Monday, June 22, 2009

Life at its Best !

For the past few days I have been consumed with thoughts of my parents and especially my father which I wrote about in my previous post. This past weekend though was filled to the brim with happy occasions ~ graduations, babies, weddings and cherished time with family. It was exactly what I needed to flush some of the feelings of sadness and worry from my mind - even if it was only temporary, it was necessary. I had fun photographing some of the events of the past 48 hours so buckle up - it was a whirlwind of activity!

On Saturday we attended our nephew's high school graduation. Hard to believe that he is eighteen years old- time flies when you are having the time of your life.
The speeches began. I love all that is going on in the background ~ unfocused attention...
My ADD or ADHD or Boredom kicked in and my camera and I started to look around for interesting shots. The kids in the picture below started to get antsy and the beach balls came out causing some distractions...

And then...I found the hats. I zoomed in on the caps of the some of the students and was impressed with the artwork. I was able to sit still for the entire two hours as I focused on the hats. I did listen politely and quietly and clapped loudly and proudly when my nephew received his diploma but his last name starts with a "B" so he was one of the first ones to receive his diploma - and there were a LOT of kids after him. Here are a few of my favorite caps...

Our youngest son arrived early on Sunday, Father's Day, with treats for his dad. I did have my eye on this pink sugary morsel. I resisted, sort of. I thoroughly enjoyed every bite of a honey glazed donut. Great way to start the day!

In the middle of this wild weekend my oldest son and his wife moved back into our home ~ with all of their belongings. They are getting ready to start a new adventure with a new job and a precious baby arriving at the end of July. A crowded, chaotic but happy home full of love !

And on Sunday we headed for a wedding. Our niece was getting married. Here's my man - dodging raindrops.
This is the first time I have ever seen a cat at a wedding. A naked cat at that !

Working the camera !

No groomsmen here - only groomswomen ! Girl Power !

Sharing the Love !

The wedding was held near the town in which I grew up. We drove by my childhood home. My parents moved out of this house twentyish years ago - and my dad would be very upset if he saw how run down it looks. He always had beautiful flowers, manicured can't go back home. I wish I hadn't.

While in my old hometown we stopped to visit a dear friend of mine. We hadn't seen each other in years and I am so glad that we took the time to stop and say hi. Of course I had to show her my grammie brag book. Notice I am wearing a corsage that my niece gave me at the wedding - just because !

And then finally we arrived home and found these little pumpkins there, waiting to wish their Grampie a Happy Father's Day !

And now my soul is nourished and I am ready for the week ahead !


Marg said...

I loved every moment of your exciting weekend...Sometimes that's just how it works eh?
As I scrolled down I had appreciation for those hats..How charming and individual.
But it got better and better.
But the best was at the last.
Those little grandbabies..

Daryl said...

What a busy but happy weekend you had ... lovely pix .. especially the posing bride and the twinz!

Louise said...

I have never seen decorated graduation caps. I guess it's been a while since I've been to a high school graduation.

Love the wedding picture with the holding hands.

And the last baby ones are too sweet.

Glad you had a little break from the stress!

Willow said...

What a wonderful nourishing weekend for you! All those sweet baby smiles will help you stay nourished.

Congrats to all your family on their milestones of life.

Akelamalu said...

Those hats are amazing as are your little pumpkins! Your man looks very smart too. :)

Kim Mailhot said...

Looks like you had a lot of fill-me-up stuff this weekend. How perfect ! May all that yummy family and friend love keep your buoyant for a good long while !
Hugs !

Maggie May said...

Wow......... that was a lovely post with such a lot of information and pictures.
Great photos of the grand twins.
Action packed!

Momma Miller said...

LOL @ naked cat. And LOVED the groomswomen! I've never been to a wedding with ONLY groomswomen. How neato!

Of course, I loved the baby shots, too. Can't believe I'm already getting the baby blues again. My youngest just turned one so I can wait a bit longer. :)


Jeni said...

Girl, when you say you had a busy week behind you -you just weren't whistling Dixie, were you? Made me darned tired reading about all your activities but also, considering the excitement of those things, it energized me at the same time I think.
And those babies -so beautiful!
Glad you and your family had so many wonderful things to celebrate on one very important weekend too!

Akelamalu said...

PS There will be a little something for you at my place tomorrow. :)

SandyCarlson said...

Your weekend was amazing. Those photos of the air-brushed grad caps made my night.

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Those pictures of the decorated graduation hats are brilliant. I haven't seen anything like that before. I love your photo's - they are superb. Those wee babies are so edible!

lakeviewer said...

What an appropriate title here, Life at its Best, capturing the highs and the lows in a family's ebb of life.

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