Thursday, May 20, 2010

May 14, 2010

Last weekend we had this little matter of a GRADUATION to attend. It was so exciting. I had really been so busy with getting ready for the graduation from "Work" point of view, I really hadn't had time to get too terribly excited about it. But once the day came, we dressed for the event and it was very exciting. We were so proud of Josh. He has worked really hard throughout high school and all the years before as well. When the music began and all 102 of the graduates began their walk down the isle through the masses of people there to watch them receive their diplomas, I felt a swell inside. Lots of things going through my mind. Happy tears began to pool. Until, this-- Well this, and the fact that Charlie walked over to stand in the isle and wave at someone. I assumed it was Josh. I grabbed at Charlie and said "What are you doing?" Then I turned around to see her. Casey and Avery coming up the isle right in front of Joshua! That's him right behind her in the photo. LOL She was late because of the parking issue and barely made it. She did make it though. What a laugh we got!

Josh really isnt someone who likes to be in the limelight. He has always been very very quiet. I was pretty sure he would be terrified to give the Valedictorian Speech. I even thought he might decline. lol But he stepped up to the plate. I thought he did a really good job on his speech. As a matter of fact I teared up somewhat when I first read it. (I know you are shocked! Me too) He said he wasn't as nervous as he thought he would be.
We are really blessed that he was awarded a scholarship that will help greatly with college. It was very nice seeing all these kids who I have gotten to know over the years enjoying their graduation. I know many of them will go on to great things. The night brought smiles, tears, encouragement, and anticipation. Who knows what the future holds for them. So now they have their diplomas and their future in their hands. I reminded Josh to turn his tassel after receiving that diploma because I thought he might forget. I was right he did. But apparantly so did Ali. It seems that they remembered together. I love this picture.

"Ladies and Gentlemen, the graduated class of 2010!"As you can see bottom right, Josh did not throw his Cap. I think he was concerned that he wouldnt get it back in time to start the procession back down the isle so he opted to keep it on. And off he went with his Cap on, starting his class back down the isle as High School Graduates. He looks pretty happy about it to me!
We had a very nice evening. It was wonderful outside. The Bridge was beautifully lit. We visited, took a few pictures, and then went home to cake, family, and a few friends. We also went down just for a few minutes to mini celebrate with Shelbi and her family. I finally got a piece of this at 10:45 or so. What a full and fantastic day!


Laura said...

Great pictures, Cristi! That story of Casey cracked me up! I know you are one proud Momma!

Penny said...

Yes, Casey cracked everybody up! ha
Thanks again for the pictures of Shelbi. I'm so glad you have a genius boy. Not just so you could sit front row and take pictures, but that was nice. lol
Congrats, Josh! Your speech was excellent. :)

brtty stella said...

You captured the special day and night so well. The photos are wonderful! Creating many happy memories again!! So proud of Josh. He did extremely well.

i love love said...

beautiful family..hi josh *giggles*..
seriously, this made me miss my family..i missed how my mom cooks and my favorite meal and we all talk and laugh at the dining sad to be away from them to find my own path :(
- the office assistant

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

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