Thursday, July 7, 2011

A tale of two graduations.

A few weeks ago was Colin's preschool 'graduation' (technically he is not graduating since he will be back next year but they only have one ceremony so kids who are moving up and graduating were all together. Then the following Saturday was Lauren's high school graduation. Here are some of the photos from each.

Colin during the ceremony. They sang three songs and Colin certainly seemed to know all the words! I was sitting on the opposite side of the church so my pictures didn't come out very well. I have a short video but that is for another time. 
 Colin and his buddies Leo (center) and Kip (left). We tried very hard to get a picture of the three of them holding their certificates but this was the best of over 15 photos.
 Colin and his beloved Ms. Mary Ann

 Colin with his head teacher Ms. Jennifer.  All told, Colin did very well at graduation. I fully expected him to get upset at some point because it was such a different experience, dropping him off in a weird place having lots of different people around. Honestly I thought he would be carried in by a teacher instead of walking but he did everything just like the other kids and was happy as a clam the entire time. Go Colin, you've come a long way kid!

Moving on to Lauren's Graduation. Unfortunately without an external flash my pictures did not come out very well of the ceremony. 

But we did get a lot of good pictures outside. We stated in the shade, but no one but me liked this location because it was too close to people exiting the building.

Katie and Lauren

So we moved out into the sun.  Here is the graduate with her proud parents.
Lauren and her boyfriend Jeff. (before you ask, yes we do like him!)

Two generations of Berry kids. Katie, Sean, Lauren, Chris and Colin in the front.

Katie and Lauren with their grandfather. 

Colin celebrating with a cupcake...

Colin and I made some special treats for the occasion. I got the idea from Bakerella, like the cake pops we made for Colin's Halloween party. The high school colors are actually red and white, but frankly milk chocolate just tastes better, particularly when you melt down dove promises instead of using candy melts. (They are a little harder to work with because they are more melt-y but the end result is a much better taste)

Colin enjoyed the cake making part but beyond that once the chocolate came out it was more about how much he was allowed to eat than any kind of participation. (Which was fine with me, he kind of slowed me down and we didn't have all the much time)

I am actually very proud of how well he waited until the party to eat one. I thought for sure he would have had a fit about it but he was totally cool.


Julie said...

yea colin! rockin' the tie dye i see. what kind of hippie school are you sending him too anyway?! lol

Kristy said...

Congrats Lauren! Yeah for Colin! We all can't wait to see you guys tomorrow! xoxo