And we’re off to soccer camp in the promised land

So Caroline and I left San Antonio on Sunday and drove to College Station for a week of Aggie soccer camp. Just in case you thought my reference to the Promised Land meant heaven.

I should clarify that she is the only one who will actually be attending camp because have you ever seen me play soccer?

That’s because it would kill me.

I will just offer my support by making sure she applies an adequate amount of sunscreen every morning and filling up her water bottle. Oh, and driving her there every day because she won’t take a cab.

I wouldn’t really make her take a cab. They have buses here.

When we arrived here on Sunday evening, we were thrilled to learn that Honey, Big and Gulley had already decided we all needed to go eat dinner at Wings’N More. They have wings there in case the name doesn’t clear it right up. But I’m a big fan of the chicken fried steak and so I went that direction. Frankly, wings just seem like a lot of messy for a little bit of food. And you know I have issues with chicken anyway.

And then we attempted to get in bed at a decent time, but it was a little difficult considering we have already fully acclimated to our summer schedule which basically has us keeping the same hours as a family of vampires.

When the alarm went off at 7:15 a.m. it was a cruel jolt into reality. But we managed to get up and find shinguards and pack a backpack with sunscreen and other miscellaneous supplies and then Caroline ate 1/4 of a granola bar to fortify herself for the long morning ahead. She also drank three delicate sips of water while I hounded her about the importance of hydration.

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We arrived at Ellis Field and she was pretty excited to be there even though she was really quiet as she tends to be when she’s nervous. Fortunately, we met up with my college roommate, Meredith, and her girls, Emma and Ellie. The girls have never really spent much time together because they live in Dallas, but they all seemed to click pretty fast which makes sense considering their mothers have loved each other for over twenty years.


So while they played soccer in the hot sunshine, Meredith and I went to Starbucks right by campus in search of caffeine and sat and caught up on life for two hours. And as we sat and visited right there by campus and just a few doors down from the Chicken, I had a moment where I realized we never could have imagined twenty years ago that someday we would be sitting at a Starbucks (Largely because they hadn’t taken over the world at that point. In our day, coffee drinkers went to Sweet Eugene’s on Harvey Road. And they were all very sophisticated and scholarly. Needless to say, this wasn’t our crowd.) waiting to pick up our daughters from soccer camp together. It’s proof that there is nothing better than friendships that stand the test of time and let you pick up where you left off no matter how much time has passed.

As we drove back to get the girls from the morning session, I feel that we were both saying a quick prayer along the lines of PLEASE GOD LET THEM HAVE HAD A GOOD TIME SO WE WON’T HAVE TO DRAG THEM THERE THE REST OF THE WEEK. And, as of day one, that appears to be the case. They were all smiles when we picked them up and Caroline said the heat didn’t even bother her. Which, God bless her, I don’t even understand that.

Then we drove to Newk’s for lunch because I am obsessed with their chicken salad and we don’t have a Newk’s in San Antonio which grieves me to no end. Please, someone with an extra thousands of dollars lying around, open up a Newk’s in San Antonio. I promise to eat there at least three days a week. Possibly even more. That’s just a low-ball estimate.

Anyway, after the evening session of camp the girls still had enough energy to run around the field and kick the ball some more because YOUTH!


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Here they are. Your Fightin’ Texas Aggie Classes of ’24, ’25’, and ’27.

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So that’s what we’re doing this week. Soccer camp. Spending time with old friends. And I think it’s safe to say we’re having a great time.

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  1. Tracey says

    You are so right about those friendships and the test of time. I’m having a party Sunday for my college suite-mate’s son who will begin A&M in the Fall. Both of my suite-mates and my room mate will be here with their husbands and kids. Together we now represent the classes of 78, 79, 80, 07,09, 10, 13…and now 17. It’s just a privilege to have these women and their families in my life! Enjoy your week in Aggieland!

  2. says

    She looks like she is having a great time. And you get to eat at some favorite places! Maybe she can burn a few extra calories for you. Have a wonderful week:).

