Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Once Around the Quad

After we left Booneville, Missouri on Friday, we decided to keep going east on Interstate 70 so we could eat somewhere in Columbia, MO.   For those of you that are familiar with Columbia, it is the home of the University of Missouri. I happen to have a fondness for this particular institution as husband and I paid for a college education there for our firstborn.    Several universities are on our family's favorite list for the same reason.  My attitude is that if I have paid money to them, that is some very small way, I have ownership there. I am pretty sure that MU doesn't consider me a stockholder but, I do.

A few little facts about Mizzou for those of you that don't own that small part or those of you that wouldn't want any part even if it was handed to you on a silver platter....

  • The University of Missouri was established in 1839 and was the first university established in the Louisiana Purchase.
  • It was the first university west of the Mississippi River
  • In January of 1892 a fire destroyed the main building of the university, Academic Hall,  that left the iconic pillars that now sit in the middle of the quadrangle.
  • In 1862 the American Civil War forced the university to close for much of the year. Residents of Columbia formed a "home guard" militia that became known as the "Fighting Tigers of Columbia".  In 1890, the University's newly formed football team took the name the "Tigers".
  • MU is one of  only six public universities that houses a law school, medical school, and a veterinary medicine school on the same campus.
  • Here is something that maybe even a lot of the students don't know...the campus of Mizzou is also an actual botanical garden called Mizzou Botanic Garden
In our house the big item of noteworthiness is the education that our daughter received that has allowed her to become successful.  Go TIGERS.

Heading into  Flat Branch Pub and Brewery  for some Chokes and Cheese, sandwiches
and liquid refreshments

Grandson #2 eating his lunch.

 Thus our visit to Columbia was two-fold.  One to grab lunch and the other for a little walk down memory lane.
The columns left on Francis Quadrangle after the 1892 fire
that destroyed Academic Hall. Jesse Hall was built in 1895.
The G-boys waving to us.  Who knows where they will go to
Mommy and Grandboy #1 taking a walk around the Quad.

Grandpa taking #2 Grandson for a little walk.


 I totally understand this is a video that probably only our family can appreciate but I still find it pretty cute.
That is the job of being GRANDMA.

The Good for the Day... A fun day with family

The Bad for the Day...we didn't know until we got to Columbia that the traffic would be horrific.  It was the weekend for Roots, Blues and Barbecue Festival.

The Weird for the Day....Everyone needs to drink responsibly at the Flat Branch Pub.


Bodaciousboomer said...

Looks like you two had a great day at MU with your young ones. Mom mom was born in Cape Girardeau and went to school there. I heard about it all her life.

Cheryl P. said...

I think it is a great school. I never had any problems with them and they made everything easy from a parent's perspective. The campus just keeps growing and getting nicer.

Nicky said...

The university is lovely, and it sounds like a great place to get an education too. But, I gotta say, I absolutely love the picture of your G-boys sitting together. Toooooo cute!!

Cheryl P. said...

Thank you Nicky. We had such a fun day. We were hopeful that Rylan would take his first solo steps but he is getting pretty good at pushing his stroller. Who knew a 12 month old needed a walker.

oldereyes said...

Well, you're wrong, Cheryl. Grandkids are cute to other grand parents. Very cute.


Cheryl P. said...

Thank you, Bud. I guess that is true. I find the pictures of other people grandkids and kids pretty adorable.

jacqui said...

I love your photos! The grandsons are adorable...and the campus is beautiful. It looks like everyone had a great time.

Cheryl P. said...

Thank you jacqui, we did have a fun day!!! Such a neat town made even better with little ones around.