Weekend with Suz and Ribz

I briefly mentioned in a previous post that our friends and travel mates, Susan and Riz, came to visit us for the weekend a few weeks ago. Well, I am finally getting around to posting a few photos.

We had a wonderful time and took a trip to the Zoo on Saturday, to join in the festivities for the baby panda, Mei-Lan's, 1st birthday. There wasn't quite the level of celebration we expected, but we had a good time nonetheless, as we were also joined by our friends Derek and Marcia. They are adopting a 3-year-old from China, who they will call Ava, and hope to travel very soon to bring her home. Isn't she just too sweet and cute? We can't wait to meet her!

It was the Rizzo's very first trip to The Varsity! It was packed, as it was game day, but we managed to find a spot to enjoy our delicious chili dogs, onion rings and frosted oranges...yum! That night we had dinner at one of our favorite local hangouts, The Manchester Arms, and just sat talking until they closed the place down. We said our goodbyes and hope that the next time we see each other, it's on the flight to China.

I don't have one single picture (forgot our camera) of Friday evening spent with the Heddens, a local family we met through our agency's Yahoo group, who returned a little over a month ago with their precious son Sam. They also have a daughter, Emma, and three more lovely boys, Robbie, Jack and Coleman. Julie and Russ were so gracious to host the four of us at their home, and we truly appreciate all the great information (and fun stories) they shared with us about their two trips to China and assimilating to life back home.

Thanks again guys, we hope to see you all again soon. All in all, a great weekend!


  1. We had a fantastic time visiting you all and meeting Marcia and Derek. We are really looking forward to watching there journey to Ava and of course our own journey with you and Jonathan to our girls

  2. Isn't Ava just too cute. I cannot wait for Sera's cousin to come home.

    By the way, you're it! Mwah-ha-ha