Friday morning, we headed out and made the 4+ hour trip to San Marcos. We arrived in town around 2:30, checked into our hotel & relaxed until picking Austen up at 5:00 at his dorm.
When we pulled up to Tower Hall, I called Aus on his cell phone & told him we were out front. Out comes Austen, followed by a big handful of his new friends. He introduced all of us to his friends & although I had my camera in hand, I didn't take a group picture...I didn't want to embarrass Austen. Later he said he wouldn't have cared, so I wished I had just done it anyway!
It was so wonderful to give Aus a big hug & see him again. It seems like he's been gone much longer than just 7 weeks--he's changed so much (in a good way) already!
I told Austen I'd give him some $$ for a haircut if he got it cut before we arrived, and look what we found!!!:
Aus said he hadn't cut his hair since we took him to school 7 weeks ago (it was already pretty long), so I can only imagine how LONG it had become. We love his new haircut, & he said "so did the ladies" :) We had plans to go to Joe's Crab Shack, which used to be Peppers On The Falls for those native Austin-ites. Sadly, Joe's Crab Shack changed just weeks ago to a different restaurant that nobody wanted to go to, so Reese suggested Chili's & we decided to go there.
Everyone was very, very glad to see Austen & talk with him, but I think the novelty wore off for Reese. At Chili's, we wanted to hear all about Austen's classes, friends, activities, etc. & Reese didn't like the spotlight on someone else :)
Aus has made some good friends, & he rarely plays video games now. Instead, he spends time with his hall-mates, having fun...and of course going to class & studying. But it's sure a major change from what he did here at home!
Austen & Reese going into Austen's room...