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Graduation

The point of our travel was to watch my brother graduate college! As fun as the cruise around Manhattan was or traveling New York City, we did come for graduation.

We left around 7:30 and arrived to Matt’s campus at 8.

We were fortunate my dad was able to give him the official oath into the Navy. It was definitely a personal and touching moment for our family.

matt and dad

After receiving the oath, we went and found our seats at graduation. It took place outside (rain or shine and it came close to raining!).

Matt, mom and I

Matt, mom and I

The class had 212 students and the graduation took about 2.5 hours. I must admit the valedictorian and class president’s speeches were both two of the best and funniest I’ve ever heard.  They were certainly far funnier than my graduation speeches! They had everyone in the crowd involved.

After a few more speeches and military traditions, the diplomas were handed out.

My brothers and I

My brothers and I

We enjoyed a lovely lunch on the water near the Hudson River. I wish I had taken a photo because the catering was amazing. We had goat cheese salad and every kind of sandwich you can imagine.  I chose the Buffalo chicken sandwich which was popular.

family shot graduation

As you can see it was a really enjoyable and great weekend. It was great to celebrate with my family as well as the other families who were watching their sons and daughters graduate as well.

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Questions for you:

When was the last graduation you attended?

Do you know anyone in any of the branches of the military?

 

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Cruising Around New York City

Last weekend I headed to Long Island to celebrate my brother’s graduation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Throughout the last four years, he has worked extremely hard. My family and I could not be more proud of him.

Unlike many college graduations (mine included), it was a multi-day event! I was very lucky my parents made space for me in their car so I did not have to drive. Although it was packed, it was nice not to drive everywhere!  They picked me up on Wednesday and we headed up.

We arrived on Long Island late on Wednesday evening. We were exhausted and fell asleep early.

On Thursday, we went over to my brother’s school to watch the change of command.

matt and i

This event is when the senior class pass the leadership duties to the junior class.  In tradition, afterwords all of the seniors run down (in their dress uniforms) and jump into the pool. It was humorous to watch 200 people stampede into the pool in full dress.

We also went into New York City and toured.  My brother is extremely knowledgeable and has been on almost every platform and station in the city.  He could tell you how to get anywhere with his eyes closed.  I did not get the same genes because I can’t even tell you how to get through my neighborhood.

Family shot in Times Square

Family shot in Times Square

Later in the evening, we went on the senior cruise. The cruise went around NYC and Jersey city from 7-11pm.  It was the perfect time to watch the sunset and enjoy the time.

new york city from afar

It was an all you can eat buffet as well as all you can drink! The food, the views and the dancing was incredible.

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The cruise itself was from 7-11 pm but with getting in and out of the city, we didn’t get back to the hotel until 1am. That is closer to my normal wakeup time versus my normal bed time!  It was an late night for us. I see you over there Jersey City

I see you over there Jersey City

"Please take this photo in front of all of these things that made me miserable"

“Please take this photo in front of all of these things that made me miserable”

I have no regrets staying out late and the experience was absolutely incredible. I enjoyed seeing New York because it’s not something I normally get to see.

Questions for you:

Have you ever gone on a catered cruise?

Have you ever been to NYC? 

A Graduation, a Birthday and Father’s Day

My family celebrated a lot this weekend!

Yesterday my brother graduated college. I posted more photos on instagram; but it was a lot of fun to watch his hard work come together.  We could not be more proud of him.

(the once a decade family photo…)

family photo

 

Yesterday was also my mom’ birthday.  My mom and I are extremely close.  We joked around that this was one birthday that could not be repeated!  My mom works extremely hard in everything she does (of course raising us kids, was not easy ;).

I love you mom!

I love you mom!

And of course today is Father’s Day.

It’s nice to be able to celebrate Father’s Day with my dad as well.  My dad and I are also extremely close.

awkward father-daughter dance like we do...

awkward father-daughter dance…

It has been a great and unique weekend.  I my adult life, I cannot spend every holiday and birthday with my parents and family.  This weekend has been such a unique enjoyable experience.

Graduation.

As most people know, this weekend is my brother’s college graduation.  My brother Matt and I are extremely close and I could not be more proud of him.  It’s hard to think how fast the last four years have gone for everybody!

Since he is graduating a military academy so it’s a longer event and lasts a few days!  He spent four years at Kings Point Academy and because of his hard work received a commission into the U.S. Navy.

I’m extremely proud of him for the hard work he has put in.  

Matt's High school graduation!

Matt’s High school graduation!

Four years ago, I visited him for family weekend.  He had just gotten through the first few months of the military academy.

Visiting during Family Weekend

Visiting during Family Weekend

Hanging out at my youngest brother's graduation

Hanging out at my youngest brother’s graduation

Visiting Philadelphia!

Visiting Philadelphia!

It’s hard to believe how fast time has gone for both of us.  We are all proud of him and can’t wait to celebrate.

Vacation Life

I had so much fun the last week.  Honestly I had such a packed week! I don’t even know where to start.  I had a great time hanging out with my family, friends and seeing so much different faces.

The reason I came down to VA was because my youngest brother Steven, was graduating high school.  He is the last of us to graduate high school.  The graduation itself began pretty late at 7:30pm.  I was lucky my graduation began at 9:30 I guess.  One thing I love about our school district is that graduations are exactly 1 hour long.  There are multiple high schools that use this facility so the graduations are required to be exactly 1 hour long.  No long speeches, just boom boom boom.  So 507 candidates left as graduates in one hour.

But first, let me take a selfie with Matt.  We drove seperately since not everyone could fit in one car.  There was so much traffic to get to graduation.  It took us about an hour to drive about 10 miles.

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Watching high school graduation made me realize that mine was 6 years ago.  I thought a lot about how much my life had changed since then.  Wow!  Now I wonder where I will be in 6 more years.  Six years from now will be 2020….what an interesting thought.

Anyways my three brothers and I post graduation.  (Doug, myself, Steven, Matt).

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Plus who doesn’t love a great family photo (taken another day).  (Yes we took more…)

familyportrait

Speaking of high school, I also had the chance to meet up with someone I went to high school with Lauren!  It was so great to chat in person again.  We swam together way back in high school and now we are both respectifully planning our weddings.  (Speaking of weddings, I have a lot of news to share about mine…I actually have things accomplished).

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As my last horah I got to have lunch with Theresa.  It was a lot of fun and we enjoyed chatting about training, life and just everything in general.  I always have a good time with T.  We actually ended up getting lunch about 40 minutes after my long run from last week so don’t mind that I look a straight mess.  I literally showered and went.  (Which is really hard after running forever).

So that is what I have been up to the last week…existing outside the internet.

Questions for you:

Where do you think you’ll be in 2020?  What do you hope to accomplish?

What is something exciting you have done this week?

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