We called Sommer and then drove over to the hotel to greet everyone. We haven't seen them since December so it was a great get together. We went out by the hotel pool and hung out catching up on what's been going on. Brooklyne came to the hotel from her dad's house in Hahira to greet us too.
Jasmyne, Ryleigh, Brooklyne and Caden
The next day we got together with everyone at Egg and I restaurant for breakfast. Brooklyne highly recommended the place and we were not disappointed. After breakfast we went to the hotel and hung out for a while then it was time to get ready for the graduation ceremony.
This year in the Southeast it's been very hot and humid and the graduation was outside at the Bazemore-Hyder Stadium at Valdosta State University. Unfortunately the temps at 7 pm were still around 100 degrees and there wasn't much wind. In addition the bleachers were completely full of families celebrating the graduation of their sons and daughter, nieces, nephews, grandsons and daughters.
Finally as the ceremony started the sun began to dip low enough that we were able to begin the drying out process.
The stadium was a great venue even with the heat and humidity. The graduating class of 2019 began to file into the seats on the field and the speakers began to speak on the futures of the graduates.
The gang down the row
Set up for the graduation
Brooklyne came up on the video screen as a finalist in a pageant
Brooklyne filing in
Got the diploma
Hello....I'm a High School Graduate now
Sommer and Brooklyne
Ryleigh, Brooklyne, Jasmyne and Caden
Proud Grandpa and Grandma with Brooklyne
Yes, as you can tell from the photo of Sommer and Brooklyne, she is a very tall young lady. She certainly is headed for higher places in her future.
Brooklyne graduated with honors and participated in numerous activities in school earning here additional credits. Brooklyne is planning on getting her bachelors degree and then going on to law school. She's a very bright young lady and has so much ambition. We couldn't be prouder.
The following day Brooklyne spent time with her dad and we hung out at the hotel by the pool for some time. We then had some dinner at a local steakhouse.
We got together on our last day by trying to get out of an escape room. It's harder than you think.
They give you no real clues until after the first 15 minutes. You have to figure out different combinations to locks in the room on different items. When you unlock an item it gives you another clue to help you in opening the final lock to escape the room. We came close but in the hour they give you to succeed we were still about 3-4 clues away. It was great fun and would like to try another one someday. It's hard to get 9 people to work together sometimes.
We finished our visit that day with some Cajun Snowballs at Snow-pocolyse. It's Italian shaved ice with syrup flavorings. Delicious.
Well we made it to the graduate, we didn't melt in the heat and we got to see our second oldest granddaughter graduate high school. Always a great time with family and to celebrate an accomplishment like this. We have a couple more years until the next graduation....That's going to be Caden.
Now we begin our trek northward to visit to see Heather, Paul and Aiden in Illinois and Sommer, Todd and the family again in Indiana. More on our trek northward soon. Thanks for following along.