Saturday, May 16, 2009

Graduation looms near

It's been a whirl-wind of activity here this past week. On Thursday, I met with the graduates of our homeschool Senior class and took their picture for the graduation program. I took several and they came out great. We have a Senior Class of 9! I would have shared that photo here, but I feel that I would need the parent's permission to post a picture of their child, so the only child you'll see here is my own!

This first picture is of my son that is graduating in less that 3 weeks. I still am having a very hard time trying to figure out how the years passed so quickly from when we first had our babies to now getting ready to graduate our youngest. Okay, I know I'm really biased, but isn't he handsome?
We went to the local lake at sunset and took these pictures. I think the lighting is just beautiful and am so happy with how they came out.

This is the picture we chose for his Graduation Announcements. He wanted a picture with his beloved mandolin and his Stetson hat. I think it really is so who he is. He plays his mandolin constantly and it's such a huge part of his life, it was very important that he be photographed with it. The lighting in this picture isn't as soft, even though we did it in the early morning, however, we were very happy with it. The invitations have this picture in a 5x7 size and then we printed the invitation part on vellum paper and it will go over this picture and be tied on the top with ribbon in his class colors of Royal Blue & Gold.

Speaking of which, I just finished printing the invitations out tonight and will get them finished tomorrow and in the mail on Monday. I can't believe how far behind schedule I am on this, but with all that's happening in our life right now, it couldn't be helped.

I'm still working on my in-laws bills and paperwork, but think I have everything under control now. However, last Friday, my father-in-law was admitted to the local VA to live permanently. It was a very sad decision, but one that he was ready for. He has been falling at times and having other issues. He was a POW in World War II and was horribly mistreated and is living with all those problems now. They fed him ground up glass in his food, among other atrocities. He is 89 years old, so he has issues from just being at an advanced age. Even so, this was a very hard thing to deal with for all of us.

I just can't seem to get rested. I think all the stressful things that are happening right now are just over-whelming me mentally and physically. I did go back to swimming last week, which was good, but since I hadn't been for over a week, that kind of did me in, too. I went every day but Friday because I knew I just couldn't do it five days, like usual. Hopefully, by Monday, I'll be feeling back to my old self. I know this is all just stress catching up with me.

Today, we took all four dogs to a rabies shot clinic. What a zoo!! There was all kinds of dogs of every shape and size. When we were finally called to have our dogs taken care of, we had been there for over 2 hours and we were number 21. I looked at the list and there were 72 names on it! Some of those people were there most of the day, I'm sure. It was hot and tiring, but I'm so glad all my dogs have their shots, now. I am also thankful for the savings. If I had taken them to the Vet, it would have been $100.00 for each dog for a whopping $400.00 total, plus the cost of licensing - but through the clinic, I got them all vaccinated and licensed for $160.00! Huge savings! It was still tough to pay, but it had to be done.

It's late, so I'm off to bed. Have a blessed Sunday!

God bless you - Julie

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