  3. says

    I’ve never heard of Newks. Back in my day, we went to Jason’s Deli on the corner of George Bush & Texas. Sweet Eugene’s was still around when I was there…the only Starbucks locations were carts on campus. I still can’t believe there are luxury dorms behind Northgate. Back in my day, that’s where you lived when you were PO. Not just poor, but PO…college po. 😉 I went to some great parties & Ring Dunkings back there…at apartments that probably don’t exist anymore. My friends’ kids are all still pretty young so it’ll be awhile before we have any parties for kids going off to A&M. I actually have to oldest…she’s 4th generation on her daddy’s side (her great granddad, her grandmother & her daddy & I all went), Class of ’27. She still hates college football though. Not sure when we’ll be able to break her of that. We’ve got 10 years!

  4. BarbN says

    moment of silence for chicken fried steak. Not so easy to find up north, but we do have one pretty good restaurant in town that serves it. They even have decent gravy to go with it, but it comes with mashed potatoes made from red potatoes which is just Wrong. Russets or don’t bother. And Newk’s. I’ve only been to one because you may not have one in SA but at least you have one in your STATE, but it was quite fine. I still have the plastic cup. Clearly I must be hungry because I ignored everything in this post except the food.

  5. Cristy says

    Looks like everyone had a great time!

    As a relatively new soccer mom whose daughter is 7 and has finished the first of two soccer camps for the summer and has been invited to join a club team in the fall (Lord help me)… where exactly does one procure some cute soccer socks? Because the closest we’ve gotten to cute is Target and the standard white with a pink stripe doesn’t seem to be cutting it compared to all manner of polka dots, cheetah spots, and flowers that I saw at our first soccer camp. I feel like a deficient mother. If you know, please share!

  6. Leigh says

    Ah, Newk’s, one of my favorite places to eat. I’m lucky enough to have one about 5 minutes from ,my house. Love the salads, the pimiento cheese, and the giant rice krispie treats. And the pasta salad. In fact, when I was asked to bring pasta salad to an event last weekend I may or may not have gone to Newk’s with my own Tupperware bowl and had them fill it with their pasta salad…

    • Katie says

      I was going to comment to say that Mom lives SOOO close to Newks that you just need to come stay with us for a long weekend. All the Newks you can eat, plus you know Leigh makes a mean sweet tea.

  7. Beth says

    Newks chicken salad, oh my gosh is it fantastic. I consider myself a chicken salad connoisseur of sorts and theirs is F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. I can’t even bring myself to try anything else….

  8. Courtney says

    I LOVE Sweet Eugene’s!! It is where I spent most of my college career – & I am anything but sophisticated. :) Loved this post; love Aggieland!

  9. Rebecca says

    My girls are class of 10 & 12. Loved Sweet Eugene’s, Must be Heaven was a must of my younger daughter – their pies are yum! Blue Baker (only CS & Austin) – why aren’t there more of these scattered around – pizza is delish!

  10. says

    Ahh Coach G’s soccer camps are the best! My daughter absolutely loved those when she was younger. Enjoy your week in College Station! :-)

    Mrs. H.
    Fighten’ Texas Aggie Class of ’94

  11. Kimberly M. says

    I will spend the latter part of my week going with my “baby” girl to her TAMU New Student Conference, she is the newest class of 2017! I wish I could run into you guys while you are here in good ‘ole B/CS, I will be on the lookout for some beautiful ladies with great hair!

  12. Debbie says

    Loved reading this post! My daughter is an Aggie, Class of 12 (how cool is that?) and husband Class of 75. I’m a Red Raider myself, but how I love those Aggies!

  13. Andrea in Aggieland says

    Hey Mel, in case you want to relive some old times during daylight hours, the Chicken opens at 10:00 A.M. Please don’t ask me how I know this.

    And would you tweet where you’re going for lunch each day this week? You know, so I can stalk you and get a picture and tell all my friends I had lunch with you. :) (I just read that again and it sounds very creepy…but I’m not really ashamed!)

    Enjoy Aggieland this week…wahoo! Triple Digit Temps!! And oh the humidity!!

  14. Nikki H says

    My son worked the A & M soccer camps one summer back during his college days when he was playing at another school. He loved it! and oh the stories he told! :)
    I hope this is as great experience for y’all as it was for him.

  15. Tammy says

    My goodness, your post made me all sentimental. I attended the same soccer camp in middle school years before I graduated from A&M. I’m jealous of all the CS food you will eat this week! Are you sure can’t bring an entire Blue Baker bake to SA with you? Have fun!

  16. says

    I’m jealous- our Newks is so blah :(.
    But we do have a new ahhhh-mazing Corner Street Bakery that totally kills & makes up for the yuckiness of our Newks!

