The drive down to Pensacola is just about 3 hours. It's a drive I've taken with friends or family many times on the way too and from college. This trip was special since John was with me! We brought my sisters Jubilee and Anna along too. On the way through Millbrook, we took a short detour into the library to pick up some wedding planning books.
We drove down as the rain cleared up, picked up my college friend Gemma who still lives in Pensacola, and then took the short drive from her house to PCC. I enjoyed showing John around the campus. Seeing all the girls in skirts, the guys in their khakis and collored shirts, and the buildings that were my home for my four years of college was a lot of fun.
It was fun to think back to those years of spending time with my good friends. But you know I am glad that those days are over. They were fun while they lasted, but I'm looking forward to the future. It's strange to think of those days and to realize all that has occured in my life in the six years since graduation. What's even more odd is to realize that it has actually been six years! I guess all those people who say that time flies the older you get (not that I'm getting old yet!) are right.
We spent a little time walking around campus, then played a game of bowling at the Sports Center. Nowhere else that I know of can people bowl for $1.25 a person!
First we had a late lunch and then Jubilee convinced us to try out the water. Though the day felt a little cold, the water was great.
I had borrowed a sandcastle book from Rob, so we got busy! Creating a sturdy sand castle base is hard work. You have to pack down the sand and then add water and pack for a long long time. Using a shovel handle to poke holes in the sand and adding water that way worked pretty good.
Soon, we got tired and decided to get on to the fun part of carving. If (like me) you've never made a sandcastle unless you're playing with young children, you may be surprised that making stairs, little buildings and tunnels can still be a lot of fun! The finished product wasn't as impressive as the castles in the book, but it was a lot of fun and definitely more cool than other sand castles I've built in the past.
Of course the best part was being there with John! We don't get to spend a lot of time together yet since I'm still in Alabama and he's in Ohio. I guess that makes the time we do have together that much more fun. We often pack a lot into a weekend!
Overall it was a great day at the beach. The cloudy cool weather was great since we (for once) avoided a sun burn!
It's taken a while to get this posted and I need to write a little bit about my trip to look at cloth and patterns this past Saturday. But I guess that post will have to wait (or may just get forgotten). The short story is that Anna, Jubilee and I did a lot of looking, but haven't bought anything yet. If any of you have or know of good wedding dress or bridesmaid patterns, decorating ideas or other useful things to know when planning a wedding do let me know!