We returned last Thursday from 3 action-packed weeks in the U.S.!
We started in Colonial Beach, Virginia – the location for Tiffany and Adam’s wedding. Tiffany has been one of my best friends since high school and I felt honored to be a bridesmaid in her beautiful wedding. The day was perfect – sunny and warm, with a clear blue sky. After the ceremony, pictures were taken on the beach and pier, followed by a buffet-style lunch, music, dancing and cake. Alex most enjoyed the reception where he could let loose on the dance floor with his latest moves.
The next day we headed to the Virginia State Fair. I don’t ever remember seeing such an enormous fair in my life! We knew it was really going to be something when we were directed to park in a designated lot, caught a shuttle to the event and were handed maps upon arrival. The agricultural area was most impressive with its large white tents filled with what seemed to be every species of each animal. One tent was filled just with bunnies that flew in from all over the U.S. and had every color fur pattern imaginable. Alex loved petting them, but he didn’t seem to notice much difference as he called each of them a “hee haw.” : )
We were very excited to meet the two newest babies in the family, Ryan and Matthew, as well as spend time with their beautiful mommy and grandma. Alex simply couldn’t resist giving Ryan and Matthew a bunch of hugs and kisses!
On October 15, Alex celebrated his 2nd birthday at Chuck E Cheese with many of aunts, uncles and cousins.
We went with Maria’s family that same weekend to a pumpkin patch where Alex enjoyed a hay ride sitting next to his big cousins and picking perfect pumpkins (which he proudly calls bumpkins).
We saw a wonderful performance at the Kennedy Center of Les Miserables with my Aunt Kathy and Joan while Grandma watched Alex.
And finally, during the last leg of our trip we spent 3 days in Clinton, Iowa for my graduation from Ashford University. We attended a meet-and-greet the day before the ceremony and got a very detailed tour of the campus. The history of the school was quite interesting as it converted from an all girls Catholic boarding school to a private Catholic college and finally to Ashford in 1918. Ashford currently has 952 students on campus and over 80,000 online.
The day before graduation
I was so happy to walk across the stage on graduation day and have Claudio, Alex and my mom in the audience. 2,000 online graduates attended the ceremony and the guest speaker was Vernice Armour, the first female African American fighter pilot.
We had a wonderful (crazy-busy) but very enjoyable visit!