But, try as I might to resist the urge of the acronym, I find I have failed miserably at staying aloof - pretty much every weekend and certainly all week, my life (and thus the life of my family) revolves around those pesky Vols.
We are indeed Vols For Life who cheer Go Big Orange while working at the University of Tennessee Knoxville with the Resident Assistants.
A few weeks ago (pre-Violet haircut), we attended the Orange and White game (big scrimmage open to the public for free) and had a blast meeting up with Teddi (my co-conspirator at work) and her kids to cheer for the football team. Please ignore that Jeremy will be in that uniform for the entirety of this post - he has baseball every stinking day (more on that in a later entry).
|Love my husband - he really is the best dad in the world|
|football - in the shade thanks to Teddi's smart planning|
On Tuesday of this past week, the kids came to RA Council, which is a real meeting, so I dont have photos, but they were really good and did not cause any interruptions. Afterwards, though, as I was decorating in the main office for Administrative Professional's Day, Violet escaped the office and I had 15 of the longest minutes of my life as we searched frantically for her. Clearly, she is right at home at UT since Teddi found her two floors down and all the way over in the Communications Building, not at all scared and simply mad that "mommy got lost."
Friday morning, I had my annual new RA breakfast at the crack of dawn. This is over 20 years of tradition, so I had to meet the newly hired RAs with catered breakfast and make them say a ridiculously goofy pledge that was written 22 years ago by my boss, who was in my position at the time.
|reading out the pledge to lots of RAs|
|doggies! (they had a pet agency come out to promote animal adoptions)|
|she won a free chick fil a meal|
|she grabbed the chalk and messed up some of the advertisements with her own artwork|
|putting on the harness...|
|And attacking the rock wall!|
|cheating at the dunk tank - thank goodness the RAs love my kids - they are so rotten!|
|What? A photobooth? Fun! Jeremy is with Erika (GA) and Christina (RA) in the top one|
Then, we hit up CarniVOL at Vol Hall where we gorged on even more free food and games. Is your job this cool? Yeah, I didn't think so.
|eating Moe's, Jimmy John's, Rita's, and Insomnia Cookies - oh my!|
|begging for more cookies...|
|and getting them|
|Welcome to Moe's...at Vol Hall!|
|my kids will be very skilled at beer pong once the time comes|
|playing in the fountain|
Sunday night, we had the RA Banquet, which I helped organize, and our Casino Royale theme was a big hit as our yearlong spy theme for the RAs came full circle. Seriously, who knew I would get to use my theme planning/decorating skills in my actual career? Crazy.
|LOTS of decorations - we worked on these for weeks|
|my amazing admin woman of awesomeness - Amy!|
(and I look insanely large - my dress was blowsy and it turns out, not so flattering)
Hope you enjoyed my UT fun! LOL! TTFN! IDK! BFF! WTH!