Monday, January 30, 2012

A trip back to the States!

We've got to admit... as much we love Italy, it was very nice to come home to the United States and spend some quality time with family. We actually had two important reasons for coming back. Jon had three interviews for a fellowship position for August 2013 and my future sister in law, Rachel, was having her bridal shower and bachelorette party the same week. Perfect timing!

We had a few food requirements while in the U.S. Our first rule was no Italian food! As long as we're living in Italy we will not be having Italian food in other countries. It really just can't compare... not that we're going to be Italian food snobs for the rest of our lives (or maybe we will be?), but why have it in America when we have it just about everyday in Italy. The next requirement was that we needed to have as much sushi, Chipotle or other Mexican food, and bagels as humanly possible. We did, and it was glorious!

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We also managed to squeeze in some hibachi on our last night in the U.S.
At Hibachi!

While Jon was traveling from NJ to Pittsburgh, to Chicago, back to NJ for a couple of days, then to Boston, and back to NJ, I was involved in many pre-wedding festivities. We showed Rachel a good time at her bachelorette party with a lot of drinks and karaoke in NYC, and the bridal shower was beautiful with a lot of games, opening of presents, and food.
The bride to be and our future sister in law!
Partying with silly hats!
At the bridal shower, the girls: Rachel, Beth, Cheryl, mom, Rachel's mom.
It was so nice to spend time with family during the week. Dan and Rachel came in from L.A. and luckily everyone else lives within a short drive. It also snowed while we were there... what more could we ask for?!
Dad, Matt, Dan
Matt really didn't like the snow!
Jon's parents
Jon and our nephew Matt.

Cheryl's parents.

At hibachi!
We had a great time. If you're reading this and we didn't see you while we were home, we're sorry! Like any visit, it was too short, but we'll be back again soon!


  1. Glad you had a great time. Hopefully next time we will be able to see you.

  2. It was so good to see you and Jon!! We had so much fun!! 5 weeks and 1 day till we see you again!! Can't wait!!!!
    We miss you!!!!

  3. I am so so so so jealous. Words cannot describe my jealousy. I am so glad you got to eat Mexican food but now I am a sushi snob and of course no other sushi compares to that of Japan. Oh and I'm pretty sure that for the rest of your life you guys will be Italian food snobs.

  4. I am so sorry we couldn't be there, but we'll see you at the wedding, Cher!