Sunday, June 02, 2013

Graduation!!
What a wonderful weekend we've had spending time with my parents and grandmother and then attending Kendall's Graduation! Then we went to be with our family at the farm and celebrated Kendall graduating but also had an early birthday celebration for Kendall and Father-in-love who both have birthdays in June.  The only thing that could have made it any better was to have our son Austin here for the weekend but I'm happy to report that he made it to Peru safely and it's been great to be in touch with him through emails and Facebook!! Thank goodness for modern technology huh??!! Helps take away some of the worrying!
 
 
 
 
My grandmother flew in Friday for the festivities all the way from Baltimore. So glad that she could make it again this year for graduation.
 
 
 
 
 

 
Kendall & his darling girlfriend Jennah
 
 
Acting silly!! :)
 
 
So proud of this young man!!! Graduated 4th in his class, Honors with Distinction, National Honor Society, Straight A Student, Dual enrolled in local college his Senior year in High School and made three A's and a B in those college courses, has worked at a local grocery store this past year and works hard! :) Gonna miss this kiddo when he goes off to college!  

 
The stands were PACKED to say the least!! Thankfully it wasn't as hot as it was last year for Austin's graduation but it was still HOT ~ hence the casual dress of most everyone there.  Hubby and son got there early (first ones there actually) to save seats and then at 7p.m. the stands FILLED up. We rolled in about 7:20 and thankfully had great spots to sit in (thanks to my fabulous hubby and son) and then waited for the festivities to begin.  Just as we got there an ambulance had pulled up because someone had passed out due to the heat. As the sun went down there was a really nice breeze and it actually became quite comfortable.  
The HOME side of the stadium had filled up to the brim so they had overflow on the visitors side which also almost filled up.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
Was honored that Kendall was asked to give the welcome at graduation. He did a great job and other than the sound system not being the greatest it was short, sweet and made everyone feel welcomed!
 

 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
Walking to be announced and receive their diplomas!
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 

 
 

 
Kendall and his buddy Jonathan
They carpooled to college two days a week since they were both dual enrolled at the same school and were taking the same classes! Enjoyed having them here at the house on Mondays and Wednesdays for a pizza lunch!
 
Trevor and Kendall ~ probably Kendall's best friend since middle school. The can get into some mischief together but we've always loved their special bond as friends!
 

 
Kendall & Jennah
 
 

 
Holland & Kendall
We get one year break and then it will be Holland's turn to graduate! YIKES!
 
 
 
Me & Kendall
 
 
Kendall & his proud Father!
 
 
 
 
We sure did miss having our Austin there for this family pic!
 
 
Miss Deana (Trevor's mom) and Kendall's second momma
He sure does respect and love her!
 
 
 
 
 
My daddy wasn't feeling very well (remember he just had major heart surgery a few weeks ago) so they left after about an hour in the hot heat at graduation. We'll get to seem them this week and will certainly get more pictures together!! Thanks to my mom (as usual) I have some great photos from graduation! She's always been the picture taker and has a much better lens on her camera than I do so got some great up close shots even though we weren't that close.
 
 
We headed up to the farm to be with more family and celebrate graduation and Kendall and my Father-in-loves birthdays that are both in June.
 
 
 
My darling in-loves ~ we were all sitting ready to watch the video that I put together for Kendall.
Loved seeing all the photos and hearing all the laughter and ooo's and ah's from memories past!
 

 
 My incredible sister-in-love always goes that extra mile for everything and EVERYONE!! She took care of all the decorations and made some amazing dishes to go along with lunch! Thank you LYNNE! You are so loved and appreciated and I hope you know that!!

 
It has become quite the family tradition to decorate the deer with a graduation cap!
 
Kendall and his cousin Gabby!!!
 

 The cake had black icing on it so the boys took the opportunity to have some silly pics made with their (GOTH looking lips and teeth - YIKES)
 
 

 
 

 
Kendall with his Oma and Opa (still had a bit of black on those lips and teeth - lol)
 
 
Kendall with his Aunt Lou and cousin Gabby
 
 

 
Me with my awesome niece Gabby & Sister-in-love LouLou
 

 
We took a walk around the farm - seemed like a great idea until we passed the second pond and then it was HOT!!!! Also not a great idea walking the farm in sandals - which I've pretty much always done but after a painful blister and seeing two visitors in the grass later in the day I don't think I'll ever walk around the farm again without tennis shoes and maybe even a hoe or shot gun. lol See pictures below to see what I'm talking about!
 
 
 
Oma and Opa's newest family addition ~
Miss Georgia Ann ~ she was cooling off and then proceeded to roll the sand
 
 
 
Gabby with her Uncles!! Oh how these two men love their niece!!
 
 
This was our first visitor ~ a King snack about 4 - 4 1/2 inches long - thankfully not poisonous but also not something you really want to see when you step out the door onto the porch. 
 
 

 

 
Then Kendall walked around to the other side of the house and thankfully saw this one ~ a baby rattle snake. Sure that King snake would have loved to have found it first ~ sadly this one had to meet with the hoe.
 
 

 
Opa showed us a wrens nest that was in the block around the well - 5 eggs in all
but he was surprised that they still hadn't hatched.
 
 
 
 

 Holland overseeing the corn hole game between Kendall and Steven against Gabby and Dillon
 
 

 
 
 
 
Georgia Ann ~ coming over for some attention! She is such a sweet dog
 
 
 
 
After a wonderful dinner at Harbor Inn in Augusta, GA our favorite seafood restaurant we came home and had an early celebration for Opa's and Kendall's upcoming birthdays. Between them they were 104 so we thought it was fitting to put 104 on Opa's favorite Boston Crème Pie.
 
 
 
 
Off to rest after a wonderful but tiring weekend!
Have a great day!
Sandy



2 comments:

Kim said...

Congratulations to Kendall. I don't check you blog nearly often enough now that I'm on Facebook. I need to do it more often to see wonderful posts like this one with so many pictures and descriptions. I felt like I was right there celebrating with you guys! I know you cherish those memories for many years to come. Hope to see you soon. Love ya!

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