Friday, June 21, 2013

Hannah's 8th Grade Graduation

I can't believe how fast the school year seemed to go by.
And as fast as it went, sometimes I don't think it went fast enough for Hannah.
She was ready to leave her middle school years behind and start moving closer to high school.
The 33 kids in her class have become more like brothers and sisters over their years of elementary and middle school.
And you know how that can be!

But on this day, they enjoyed celebrating with their friends and families!

The week leading up to graduation night was full of activities and recognitions!
We were so grateful that Granny and Grandpa were able to visit during this time.
We kept them busy - but it was really special having them be a part of the kids end of the year activities!

They were able to be a part of the academic awards all three of the kids!
Yea! First Honors for all three!!
Very proud parents AND grandparents!

The night of Hannah's graduation, we had some sushi (she loves it!) and then gave her some gifts.
Donald and I gave her some money that she can use in the fall towards her high school wardrobe.
I imagine that khaki pants and polos will not be on the back to school list!
She was pretty pleased to receive the cash...
But Ivan and Jenelle were left in shock!
Ivan expressed his surprise by rolling and throwing himself across the living room floor!
Funny kids!

While Donald, his parents and the kids went to the church to find seats, I stayed behind and took some pictures of the 8th graders while they were assembled in the cafeteria getting their robes on.
The backdrop of the cafeteria tables doesn't make for portrait photos...but the beautiful faces in front of the lens certainly does!
The girls made such pretty choices with their dresses.
The looked grown up and gorgeous!
 Especially one in particular!
Group photos...
Last time many of these kids will be together as many of them are heading off to different high schools.
And our school photo bomber strikes again!
Remember the jog-a-thon!?
Everyone getting ready!
Hannah and Amanda.
Last time together at St. Joe's.
They won't be at the same school, but that won't change the great friendship they share.
They've got a lot of history!

And then, just like that, they've graduated!
Time to eat cake and celebrate with friends and family.

And Hannah...
We are so proud of you!
How did it happen so fast that you grew from this young school girl...
...into this beautiful young lady?
You've worked hard and done so well -
We are excited for the next four years of your life's adventures, but I doubt we're as excited as you!
Good luck sweetheart!


  1. Ugh! I have tears! Happy tears for such a wonderful person named Hannah!
    And look at all of those awards that your magnificent kids received!
    Granny and Grandpa look so happy to be there for all the fun.

  2. Oh my, what a beautiful girl! My special friend, Donna Omelan (Hannah's grandma) shared this blog and photos with me. I know you ALL are so proud of Hannah. Congratulations to Hannah! May God bless her life and guide her footsteps all through out her wonderful life. ~ Martie Wilkerson (Conroe, Tx)

  3. Thank you!
    Amazing kids live here! :)
    Martie, I'm glad you enjoyed looking at my blog. You are welcome anytime!

  4. Those beautiful girls totally outshine the background. And Hannah looks GORGEOUS! Congratulations on a successful
    elementary and middle school career!