Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Graduation Celebration Cruise

The day after Madison graduated, we hopped in the van and headed south!  All six of us.  First, we went to Orlando to stay at our Wyndham timeshare - thanks to the GREAT deal we got on Ebay several years ago.  We stayed there for a couple of days and then on Monday morning drove three more hours down to Ft. Lauderdale where we would board the Caribbean Princess.  It was a fabulous five days.  Being our first cruise, we really didn't know what to expect, but I'm pretty sure it went above our expectations.  I sort of felt like royalty - royalty that lives in a walk-in closet.  Yes, the cabins were small, but we really didn't have a problem with that.  Our cabin steward was Enrico, and I would have loved to bring Enrico home with us.  It was quite nice to come back to a clean room twice a day and have our beds turned down and pillows fluffed in the evening - not to mention the chocolates left on the bed along with the cute animals created out of towels.

And of course I have to mention the food, which was fabulous and plentiful.

During the five days, we stopped in Grand Cayman.  While here, we spent the afternoon at the beach, and the water was beautiful.

A couple of days later, we were in Cozumel, Mexico.  We decided to tour the Mayan ruins but didn't make it all the way through after encountering the giant Mexican mosquitoes and dodging the iguanas. (On the ride there and back, I was saddened by the appearance of poverty.  I just expected a huge tourist location like that to not be that way, but within five minutes away from where the ship was docked, that's the majority of what was seen.)

After grabbing a few souvenirs, we headed back to board the ship, and then spent the rest of the evening and the next day at sea, arriving back in Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday morning.  Lots of wonderful memories - and here's a few of them ------------>>>

Friday, June 6, 2014

And just like that.....she graduated!

The last week of school was full.  There were final tests, a powder puff game, graduation parties with friends, graduation practice, packing for graduation celebration cruise, preparing for our own graduation party.....

Just like the past four years, it went by fast.  And here we are two weeks later.  Already.  Unbelievable. 

It was an emotional event of course, as all major milestones usually are.  But I did find some positives.  Although I don't really believe that public school is the evil of all evils, I would be lying if I said I was going to miss being part of that institution.  We've had some bright spots in the past four years, but I often find myself wondering what things would be like had we not taken that route. 

Several events in our lives at that time are what led us to the decision to place her in school, and whether that was the right or wrong decision, I don't believe God's plan for her will be changed.  Our choices do not change God's plan - although, we might make the process harder than it has to be.

I'm excited for her as she has closed that chapter of her life and is now starting a new one.  She thankfully has found a summer job, and since earning her own money, I am amazed to discover what a generous child she is!  She's already had a meeting with her college softball coach and is excited about that, as we all are.  So much to look forward to, yet even more vital and beyond important, so much to pray about and seek God's plan through. 

Now, of course, here comes the week in pictures ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

They didn't win - at all.  Somehow, I think there's more motivation for the lower
classmen to beat the Seniors than it is for the Seniors to beat them. 

We had a graduation party with family and a few friends the afternoon of graduation.
We grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and made homemade ice cream
and enjoyed my daddy's strawberry cake and my sister's CUTE graduation cupcakes
that I know I made a picture of but I'm not sure what happened....?

There's a glimpse of the cupcakes  Can you see them?  They were so cute!

We got there at 6:00 - two hours early - in order to get a decent parking space
and a good seat.
 It was a HOT wait!



Here's the "more about that" I mentioned in the previous post... I was around 6 years old the first time I realized I nee...