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Steve and I had a great and busy weekend visiting friends and visiting Penn State, where both of us went to college. We were going to a friend’s place for their twins’s 2nd birthday party, and we figured since we were part way to Penn State, we would make a weekend out of it with our friends Matt and Christina and their two year old son Liam.
Saturday, midday, we went to a game center for the twins’s birthday. There were video games, amusement park-type games, and even a ropes course above our heads. In another room off to the side, there was a toddler area with things for the kids to climb, build, and run around. The children had a blast, and it’s always so great to see our friends and their children. They all love playing together so much, and we’re such a tight group that we all trade off watching the kids and playing with them.
After a great party, we drove a bit farther for a quick night at Penn State. We stayed in a hotel with our friends, went to dinner a great Korean BBQ restaurant, and we went to the Creamery. The ice cream at Penn State is better than any other I’ve ever had. I’m a fan of the Peanut Butter Swirl – vanila ice cream with a sweet peanut butter woven through it. Steve loves Peachy Paterno – vanilla ice cream with pieces of real peaches. After, we hung out in the hotel room and played with Liam, played games, and just laughed a ton as always. On Sunday, we walked around town and campus for the morning, remembering all that used to be there and noticing all that had changed. I got a Penn State sweatshirt to wear to school on our college spirit days, and we got a magnet for our refrigerator. Any time we travel, we always get a Christmas ornament and a magnet. We have a Penn State ornament but somehow, no magnet. Problem solved! 🙂
It was a great weekend, and we were so happy to see our old school again, remembering all the times we had together and how we met. Our favorite memory is at the student union building that’s called the “HUB” – each day, our friends would meet by the fishtanks for lunch and sit together eating in between classes. There was always someone there in the middle of the day, and we always made plans for later in the day or where we would meet up later. Text messaging was just becoming popular, and group texting wasn’t really a thing yet when we were there, so the message was always the same – quick and to the point – “Come HUB lunch.” Every time one of us visits school, we send each other a picture of the fishtanks with the same message.