We eventually got the volleyball out and got a good size group of students to play with us down at the sand volleyball courts. It was really fun and helped me get to know some of the boys since I don't get to interact with them much. It's really evident the students here are really good kids overall. Three of the girls from our floor actually offered to walk Mops and play with Elle. It was awesome and Elle really enjoyed them. Later we kept waiting for the dancing to start, but then quickly realized they had moved it down to the basement. You could here the music up in the Great Hall. Chris wasn't on duty, but he went down and checked on things a couple of times. A professor and her husband, who is also a counselor here, live on the 3rd floor and were on duty last night so every 5-10 minutes one of them would walk through. The mother hen in me worried a bit about them all being unchaperoned, but Chris said it looked pretty tame. He said most of them were dancing and when someone would come in they would step away from each other. They quit about 10 because they had to check-in and lights out was still 11. Guess the whole experience was good practice for parents of a daughter!
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Earlier in the week the girls asked to have a pizza/dance party for the floor last night since it's Open Weekend. Open Weekend means no tests. They can check out if they want and go home for the weekend, but generally half of them stay. The girls were willing to pay for their pizza, but they can't order it themselves. Turns out there's also a rule we can't have pizza delivered. I offered to go get it for them as long as they turned the music off by 10 pm. I figured they may not last that long since they can't have boys on the floor. They decided to do pizza at 5 and then dance later because some people would be leaving. Today (Saturday) is Parent's Day for the juniors so almost all of our girls were here last night. Elle and I went and got the pizza and drinks after her nap. We're quickly learning to get around OKC, but the traffic is something I'm still adjusting to after Waco. We gave the girls some space and we ate in our apartment. We ended up ordering 8 large pizzas for 20 girls. Chris thought there would be pizza left over. Vivid memories of cheerleading sleepovers kept coming to mind and I knew they would eat it up. Sure enough they ate it all and I think some even went and got dinner in the cafe too.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Apparently the love bug bites hard the first week. Couples are everywhere! We've seen a break up/get back together drama unfold over several days, some that are joined at the hip, and many puppy dog eyes. Are we all so transparent? We went to Bricktown Saturday night and kept running into couples on dates. I guess when you throw a bunch of teenagers together 24/7 something is bound to happen. It's not all roses and sunshine for everyone though. Chris went to the common room Saturday afternoon to read and there were a bunch of girls in one room. Suddenly one of them flew out of the room shouting, "Boys are stupid!" She then realized Chris was there and quickly said, "I didn't mean you Professor Shrock!" and then ran back into the room with a bunch of giggling.
Friday, August 20, 2010
So last night Elle fell asleep about 8:45. She was down until about 10:00 (when Chris and I were trying to go to bed) and then started fussing every 15 minutes or so. She's teething and stuffy, and I'm sure still adjusting to a new environment, but we haven't had a solid nights sleep since we got here and it's starting to wear on all of us. About this time Mops starts acting weird as well. She get shaking and running back into the living room or to Elle's door. She wouldn't stay in bed or settle down if she was in bed. So for about an hour I'm trying to get Elle to stay in her bed and Chris is dealing with Mops. The kids have mandatory study time from 8 pm to 10 pm and then lights out is 11 pm. A little after lights out ( just as Chris and I had gotten Elle to sleep, gotten Mops back in bed, and laid down) the fire alarm goes off. The alarm is so loud and the strobe lights are so bright! It's like firecrackers going off in the apartment. I immediately ran to Elle's room and picked her up, Chris corrals Mops, and we all run out the back door to the fire escape and out the door. Chris says he has to run in and get some stuff. Later on I realized it was his pants! I'm trying to keep Elle calm and get Mops to come close enough that I can grab her, but at this point the girls start coming out too. Mops is in total panic barking at everyone and I didn't grab my glasses so everything is fuzzy. The girls have to get over by the gate and line up by floor where the "House Mouse" (one of the seniors who has a list of everyone on the floor) takes role. The boys are on the other side of the dorms, which is a good thing since we were all in our pajamas. Chris came back out pretty quickly and grabbed Mops. The police showed up first and then the fire department. The police made the girls line back up for a head count. The boys were missing a couple of people for a while, but I haven't heard as to why yet. Eventually, the firefighters came out and they determined it was a malfunction in the system. (Earlier in the day they had been testing smoke alarms in the dorms, which may have caused a problem.) We came back in at 12:05 and Chris had to go let girls back into their room and make sure everyone was inside. Elle stayed calm throughout the whole thing and actually wound back down pretty quick. Needless to say she ended up sleeping in our bed.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
We have almost made it through the first week. Chris has been so busy, but he seems to be enjoying it. Sunday night we met the girls on our floor and everyone seems so sweet. So far Mops doesn't really like anybody, but she doesn't bark at the noises anymore. Elle hasn't really warmed up to anyone either, but she does act like she likes it here. Unfortunately, she's not sleeping well yet. Hopefully, it's just cutting teeth and she'll get better soon. I've been trying to unpack, but Elle makes it go really slow. Chris has dorm duty Sunday and Tuesday nights and then two classes each day. He has almost all the juniors and seniors so he's pretty swamped with grading and class prep for now. My sister and her family were here the last two days so we ventured out to the zoo and to an awesome restaurant called Pops! that has really good burgers and 500+ kinds of pop. So far I think the blessings of being here are outweighing the negatives. The lists look like this:
close to family
mops has a huge yard to run around in
elle has a huge yard to run around in
lots of people are glad we're here
cooler weather (yes, i'm saying this about okc)
a great place for chris to work
eating in the cafeteria if we want
no rent or utilities
mops can go to work with Chris
we can pop over and see Chris
short commute for Chris
Cheddar bites at Sonic
sprinklers for Elle to play in
Chris and I have our own offices
enough space for all our books
taking Mops out to the bathroom
not enough space for all our stuff
a long walk to the car
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Today is move in day at the dorms! We peeked out the windows at 8:45 and there was already a line of parents and kids. Probably mostly juniors. Some seemed nervous and others looked excited. I don't know why I'm nervous for them! Elle and I only got to spend a few minutes in the common area before heading to church and now she's sleeping so we'll have to get acquainted at the library later this afternoon when they get their books. We're also going to eat dinner with them and then we'll have a floor meeting later. So far Chris said they are all really sweet and nice. We'll have a floor meeting tonight so we can get to know them a little better. Thus begins our adventure!