Seems like last time I posted we were Pre-Graduation, Pre-Grad Party and Pre-Move Home to Idaho. That’s all “post” now. So how about a recap?!
I think so too!
May 29, Friday Night – Graduation
Jake had probably the best family turnout of anyone in the school with, if I counted right, eighteen relatives present for Graduation Ceremonies. Pretty cool.
Happy parents. Happy boy.
May 30, Saturday Night – We threw him a party
In the early stages of planning last Fall it began to take on an airplane theme so we, my Aunt and I mainly, ran with it.
For food we had grilled hotdogs with twelve different types of toppings, three different kinds of homemade salads, sliced fruit and homemade cookie bars and of course cake from our local bakery, The Blue Gate Bakery in downtown Shipshewana. For drinks we had: Herbal Lemonade, soda pop and water.
The food was set up in my Aunt and Uncles garage with seating in the garage as well as on the covered wrap around porch.
Regarding the food…
A huge thank you to my Uncle Jim who stood pretty much in the rain to grill hot dogs (Oh yah, we had a good down pour) and to all the women in my family who made the food Happen! Every one of you made it possible for Todd, Jake and I to enjoy our guests! And for that, we thank you so very much.
In the barn we rigged up a movie theater of sorts, complete with a huge assortment of candy and free standing popcorn machine we borrowed from the hangar where Jake works.
The movie Jake selected (back last Fall) was Disney’s “Planes” (or is that Pixar? Whatever, you know what movie that is; same people who did “Cars”). We borrowed a digital projector and sound bar from yet another friend and cast the movie onto the back doors of the barn.
Have you ever seen a horse literally WATCH a movie or TV? None of us had either! Indy, my little bay Quarter Horse thoroughly enjoyed it. I knew he wouldn’t be afraid but never expected him to stand there and watch and watch! Silly horse. The other two horses of my Uncles were not as impressed and stood at the back of their stalls. Maybe animated films just weren’t their thing. Not sure. Ha Ha.
On the other side of the barn, under the same roof, in the shop area, we set up a ring toss game, Cowboy Golf and a couple of Corn Hole toss games. People could walk from the movie over to the games without going outside. There’s also a full bathroom off the tack room. We were clearly not left ‘wanting’. It was so great we had access to this awesome space because otherwise, due to the rain, we’d not been able to set up the games out on the lawn or show the movie out there either.
*I know there’s pictures of the gaming area as my Mom was the Official Photographer for the whole entire time. I’ve not been able to get with her to get the images as of yet…this is why I’m only posting pictures from everyone’s cell phones and Instagram accounts! Mom, you got to know I will certainly be making a book with your photos!
Considering the rain we had, we had a great turn out for the party.
Yes, Thanks For Landing Here! Huge THANK YOU to everyone who drove many, many miles or who drove just a few but braved the weather to come out and celebrate with us. Who lent things and helped us set up and tear down.
You all ROCK! Seriously, you do.
No way we could’ve pulled it off without everyone’s help.
May 31, Sunday – “Tear Down Day”
We were all so busy “busting a move” Sunday…Ha ha, sorry didn’t mean that…I don’t think there was a single picture taken of the tear down process.
My baby boy got this award on the day of graduation, at their Senior Breakfast. He handed it to me Sunday. Little buggar. I couldn’t help but notice that he waited till the festivities were over otherwise I would’ve added it to the “All About Jake” table. You know the one. The table where you have the graduates photo’s, accolades and such.
Well played Jake. Well played.
June 1, Monday – Leave for Idaho
I know, Wham! What was the hurry? I’ll explain in the next installment.
This image was taken about 6 a.m. by my amazing Aunt Jan as Todd and I (and Indy!) drove out the driveway. She posted it later in the day on Instagram saying something like: this is what staying focused and following your dream looks like. I was of course missing my boy and had been blubbering off like I knew I was going to do. We were somewhere in Illinois or Iowa when I saw this picture and read her words. I began to cry again but with happier tears. I have felt better ever since.
Thank you Jan, and Jim too, for EVERYTHING. But most of all Jan for this bit of wisdom which turns out was a revelation for me. It was all such a whirlwind that what hadn’t really occurred to me yet was simply this:
Though I was leaving my very capable and responsible boy behind (much too quickly for my taste)…I had a truck again (Thank you sister for buying my car). I had my very own, awesome horse trailer (Thank you Jim for the “lead”). And I was going home. Home to Idaho! …..Thank you husband!