Monday, October 28, 2013

"Every Time We Say Goodbye..."

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We spent this past weekend in Spokane, Washington to finally visit Master C. at Gonzaga University. The Fall colors were absolutely splendid!
The school was founded in the late 1800's and we enjoyed exploring all the old halls in the main building. 

Main entry...

The hallways are lined with old pictures starting in 1867 and they continued on until 2000. (then they ran out of walls for display) Here are some impressions...

The rugged guy in the middle reminded me of Morrisey!  <wink>
And the guy underneath him could have come from a Monty Python movie!
Bing Crosby studied at Gonzaga for several years!

Since Gonzaga is a Jesuit school, lots of beautiful leaded pane windows were on display...


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And then of course there was Master C.! {smile} 


It was absolutely wonderful to see him in person again. Miss M. spent several hours on Friday with him and even visited two classes as a guest. A good way to get a feel of college life!

Unfortunately Master C. had just caught a nasty cold & cough and on Saturday he just wanted to stay in bed, but we upped and dragged him off into the countryside to see some of Spokane's outlying areas. Once we finally cleared the fog the views and the colors were just stunning!

I used the 'fake tilt-shift' in the upper two pics...
On top of Mount Spokane...
After a nice breakfast yesterday morning it was time again to head home. So hard to say our goodbyes. Yes, the song "Every time we say goodbye I die a little" definitely came to mind... 

The drive home takes about four and a half hours and there wasn't a lot to see on the way, just lots and lots of gray. About halfway home we had a quick stop at the Columbia Gorge and even though I almost got blown into the Gorge (so windy!) I managed to snap a few pretty pics...

Now I'm sitting here at home on a Monday morning and I feel a bit empty. So glad to see for myself that our oldest is doing so well over there on the other side of our state. He is focused on his future, has made lots of friends and has become quite the independent young man. So happy for him!

And now it is time for our number two (Miss M.) to start stretching her legs. She can't wait! She has already started spreadsheets of universities she is interested in, even though she still has a year and half to go! Just look at all that energy radiating from her!  {smile}

Miss M. at that windy Gorge...

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10 comments:

  1. well, I'm a little teary eyed...it's been so long since I've seen your little ones- now no longer little- and it is awesome to see and read about how well they are doing (and how you are navigating this phase in your life). Master C clearly picked the right place for him, and that's what makes the difference! Yeay for miss M and master C!

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    1. Klopt helemaal Margje. Hij zit echt op de juiste plek (zegt hij zelf ook) en hij heeft plannen voor de toekomst: int. business + economics + management information technology plus een minor in Int. Studies! Wow, een hele mond vol. :-)

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  2. Ik werd er ook een beetje melanchonisch van...mooi hoor! Nu aftellen tot kerst!

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    1. Ha nee, hij komt over vier weken al thuis voor Thanksgiving! :-)

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  3. I would love to visit Gonzaga someday. I went to a different Jesuit college, in Massachusetts, so I am very curious to see similarities and differences.

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    1. Hi there Jennifer,
      I don't think I would be able to help you on the Jesuit part of things, since we are non-believers ourselves, but if you have any questions I could certainly try! ;-)

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  4. What a perfect bunch of pictures.

    Your son looks happy; he sure is an independent guy.
    The picture of the 3 of you is great.
    But the pictures of the river are even better. WOW!

    Je dochter met haar blonde haren wapperend in de wind, steelt helemaal de show!
    Houd die maar goed in de gaten.

    Prettige week deze week,
    Brigitte

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  6. Those are amazing photos of the Gorge! It's sad to have to leave the kid's, even when they're grown!

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  7. What beautiful pictures. Memories of a great weekend. I dread the day when I will have to leave my boys and go home without them. Must be so heart rending.

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