Saturday, June 1, 2013

High School Graduation

Our Graduate!
 
We couldn't be more proud of him.
 
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May 31, 2013 - Salem Academy Graduation

Friday, May 31, 2013

Graduation & Celebration

I can't believe that my little boy - who it seems only yesterday I could rock to sleep in my arms - has graduated from High School and is going out into the world to be a responsible adult.  (Fingers Crossed!)

We were blessed to have family and friends here to celebrate this wonderful happening together!  Here are some photos from the weekend!
 
John and his two best buddies - Jake & Justin

Everyone came to our house before the ceremony for Sausage & Pepper sandwiches - and pictures, of course!

Justin is enjoying one of the sandwiches - and we're all feeling a little giddy and excited for the celebration!

The graduation ceremony was wonderful.  Salem Academy is a small school - there were about 55 graduates in John's class.  Each student is greeted as they walk on stage by a baby photo, a few words are said about each student, and as they receive their diploma their senior photo is displayed.  Really lovely!
 
Waiting for his turn to walk on stage.
 
Each student chose either a favorite bible verse, someone to thank, or a favorite memory.  John said his favorite memory of school was happening right now... walking across this stage.  He's such a character.

 

A little blurry - but their throwing their caps in the air!  Hooray!
 

We couldn't be more proud!




I love this boy so much!

Congratulations John James!  Wishing you only wonderfulness and joy in the coming years!  You've been a joy to your father and me... a true blessing from above.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Look Who's 18!!

 Can it be true?  Where did my little boy go? 
Hard to believe - but my baby is now 18 years old!!
 
We started the day at iHop for a fun breakfast before school and work.
 
That evening we went to John's favorite restaurant in Salem - Rudy's... Home of the famous Baseball Cut Sirloin Steak.  He also had the Sirloin Steak Salad to start... the boy does love his STEAK!  Unfortunately the flash on my phone was so bright that our features are a bit washed out... but here's proof we were there.
  
 
We had just a few friends/family over for dinner to celebrate the birthday boy.  I wanted to get photos of the birthday boy with everyone... but it quickly dissolved into a lot of silliness... which is often times the BEST kind of photos! 
 
 
~ John and Alyssa ~
   ~ Add Kerry & Dodi ~
 ~ Quickly add Darby, Scott and Rob ~
 
 
 ~ Time for Mom and Dad to get into the act...
hmm... some of us seem to have grown horns or possibly antlers ~
~ And then we all fell into a fit of giggles ~



~ It's hard to believe that this little guy, who lit up our lives 18 years ago ~


 ~ Has grown into this handsome young man who we are so very proud of! ~

Happy Birthday John - We love you VERY much!

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