Virginia Part I

I made it home to Virginia for my four week trip to the U.S.on Saturday December 11 while Andrew headed home to see his family in San Diego. I stayed in Virginia for Christmas then took off to meet Andrew in California on the 28th. Here’s a photo recap of my trip home!

It isn’t Christmas until I am in the kitchen baking cookies! Made my favorite Spice cookies!

Sunday morning I drove out to Leesburg to visit with some friends I met while living in San Francisco. Sally and Andrew moved back to VA earlier this year and I got to meet their six week old baby boy, Charlie. I even managed to see Ashley and Kevin that same day, who are in town from SF visiting their families. Loved getting to see you all again and meet little Charlie!
With my Grandpa at our Christmas Appetizers party with family and friends. This guy is 97 and amazing!

My Mom, sister and I spent an afternoon out at Barrel Oak winery. it was rainy but so relaxing to spend time together in their festively decorated tasting room. This may need to become an annual tradition!
On Christmas Eve my Mom, sister and I met up with my mom’s friend and her daughter to tour the Capitol building. I had never been inside before and really enjoyed getting to go, especially since we recently toured the Parliament in London. It was neat to see the similarities between the two. Unfortunately, the dome is undergoing renovations and we were unable to see the details and artwork on the interior as it was covered in scaffolding – but it was still impressive to be inside!
After the Capitol building, we went over to see the trains exhibit at the Botanical Gardens, which we see every year as the decorations always change. The orchids are also always amazing! Later on, we walked around the National Christmas tree and then headed for the Willard hotel to have drinks in the Round Robin Bar. We have made this a little family Christmas tradition and it is always fun to stop for a hot drink and see the hotel all dressed up for the holidays.
Frying up the turkey in the back yard on Christmas Day with Gregg!
Gregg carving our Christmas turkey. If you haven’t had a fried turkey before you have got to try it! Only 45 minutes to fry and it takes so good!!
 Overall, it was a fun week back in Virginia. I fit in tons of family time and Corinne was back in town from Vancouver. The trip was over so quickly but I’m glad I get to go back for the last bit of my trip to see more people and spend time at home. It’s so lucky that I get to have all this time in the U.S. and I am fully enjoying it!