It may seem odd to others, but they love that the crazy campus is part of their lives. It is normal for them to hang out behind a random front desk, go on elevator rides with RAs, attend alcohol education programs, dance at lip sync, and make bulletin boards. Here are a few of our UT adventures, all of which happened in the same week.
3 of my halls (Laurel, Gibbs, and Massey) held a joint program called "Splash and Jam" and they had students come out for a cookout by the Laurel pool. It was a lot of fun, and as it was on a Sunday, the kiddos attended as well.
|Jess dancing with the kids. They LOVE her.|
|Barely able to reach over the table, they still managed to down tons of hot dogs.|
|Vi drinking from a big girl cup!|
|Sometimes Vi has to dress like Rapunzel and bring at least two dolls with her in order to leave the house without screaming. Whatever.|
That same week, I had to take the kids to RA Council. I don't have photos since it really is a meeting where we attempt to conduct actual business between the screams of my kids. Classy. It is these events where I feel bad about having to bring the kids, but if my job requires me to work after 5pm, they have to realize that I am also a mom. They were actually well behaved, I think.
That Saturday, my area of campus (I supervise 6 halls: Laurel, Volunteer, Massey, Gibbs, Clement, and Apartment Res Hall) worked to put on an area-wide tailgate before the Akron game. I was so proud of the RAs who planned the event, and we ended up with a Grammy-nominated band, games, tons of food, a volleyball tournament, and lots of orange.
|My kids LOVED corn hole.|
|Gathering his bean bags.|
|I held Amy's grandson (precious) and Miss Violet was NOT amused.|
|Amy snapped some great pics of my babies|
|helping herself to some ice|
|Jeremy playing football with Maddox (Amy's oldest grandson)|
|Vi making friends with the students and staff|
|I waited for months for this dress to go on sale to buy it for her - so cute|
|how handsome is this kid?|
|Taylar (Massey RA) taught the kids the proper way to play corn hole|
|it is practically impossible to get a photo of them together|
|Vi spent the whole time under the bleachers pulling stuff out of my bag|
|killing time in my office before the game|
|kids at the game|
|in case you were concerned, yes, Mr. Moo got to attend the game as well|
|they refuse to look at the camera. punks.|
|crowd of orange|
|power T - they loved the band|
|I never really considered myself a UT fan, but I suppose after 13 years here, I can't deny it is part of my life|