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Getting my blog-groove back on

June 23rd, 2009

We’ve been having a jam packed summer so far - so jammed that my desktop holds over half a dozen folders of “blog food” ready to be blogged. Waiting to be uploaded and chatted up.
So many words.
So many photos.
So many friend adventures.
So much to say.
So much to document before my fleeting memory *fleets up*.

The beginning of June ushered in DS2’s graduation from Astoria High School. First came Awards Night at the Liberty Theater in Astoria. A whopping 1.67 million dollars was awarded in scholarships. About 120 graduates ÷ by 1.67 mil = an S-load of scholarship money per student!
Astoria High School - Class of 2009
DS2 receives his generous scholarship check from Astoria High School Scholarships Inc. Thank you AHSS, Inc.!
Astoria High School - Class of 2009
Graduation took place in The Brick House - the Astoria High School gym… and only a few hours after the AHS boys baseball team took the 4A state championship title. Great speeches and presentations, and not a dry eye in the house.
Astoria High School - Class of 2009
After much waiting, it must have seemed like 4 years for the balloons to finally drop.
Astoria High School - Class of 2009
La Familia. Left to right> Me, DS2, T-man and DS1 (who came all the way from Australia). Just YESTERDAY (10 years ago) we were standing in this same position as DS1 graduated from Moanalua High School. T-man and I appeared to be much taller back then - I’m having a hard time accepting that my 6′+ babies are grown up now.
Astoria High School - Class of 2009
And this is Stomp (the Fighting Fishermen)… the Astoria High School mascot. I think he looks like a Scooby-Doo villain, myself.  And he’s saying… Astoria High School - Class of 2009
“You damn meddling kids… who said you could grow up so fast… and make your mommas cry with pride.”

Yes. I think that’s exactly what he’s saying.

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39 Responses

  1. The fabulous Sherri allegedly said:

    My daughter just graduated a couple of weeks ago… I feel your pain! Why do we cry when we’re so happy and proud??? And I’ve still got to go through this again…one more time…four years from now!

  2. The fabulous Kathleen allegedly said:

    I’m a graduate from Radford H.S. myself. It’s been well 15 years, though. I didn’t realize you had Hawaii ties, but now it makes reading your blog extra special. Congratulations to your youngest and to the parent’s for a job well done!

  3. The fabulous rachel allegedly said:

    oh good gravy.

    p.s. your ds1 is a cutie, when i get devoriced can i have him as my 2nd hubby???
    i already know me & you love each other and are tv twins.

  4. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    Horray for your precious boy!!! Auntie #3 is so proud. What a gorgeous place for the graduation. Astoria is full of gorgeous old buildings. I feel like I was just there… four days ago… (wistful look, one tear…sniff sniff) xoxo

  5. The fabulous Jen allegedly said:

    My daughter just completed her first year of preschool! High school seems so far away but I know it will be here before I even know it.

  6. The fabulous jen duncan allegedly said:

    Gosh, I was starting to wonder about you! Glad it’s all good stuff going on. Congratulations to the family! :-)

  7. The fabulous elizabeth allegedly said:

    Awww….what a wonderful family pic! Glad to see you back in action!

  8. The fabulous Ginny allegedly said:

    What a great post, it is amazing how fast they grow! I have three years until my oldest takes the walk, I don’t think I will ever be ready, she is my quilting buddy and I am dreading sending her off into the world, my mind say that this is the natural order of things, my hears sing NO..
    Wow, now I am gonna cry, gotta go…

  9. The fabulous nanette allegedly said:

    Aw how sweet. I had a graduate this year too. I keep thinking I’ll post pictures when I get her quilt done. It isn’t done yet! I’m just as behind as you are, maybe more so!

  10. The fabulous Jackie allegedly said:

    Oh my gosh! Congrats are in order! Thank God for the scholarship, makes it just ever so much easier on the wallet. That is really why there were tears, right???

  11. The fabulous Dorothy allegedly said:

    You and your husband must be just bursting with pride, Monica. Congratulations to your son for earning a scholarship. That’s quite an achievement!

  12. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    Love that scholarship moola…congrats and all that!

  13. The fabulous Jen in NY allegedly said:

    Monica, what a good-looking family you have! :-) You must be so proud of your son, and WOW! That is a lot of scholarship money! Some generous benefactors there! What are his plans for next year?

    Where has the time gone? My youngest is finishing Kindergarten this week, and I am sad to see that end. Next year both kids will be in school full-time. I’ll miss my mommy and son errands, story-times, playdates, etc. *sniff*

    Anyway, I digress. Congrats to you and the fam, and I’m glad you’re enjoying your summer!! Love,

  14. The fabulous Diane Nagle allegedly said:

    Wow, what great pictures! You should be missing more often!!! LOL!!! I’ve been missing too for awhile, but now, I’m all caught up! It’s wonderful!!!

  15. The fabulous Janet allegedly said:

    Just curious–were their robes that blue or is it my computer? I’m so used to seeing purple for the Fishermen! Great photography though! So happy to see you are back!

  16. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    WooHoo! Congratulations SW#1 — to DS2 and your whole family. Very exciting stuff! Now, may the summer be subdued and full of time for you to grace us with your presence!!!

  17. The fabulous staci allegedly said:

    Congrats to your graduate! My DD#2 graduates from high school on Sunday - so I feel your pain. They really do grow up so fast. And BTW, I agree that the school mascot looks like a Scooby Do villain.

