We were so excited to celebrate Peter’s big day with him and so happy that we were able to have the grandparents attend. Each family got to have 8 guests and since we are a big family, I was able to secure an additional ticket from a friend so both sets of grandparents could be there. I was so blessed to be able to be at graduation since I woke up sick that morning and wasn’t sure I was going to make it. The ceremony was held at D20 Stadium, and they did a really nice job. I loved watching Peter get his diploma and then congratulate all of his friends afterwards. It was fun watching him be goofy and silly with his friends. After graduation everyone headed over to Flying Horse for a graduation lunch and then he and Grandpa Al headed on a walk at Fox Run Park in the afternoon. The day just couldn’t have been more perfect for Peter.
We spent the afternoon before graduation hosting a grad party for Peter with all of his close friends. We had both Pine Creek themed and University of Utah themed treats. It was a great way to say good bye to Pine Creek HS and hello to the University life. We had a memorabilia table with some of Peter's achievements and awards, his t-shirt quilt, letter jacket and photos from every school year. It was fun to see how much he changed over the years. The biggest change, however, was between junior and senior year where he really started looking like a young man who was ready to enter adulthood. I'm so glad that Peter enjoyed spending some time with his friends celebrating the end of their high school life together.
Mike, Emma, Madeline and I got to celebrate Abby’s 5th grade graduation with her on the last day of school. It was so fun to watch all the kids march into the gym with upbeat music playing in the background. After a few remarks from their principal, Mrs. Hooper, the entire 5th grade sang “Best Day of My Life,” by American Authors. They sounded really good. Then they called each of the kids down one by one to get their ES completion certificates. Luckily, they did them by classes, so Abby wasn’t the last one to be called. I loved watching Abby’s excitement when she received her certificate from her teacher, Mrs. Lynch. You could just tell that they had a great relationship. Abby had excellent teachers at Mountain View, but Mrs. Lynch was definitely her favorite teacher. After that the kids got their certificates, they threw their class hats in the air and then sat down so we could all enjoy the cute slideshow, with pictures of the kids throughout elementary school and baby photos of each of them. Afterwards we all enjoyed cupcakes and lots of hugs and congratulations from friends and teachers.
We all got to be a part of Andrew’s HS graduation today at the Air Force Academy Clune Arena. It was such a fantastic day. It’s a little surreal to think that I am old enough to have a high school graduate. I am so grateful that my parents were able to be here to celebrate with Andrew and that each of our kids got to be there to watch him graduate. The ceremony definitely felt a little long to some of our kids, but I’m so proud of them for showing up to support Andrew. After the ceremony Andrew met his best friends outside to take photos and congratulate each other. Then we headed home to give Andrew his graduation gifts before celebrating at the Steakhouse at Flying Horse. I gave Andrew his t-shirt quilt I had made for him with all his t-shirts spanning from elementary school through high school. He loved it. My parents gave him money and a new tie. Then we headed to go eat a fabulous steak dinner to celebrate this momentous day with Andrew.