Old Town Alexandria Scottish Parade

Every year our family looks forward to the annual Scottish Walk Parade in our little town of Old Town Alexandria.  It has been a tradition since we first headed down to Virginia and it is always my favorite part of the holiday season.  This year, as always, we were fortunate to have another day with fantastic weather (although a bit chilly). 

Timbreblue Whippet Reunion

This past weekend, we drove our little girl - Willow to her annual family reunion.  This is by far one of my favorite days of the year!  Our breeders throw a reunion every year and encourage all of their whippet families to bring back their pups to play and visit with one another.  This year, we met so many amazing new friends that have become part of this wonderful family!  The pups play and snuggle together (and in some cases end up snuggling with their litter-mates or parents who they haven't seen for years)  Several times throughout the day, Willow found her mama, Juliet. They both laid on her little blanket for a quick snooze...  What a beautiful day!  We are already looking forward to next year!  It's not everyday that you find such a wonderful breeder as Timbreblue Whippets.  The pups will always be a part of their family and they enjoy seeing them all return each year as much as we do.  Enjoy!

A Beautiful Outdoor Wedding - Old Town Alexandria

A few weeks ago, I photographed this gorgeous outdoor wedding on a beautiful ship docked in Old Town Alexandria, "The Cherry Blossom".  The bride, Megan and her dear friends worked hard to coordinate everything right down to the very last detail for her day.  Under one of the most beautiful blue skies I have ever seen, Megan and Bill exchanged vows in front of their closest friends and family while overlooking the Potomac River.  Nobody could have asked for a more perfect day.  Enjoy!

Balloon-fest 2013 - Solberg Airport, NJ

A few weeks ago,  my family and I attended the 2013 Balloon-fest at Solberg Airport, NJ.  This event happens once a year in July and is by far one of my favorite days.  Waking up at 4am is worth every bit of the loss of sleep as soon as I see the first balloon inflate.  The balloons arrive at sunrise and within an hour, 125 hot air balloons all ascend at once and take off together.  This year, we had the perfect day with gorgeous blue skies and a cool summer breeze.  I am already looking forward to next year! 

First Backyard Tiki Party of the Summer

This weekend, Bob & I visited his best friend's house in York, Pa to throw a summer tiki party.  The day began with a trip to Home Depot to buy the necessary tools to redo his deck. 

We spent the afternoon power-washing the deck & house, cleaning out all of the hedges, & re-staining his patio set.  By the end of the day we were all exhausted but got to enjoy some amazing tiki drinks in his new backyard space!  This Tiki-themed retreat has been a goal of Mike's for a few months now and it was so exciting to see it all come together! 

I spent much of my day Sunday visiting the local town of Adamstown, which is known as the Antiques Capital of the World!  I came home with some really cute Tiki-themed antiques including some cool old Tiki mugs & even a Hawaiian luau girl bowl.  Lots of fun stuff to add to my collection!  Looking forward to heading back to York for some more summer fun soon!

An Intimate Ceremony at Potomac Overlook Park

This week I had the wonderful opportunity to attend our dear friend's intimate wedding at Potomac Overlook Park.  The day began early around 10am on this beautiful summer morning.  Once everyone arrived, we all walked down a quiet path to a clearing in the woods where close family & friends watched them exchange vows under an old cherry tree.  Several guests shared touching words at the conclusion of the ceremony.  We then made our way back to a small picnic pavilion and shared sparkling cider and delicious Tres Leches wedding cake.  We said farewell to the lovely couple as they left on their weekend getaway to Williamsburg, Virginia.

Memorial Day Picnic

Last week we celebrated Memorial Day here in Alexandria, Va.  It was such a great day to be with family and remember those who have given so much for our country.  We relaxed here at home and cooked out on the balcony.  Summer is finally here!

These Hallowed Grounds

Today I had the opportunity to once again visit Arlington National Cemetery.  It seemed only fitting to visit here today as we have just celebrated Memorial Day this past weekend.  Every Memorial day, nearly 200,000 flags are placed at the graves and removed before the cemetery opens the next morning. 

Here in Virginia, the temperatures soared well into the mid nineties today but that didn't stop me from strolling through the cemetery for several hours.   How appropriate to spend my memorial day holiday reflecting on the thousands of servicemen and women who are buried here.  It was a beautiful day to put aside my regular responsibilities and truly take in the ultimate sacrifice that so many have given for our country. 

As I approached the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, we were told that we would be seeing a rare event.  A Tunisian dignitary would be laying a wreath and there would be a grand event with music and a gun salute for the changing of the guard. 

When I approached the newest sections of the cemetery where the soldiers who perished most recently in Operation Iraqi Freedom & Afghanistan, I was overwhelmed  to read their stories and see personal mementos left by their families.  Today was a day I will not soon forget.