  18. The fabulous Mary Anne Drury allegedly said:

    (sniff sniff) ….congratulations Mama bird …. how dare those darn baby birds grow up so fast and leave the nest before we’re ready !!!! I know just how you feel ….. I was a blubbering mess last year at Kid #1’s HS graduation ….. they’ll have to take me out in a straight jacket in 2 years when Kid #2 graduates (he’ll be dragging me along with him as he goes up for his diploma because I’ll be on the floor hanging on to his ankles and sobbing “you can’t be graduating already?!?!! I’m not old enough to have my baby graduating from high school !!!!”)

  19. The fabulous Sabine allegedly said:

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch, liebe Monica!
    Ich habe gerade bei Sarah gelesen, dass sie so viel Spass hatte bei euch! Sie war ganz begeistert und hatte so viele Fotos gemacht. Toll!! Eure Quilt und Stickgruppe hätte ich auch gerne besucht.
    Einen schönen Tag und viele liebe Grüsse

  20. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    Wow could the TMan look any prouder?? I think not. I love all the photos and am so happy for DS2!!!! You have a lot to be proud of! You’ll have to send me the top two photos… my computer won’t show them to me.. or it could be my crappy internet provider. ACFtastic.

  21. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    I scared it and I saw the pictures!! yeah!

  22. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    Your boys are so handsome. Isn’t it weird to have your babies all grown up?? I hate it sometimes. Looks like the weather and graduation were perfect! xob hugs and love to you all!!!! :)

  23. The fabulous Amanda allegedly said:


    It is sad that they have to grow up so fast. It seems like once they get in High School, time flies. My youngest one will graduate in two years. Okay. I better stop talking about it or I’ll cry!

    Glad you’re gradually making it back to blogland. I’ve missed you.

  24. The fabulous jaybird allegedly said:

    i wish they had balloon at one of my graduations! they look like soo much fun! and did you make the MBS menu… i love it!

  25. The fabulous MichelleB allegedly said:

    Congratulations to DS#2! What a fabulous pictures. Thanks for sharing ;)

  26. The fabulous kelli allegedly said:

    A big congrats and what a beautiful family you have!

  27. The fabulous tina allegedly said:

    what a NICE post! And how double nice to know that the high school gives so generously to deserving graduates!!!

    Now, 10 years ago Moanalua High School? Seriously! I could have stopped right by!

    Big hugs to the grad and folks!

  28. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    Congrats to your DS2! So very cool and that scholarship is the icing on the cupcake. High 5 him for me!
    Bet it was awesome having your oldest and his family around for a few days. Hard to see them flying away.

    Busy summer here too. Dustin home, Riff gone (working out of town for most of the summer). But wait, I’m looking out the window and it seems that fall has arrived to the north coast. Well that means Riff should be home soon….

  29. The fabulous Sharon allegedly said:

    What a nice familia photo Monica. I know how you feel with the 6 ft plus boys. I think we are just shrinking really.
    Congrats to your son!! And how nice of your other son to come all the way from Australia.

  30. The fabulous louise allegedly said:

    oh sp - congratulations to you for raising two beautiful boys! i have a tear in my eye reading this - so proud for you, how those years fly by. what a perfectly gorgeous family you all are!! xxx

  31. The fabulous Laura & Mark Sperry allegedly said:

    Great Family Photo! Were headed your way. Hope we can stop and see you all. We’ll be in Astoria from 7/18 - 7/21. DS2 looks so grown up. I can’t wait for Mark to see how much Chloe has grown in the past 6mths. Not so sure I’m as anxious about him seeing how much I’ve GROWN! Big BABY Belly these days.

  32. The fabulous Candace allegedly said:

    Awww…how sweet Monica - and you remember when not too long ago you were changing their diapers? How proud a momma you must be - and such handsome young men! Love the school mascot - hmmm….fighting fisherman - must have been that giant squid!!

  33. The fabulous Cheryl allegedly said:

    A giant conrats to your big guy!!! So exciting and so many emotions rolled together. Great family photo. Isn’t it so amazing how they grow up so fast?!

  34. The fabulous Nanna allegedly said:

    Hallooooooo MJM!! What a good looking family you have - including you! Congrats to DS2….and his scholarhsip!!

  35. The fabulous Julie allegedly said:

    Ahh, I know that is exactly what he is saying!! Boys are so special anyway, and special congratulations to you and yours. That a way to go, MOM!!!

  36. The fabulous lilyhaven allegedly said:

    Wow! What wonderful boys you have. Congratulations to them and to you for doing such a fantastic job raising them.

  37. The fabulous v and co allegedly said:

    congrats to the kiddo!
    mine are all still ankle biters and sometimes i can’t wait till they are that age…but then i have everyone tell me that wont be the case when you get there. you’ll wish they were ankle biters again.
    i’ll believe you that that’s how i will feel as i’m elbow deep in toilet water cleaning out another accident from panties as i’m trying to potty train the last child.
    poop sucks.

  38. The fabulous Mary Ann/Ca allegedly said:

    How quickly the years fly by! My oldest DS is 39 and the baby DD is a practicing lawyer of 26! In between is DD1 at 36 with the cutest baby girl of 14 months. I watch her running and climbing and have to shed a few tears for how fast her 1st year came and went. Hope the whole family celebrated with style! Lots more to come for you and your husband.

  39. The fabulous Sally allegedly said:

    Your boys are sooooooooo handsome! But Stomp can’t hold a candle to Oscar the Fisherman in the cuteness department. I can still remember all the words to “We’re a Bunch of Fishermen” from my days at IHS. Perhaps Karen and I could sing you a duet one of these days.

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