Her parents held an open house for her tonight for family and friends to come and say their good byes. We couldn't make it because we had to attended another sort of open house. It was registration and introduction for the new chapter in Allison's life...Kindergarten. Even though we couldn't be there, I wasn't going to let her go without a send off from Aunt Cindi. I have been working on a "Going off to College" gift for her since she graduated so I dropped Allison off at my Mom's and went to spend some time with Steph this morning. She is such an awesome young lady and I am so proud of her! I can't wait to hear all about her adventures at college! I told her that she needs to start a blog so she can update all of us who want to know what's going on in her life. Hmm, I may just set one up for her!
So, here is her gift. It was an "Everything a New College Student Needs" basket...in her school colors of course!
Here's a better look and if you wish, click on image for an even closer look.
And for those of you who want to know what I put in there, here are the contents. A flashlight, a coil key ring so she can find her keys easily, a package of Highlighters, a package of Post-It notes, index cards, a mini sewing kit, safety pins, note cards with her college on the front, an address book, stamps, return address labels that I made with her college seal on them, a roll of quarters for the vending machines, a box of ear plugs for quite nap times in the dorm, a candle in a jar, emery boards, chapstick, bandages, hydrogen peroxide, a couple travel packages of tissues, a 1/2 pound Hershey chocolate bar, packages of microwave popcorn, a couple of packages of Ramen noodles, two $5.00 gift certificates for the local Pizza Joe's and of course, I couldn't send her off without a picture of Allison! I ordered a hooded sweatshirt for Allison from her college's bookstore and dressed her up in it, took her picture, framed it and put "GO TITANS!" on the frame in Steph's school colors. It was simple but turned out cute.
Here is a close up of the picture of MY future college student!
By the way, Steph's mother (my best friend) made a comment that it will be me in 13 years sending Allison off to college (I won't mention that she also said I would be using a walker by then!) Anyway, I don't know how I will survive that...I can't even stop crying about her going to Kindergarten...but that is a whole other post!
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela