Sunday, April 22, 2012

College Choice Cookies

Last weekend we took a drive. For 12 hours. Have you ever sat on your tush for 12 hours straight? You might have these dreams of your crazy-hectic life and then you get the opportunity to sit on your tush for a long time and it will be so relaxing. Well, not so much. Honest. Especially after 2 hours and your computer battery dies. Your legs tighten all up and you're in a small environment with your family. Very small environment... with your family... for 12 hours. With 2 guys. I won't go into details, but I bet you can imagine.

The truth of the matter is we had a fantastic weekend. I hope next time we will fly there, but it was definitely a memory making weekend. My son is a senior in high school. It was a busy year with his Black Belt test, his Eagle Scout project, the usual homework, chores, community service and lets not forget... all those college applications. Busy.

Nick was accepted to 9 wonderful schools. We visited almost all of them and loved each one. Nick had a VERY hard decision to make. 8 of the schools sent him a merit scholarship. All of the schools pursued him. At first it feels great. You did a good job with your son. He will do well in college. He will become the man that he is meant to be. Then it just feels... well, overwhelming. Then you remember that ALL of this is on HIS shoulders. You decide to be really nice to him and realize the pressure he is under. You bake cookies.

Nick decided on University of Portland. It is a private catholic school. Without the generous merit scholarship that they sent Nick, it would NOT have been an option for him. God is good. We walked on campus and fell in love with U.P. All of us. Nick liked the professors. He loved the campus. He LOVES the cold and rainy weather. The Engineering school is top-notch. The people are SUPER nice. Most importantly... Nick said that he felt most at home there. Or maybe it was the fact that 60% of the students are GIRLS. Ok, we won't go there.
So then you make the next step. You plunk down $400 and you get this huge smile from a boy excited to have his college student I.D. Then you go buy every single item you can find in the student store. Yes, we spent as much as we did for the registration fee!
Then you tell your University of Portland admissions representative of your decision and he literally jumps for joy. He's excited to get my boy at his school. How good does that feel?!
Then you email all the other colleges and tell them of your decision... ick that was hard. But you get over it and your mom makes cookies of your new school theme/mascot/colors and the world is all good.
 Since the U.P. color is purple, I tried to make most of these Nautical cookies in purple. Oh and for those that ARE going to ask... yes University of Portland is the school that I made the airplane cookies for when we visited their Bay Area reception. I thought their mascot was an airplane pilot, but it's actually a riverboat pilot! Thankfully and rushed me some cutters in the new, corrected theme :-)

 Oh and see the difference in the cookie from left to right? The left is my usual sugar cookie dough and the right is the OREO cookie dough recipe from Samantha of Flour-De-Lis... yum!

 and I made some in the "regular" Nautical colors too 
 Ok, so then you package up some of the cookies and mail them to Marty for being so excited that Nick is a U.P. Pilot!
oh and did I mention that we saw no less than 3 PINK bicycles on campus? Yes, it's a sign.
Super proud of you Nicky boy! My Engineering U.P. Pilot!

Remind me that next time I have to tell you about THE PUNCH. Ooh I can't wait!

Purple Nautical blog background for today:


  1. Congratulations to Nick! How exciting! I love the colors you chose for the cookies, they are so unique. You have such a good eye for color. I'll bet Marty was even more excited to receive that package.

  2. I'm so happy that the decision has been made. Now you can move forward to many more steps that he'll be taking.Thanks for bringing us along on such a big step in his and the family's new adventure.

  3. Congratulations to Nick!!! How exciting! What kind of engineering will he be studying? I see lots of cookie care packages in your future.

    I'm going to be sitting on my tush for 14 hours on Wednesday. We're going to be driving from Plain City, Ohio to Minneapolis to visit our kids. Last time it took 16 hours because of bad weather. Not looking forward to the drive, but I can't wait to get my arms around my daughter and son-in-law.

    1. Oh Kathy, bring one of those things you plug your computer into the car lighter thingy. You'll be glad you did. I had two hours of totally productive time organizing photos on my computer and then... nothing. Have fun with your daughter and son-in-law! It will be worth the trip! Nick will be studying computer science for computer programming and software and video games.

  4. How exciting for your son! You did a great job on both of your should be proud...pat yourself on the back! As always, I love the cookies, the purple nautical theme looks great. And Oreo roll out cookies...oh yes, I think those are now on my list. Congrats to you Nick!

  5. Such great pics!!! He looks so happy and you so proud!! Good job, mama!

  6. Congratulations to Nick and to you! And I love the cookies too. That cloud with the raindrops is so very clever!

  7. Congrats to Nick! Super cookies. ♥♥♥

  8. Congrats again to Nick! I love this post especially the part of sitting in a car for 12 hours with two guys. I can only imagine and with your computer dying...oh boy. Sitting in a car for 6 hours when we go visit my parents is hard. My husband gets on my nerves after a few hours. I've done a long car drive once when we drove from Texas to Long Island, New York and we did it in 2 days. Thankfully my in-laws live here now so we won't be doing that again.

    Anyway back to the cookies. I love the ones in the school colors. They rock! You are so detailed to put blue ribbon on your boxes too :)

  9. Congratulations to your son for making must what have been a very tough decision. I'm sure he'll be very happy with his decision and Portland with him. Your cookies are all lovely and no doubt many, many more will show up on his campus.

  10. Love your April Shower COOKIES, Cristin! Thanks for joining the fun :)


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