I took a little time off the last few days to drive up to Vermont to help celebrate my youngest daughter’s graduation from college. It is a 7 hour trip and we rented a cargo van so we could bring home the contents of her apartment. It seems like we were just moving her into her freshman dorm. Over the weekend, we had the pleasure of sitting on the university green on a fabulously beautiful day, enjoying her graduation ceremonies.
It was a weekend filled with pomp and circumstance for 2552 graduates as well as…
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…lots of well deserved smiles.
The graduation was held outside on the University of Vermont green. We didn’t have to sit through each student getting their diploma as each separate college of study had a diploma ceremony later in the day.
The weather was perfect! Absolutely BEAUTIFUL – even hot by Vermont standards. My two daughters, myself, and hubs after a long graduation day.
It was nice to see my daughters get to spend some quality time with each other, since they haven’t seen that much of each other the past few years.
The graduate just 2 seconds away from “eye-rolling” about the antics of her proud parents – me on tip toes trying to reach that cheek.
From the moment we arrived on Friday afternoon, the fun and festivities never let up. Biking tandem along with plenty of shenanigans on the Lake Champlain Causeway.
On Saturday, we browsed the Burlington Farmer’s Market, ate a delicious lunch on the grass and watched the parade of people, cute babies, and dogs go by.
Ate a Maple Creamy with sprinkles.
Strolled and shopped along Church Street where the people watching is superb. There are dozens of outdoor restaurants to enjoy great food and drinks.
My favorite being Leunigs Bistro where we celebrated after the last graduation ceremony of the day.
Burlington is a city that has a little bit of everything and there is always something to do. After eating, we went down to the waterfront and watched the sunset over the Burlington harbor on Lake Champlain. There were many people doing the same thing. It was a magical evening that felt like August.
Biking out on the causeway to the Champlain Islands is one of the activities we have done every time we visit Burlington in the warm months. My girls like a challenge and have rented a tandem bike on occasion. The first time they did, I thought they were going to kill each other. This time, they were pros, totally getting the hang of it.
The water was still a little too cold, but the heat of the day made us wish we could jump in.
One of us climbed down to stick her feet in.
After four years of visits, the trip was a little bittersweet – happy to see my child all grown up and ready to go out in the world, but then sad to be at the end of a wonderful 4 year experience along with a great place to visit.
Time to say goodbye to college life and move on to the next stage in life.
It was hard leaving. My daughter has an internship in Vermont with living quarters provided so she, I mean her sister, my husband, and I moved all of her junk stuff back home.
My car normally goes here. Now I have to figure out where to put all this stuff until she needs it again.
The weekend was perfect and went by way too fast. It was fun just being together with my family and watching my girls hang out together – just being silly sisters and having fun! No doubt about it, hands down they are the Best 2 DIY Projects I Ever Made.
It was a weekend I will remember for a long time – I think they will too…