This is a shot when Nina was about a year old. We would walk to this park, Glen Falls and watch the baby ducks. In the fall we would stop at the cider mill. This quaint little village was such a great place to live.
This summer we went back and walked through the park and Village. We both miss our home from the Village and the life we had there. I have to say, I miss it much more in the summer and fall than the winter but I have such great memories of the 9 years we lived there.
This picture sums it all up!
When we really miss the Williamsville we take a ride to Old Towne Orange and we feel transported back to our little Village.
One of the best parts of going back to your Hometown is spending time with old friends. It was so nice to have a walking partner while I was back. We found this beauty when we went to the Buffalo Erie Basin Marina and Canalside and walked about 6 miles.
My course of action for tonight was immediately changed when
I got to my friend Mardy’s blog. As soon as I read her latest post my eyes started to well up with tears.
Our friendship started in November of 2011; we worked for the same
company but not at the same location until she was transferred to my office. Marivic,
her given name is twenty years younger than I am, but we became fast friends.
Mardy witnessed the craziness of my life two years ago: divorce, lawsuits, financial
issues, children coping with the divorce, my return to work full-time in a new
field and the learning curve that presents. She had come to the United States 8 years ago from the Philippines. We had such different beginnings, yet shared an amazing connection. We talked about so many different
topics of life.
Whereas I had followed my dream of attending the college that
I wanted and becoming an Interior Designer, Mardy felt that she did not follow
her dream. She took what she felt as the safer route of computer science and it
was starting to tug on her heart strings. Over the course of the next nine
months we talked about what we would both like to do in the future. Whenever Mardy
would say she felt old and that time had passed her by. I would remind her that
I was 20 years her senior and if I could start over at 50 and re-create my life
she surely could do it at 30.
Last summer she decided that she wanted to go to culinary
school. She was accepted the Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena. Starting last August she
would work from 8:00 until 4:30, drive over an hour to school, attend classes
from 6:00 until 10:00 and then drive over an hour back home, and do it all over
the next day. The program consisted of six - 6 week sessions. When she was
second guessing her decision I sent her the following quote:
"A year from now you will wish you had started
today." - Karen Lamb
After the second module, we identified Mardy’s pattern. The
first 2 or 3 days of each module she would want to quit, but by day 5 she would
enjoy it and then she was fine. From the beginning of the program she knew that
she wanted to go to France for the 3 month externship requirement. Mardy has
been in Bonnieux at the two Michelin star resort of Capelongue since May. Spend some time on her blog and enjoy the amazing
pictures of her French experience. She has now completed her program and is
spending some time vacationing in Italy. She will be in Paris next week for her
32 birthday and return to California to start her new career.
This week's Throwback Thursday is a photo of my Niece, Gina and my Nina. This was Nina's first Thanksgiving, so it is almost 20 years ago. Gina is now a new Mom to a beautiful 2 month old baby girl of her own. the kids are definitely growing up...and the time went way. too. fast!
This week for Throwback Thursday I chose a photo that is about 26 years old. I am definitely rockin the 80's hair and the shoulder pads. This is my natural color hair before I decided that blondes have more fun!
I am holding Nick who was not quite a year old in this photo. He was the first born of our closest friends. He is getting married this weekend. I can't wait to go to the wedding and see old friends that I have not seen in quite awhile. Crazy how the years have flown by!