I am involved in Alpha Phi in a few different ways. The one that keeps me busiest is as a volunteer Advisor for the Florida Tech chapter. I help support one specific department and provide guidance on how to improve. Secondly, the Florida Tech chapter sometimes hosts events and things for their alumnae (like me) so I try to go to those when I can to reconnect with other girls I went to school with and meet some other women who were there long before me. Lastly, each major city or area has an alumnae chapter of women who meet occasionally to socialize, raise money for philanthropy and support the collegiate chapters. There isn’t a chapter in Palm Bay but there is one in Orlando that recently formed. I have been wanting to meet up with them but, as you know, I have been very busy and haven’t been able to get up there. But finally they scheduled a founder’s day luncheon I could go to.
Basically, each year we meet to honor and remember the ten women who started Alpha Phi. They were actually pretty amazing women – to band together and start a women’s group in colleges where there were few women and they weren’t really accepted as part of the academic community. But I know most of you don’t want a sorority history lesson so to wrap it up, I had a really nice luncheon and met some great new women from all over the country. I was the youngest one there (they thought I was still in college) and the oldest women looked to be around 65.
After the luncheon, I drove up to Jacksonville to meet Ryan there and celebrate his mom Mary’s birthday. I ended up beating Ryan there so Mary and I just hung out for a while and chit-chatted. After everyone (Ryan and his brother’s family) we just hung out and watched the gator game.
On Sunday, Melissa, Mary and I took Aubrey to go shopping for a flower girl dress for our wedding. Aubrey seemed pretty happy to be on a girl’s only outing (no boys). We went in the store and she was excited to see all the wedding dresses. She wanted to touch them all and if we asked if she thought one was pretty we quickly figured out that she that they were all pretty. We picked out about four dresses for Aubrey to try on.
She tried on the first one and it was way too small. Aubrey called it “the little one”.
She tried on the second one and it was really puffy – I don’t think she really liked it.
She tried on the third one and boy-oh-boy did she like it. Once she saw herself in the mirror, she wanted to see herself from every angle…in every mirror, hahaha! It was SOO cute! She started running around the store and looking in all the mirrors. I was happy to see that she could easily run and jump in the dress without tripping or tearing the dress. We didn’t even bother trying to get her to try on the fourth dress – she obviously chose which one she wanted so we happily bought it for her. We also got her a cute little purple headband. The dress we bought was white with beading and little scalloped edge straps. She looks like a little princess in it! I also ordered her a little sash/bow in the same color as the bridesmaid dresses.
After the dress shopping outing, we met up with Mary and Ryan’s sister Corine (and all the boys and kids) for a nice birthday lunch at Red Lobster. It was a fun meal and we were quite the noisy table of course. Having a big family meal with lots of food rounds out the weekend and leaves you full and happy!
Sorry there aren't any pics in this post but Mel took the pics of Aubrey - maybe she'll send me some!