Wednesday, June 10, 2009

AND THEN THE DAY AND NIGHT OF GRADUATION....

The day started with Eli and I having lunch together at the burger joint of his choosing. We had a great time and a great talk about relationships...he's a wonderful young man with a pretty good head on his sweet shoulders...
Time came for all of us to go to the stadium. The grads marched out....I spared you the pics of me standing up and cheering...they were super cheesy....this is the proud papa and I in the golden sun of southern California...it was the special time of day when the sunlight is like a liquid gold...I can't explain it, but it happens....
Afterwards...and I mean AFTERWARDS, because there were several speeches and 514 names that were called...we met on the grounds for pictures and this is the family....from left, David (the grad's bro-in-law), Marissa (the grad's proud sis), Matteo (the grad's step-dad down from Oregon), Nellie (the grad's proud momma), some kid in blue, Pete Jr. (the grad's bro), Peter Sr., (the grad's proud papa) and some pale chick. Look at that group of people...that is a group connected by a deep sense of love for that kid; united in purpose-it was a grand evening....

This is Eli with his siblings....these three kids adore each other....truly....I LOVE LOVE LOVE this picture because it captures their relationship so well. They are physically quite close, very protective of one another, and goofy as all get out.
Proud Dad...proud, happy, thankful....what more can one say?
Afterwards, we headed out for dinner. Here is Eli lovin' on his momma....CUTE!

Here's Peter Jr and Matteo....don't mess with these guys....they will kill you and hold their chins while doing it....they're that scary....*shudder*
Don't get me started with these two....."Men in Whack"

Nellie, Eli, Cassie and Aaron....sweet sweet Aaron....his friend/brother from Church....gotta love that kid......

Well, last one...over...kaput....he made it with his good heart and sweet spirit intact. Next big milestone: THE MISSION! Way to go, Son.....way to go.......

6 comments:

Emmy Slusser said...

These are so cute. It's fun to see him around his family. Is he coming on Saturday? Because we will have our graduation dinner, if he is! Let me know!
xoxoox-emmy

Stephanie Jette said...

I too am very proud of Eli. He's grown into a fine young man. You've done right with this one. You've done right with all of us. Thank you for being there for ALL of us.

Love and hugs!

ennbee said...

congratulations to eli, et. al.!

The Katzbox said...

Em: Eli is traveling up the coast to be with his mom and step dad for a few weeks so he won't be with us. :(

Jette: Eli is a group effort, but props must go to the old man :)

Ennbee: Thanky!!!! :)

Mommy Tips said...

Way to go Eli! There's so much excitement ahead. Enjoy it!

Eli Bowman said...

The "mish'...THAT will be an adventure of a lifetime...