Most of you know (because we're not shy about it in the least) that Tom and I are Abilene Christian University grads. We think ACU is fabulous. Just the best. Would do it all again in a heartbeat...although Tom says he'd start at ACU instead of wasting freshman year and half of sophomore year at some other university that shall not be named.
On a side note: seriously. Tom got to start over with his GPA halfway through sophomore year, once he hit that point where he realized that his grades would matter with that whole "getting a job thing." So some of us might graduate with 4.0s and fancy summa cum laude because we got a blank slate halfway through college, and others of us might graduate with 3.89s and only magna cum laude because we decided that biology and chemistry were stupid courses and inferior to making friends/line dancing on weekends when you've decided you're not premed anymore. But maybe the magna cum laude graduate had better grades all around, and just didn't get to start over after three semesters. But that person probably isn't the least bit irritated by that. Especially 3 years after graduation. Nope. Not. Irritated.
Sooooo anyway. Naturally, we were super excited to take Lyla back to ACU for her first conscious visit! I say conscious because she has been once before, but it was in February for her first Sing Song. She was six months old and she was equally entertained by the downstage acts as she was by the upstage acts. Now for the record, hosts and hostesses are lovely, very talented people...but there are no winners and losers in the downstage acts. The upstage acts are where it's at. We are a competitive people in this house, and we love a good rivalry. We love the upstage acts. [if you have no idea what I'm talking about, it's because bless your heart you've never experienced a Sing Song. I am SO sorry you're missing out. you just feel free to jump on youtube and find yourself some Sing Song performances. educate yourselves. preferably with the 2008 ko jo kai bee act. just a suggestion. I might still have the costume. and know the songs and choreography. stop judging me.]
|perfecting both of our Sing Song faces since 2008|
|we're working on this one, but we're off to a great start.|
My sweet mom and grandmother dragged me to Kojie homecoming breakfast at the witching hour Saturday morning. If any of you are wondering what the witching hour is, I'll enlighten you: 6:15. Who the heck wants to go to breakfast at 6:15 on a Saturday? Ugh. Now I know lots of people bring their babies/toddlers to breakfast with them so that they can dress them in cute Kojie colors and show them off and everything, but my child wakes up at 9:30 on an early morning for her. There was no way I was getting her up to choke down an Aramark breakfast and cry through the NuNu's (pledges') scheduled "entertainment." Instead, she got to sleep in until 8 with her daddy. Lucky little booger.
|please notice the sunlight outside...it had appeared all of 42 seconds prior to this photo. also, the ginger in this picture is not my previously referenced grandmother, but my cousin Tess who is also a kojie. this family knows what's up.|
When the parade had finished, we walked across campus to homecoming chapel and Lyla had her first ACU chapel experience! Much more fanfare than a standard chapel experience, but exciting nonetheless. Tom and his friends did decide that if they were really going for authenticity for returning alumni, they would have one sparsely populated section that talked the whole time, one section way up high that danced and whooped along to songs (I'm looking at you subbers), they would've hired a fleet of 20 year olds with iPhones to play Angry Birds and Candy Crush, and they would've installed a handful random students to shoot shaming looks in the direction of all these other groups. I'm looking for the real chapel experience here, people. Now to be fair, they might've tried that later in chapel. Unfortunately, we had to leave after approximately 8 minutes because one of us had soaked through our diaper and needed to be changed, and there are no changing tables in Moody so we had to go to the campus center. We might not have returned since we ran into friends in the campus center and started talking and suddenly chapel was over. Whoops. So maybe Lyla did get the authentic "slide and glide" chapel experience after all. We're all about authenticity here.
|believe it or not, this was the best picture I got of the two of them. don't ask me what's up with either of their eyes, I honestly can't tell you. on your left we have homicidal, and on your right we have stoned (munchies included)|
|me and my cousin Lauren...we're due about 4 weeks apart with two more girls! just in case there wasn't enough estrogen up in here already|
|bale of hay and scarecrow that needed to be barked at|
|reorganizing pumpkins because we're not a fan of this jumbled pile look|
|y'all. seriously. how precious is this?|
|sweet girl in front of her daddy's favorite animal|
|if you've never been to the Abilene Zoo and have a chance, you should go just for this bridge. you can feed giraffes crackers, their heads are right at your knees. also this is my favorite animal. so. stinkin. cool.|
|I don't really know what to think of this creepy photobombing bird wanting in on the action. these animals have NO concept of what is socially acceptable, particularly in front of children. mercy.|
|my child's disapproving glare at the turtles' choice of recreational activity.|