Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Elissa graduated!

I've been a bad blogger lately, and I'm sorry! It feels like the last week and a half disappeared without me noticing! So many things went on in such a short amount of time...where should I start? Oh yeah, Elissa graduated! I had a lot of family come into town, we spent a lot of good family time together. On Monday night (last monday!!) we took Elissa out for a pre-graduation dinner at the O.G. It was nice to be together with everyone and enjoy a good meal. The next day it was hurry up and wait, as her graduation ceremony wasn't until 6pm. Time finally won over and it was time to leave, I felt excited, nervous, proud and sad all at once. This was such a big day for her, I didn't want to spoil it with my tears, so I kept it together until they started playing the "Pomp and Circumstance". I had a good cry and then decided to pay attention so that I could get some decent pictures to commemorate this day forever. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it went...with close to 800 graduates to announce and 7 Valedictorians, 3 Salutatorians, and some school officials to speak, I thought we'd be there for hours!!! Not so, we were outta there in 2 hours flat! It seemed miraculous, but I guess they've had a lot of practice and have down to an art. After the commencement, we headed outside for some family picture time, wow, it was a sea of people! Luckily, after just a few short minutes I found my girl and hugged her tight. We took some shots and let her get on her merry way to go have some fun with her fellow grads. It was a good night, I was actually smiling more than crying, which made for better pictures! So, now she's slowly packing her things, getting ready for her move up to St. George in a day or two live with her Dad for the summer, and hopefully work enough to put some money away for the fall semester of college. I'm going to miss her so much, I'm a little numb right now, still waiting for the finality of it to sink in.

Thanks fam, for coming and supporting us. I loved having you all here - drama and all! We're family and I love you all!


Kim Messick said...

I remember YOU walking down the aisle for YOUR graduation while I was holding Elissa and I was crying too! Wasn't that just last week... Where did all the time go?
Sorry we missed it Elissa! We were there in spirit! We love you so much! Congratulations Big Girl!

Aubrey said...

Congratulations Elissa!!! I really wish I could have been there. You looked so beautiful in all your pictures. Love you lots! Have a fun summer in St. George!

Florene said...

Oh, Heather! Like your big sister, Kim, I, too wonder where did all the time go? You were a beautiful grad just yesterday, and now my beautiful Elissa -- all grown up and the tears flow! You did good, Heather. As a loving Grandma, I can honestly say, it was all worth the tears, nights of anguish and worry! I love you both!