tasking tour of several Old Mission Peninsula Wineries.
Samantha, Candy, and Mallory at Pangea's Pizza in Traverse City, Michigan
While on the tour of wineries, we came across these steps at Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery on Old Mission Peninsula.
Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery