Friday, May 22, 2009

Congratulations Kathryn! You did it!!

Who became an official high school graduate today.

For our other children the ceremonies were held in the evening on their high school football field. Being outdoors in May in Arizona can be rather stifling, so we were happy that this year the ceremony was held indoors, at the Cardinal football stadium. We were glad to be inside, but I did find the selling of pretzels and hot dogs during the ceremony a bit unusual. And we missed being able to storm the field afterwards for pictures and hugs.
But even so, the ceremony was great. The speakers all did a good job and it was fun to watch over 600 students, many of them we know personally, receive their diplomas.

We met outside for the customary picture taking. Here is Kathryn with two of her sisters, Michelle on the left and Kristen on the right. Next year Michelle will be our only child at home!
Kathryn was recognized for being in the top 5 percent of her class, an Arizona Scholar and for exceeding the requirements in all three areas of the AIMS test.
Great Job Kat!!

After the ceremony we headed to Texas Roadhouse with Ryan and Kali for a celebration dinner and then Kathryn left to join her friends at a big graduation party.
In August, she will leave for school at BYU Provo.
I think it is fun to watch your children grow up, become adults and head off for new and exciting adventures. I enjoyed high school but felt my life really began when I left it and ventured out on my own, so I am looking forward to seeing what the future holds in store for her.

However . . . This past semester Kathryn has gotten out of school at 12:10 and been able to spend time with me at home before heading off to work. I am going to miss that next year. I will also miss hearing her play the piano, keeping me up to date on high school happenings, going to lunch with me, running my errands and just being a good friend.
But we are so thankful she is ours, and that we have had her at home for the past 18 years.


Carolyn said...

She's beautiful. I can tell she looks like you.

Momza said...

Oh how well I can relate. Perfectly said.
What a lovely young woman, no wonder you'll miss her.
COngrats to her on all of her achievements!

Jenny-Jenny said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful girl and an exciting time. Way to go Mom!

Lisa said...

She's a beautiful girl. How exciting her future looks- sounds like she has worked hard during High School and is ready for great adventures at college.

You were indoors during graduation- lucky. We were outside in the rain under umbrellas.

leslie said...

Congratulations to Kathryn! (and to Mom and Dad for all of their care) We are looking forward to seeing you all in a couple of weeks.

Becky said...

She is lovely. I really like the brown and white dress in the first picture. Best wishes to her on an exciting future that lies ahead!

Dave and Camille said...

Fun! I'm bummed I couldn't be there :( I love her brown and white dress that she's wearing in the first picture - where did she get it? She is gorgeous!!!! Enjoy Michelle for the next few years :)

Shannon said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful daughter you have.

Heidi Ashworth said...

You have such good looking girls!