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My Baby is Gone!

Brandon is now a Wildcat! We had fun the last few days! We took him out on Wednesday night to El Rodeo for dinner. He picked the restaurant. Had a great time - the pitcher of margarita's helped! I took yesterday off, and took Brandon to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. He got his favorite breakfast platter and I got my favorite Pecan Pancakes! Here's Corby & Brandon at El Rodeo...

We also went to see mom - Brandon's last visit with her for a while.

When we got home, he got busy packing all his electronic stuff. I washed his comforter, and finished his packing. When the twins got home from school, Kaleb helped us load the cars while Kaitlin headed off to work. Look at this pile...

Corby got off work a little early, and we headed out, with a stop for a quick bite at Taco Bell. Several hours (and one pit stop) later, we made it to Manhattan. We had good directions to find Brady's uncle's house, so we had no trouble finding it, though it was getting dark by then. We got there right behind Brady and his family. His aunt Libby and uncle Bob were very nice, and after visiting a bit, they left and went to stay at their cabin outside of town. We had the basement rooms, and the Randall's had the upstairs; though Brady did sleep down in the basement with us. Corby and Randy went to Dillons this morning and got doughnuts and Sunny Delight for breakfast, and we headed to Moore Hall at around 9:45. We were allowed to pull in the parking lot in front of Moore, but we had to get everything out of the cars and then go park them. The boys carried a bunch of stuff up to their room (on the 7th floor), while Corby and I waited in line for the elevator because we had a bunch of the big, heavy stuff on the 2-wheeler - the refrigerator, microwave and cases of bottled water. Joann and I got the beds made and most of their stuff put up, while the boys set up their electronic stuff. On our way out, we took the boys down to the laundry area and explained the washer & dryer to them. They have both done a little bit of laundry before, so we're hoping they don't ruin their clothes! Here's Brandon getting stuff organized on his desk...

After a mixup between Corby & I on finding the van and leaving the parking lot (too long of a story to go into here, plus I'm still a bit peeved at him!); we met up with the Randall's and Brandon at Varney's Book Store in Aggieville. The boys picked up their pre-ordered and pre-paid-for books; then we walked around Aggieville trying to find a place to eat lunch. We finally found a BBQ "bar" that had seating, so we ate there. The food was good, but the service was S-L-O-W - they were short-handed on probably their busiest day of the year! The boys wanted to walk around the campus, but a storm was moving in; so they went w/the Randall's to Target to pick up a few things Brady needed. We told Brandon goodbye there and headed home. I am still kind of in a daze, knowing that he will be fine, and hoping he will have fun. My mind today has just been going around in circles - remembering when he was born, how he loved performing as Garth Brooks when he was about 5 or 6 years old; when he won the 99% award in middle school; when he played soccer and basketball; when he learned how to drive and got his job at Leeker's; how I'm going to miss his smile, his helpfulness (when prodded), and his love for all the animals. I'M GONNA MISS YOU BRANDON! Expect phone calls, text messages, e-mails and snail mail! WE LOVE YOU!


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We had a wonderful get-together at On the Border this afternoon. The margaritas were great! Of course, I was the only one drinking - and I'm not even much of a drinker. It was great seeing my niece, Lenore and my nephew, Nick. Even though Nick lives here, I don't get to see him much, as his work hours prevent us from seeing much of each other. We did make a pact to get together and see a movie over the Thankgiving holiday. We will be going to Oklahoma on Thanksgiving to spend it with Charles, but I'll have to come back Thanksgiving night as I have to work on Friday.

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Ryan and Diana

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