Congratulations, Class of ’11 ♥


See that little face on the right? Well she graduated this weekend......whaaaaat!

My little sister, Alex, graduated this weekend. Wow, is all I can say. When did she get so grown up?!

Thursday night was Alex’s cap & gown, and it was so stressful trying to get us there on time. Noah decided to not make things easier and take an HOUR to finish his bottle. So instead of getting there at 6:15 – 6:30 like I wanted (the ceremony started at 7:00), we didn’t even leave town until about 6:20. And it is a 40 minute drive. Sigh. Thankfully the ceremony didn’t start RIGHT at 7:00, so we had time for a bathroom break when we waltzed in at around 7:05.

As a side note, I’ve always wondered why there is a blessing at a public high school. Plus the kid doing the blessing couldn’t do a passable public speaking gig if his life depended on it.

Here are some pictures of the cap & gown ceremony:

Walking up to her seat...

....sitting....

....Noah and Grandma....

.....the graduate and her proud parents....

....and me, Caleb eating Noah, sleepy Noah, and the newest graduate ❤

Friday night was the public ceremony; fancy dress, corsage, the whole shabang. We got out there at a semi-reasonable time, and I had the job of doing Alex’s make up and tying her into her corset gown. I cried when I finished her make up, I couldn’t believe how grown up a little blush made her look! I was quite proud of my make up handiwork, and I am happy to report that it STAYED ON, even with some crying that was done during the ceremony.

Her escort, Joey, showed up on time, and we got some pictures of them on the deck before they took off to the Research Station for the big class picture.

We met up with them at the school, took some family shots, and then it was time to enter the arena! Mom and Dad had their own reserved seats, so Caleb, Noah, and I managed to find seats on the outside aisle to ensure quick and efficient escape in case of a fussy baby.

The ceremony went pretty good, it had the appropriate amount of cheesy and eye rolling to be expected of a graduation ceremony, and before we knew it, it was time to file on out and get to the gymnasium at the school for the three ceremonial dances.

Alex’s escort had to leave early, so my poor sister was without a dance partner for the “Escort Dance”! I leaped to the rescue, grabbing a nice man dressed in a dress shirt and tie off the sidelines to be a stand-in escort. My sister, always one with the menfolk, never even found out his name, LOL. But he was just a pretty face, so it all worked out.

The second dance was the “Parent Dance”, so off went Alex and Dad to “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney (which was actually played at my grad too, haha).

Then the third dance was the “Go-Crazy-and-Pick-Whomever-You-Want Dance”, and Alex chose a young man named Matt to be her lucky dance partner. Later I found out that they are dating and she never told me! Meanie-pants.

After that was all said and done, we took some scenic shots around the school, and the princess got whisked off to go home to get ready for Dry Grad later that evening.

Overall, it was a great (albeit LONG) day, and I am so grateful because Caleb was my knight in shining armor and took care of fussy Noah so I could enjoy her ceremony and be the resident photographer/annoyance.

Here are some pictures!:

Make up and hair close-up....

....lacing up the dress....

....Alex and her escort....

.....to be honest, none of us had any idea how to put the boutonniere on, lol....

....laughs and putting on the corsage....

....one of my fav shots.....

....sisters ❤ ....

....the whole family!....

.....Auntie snuggles the Noah, pre-ceremony...

....and a few hours later, the ceremony is done!...

......

....dance #1, with the stand-in escort....

.....dance #2, ❤ ....

....dance #3. Her expression is so cute....

....proud parents, watching on....

....

....love this one too....

....."Victory!"....

.....not bad for a point-and-shoot....

....the carriage awaits....

....proud mama ❤ ....

.....and my knight in shining armor ❤

_________________

Congratulations, Alex!

I love you and I am so proud! ♥

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2 thoughts on “Congratulations, Class of ’11 ♥

  1. I smiled the whole way through this. I especially love the one of Alex holding Noah while she’s in her big beautiful dress. Gorgeous colour, too. Congrats again, Alex. If you’re anything like your sister I like you a whole bunch already.

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