Graduation Resignation

I would like to report that I have emotionally recovered, temporarily anyway, from my oldest pookie-headed child’s high school graduation and have moved on to a new state of acceptance. In contrast to one month ago, when my emotions were bubbling very close to the surface and the mere mention of the word “graduation” sent me into a tailspin, I am now calm, cool, and collected. And weird. But you already knew that.

First of all, I have a handful of graduation photos to show you that I didn’t post way, way back in the days following Alex’s graduation…three weeks ago.

GraduationMy dear dad and his wife Patsy were there…

Along with my mother-in-law, my father-in-law, my mom, my sister…

GraduationAnd Elliot! Todd reported that while he (Todd) and Betsy wiped a couple of tears from their eyes while Marlboro Man and I were sobbing on stage (ahem), Elliot was smiling and may have even giggled a couple of times.

Oh, to be six and completely absent of sappiness.

GraduationUncle Mike was there!

GraduationAnd so were Aunt Missy, Uncle Tim, and Alex’s cousins.

11013092_930014960383992_438304004997864751_nAnd Langley! Her BFF from the big city.

GraduationAnd of course Cherish…

10245544_930014607050694_4245594441148358372_nAnd Meg.

GraduationAnd Alex’s siblings, including Todd, who is going through a sharp dressed stage right now.

He wants to wear a suit to church. He wants to wear a suit to any family gathering we have. He wants to wear a suit if we go to Sonic to grab burgers. And I say “Go for it!” every time because he looks so darn cute dressed up.

He turns eleven tomorrow!

GraduationWe love Alex.

Uh oh…

Oh no…

My nose just started stinging.

Okay! Moving on!

IMG_7903Hy and I had a graduation party for Meg and Alex at The Building last weekend.

IMG_7924Our friend Cindy took care of all the tables and decorations, the food was a group effort, and we all had a great time!

IMG_7926In addition to a crazy photo booth (I’ll post those photos soon! Haha), a swing dance band, a roping dummy (always!), and sushi (long story), we had this advice wall complete with strips of chalkboard paper, where guests wrote words of wisdom to Meg and Alex throughout the evening.

I took a photo of the advice wall at the end of the night, and there was some amazing advice on there.

I’m not sure which of Meg and Alex’s four brothers wrote “Don’t eat yellow snow” on there, but I’ve launched a thorough investigation to get to the bottom of this.

Ha.

IMG_7940The dancing was so much fun, and there was so much overlap! In this photo, my mother-in-law is dancing with Todd, Paige is dancing with Hyacinth’s son, Meg’s boyfriend is dancing with her cousin, and Hyacinth’s husband’s sister is dancing with her husband.

Or something like that!

IMG_7951Mamas also danced with their daughters, and this photo especially cracks me up because my friend Tiffany’s baby was just parked right in the middle of the dance floor. And she didn’t get stepped on once.

IMG_7955She loved it! She was just watching everyone dance around here, blissfully happy to be there.

IMG_8012And long after the adults ran out of steam, the kids were still out there cutting a rug.

We had such a great time! I’ll be sure to post those photo booth photos soon. There was at least one viking hat involved…

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