So here's 3 weeks in review! (Wow - has it really been 3 weeks since we left CK?!)
|Celebrating Amanda's birthday!|
|Linda and I ran away to the beach - we celebrated 28 years of friendship!|
|Dan has been perfecting his new hobby...smoking meat! Yum!!|
|Kork and Paul enjoyed smoked ribs!|
Dan and I drove to Wilmington to celebrate Ashleigh's birthday and bring a load of stuff back in advance of her moving out in May. We also brought a surprise....her brother!
|Ashleigh and Brandon|
|Birthday pie! Happy Birthday Ash!|
Tropical Storm Ana was hanging around but did nothing to dampen our celebration!
Time flies as it seems that it was only yesterday that Ashleigh graduated from pre-school at Ms. Jerri's...fast forward 17 years and....voila!
|That was then...|
|This is now!|
|Ashleigh and I|
|Ashleigh was glad that her Pop-pop was able to come to graduation|
|Ashleigh and her Nana|
|Amanda, Ashleigh, and Brandon|
Prior to graduation, Ashleigh was honored at a banquet and received UNCW's, "Distinguished Engagement Award". This is awarded to a select group of juniors or seniors who have made significant contributions to the university, shown exemplary leadership skills, and is an excellent representative of the university and a role model to others.
I am one proud Mom! Within the next week, Ashleigh will travel to Colorado where she will be working at a Christian youth camp leading teenagers on back-packing trips in the Rockies. After the summer, she will intern at the camp learning how to operate and manage a camp, develop programs, etc. etc. Safe travels, Ash and enjoy your time in Colorado!
After graduation, we headed back to my parent's house and had a few celebratory meals for Ashleigh's graduation, Brandon's birthday, and Mother's Day. Saturday night was full of laughter around the dinner table. We had so much fun and laughed until we cried!
|Brandon showing off his birthday loot...man-apron and bowl holder (on head!)|
|Yes, you can be anything, Ash!|
|Mom showing off her Mother's Day wall-hanging I made|
Trying to get a serious picture of my kids just doesn't work!
|DIL, son, and daughter|
|Barbara, Mom, me, and Cathy|
After everyone left on Mother's Day, Mom and I worked on craft projects and I planted more flowers that she had bought. She has quite the green thumb!
|Green beans already!|
|Pretty flower garden|