Graduation: The Nest Minus 1

I’m nowhere near having an empty nest with 2 other kids still in school and one not even in preschool yet. But our oldest kid has finally graduated high school! It was difficult for me when he turned 18 but it was even harder for me watching him graduate high school. When your kids grow up, you can’t help but think that they’re not going to need you anymore. But he proved me wrong on the day of graduation.

His last week of school was non-stop, event after event, and I know my kid. He was exhausted. He slept as long as he could and only woke up in time to shower and change before heading to his graduation ceremony. At the very last minute he asked me to spray cologne on him, pointed out that one of the hems on his pants was unraveling and asked if I could sew it. Although I was a bit annoyed that he was so last minute, I also felt happy that he still needed me. :) I am 34 years old and I still need my mom and I truly believe that needing your mom is a forever thing.

I knew I was going to be emotional and I tried very hard to keep it together – I wore my sunglasses on the “overcast” day on purpose. :) The procession began and all the graduates looked into the crowds searching for their families. As soon as he found us and waved, I felt my eyes welling up with tears of  joy and sadness.

He found us!

Grads were asked to stand up and turn to their parents to say "Thank You"

He turned around on stage just for us :)

Team Justice :)

Proud Mom

Proud Parents

We had a Graduation Open House the following day – lots of food, family & friends and sprinkles of the alma mater in the details!

I found blue and white York peppermint flavored candies - perfect for the alma mater.

I made mini pennants as cupcake toppers - I included his football number as well as all the sports he played in high school.Hubby made SPAM-musubi's!

I displayed his Senior picture in a frame which was placed next to the candy favors.

The photo book where I had compiled photos of family, friends, and important events in his life.

Reading the card from us