It has certainly been a busy last few weeks since Ben returned to Sydney in April. I accepted an offer from the University of Sydney 🙂 and will be leaving California on June 19th â€“ only five weeks away! Iâ€™ve been training for one last triathlon before I leave, finishing up work, applying for my Student Visa and other preparations for going abroad, and of course attending various events on the ever so important Spring Social Calendar (a calendar some friends and I came up with to insure we take advantage of every moment left in Isla Vista).
After my last day of work on Friday and participating in the ultra competitive doubles tennis tournament in Santa Barbara (all about Team Pound!!), I drove home to Pasadena for the Graduation and Bon Voyage party my parents hosted. Firstly, Iâ€™d like to thank my Mom for all of her hard work and thoughtful considerations â€“ it was definitely a success! What I thought was going to be appetizers, beer and wine, turned into a full on banquet with nearly any cocktail you could dream up! When my Mom gets going there really is no stopping her! It was wonderful to see friends and family from all stages of my life again, and one last time before I leave. I really will miss you all!! Mrs. Sadler and Sister Celeste from Flintridge Sacred Heart surprised me as did my Aunt Vicky, Aunt Tal, and Uncle Joe from Coronado, and the Smiths came all the way down from Big Bear!! Thank you all for your presence Saturday and well wishes as I embark on the next adventure in my life.
For Motherâ€™s Day we had brunch out in the backyard after Mom and Dad got back from the Rose Bowl. With a little extra advice from Mom and Bubba, I made a Green Chile Frittata with Guacamole and the black bean, corn, and tomato salad â€“ it was delicious. This afternoon weâ€™re heading to the Millerâ€™s to continue the celebration and appreciation.
Thank you again to my parents for putting together such a fabulous day and to all of our guests for taking the time to say goodbye – it meant so much to me to have you there.
PS Be sure to check out the photo gallery!! 😉