What a busy weekend around here!!
My niece Hannah graduated from a high school near here, and she's off to a small Central American country for a year of working with Habitat for Humanity before she heads off to college...
She and her friend Ana graduated Friday night, then Saturday we had a big party in Portland for both Hannah and John Michael.
The party was great because we had both nephew and nieces there, and as much family as we could cram into Julia & Gary's Extravaganza! Palace, and the weather couldn't have been more perfect for a back yard barbecue and family photo shoot.
Afterwards, Brian took Nora home, and I went north with Joel and Jeff to Jill's house, and today we went to John Michael's graduation at the Tacoma Dome.
Lots of pictures afterwards (without Nora there to protest/turn away, we were all pretty darn cooperative with all the people trying to get a shot of the graduates with various combinations of girlfriend, family, family, family, brother, parents, you name it.
I think the last few of the day were my favorites -- one of John all by himself, one with his girlfriend Ashley (who's just about as sweet a girl as can be, and very tolerant of us crazy people/family).
Even Joel flew in from New York, so we had all of us 5 kids together at once!
Congrats to John as he heads off to college, to Hannah as she leaves for Guatemala, and to the parents who got you here!