I didn’t imagine I would have any time to pop back today … but I did want to pop a quick pic of Skye at her graduation … to satisfy those who have been asking to see a photo. (And to satisfy ME … the proud mum who wants to “show off” AGAIN!!!) 😀 😉 We were so proud of Skye … she has grown into a very mature and responsible young woman … and has worked so hard to do well with her HSC. She had a wonderful time last night … and received several awards including a cash award for “commitment”. Her reference is amazing … when you stop and read about the way she contributed to school life … it does make you realise how commited she really was! But … she would be the first to thank God for the opportunities to serve … and the gifts He has given to her. (This photo was taken in our front yard! Aren’t we soooo blessed!) Click on pics to enlarge if you wish! 😀
Her partner (No … NOT her boyfriend … as she doesn’t have one!) … was her long time friend & class mate, Steve. They have known each other since they were babies … as we attend the same church as Steve’s family. Steve’s dad was also one of Skye’s roll call teachers … who actually was their roll call teacher for the whole way through secondary school … and he has a very special bond with the class after 6 years of nuturing and encouraging. It was also Steve’s 18th birthday yesterday … so I thought I really should share a photo of Steve! Didn’t they look “glamourous” together! Steve very kindly chose his “attire” to go with Skye’s dress.
The evening started with a ‘wandering entreé’ outside the function centre that was situated right on the beach at Shellharbour. It is a lovely setting … it was just a pity that it was quite grey & cool. But … at least the rain held off! 😀 The graduation ceremony started at 6.30pm. Parents / grandparents & siblings are invited to the entree/ceremony part of the evening. Then dinner follows for the students, teachers & parents. Yes! We get to celebrate too! It is lovely to be able to share this time with the kids … because … after all … we have encouraged and supported them all through their 13 years of school!
All the girls looked stunning. I honestly didn’t look at any of them and think “oooh … my … a little over the top or doesn’t suit or bad choice.” Seriously … they all looked beautiful! It was lovely to see them all so happy and enjoying each other’s company. This is Skye’s “group” … her 5 closest friends … Lil (Elizabeth), Nat (Natalie), Bri (Brianna), Skye, Emma & Rhi (Rhiannon).
Dinner followed the ceremony … and of course … dancing! The kids had a FAB time … although the power kept going off … I think the DJ had too much plugged in … and it was overloading the circuit! Brendon’s (one of Skye’s class mates) mum & dad very kindly hosted the after party at the local leagues club. They hired a room … and had very strict rules about ID for drinking … and bouncers (their friends) … at the door only allowing those on the list to get in. So … Skye found it all really pleasant … and had a lovely quiet chat with her friends before arriving home (early hours of the morning … but quite a respectable time!!) She has lots of happy memories to savour.
Now … most of you probably don’t really care … how our spring clean went … so WARNING … you can stop reading now … if you wish. I just thought I would share the reply to Lynda’s comment … when she said she hoped Gav & I managed to get a bit done today … Well … I have done it … after 20 odd years of gradually collecting and crafting … all my “country” collectibles and deco items have GONE!!! I have a huge basketful (the size of a REALLY BIG dirty laundry basket) of knick knacks / wooden signs / hearts / teddies / dolls / needleworks – etc etc + a collection of lovely wooden shelves / shadow boxes / CD holders / tinware etc etc … all together to do “something” with! Now I just need to work out what!!! And … we got rid of some coffee tables / computer desks / lamp tables / baby change cupboard (going to S&J) … and relocated the treadmill / piano / drum kit … and WOW!!!!! I am happy happy happy! We achieved alot … even with Skye only at half pace … and all other kids out of action. We cleaned walls / vacuumed through / mopped floors … and we have a HUGE TRAILER full of STUFF to take to the tip! After a reasonably late night … I am proud of what we achieved!
Doesn’t that hamster (is that what it is???) make you giggle! 😀 Ok … so now I am really “past it”. I am starting to ramble! 😉 Ready just to have a shower and veg! I feel a night in front of the tv is a GREAT option. All the kids (incl Sandy) will be out at the movies … so a quiet night for us tonight! 😀 Hope you are all having a great weekend. xxaxx