Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Graduations Galore!

‘Tis graduation season and this year we are saturated with them!  Last week I found a cheap flight to AZ to see our darling Claire graduate from “Flips” her amazing gymnastics class. What this cutie can do with her body, which is actually comes from controlling her mind (and a lot of practice) is astonishing! She was fabulous!

thumb_IMG_4382_1024

Does she just shine line a star or what?  I don’t think I’m a bit prejudiced on this girl!


thumb_IMG_4347_1024
thumb_IMG_4346_1024
thumb_IMG_4345_1024

Glad for this guardian angel behind her…

thumb_IMG_4349_1024

To give you an idea of the scope of this program, this was the third show with mostly all different kids in each program. Gymnastics is enormous in AZ!

thumb_IMG_2250_1024

Not only did she shine, she sparkled!

thumb_IMG_4335_1024

The great supporter Josh is always there! That was such a fun family event!

thumb_IMG_4330_1024

The next night was Elle’s Baccalaureate which was pretty incredible! This school specializes in the arts and I was blown away by the quality of their high school orchestra and choir. It would rival a professional symphony orchestra and university choir!

thumb_IMG_2278_1024

They actually had a concert before the graduates arrived. It was just incredible!  With 770 graduates we had to wondering how they could possibly get the crowd in the high school auditorium that holds about 1700. The answer was, they didn’t. There were at least 300 people standing in the back. I think even they would agree that it was worth it though. The program was outstanding with superb music and terrific speeches. The teacher the kids elected to be their faculty speaker kept everyone laughing pretty much the whole time!  

The choir and orchestra performed our family favorite, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. Mac Wilberg’s arrangement and really did it justice, which is saying a LOT! The guys are on the other side of the room so it was kind of surround sound!

thumb_IMG_2286_1024

Elle (second blond from the right) just happened to be seated right across the aisle from us!

thumb_IMG_2282_1024

To say this girl has a lot of friends is kind of an understatement. Here’s just a glimpse of a few!She’s the beautiful blonde in the back on the far right.

thumb_IMG_2287_1024
thumb_IMG_4437_1024

Could there be two more beautiful girls….inside as well as out?

thumb_IMG_4435_1024

Here’s a bunch with their terrific parents!

thumb_IMG_4428_1024

And here is one deeply dedicated, deliberate mom who is dreading the departure of her darling daughter!

thumb_IMG_4420_1024

A few hours later was Seminary Graduation which is always a highlight of the senior season. About 150 great kids from their stake (there are many stakes represented in the high school) had completed four years of religious education. There are so many Mormons in their High School that they get released time during the school day to attend Seminary which is such a great preparation for life!

thumb_IMG_4445_1024

Love this one!  It was a lovely night!

thumb_IMG_4444_1024

The following morning we were off to yet another graduation. This time….Claire was graduating from the 6th grade. She has been attending that terrific little school since she was in kindergarten. We had fun watching the final school assembly when the 3rd graders (Lucy’s age), who have been sitting cross-legged on the floor for school assemblies for four years, get to move to the bleachers. Those little kids were over the moon! We surprised Lucy and she was thrilled to see Grandfather in her face!

thumb_IMG_4648_1024

That room was packed to the hilt, wall to wall with excited kids!

thumb_IMG_2312_1024

After the assembly the sixth graders run up and down the school halls and give high fives to each little hand being held out to say goodbye and wish them luck as they leave elementary school and prepare to enter Junior High. Such a cute sight!

thumb_IMG_2318_1024
thumb_IMG_2316_1024
Such a cute bunch of darling kids ready to move on!
thumb_IMG_2321_1024

On to High School graduation night!
To please her mother, Elle donned her mom’s high school graduation dress! Although Shawni often made her own prom dresses, this one was made by our dear Grandma Ruthie (Rick’s mom) all those years ago. How cute does she look in her mom’s dress? She didn’t go as far as actually wearing it to
graduation but she looked so much like her mom (except for the hair color).

thumb_IMG_2339_1024
Model material:
thumb_IMG_2343_1024

Since Elle will be attending BYU Hawaii, Shawni helped me to find a lady who made a beautiful Hawaiian Lei which we showed her before she left (too hot to wear during the ceremony).

thumb_IMG_4748_1024
thumb_IMG_4747_1024

Graduation was da ja vu! We were sitting in that very stadium last year at this same time watching Max sitting on that football field and walking through that line to get his diploma. And now there was Elle along with 770 other graduates as we cheered her on!
Shawni and her friends went down and saved some seats for us at 2 p.m. for a 7 pm. start Smile

thumb_IMG_2347_1024
As you can see, Lucy was completely enthralled with the whole thing!
thumb_IMG_4743_1024
What a night to remember!
thumb_IMG_2349_1024
thumb_IMG_4701_1024
thumb_IMG_4700_1024
thumb_IMG_4699_1024
thumb_IMG_4695_1024

After all the hoopla Elle came home before she left for the graduation parties and Shawni and Dave gave her their graduation gift….this fun blanket made out of all her old T shirts. Each one evoked a great memory from the past!

thumb_IMG_2360_1024


I think she loved it!

thumb_IMG_2358_1024

It will be a comfort and a great memory jerker her for the rest of her life!
So for us, it’s two High School graduations down and twenty six to go! Life is good!

6 comments:

Maria said...

I think it's tacky of you to post Elle's graduation pictures before Shawni did.

Eyrealm said...

FYI Maria: Two days after Elle's graduation, Shawni, Dave and Grace left for trek which means that they had to prepare to be in the wilderness for three days. Two days after they got home, the whole family left for Europe for three weeks. Shawni air dropped me pictures before she left, knowing that I would post them while she was gone. She'll have a lot to post about when she gets home, including her own take on Elle's graduation.

Julie said...

I thought it was lovely of you to share the graduation pix, especially when Shawni is so busy at the moment.x

Is Shawni & her family in the UK at the moment? I wish I could meet them.

By the way, what does air dropped mean?

tessa said...

What a blessed mother and grandmother you are. Thoroughly enjoyed the recap and Shawni's as well. Thanks for sharing. I know it's not always easy putting yourself out there when others criticize. Admire your family so for letting your lights shine!

Julie Robison said...

Thank you for the update! I knew Shawni and her family must be on some great adventure since hasn't updated in a couple of weeks! Simply marvelous!

shawni said...

Love you forever mother dear. And SO grateful you could be with us for such momentous things in the desert. Can't wait to see you tomorrow!