Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Graduation in Kansas City

Preface: As most of you know, I keep my blog - and have for more than nine years - as a means of journaling about everything, including family. So, if you read my blog for quilt-y reasons only, you won't find it here today.

Yesterday I returned home from ten days away, driving to/from Kansas City and spending time with family. On Saturday, May 13, our 18 year-old granddaughter, Celina, graduated from Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, and we were there for the festivities.

Her open house/reception was Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and I was very happy to see many family members who came from the area, from Iowa, and from Texas to help celebrate.

Our son flew in from Texas with the older of his two sons, and it was fun to see the little cousins together. Tay (left) and Austin (middle) are seven, and in first grade. Aesa is in kindergarten. You can imagine the activity and noise they generated for three days!

Celina helped decorate for the open house, including putting balloons in several places. Indoors were Colorado State University colors - green and white.

Outside were Blue Valley Northwest colors - purple and gold. 

Once family started trickling in, the kitchen was the natural gathering spot. That's my baby brother in the center, in the gray shirt.

Food was submarine sandwiches from Goodcents. Very good! I made two big salads - artichoke rice salad, and corn tomato salad.

Colorado State decorated cookies were homemade, and fabulous!

It was a gorgeous day to spend outdoors. These four are second cousins from three families.

Our Dad with us three "kids." I'm the oldest, then Susan, followed by Alan.

Dad with five of his seven grandchildren. Our son and daughter are on the right.

Graduate Celina with her parents.

Graduate Celina with her maternal grandparents - Dan and me!

Those "CSU" balloons were helium, and one managed to break away from it's tether.

We were entertained for a long time, watching it float away as it glinted off the sun until it couldn't be seen anymore!

Following the open house was commencement which didn't start until 8:30 pm! Blue Valley Northwest was the fifth commencement ceremony that day at the Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City.

More about that to come. Linda


  1. Hi Linda, loved to read and see your family! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I'm always happy to see your family on your blog, so keep it coming. Congratulations to the graduate! I'm so glad you were able to head to KC to help celebrate. But I just have to barbecue?? Just kidding. What a happy day!

  3. Hey, it is your blog.
    Thank you for sharing your family celebration. I love the photos. You are beautiful in your fancy colorful shirt and bright top.
    Congratulations to your grand daughter! You have a lot to be happy and proud of.

  4. Love seeing all the photos of your family. High school graduations are such a special time for young people and their families. Congrats to your granddaughter. Wishing her lots of success at CSU. Both of my kids graduated from there. It's a great school and I'm sure she'll have good time.

  5. Your talk of church had me looking at the church's web site. They seem to do a live version on Sundays. I enjoy our church live streaming very much.

    after the singing was over there was a marvelous shot of the stain glass window!!!!

  6. Congratulations to Celina and I guess by now she is already in Colorado enjoying college life. What a great day and festivities you had for the occasion. Loved all the balloons and seeing your family too.


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