Is there any other kind on this side of the pond?
Let's start with trying to get out of town. What a nightmare! Okay, maybe more of a first world problem than a nightmare, but still it was aggravating. We were supposed to fly out at 3 PM on Thursday afternoon, and when I checked the flight status en route to the airport everything was a go. As hubs was checking the bags we happened to see the word Cleveland on the screen.
Cleveland? As in Ohio? We're not going to Cleveland.
In fact we were going the polar opposite of Cleveland. Not precisely, but roughly because Cleveland is north and we were traveling south. Trying to travel south.
I could go on and on (and on and on) about all the rigmarole we encountered, but suffice it to say we did not get out on Thursday night. Boo. We did get on an early morning flight for Friday, and when they told us that was our only option hubs and I looked at each other and said, "Let's not drive the hour back home only to get up in the middle of the night to come right back."
We checked into a hotel near the airport and headed over to the Ironbound area for dinner. Newark NJ is not a city I'd put on my 'must-see' list...in fact I'd probably tell you to take a wide berth around it, but there is a section of the city known for great eating, called the Ironbound. It's chock a block full of Spanish and Portuguese dining and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Fornos of Spain. If there's one thing we know how to do around here it's how to make lemonade out of lemons.
Sangria and Spanish omelet anyone?
Daughter2 picked us up on Friday morning, and after breakfast drove us out to the school where she'll be teaching. We got to meet the principal who is fabulous, and daughter2 showed us around the school and inside her classroom. Seeing my baby girl sitting in her official teacher's desk made my heart happy. There's nothing quite so special as seeing your child's dreams come true.
Friday night we met up with family downtown for a pre-graduation celebratory dinner, and then met up with more family who had come to town on Saturday for a pre-graduation celebratory lunch.
Our family likes to do everything in a pack...there's a lot of us.
Just ask the boyfriend.
Downtown Greenville South Carolina is one of my favorite places to be. Hubs and I went for a run both mornings we were there, and enjoyed strolling through their fabulous Farmer's Market on Saturday morning.
Falls Park is so pretty....almost makes me like running.
Of course we took pictures on this gorgeous campus which never looks lovelier than with all it's many fountains flowing.
Look at that smile!
Is it because she's finally finished with grad school? Has a brand new job? Or is it because her favorite boy came to town to celebrate all of the above? I'm going with C.
Since this was a summertime ceremony, it was much smaller aka shorter, than the springtime graduations we've attended.
This ceremony was held indoors in comfortable seats and air conditioning. There is definitely something to be said for an indoor summertime graduation in the south.
Daughter2 was beaming as she received her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has always enjoyed school, but she is so ready to get on with the business of teaching.
I think a good teacher is full of passion, full of heart, full of ideas, and full of resolve. So proud of her accomplishments, and so excited for my girl and the year ahead...
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
Henry David Thoreau