Her roommate plays field hockey so she has already been moved in for a couple of days. She had a game yesterday so she was not able to be there but she left Kate the nicest, and biggest (literally), note of welcome. Although I would have loved to have met her, It was a bit much with all 6 of us in their room so it may have been good that she wasn't there. We were bumping into each other all over the place as it was. Once we got her room mostly squared away, Kate left to get her id and her books, while Kristen, Shannon and I put some finishing touches on her room. Once Kate got back and changed, it was picture time. I had told my kids that I needed to get a family picture at some point for a bulletin board at work this week. The theme of the bulletin board is the special people, or things, in our lives and we all know that family is the most special, and precious, thing that we have. I had already decided that I wanted it to be a selfie (I even went out and bought a selfie stick for the occasion, I think my kids may soon curse that purchase). I wanted a selfie because I love the informality of them plus they force you to crowd all in together. The kids didn't really want to do it outside where everyone could see us being goofy tourist types so we took it in Kate's room. It certainly won't win any awards for quality, it is a bit blurry and pixelated but no matter, it is now one of my new favorite pictures.
Then it was time to say goodbye. I loved the way that they orchestrated the goodbye. After the Mass ended, Kate had about 15 minutes to say goodbye before she was due at an orientation picnic so there was no opportunity to linger. This worked for me because goodbyes are the epitome of the rip off the band aid moment. You know, those times when you know that something will be painful, but also necessary and good, so it is better to do it all at once, and quickly. We will miss her terribly here at home but if the first day is any indication of things to come, then she is going to have an amazing experience! All in all, for a day that I was dreading, I finished it feeling very peaceful, as well as very happy and excited for her!!