Family Weekend may have been a few weeks ago, but this past weekend my mom, dad, and sister came up to visit for Family Weekend round 2! I absolutely love when my family visits because I miss seeing them while I’m here at school.
My mom and sister sent me text updates throughout their four hour drive from New York letting me know where they were and how much time was remaining. With each text I got more and more excited for their arrival. Finally I got the “we’re here!” text and I ran down 3 flights of stairs to greet them. There’s nothing like reuniting with your family for the first time in weeks!
We left SERC and headed for Hampton, NH but first stopped to get pizza at La Festa in Dover. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it. It’s always really busy on Friday nights but SO worth the wait! After a long dinner which was filled with lots of laughter and catching up, we headed back to Durham to have dessert at Froyo World. Even though I live on campus, I had never made the trek to Froyo World before. However, after consuming lots of fruity frozen yogurt complete with gummy worms, strawberries, raspberries, and those little flavor burst candies, I will easily be making Froyo World adventures a weekly thing.
We got to Hampton a little late but settled into our cozy, warm room at the Hampton House Hotel quickly. My family and I have been travelling to Hampton beach since I was a baby and I still can’t get over how beautiful the ocean looks from the hotel balcony in the morning. After eating breakfast at Sharon’s Sea Grill and doing a little shopping in Newington, we headed back to the hotel to relax for the rest of the afternoon.
That evening, we drove into Portsmouth for dinner. I think Portsmouth is the most adorable, quaint city and I’m obsessed with how it lights up at night. We ate at the Friendly Toast which I love because it has all of these eclectic, old-fashioned decorations. When you step through the doors you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time! After we ate we walked around Portsmouth and started belting out songs from Annie: the musical. The highlight of the night was when we got two other guys to sing ‘Tomorrow’ with us!
Sunday morning, my family dropped me off at SERC so they could make the four hour drive back home to Kingston. I hate saying goodbye to my family and am not ashamed to admit that I still get a little choked up whenever they leave. So many high school seniors are ready to get out of the house/away from their parents but if my parents could live nearby, say in Hampton, I’d be totally ok with that! I don’t think there is anything wrong with missing your family in college. College is a big transition and wanting to see your mom/dad/brother/sister is nothing to be ashamed of. If you miss your family instead of going home, I suggest you invite them to Durham and show them YOUR favorite places! This will surely help with the transition.