a little update from Virginia

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Friends, I’m sorry.  We’ve been in the States for almost a week now and I haven’t managed a single post.  Here’s a quick attempt at an update, and then later in the week I’ll hopefully have more news, photos, and… the most amazing giveaway this blog has ever seen.  (I’m especially excited about that one!)  In the meantime, here are some fun photos from this past weekend and a little update on life.

Anyway… we’re in Virginia!  We left Sicily on Thursday after a whirlwind, last-minute decision to fly commercial instead of taking our chances with free military flights.  After Elliott spent hours on the phone calling military terminals, he could tell that it would be unlikely that we would be able to fly all the way home on Space A/military flights.  With the chance of being stranded in Spain or Maine with two lusty-lunged, jet lagged children, we opted for the last-minute bargain on Delta flights.  This mama is so glad we did!  It’s good to be “home.”

We were especially keen to get home because of Reunions this past weekend at the University of Virginia.  Elliott graduated in 2003 and I graduated in 2008, meaning that this year is his 10-year and my 5-year reunion.  How could we not go back for that?!

We had a fabulous weekend visiting with so many old friends, some of whom we haven’t seen since we “walked the Lawn” at our own graduations years ago.  More wonderful friends of ours — Will and Johanna — offered their house as our home away from home, and that’s just what we needed with two little children and jet lag.  We spent the weekend visiting our favorite old haunts in Charlottesville, reuniting with some of our favorite people, and dreaming about moving back there one day….

If you were there this past weekend, it was wonderful to see you… and let’s not let too much time go by before we meet again!


Waving at the pilot as we boarded in Sicily &
he slept on my lap like this all the way from Rome to Paris


Charlottesville City Market early on a Saturday morning!


A photo that I stole (hi, Kim!) from a lunch with some dear friends.  Kelly (far left), Tara (next to her), and I were all in nursing school together at UVA… and now we’re all grown up, married, and have kids!


Lena and Gil met and loved our friends’ children: Sasha on the left and Cornelius on the right.


Hanging out in the Center for Christian Study with Cornelius… which we all hope they will be doing again as students in about 18 years!


My dear friend/roommate Abi and her new baby Lucie (Gil was born on Lucie’s due date!) &
Auntie Jess (now a nurse in Charlottesville) snuggling with her nephew for the first time

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13 Responses to a little update from Virginia

  1. Shelly June 12, 2013 at 1:29 am #

    Lena looks keep cracking me up…..I sense a discerning soul in the making…..

    • Becca June 12, 2013 at 5:18 am #

      She did not smile for a single picture all weekend, Shelly. *sigh* A discerning soul is what we’re hoping for!

  2. Carrie June 12, 2013 at 2:27 am #

    Enjoy your time! :)

    • Becca June 12, 2013 at 5:17 am #

      Thanks, Carrie!

  3. Emily June 12, 2013 at 5:07 am #

    Yay for being back home! Congrats on all the reunion-ing you got to do :) And doth my eyes deceive me? If I’m looking at that picture of you ladies correctly, Tara was my infusion nurse at quite a few chemo sessions! Does she work at the Emily Couric Cancer Center? And she’s got a little lady (whom I’ve never met) but who she dished about a few times. Crazy. Glad y’all got to go home for a bit :) xoxo

    • Becca June 12, 2013 at 5:17 am #

      YES, that’s your nurse! Tara does work there. Isn’t she amazing?? I’m so so glad you had her as your nurse! She’s one of the best. The little girl in blue and white is hers. :-)

  4. OM June 12, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    If you got stranded in Spain maybe I could have arranged somewhere for you to stay… but I am so glad it didn’t come to that and you found a way to make it safely and in time! It looks like you are having a great time, and that’s more important than blogging.

    Keep having fun!

    • Becca June 25, 2013 at 2:47 am #

      Thank you for the encouragement! I DO want to explore Spain more someday, hopefully while we’re living in Sicily… we’ll see!

  5. Joy @ Caspara June 12, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    Looks like you’re having a great time!! I have some Space A horror stories that did NOT occur during the hectic summer season, so I think you made a great choice flying commercial! ;-) Have fun on your visit home!

    • Becca June 25, 2013 at 2:46 am #

      Thanks, Joy! Hope your own transition is going well! I am SO grateful we chose commercial… aiyiyi!

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