Sunday, July 4, 2010

Reasons to Celebrate

There are so many things to celebrate in life, and I've just come off several weeks of celebratory occasions. The end of the school year---as many of you no doubt experience yourselves---is as event-filled as the winter holidays. Sometimes I think that it would be nice to have an annual soundtrack for the season, (just as we do in the winter), playing in the background as we shop for and celebrate with our graduates, brides, concert and recital performers, etc, to make it more festive!

This spring-into-summer was especially full of reasons to celebrate. My eldest daughter's 8th grade class, the first of the school's K-8 graduates, enjoyed an amazing class trip to Catalina Island for 5 days, where they learned about marine life, astronomy, each other and themselves!

After spending 9 years in classes together, the students left the island feeling like family.
Soon after, we watched our children perform in their dance recitals and both brought smiles to our faces as our hearts swelled with pride.

While most of the schools in the area were finishing their year weeks earlier than ours, we continued waking up at 6am and making sure homework was completed by bed time, but the desire for the school year to end increased. However, the last week of school was going to be chock full of activity, so there was a smidgeon of anxiety to accompany us.

Finally it arrived and we somehow survived a chorus recital,

an 8th grade graduation ceremony,

a graduation dinner/dance,

a drive to San Francisco to join my family in celebrating my parents' 50th wedding anniversary

(for which I'd spent countless hours creating a DVD of our old 8mm home movies),

the drive home the following day, and my daughter's 14th birthday the next day, on which she also began her drama intensive. The weekend brought her birthday party, which we did at the beach.

One more day of celebrating remained: the 4th of July!

followed by a well-deserved long night of sleep for all of us!

I can honestly say that this has been the most celebration-filled month in my life and I'm ready to slow down and enjoy a little bit of peace and tranquility. (But am not REALLY sure that will be imminent!) I am, however, truly grateful for all I have to celebrate in my life and feel so fortunate that I can share my good fortune with so many!

Wishing you all wonderful reasons to celebrate!


  1. Wow! Lots of celebration!! Looks like there were many more happy memories made.
    Love the DVD!
    Thanks for sharing, and welcome back. :D

  2. Great, Laurie! I'm glad to have been a part of some of those celebrations. Congrats to you and your family for all you had to celebrate this June.

  3. Laurie, I love all the pictures and video! These are absolutely treasures. How wonderful that you captured so many beautiful moments. It's great to have you back.

  4. Thank you, Karen! I'm a bit rusty--feels like I've been away for a long time! Thanks for stopping by! (Weirdly, there was another comment that I responded to yesterday that has disappeared entirely! I deleted my reply as it made no sense otherwise!)


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