The boys have been studying really hard this semester, so it was a nice surprise when we got photos of them skiing over the weekend. I am so glad that they were able to sneak away from studying life to have a little bit of fun. Peter’s friend Julian drove them all to Park City to go skiing. Even though it was still February, the weather was quite warm which was nice but also meant that the snow was just ok. All in all, the boys still had a great time on the slopes together.
It's always the fear of every mother getting that phone call from a child saying that they were in an accident. On Friday I saw that Peter was calling and I picked up the phone only to faintly hear him say: bike...fell...ouch. He could hardly speak and as I was asking him questions, I could hear an adult in the background doing what I couldn't do. I was immediately grateful and comforted. We hung up the phone and I went to work asking around to lots of dentist friends about possible contacts in SLC. After an ER visit, escorted by his two good friends, Peter was cleared of any fractures, but his mouth is still a mess. I was fortunate enough to find him a dentist (with the help of a dear friend) only 7 min from his dorm and they were able to squeeze him in on Monday. Lots of people have stepped in to help him by picking up his bike, taking him to the ER, bringing him soft foods he can eat, giving him rides, and praying for him. I am so grateful for good people who step in to help when I can't.
Driving the boys to college at the University of Utah was exciting, surreal, and a little bit sad. We moved Peter into the dorms first. We made it to SLC right in time for him to check in and get his ID and COVID test done. Then it was off to the dorms where it was pouring rain. Luckily the U dorms do it right. The kids check out a cart and take their stuff to their rooms that way. That is genius! The dorm rooms are so spacious. We unpacked everything in record time. It helped to have 4 people helping. There are so many cool things about being a student at the University of Utah. One of those perks is that every student gets all the Adobe products for free since the founder of Adobe is a U of U alum.
The next morning, we got up and moved Andrew into his studio apartment at Avia in downtown SLC. Luckily, he is right on the TRAX line so he can hop on for free with his student card and ride up to campus. It is only a 10-minute commute for him! It was fun helping him get set up in his apartment. His apartment complex has some nice perks like free rides on the green scooters and bikes downtown, discounts at some restaurants, a movie room and lounge area with kitchen plus weight room and super cool patio areas with lots of grilling opportunities. I hope he has fun living it up in such a cool place while the GI Bill helps to pay for it!
Later that night, we all went out to dinner at the Copper Onion and had the most delicious beef stroganoff. It was only a short walk from Andrew's apartment. It was a nice way to celebrate two successful days of unpacking the boys for college. The next day we toured campus with the boys and then said our goodbyes. We said goodbye to Peter first who left to participate in freshman orientation for the engineering students. Then Andrew took us around the rest of campus and showed us the buildings he would be having class in plus Peter's engineering building. We ended up running back into Peter after we finished up at the bookstore and then said goodbye to both boys. It was bitter sweet to say goodbye.
MOVING DAY FOR PETER - KAHLERT VILLAGE
MOVING DAY FOR ANDREW - AVIA APARTMENTS
touring campus and saying our goodbyes