The girls' first and last day of school photos! Heather's was already documented due to graduation and a different last day of school for seniors, but I love the side-by-side. Jenna had a big transformation in her side-by-side! Who is this beauty? Great year Jenna! Ninth grade brings so many changes--seminary, harder classes, new friends, juggling school and sports, new sports teams, saying goodbye to braces, harder finals, illness and sleep deprivation. It is the hardest year! You survived! Jenna and some friends had a "last day" lunch at Corner Bakery to celebrate. Bring on summer!
I worked Grad Night this year at one of the carnival booths. Our booth was an easy ticket winner, and the kids figured that out pretty quick. Heather and friends stopped by several times. The night went so fast! I was thinking 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. would be really hard, but there were so many activities. At the very end of the night, Heather won a $50 cash prize which she was eligible for because her mom was one of the volunteers. Great way to celebrate the end of an era, and I'm so happy I got to be there and see all the fun.
Graduation day! We drove to Orange Coast College for Heather's high school graduation ceremony. We sat in the stands and took a bazillion pictures. Jenna even got artistic with her hands making heart frames. Heather stood to be recognized for Scholar's With Distinction, and Mr. Ziebarth read her name. He is a family friend, and he asked Heather how she wanted to be announced. He read, "Heather Peterson is the best!" It was awesome. Best shot of the ceremony is Heather turning around to hold her diploma up for us to see with a thumbs up. She has suffered and endured so much to get to this finish line. We are proud of her, and we hope she is proud of her accomplishment. She is simply amazing. We took family photos and photos with friends after the ceremony. At home,Tammy shared some decorative cookies with us. Such a special day. Time for the grad night party!
Our day started at the high school for graduation practice. I was given the opportunity to volunteer since I had a daughter graduating. It was fun to be there and watch. Three of us had daughters graduating, and the girls have known each other since elementary school. After practice Heather and I went to Barnes and Nobel to spend some money on books. She was a happy girl. There is a lightness in the air now that there's no more school. Later in the afternoon, Aunt Michelle and Jenna got manicures. We took Aunt Shell by Rollin' Creamery to introduce her to the deliciousness. Super fun day.
We went to church today, then Baccalaureate and then to Seminary Graduation. A busy, but wonderful, day. Heather and Jenna worked very hard through some challenges to successfully complete the Seminary year. And Heather is a Seminary graduate! I often wonder how Seminary would be different if we lived in an area where it was a part of our daughters' school day? We wouldn't have the challenges that come from lack of sleep and health issues due to lack of sleep. I guess there are challenges no matter where you live. I'm glad that we could get to the finish line, even if it meant we crawled over it. Good work my lovelies.
Baccalaureate is a religious service held at an educational institution, usually on the Sunday before commencement day. While religion is not mentioned now, the baccalaureate tradition is still honored at our high school. This afternoon graduates and their families met to hear motivational speakers and messages. Grandpa Ron was able to go on this outing, and Aunt Michelle was here for it also. We took lots of pictures of our soon-to-be graduate, and it was a lot of fun seeing her mingle in her cap and gown. This is a big week for our seniors!
I'm a wife and mother of two of the sweetest girls ever. In my former life, I was an elementary school teacher. I love learning and sharing experiences, and the chance to journal for posterity. I wish I knew as much about my ancestors as my posterity is going to know about me!