Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Granddaughter Brooklyne graduates High School in Georgia

Beach time is over and we have a graduation to attend. The temperatures in the SE have been brutal with highs near or at 100 degrees. Somewhat unusual for this time of year. We arrived the day before the graduation and got set up at the River Park RV Park in Valdosta, Ga. About 2 miles from the graduation venue.  Our daughter , Sommer, Brooklyne's mom and her family had a hotel room near the RV park. Brooklyne lives in Georgia with her father and Sommer and the other family members live in Indiana. Jasmyne, the oldest granddaughter and her friend Brenna also came from Henderson, NV to see Brooklyne graduate. We were only missing Heather and her family and Chris and Kendra.

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. 


  1. Congratulations to Brooklyne on her Graduation. With that kind of determination she will succeed in her goals. You can be quite proud of her.
    Nice you could visit with more of the family while you were there.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

    1. Thank you...very proud and we know the sky is the limit for her.

  2. Congratulations to your granddaughter, such a special time in there life and new beginnings.
    Don't think I would have survived that heat.

    1. Thanks was brutal but worth it for her.

  3. Congrats Brooklyn!! Glad you got to be there for her graduation. I'd like to try an escape room one day.

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