12 YEARS

12 YEARS!…

That’s how long it takes to go from an Elementary student in first grade to being that “Senior”  in High School

In this case a little girl to a young ladyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

My Granddaughter achieved this small goal in her life yesterday…

along with 265 other students that were in her graduating Class of 2013

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I say… small goal… because it is only one of many she will obtain as the years continue on…

Next will be college… she has been accepted to the University of Louisville Louisville_Cardinals_svg

To say I am proud as a Grandma… Yes, for sure!…

and will celebrate this moment with her…

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Poppy and Grandma… with our love…

Yesterday we met at Broadbent Arena… A part of the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center able to hold all of the students… teachers… administrators… parents…grandparents… friends and relatives …

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Marching in…

All there… because of their love of that special child… that they were honoring

Taylor had a little gathering that came to wish her best wishes

I only captured our little cheering section

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Granddaughter with silly face… why do they do that!

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Taylor with little sister, Kennedy…

Dad, Melanie (step-mom) , little sister, two cousins from Pittsburg and a friend that came with them and Bobby and myself…

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Dad, Kennedy and Melanie…

(little brother at home)…

much too long for him!

but, many others had come to wish her congratulations…

Of course her Mom( Brian’s first wife) with Taylor’s other Grandma… a cousin who is like a best friend… one of her other “best friends” and her parents… and of course her boyfriend

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Best Friend…

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Even big girls make silly faces!… with boyfriend…

Of course there were friends and their parents that Taylor had grown up with… and had known all of those 12 years… graduating themselves…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Amber… “best friend” too… has known since first grade!

She always smiles… but, I caught that twinkle of “achievement”u14931924  in her eyes today…

An accomplishment!…

There’s the usual speeches… musick5432485 … and calling of each graduates name as they came forward for their diplomas

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Taylor just received her diploma… Yes, there was a little cheering!

Cheers from the parents and friends as they crossed the front of the auditorium

Hats were flung into the air… A true celebration… and a traditional show that it was over!…

A bittersweet feeling for sure!…

Melanie’s Mom had us all over for dinner…

Her BIG PARTY is TODAY!…

Plenty of good food… and conversation… Taylor invited a few close friends… Actually the ones mentioned… her cousin, her “Best Friend” and her boyfriend… Content as apple pie

We had Boneless chicken breast off of the grillk4888068 , broccoli casserole, hashbrown casserole, salad and good french bread

Yummy!… to say the least… after sitting for 2 hours and getting there an hour early for seats…

I took dessertStrawberry Lemonade Cake

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I hadn’t put the strawberries on yet… but, looked like photo…

and Chocolate Cupcakes… Always a bit of chocolate for my babies…

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The cake was a hit… and will be making it again…

Recipe follows…

“Strawberry Lemonade Cake”

Ingredients:

Strawberry Cake Mix… prepared by box instructions… cooled and laters cut in half…

1-8ox. cream cheese

1- packet Lemonade Kool-Aid

2 cups- Marshmallow Cream

1-8oz. container Cool Whip Topping

Fresh Stawberries for garnish…

Directions:

Make cake as described above…

Mix cream cheese/ lemonade packet together…

Add marsmallow cream/ coolwhip… Mix (Beat with Mixer)

Can add yellow food coloring if want… I decided not to…

Frost cake …refrigerate…

I added strawberries right before serving… placing them on top…

ENJOY!… great summertime dessert…

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4 thoughts on “12 YEARS

  1. That brought tears to my eyes! What a beauty your Taylor is and what a start to her future. Please give her my Congratulations and all the best for her time at Louisville University. What is she going to study there?
    Just love the sound and look of your Strawberry and Lemonade Cake and wish I could get the ingredients here.
    All the best to you and your lovely family! :)

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