Graduation – At Last

I haven’t been on the e-waves much this month. June has proven to be a challenge. BUT — Mike (grandson) graduated the 9th and with a huge sigh of relief the family celebrated.

The ceremony was the 100th for the country school he attended. They held it on the football field in front of the covered stadium. And, though it didn’t rain it was freezing out. As you can see I only had a sweater on and I was better off than the graduates and much of the attendee’s.

We had booked a zip line party for him months earlier for the following Saturday. The zip line is on Camano Island, a 2 ½ hour drive north. I can’t say enough about this place. It’s family owned and they make a good time a fabulous time. Here’s the website if you’re looking for fun in the NW.

Because of the eye surgery and I’m a coward I didn’t go on the line but there were eight that did and a few have the name ‘tree hugger’ now.

We had a 10:00 tour and it was 2 hours long so afterward we tootled around the island stopping at Stanwood. We were in the old part with the museum and it is almost a ghost town. We visited a great furniture store promising ourselves we’d come back with the cargo trailer when things settled down at home.

Then taking in a fabulous antique store we said goodbye and headed for home. We didn’t get far as being the good sports they are, our guys agreed to stop at the outlet stores. Talk about challenge… the parking lot was full and you had to stand in line to get into the coach store. But we persevered. ☺ Afterward we were more than ready for dinner and finished the day with the best buffet we ever had, at the Tulalip Casino.

We left home at 6:00am and turned into the driveway around 9:30pm. The end to a perfect day. I can’t begin to tell you how blessed I am to have this family. We can do anything — together. Jack would be proud.

PS. I know many of you know this but Jack (husband, father, grandfather, friend, ….) passed away the 5th of this month. We weren’t ready and are still trying to grasp it all. It doesn’t seem real to us. And maybe it’s because we know he will always be with us and for us. The picture below was taken from our son’s porch the eve of his services. Family were out there and seeing it they thought it was from a plane but we’ve since been told it wasn’t made by a plane, that it’s a cloud formation.


11 responses to “Graduation – At Last

  1. What a wonderful gift that cloud formation was. How lovely. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

    Your family looks like you all had a wonderful time on the zip line trip and tour. I’m so glad you are blessed with such special people who love and adore you- and Jack. You’re so much luckier than a lot of folks these days who seem to not treasure the links of family like in the old days. Hold tight to that love and affection.

    AND big congrats to the grad! He’s handsome!

    • Thanks Jillian. It was a gift and so timely. I am blessed with this family we work and play hard. Mike is still growing into adulthood it’s not been an easy journey for him or us. But he’s a good guy with a big heart. Now if he’d lose lazy. I tell you he works harder at not doing something than he would if he’d just to do it.
      I had my first experience with Jacks BIG lawnmower this morning. OH MY GOSH what an experience. I’ll have blog material for awhile as I ‘learn’ some things.

  2. I get chills (good chills) every time I see that cloud picture. You know we’ve all been sending you strength and prayers during this time. I am so glad you got to have a little fun. Mike’s graduation will now be a happy memory for him always. Congratulations to him (and to you all for getting him through). It’s good to see you back on the ewaves, my friend!

    • Laurie can you hear the twilight theme song? I hit enter for the reply I did and saw your comment pop up. We had to published almost at the same time.
      Thanks for being there for me through this. I don’t know what I’d do without you and I don’t even want to try to find out.

      • Laurie Ryan

        That happens SO much, it’s astounding. I’m glad we’re on the same page. And ditto right back. 🙂

  3. Your grandson looks lovely, you must be very proud. I am sorry to hear of your loss and my thoughts are with you. That cloud formation is amazing. I can imagine you and your family’s thoughts on seeing it. Cyber hugs to you.

  4. I love the photos, Lavada, and am still awed by the ‘cloud formation’. You are indeed blessed with such a wonderful and supportive family which you thoroughly deserve. As Laurie said, it’s great that you got to have some fun during such a difficult time.

    Looking forward to hearing more lawnmower stories.

  5. Valerie J. Patterson

    Lavada, your post was bittersweet. I’m afraid I’m at a loss as I did not know Jack passed away. If you said anything here, I somehow overlooked it. Please forgive me, Lavada.

    • I didn’t really post anything before now. It all became a part of life so I know things probably just sort of got added to my comments and I thought I’d just come out and say it. We’re doing really well, not easy but like you say sort of bittersweet. He is where he wants to be and in a very real sense is still with all of us too. Thanks for your post and the email you sent me.

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