It was graduation weekend. But in true Lisa fashion, we can't just have graduation, we have to add all kinds of other complicating factors.
Saturday morning I got my little Princess from her momma at 7am. That began the fun of the day. Princess and I ran some errands for a couple of hours.
Then we went to my sister's house and picked up her two little girls so they could go with us to my oldest son's high school graduation party. My nieces are 10 and 4 and positively adorable.
So this momma who is not raising any girls, had a car full of them headed to J's graduation party, being hosted by his dad. Because my other two boys were in a baseball tournament, they weren't with me and didn't get to participate in the graduation festivities of the day. It was just Lisa and the girls.
J's party went great. His dad and step mom were gracious hosts welcoming all of my family as they came to wish my son well.
After the party, I took all three of the girls shopping at the Goodwill store down the street. We spent TWO hours there trying on clothes! Imagine having a 5 month old baby, 4 and 10 year old girls. It was quite the adventure.
We each walked out with a bag full of clothes and big smiles (except for the baby, and she was asleep by then).
I dropped the girls off with their dad and the Princess baby with her momma who had gotten off work early.
The next morning Princess was dropped off at 6am so the fun could begin again. I was so thankful that she fell asleep in my arm and we were able to take a one hour nap before she woke back up at 7:30am. I needed the sleep!
Then we were off to my grandson's baptism in a Catholic church in a rural community where my daughter lives, about 40 minutes from us.
I will have to say, two days of carrying a baby in a car seat while wearing 4" heels was more than I could stand!
The ceremony was really special because there were two babies being baptized that day, and they are cousins. A neat memory for two little ones who will grow up together.
I was also so glad to see what a great daddy my daughter's fiance is. (They will be getting married in November.) That baby loves his daddy and that daddy loves his baby. So cool to see a young man who takes being a father seriously.
Aren't they the cutest little family?!?
The we were off again to head to the actual graduation ceremony for J. This included another 40 minute drive across town. If Princess would have been sleeping this would have been an easy trip. But she didn't sleep, and she wanted to eat NOW.
So we took a detour, stopped at a Golden Corral where my youngest son thought he was in heaven because all of his favorite foods were at his fingertips in any quantity he wanted to eat.
I, on the other hand, tried to make a plate while walking and eating with a child in my arm. It is amazing how that skill came back to me even when it has been 10 years since I carried around an infant regularly.
Lunch was done, baby was fed, diaper changed and we were off.
We made it to J's town in time to watch the traditional march that the graduates make through the town to the school. I had never seen anything like that. The students were hot and tired by the time they got there, but it is a cool memory that they will have of the annual graduation tradition from their community. We snapped a picture of J as he walked by.
Got to the school and navigated all the stairs down to the gym floor where J's dad had saved us a seat. Have I mentioned how hard it is to walk in heels and carry a baby in a car seat? It was KILLER!
The ceremony was great. They had 18 valedictorians. Apparently all of them were 4.0 students. Quite a deal. My youngest son D made it clear to me that he will NEVER be on the stage if you have to get straight A's all through high school. Apparently he doesn't even have any aspirations of being an academic overachiever!
Once the ceremony was over, D, the Princess and I headed back to our home another 40 minutes away. Once again Princess had enough of the car rides and fussed on the way home. We were all just worn out.
We got back to our house and Princess's mom called and said she was on her way, she had gotten off work early. It was a good deal for all of us.
So with Princess gone for the day, D and I went to get his haircut to correct the haircut his dad had given him the night before. D told me he wasn't going to school until he got it fixed, so it was a non-negotiable task we had to get out of the way.
Then it was off to the BF's house for a quick visit, and now I am back at home thinking my bed is calling my name.
To think, I have a Monday waiting for me tomorrow when I wake up. Yuck.
Congrats to my new high school graduate. I am so proud of you and how you are growing up!