  17. Jeannette says

    the last picture says everything about this week at soccer camp. hope you have just as great of a time as Caroline does.

  18. Heather says

    Soccer Camp looks like its a hit! Hope no one melts in the sweltering heat or anything.

    On a completely unrelated note – and the heart of why I am leaving you this comment… a few Fashion Friday’s ago you told us all about this skirt from Nordstom:

    One of your key points was that it wouldn’t cling or give you struggles with what kind of undergarments to wear with it. Well, based on the anti cling factor and the Nordstrom gift card I have been holding onto for way too long I bought myself one. Let me just say that if I could reach thru the computer and hug you I so would. Holy mother of comfortable skirt. And it looks great too! I’ve worn it to work and took it on vacation to Grand Cayman last week and well, just LOVE. It is great! So thank you for this excellent suggestion.
    I just got another Nordstrom gift card for my birthday so keep making recommendation from there. Shopping for FREE dollars is my husbands most preferred method for me. :)

  19. says

    So glad she’s having fun! And I’m already proud of those future Aggie classes. Way to represent! Gig ’em!

  20. Abby says

    I am so glad that Caroline is participating in Aggie Soccer Camp. My husand and I have decided our daughter should go next year. So if Caroline loves it we will be signing her up!

  21. Cristi says

    If you get a chance, try Napa Flatts. It is a new restaurant in town in the Specs parking lot at the intersection of Harvey and Texas Avenue. They have great pizzas and gelato with a lot of other healthy options too. Enjoy your time in Aggieland!

  22. says

    A. My college advisor saw you at the camp and texted me… which proves that she is obvi more than a college advisor to me.
    B. If I dont have a Sweet Eugenes Snickers latte soon I may die.
    C. I have a love/hate relationship with seeing C/O 20 something… although I am guessing seeing class of 2011 kinda skeeves you out to.
    D. I am really glad their isn’t a Newks in San Antonio because high school me would be 600 lbs.

  23. says

    Hi Melanie,

    This is the first time I have been to your blog, it is only through a guest at Mardel in Hurst Texas recommended your book that I had heard of you. I was like who names their book especially a christian book, Sparkly Green Earrings. I am just kidding. I have to say, it is one of the best books I have read and now I am eager to find some other books that have the humor and real life thoughts that I think alot of us think, just don’t say. So tonight I too am grateful for Caroline and that God blessed you and your family with her because without her there would be no book! Again thanks for writing such a fun book and for bringing me to many outbursts of laughter and head bobbing as I felt like you had written about my life with my daughter, Demi. Maybe one of these days when we head to SA to see my daughter’s family, we can share a Starbucks frappe and some good laughs. Have a great week full of joy and God’s blessings. Diana

  24. Courtney says

    Loved reading this! I live in Dallas and I tell people I’m going to “God’s Country” whenever I go to CStat. I am going with my son to his new student conference at A&M today! Several of my sorority sisters all have kids that will be freshmen this year at A&M too…so fun! Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 88..,whoop!!!!

    • Kimberly M says

      Courtney, maybe I’ll see you there today! My daughters pre-conference starts today so we will be there the remainder of the week. I’ll be the one dressed in maroon! (Just kidding, who knows what I will be wearing :-)

  25. sissyintexas says

    One question for you Aggies – when people say eat at the “the chicken.” Are they talking about Dixie Chicken?

  26. Leah says

    Please tell me you at least walked through the Chicken. I always have to walk through to make sure ‘my’ stove is still there. Yes, all mine from 1990 to 1994!

  27. Tara says

    I love Newks…also love cookie butter from Trader Joe’s. I’ll meet you in New Braunfels with a trade. Ha! Have a fun week! :-)

  28. Sylvia says

    First time to comment on your blog. Soccer camp looks like a blast; my son enjoyed camps as a child just not in College Station. We love San Antonio; lived there for 10 years and our son is still there. Sorry, we aren’t Aggies or Long Horns. We wear crimson and white with a big script A and yell ROLL TIDE around here. Plan to retire to SA in the next few years.
    Love the blog, btw.

  29. Leigh Anne says

    I just finished your book and loved it! So came to check out your blog. When I saw the first picture I thought it looked a lot like a picture I seen Meredith post on facebook. So fun to see her girls in the next one! Our husbands played football together, and we love seeing them. So fun it is a small world!