Monday, November 4, 2019

Family Weekend 2019

My last family weekend at Wake (until maybe I come back with my kids one day?! Hopefully!)

My parents landed Friday night after work. We grabbed a late dinner at Jeffrey Adams. Pro tip: book your reservations months in advance!
While they were in flight, I went to the Kappa Delta silent auction to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina. I remember going to this event without my parents my sophomore year, because same thing, my parents took a late flight, and it was painful socializing with parents and KD’s that I was not best friends with yet. 
But, now that I am a senior, my confidence has grown drastically, and I feel like I can talk to anyone! I met a lot of my sorority sister’s parents. I met Mrs. Hampton, my friend Kate’s mom. Hi Mrs. Hampton, thanks for saying hi and thank you for reading my blog!
I also chatted with my friend’s parents that I already knew! It was a really nice event. We raised $7,000 for Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina.
I did not bid on anything, but there was a cute Hillflint sweater that I think I might scoop up one of these days. 

Saturday morning my parents and I bundled up and walked to the Kappa Delta lounge on the quad for a family weekend breakfast. Chick-fil-A chicken minis, fruit, juice and yogurt parfaits. We lounged in our new and beautiful designed lounge. My mom remembers when the lounge was redone my sophomore year when I lived in Davis above the lounge. It was just redone again and this time the new furniture is stunning.

We headed over to the tailgate via the shuttle, because why park for $20 when you can park on campus and take the shuttle for free?!
Kick off was at noon. The stadium was filled. The oldest rivalries in a North Carolina were to battle it out once more. The Demon Deacons crushed the Wolfpack, making the Deacs 7-1, in reach of a really nice bowl game. We were sitting in North Carolina State University territory. It was sunny yet chilly. I was in my turtleneck and layers. My scalp got sunburned. My voice was hoarse from screaming and rubbing our victory in NC State fans faces.

After we got back to campus, we went to the quad and watched as others rolled it. My mother treated me to a new Wake sweatshirt, my first new one since before freshman year.

We ate dinner at our favorite restaurant, Milners. I tell everyone I know to go here. The food is amazing. My mom and my favorite dish is the pecan and Moravian cookie crusted salmon. We also love the calamari. They also bring this delicious basket of warm bread with sweet butter.

Sunday brunch with Joe was at the Indigo hotel at Sir Winston Wine Loft downtown on 4th street. It was bad. My grits bowl was delicious, but the service was horrible. My mom and Joe’s omelets were cold. The toast only came out after asking three times, and it wasn’t the right kind of bread. My dad’s fried egg, requested sunny side up, was cooked through and flipped one too many times. It was a pretty restaurant but with a horrible chef.

I then took my parents to their first ever Wake Forest Catholic mass. I love going to mass every Sunday on campus. I used to go a lot to church when I was little, but then only went rarely in middle and high school. The reason I go here is because the priest we have on campus is so relatable and funny. He makes mass fun and relevant to college students. My parents laughed so hard yesterday at mass and now they really understand why I love going.

After mass we took a walk through the Reynolda trails to Reynolda Gardens. A beautiful spot, walking distance from campus. My dad had never been, so I wanted to show him the property of the Reynolds, who donated this land to Wake Forest University. On the wooded walk back, we stopped at Dough-Joes in Reynolda Village for delicious and fresh out of the oven apple cider donuts. Honestly, the best donut I have ever had. 

I said a sad goodbye to my parents in the parking lot. I will see them in three weeks for Thanksgiving and then hopefully a week after that for Love

Thanks for the visit! I love you both!

1 comment

  1. Wonderful meeting you, Elizabeth! Congrats on the blog and here's to a terrific senior year! All the best, Mara


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