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Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday Round-Up

Crew Kids
Hello! It's been a while. How have you been?

Well,  we've been super busy which is why I have not taken five minutes to update the blog (my bad!). That's actually a pretty lame excuse for not popping in, so here is the

Monday round-up!
  • Annalisse's sophomore year at SU has wrapped up after a couple of intense weeks, and she is making out pretty good this semester. So far, she has three A- grades, and a C (HIP HIP HOORAY) in Chem. What an ordeal this has been! She's done very well on the chem homework and lab work, but the tests have been a real challenges. We are crying tears of joy! She does not need to retake it (it was real close...)!
  • Additionally, she secured a position as a Volunteer Coordinator for next fall where she'll be coordinating the volunteers for different nutrition-related community programs. She's super excited about that! Many victories this term after a rocky adjustment in the fall (mostly being heartbroken about not making the improv team - which she will trying out for again this fall).
  • Cam is starting his last week of classes, with finals next week. In another world, he would be done with his bachelor's degree, but, alas, he'll be at RIT through Fall 2016 (we think) getting his master's degree. He's all set to do 40 hours a week of research at RIT this summer, which will be a pretty sweet gig.
  • The last three weekends have been all about crew. Two weekends in Saratoga, and this past weekend in Philadelphia (which deserves it's own "bullet") has really kept us running.
  • Our new car finally came (!), and we picked it up at 8am last Thursday, promptly taking it on a trip to Philadelphia (730 miles to break it in). It. Is. Awesome! Loaded, and it smells so good! Just plain fun to drive and ride in.
    Our sweet ride!
  • Dad Vail Regatta: Cam competed in his last regatta up against some really competitive teams. Although his boat did not make it past the second qualifier, they put up a good fight, coming in 4th, just short of being in the semi-finals. They arrived home at 1am on Sunday morning, and rumor has it (from a reliable source: his sister) that the crew kids had a rockin' party that went through the night. Then, he texted me yesterday to say that he received an RIT oar blade from the team as a graduation present/last season (even though he's not graduating ~ you get the picture). It was a pretty huge event, but a very nice, sunny day at a beautiful venue. A good way to say goodbye to crew.
  • Philadelphia: We had a ton of fun exploring Philly. We were lucky enough to find a hotel near "Old City," the historic section, and we were within walking distance to all the great historic sites: Constitution Hall, The Liberty Bell, Penn's Landing, Chinatown, all the Ben Franklin stuff...! The restaurants were great, and we were able to spend some time with our old friends Chris and Marie (with dinner at the historic City Tavern), and Brady and Linda, a friend from Philadelphia who moved to Fairport for several years, and then moved back home. We walked quite a distance around the city (according to my Fitbit: 30,000 steps on Friday, 25,000 on Saturday ~ as evidenced by the blisters on the bottom of my feet). Both kids really liked the city as well. It just has a fun, colonial vibe!! We were total tourists and not ashamed to admit it! :)
The next couple of weeks will also keep us running. This weekend we will finally get to the Fairport farmer's market (first time this year), then Annalisse and are getting pedis and going shopping for shoes and a chunky necklace for Nicole and Patrick's wedding next weekend. It has come up so fast!!! Then, before you know it it will be June and GIRL'S WEEKEND! Bring it on!

Scenes from Philadelphia








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