July 4th Weekend in Oxford
July 6, 2011 · by ·
We brought Maddie home from camp on Saturday, and as we thought about our nonexistent plans for July 4th, we did something we have never done…at least not with three kids…we hopped in the car Sunday and drove to Oxford, MS, for one night, as my brother and sister were both going to be there for the weekend.
My brother, sister, and me (they are twins)
Even though it was mere hours spent together, we still had a great time!
All of us with our spouses/kids
My sister-in-law’s parents have a beautiful backyard and pool where we spent the afternoon.
We stayed at the Hampton Inn where these await you in the lobby…..of the Hampton Inn…..in Oxford, MS. Perhaps the owner spent time in Africa, because that is where the lions are from? I maaay-be could understand *one* lion in a case. That would be kind of cool. But three? Bordering on weird and creepy. Not to mention their back ends are literally in your face while you eat breakfast. You should have seen John David craning his neck to figure out whether they were boy or girl lions…gross.
We ran by Rebel Rags to pick up a few t-shirts and a pennant for John David…(there is not an iota of Ole Miss gear to be had in the state of Arkansas:) Then we took the kids through campus to show them the beautiful Lyceum (above), where I went to class, where i lived, etc…Ole Miss remains one of my most favorite spots on earth! The kids are still trying to get their arms around what college is, why you go, what you do when you’re there…seeing it in person was great for them!
The Tri Delt house where I lived for two years! They were re-doing the inside, so we couldn’t go in.
Who knows…maybe Maddie girl will be here one day:)
We also got to squeeze in a visit with our old friends, Meg and Isaac, who David worked with while on staff with Campus Crusade at Ole Miss. They are still there investing in the lives of students!
Our last stop was lunch at Old Venice pizza for old time’s sake so we could eat our favorite John Wayne pizza (BBQ sauce, chicken, and mozzarella).
We just may make an impromptu trip again someplace soon…it was worth it!
I’ve said it before on the blog and am routinely telling my Arkansas friends…that if you have never been to Oxford, it is well-worth the drive! It is one of the most beautiful small towns in all of the South, rich with history, and full of award-winning restaurants and amazing stores! You will not want to leave!
Have a great Wednesday!