Oh the fun of graduation open houses. My daughter planned a slightly different kind of open house for her first born. Instead of the regular ham and cheese sandwiches and chips. She had an ice cream social, with a real industrial ice cream maker, all the toppings, plus one of those chocolate fountains with fruit, rice krispie treats, pretzels, marshmellows, and just about anything you could think of to dip into that.
This is my grandson standing so proudly in front of a quilt his mom had made out of all his sports shirts over the years. He has always been very athletic and in sports from grade school on through high school so the shirts have been hoarded by mom until now to be converted into a memory quilt to keep. This is something of a tradition in the Cadillac area and most of the graduates have one made and display it at their open houses.
There is one in the upper right hand corner that is unique and was made before he was born. There was a fun rivalry between the two grandpas to be, that this child would be named after them (boy or girl) so the shirt was made with both grandpa's names on it with the fun notion that the baby would be named Ralph-Bob. Enough shirts were made so that when he was born the whole family wore them up to the hospital. Made for a good laugh from all, including the staff on the maternity ward.
As you can see he was named Brandon much to the approval of everyone..
This is the proud family. These parents have their work cut out for them with three teenagers. Plus right now they have an exchange student living with them from Finland. So actually there are four teens in this household. They have done a super job and made many sacrifices to raise these kids to be strong, confident and independent but sensitive to the needs of others. Each child is so different and a delight to be around.
The Lord has blessed this household with a guiding hand and the real credit goes to God. But, I have to say I am one proud grandma!!!
Brandon will be attending college in the fall and hopes to get in to communications of some sorts hopefully connected with sports. We teased him about one day being the next Howard Cosell.