The graduate.

Dear friends,

Mr. Mom and I spent Friday and Saturday wrapped up in the pomp and circumstance that goes along with having a graduate in the house.

We cleaned. We decorated. We cooked. We celebrated. We hugged. And, with Mr. Mom as my witness, nobody cried. We were all proud of me for that one.

Even though I held it together, Kate and Parker were feeling a little sentimental. They asked for this photo of the two them together after I spent a good bit of time on portraits of Kate.

I decided a distraction would do me some good so I spent most of Friday and Saturday on party prep. Nothing keeps a mother on top of her game like a milestone party.

I made cupcakes and cupcake toppers:

And I got all crafty on the party table, making a tablecloth, a pennant banner, and a sign.

By the time it was all over, I think Kate felt special.  And — since she won a flat-screen television at a lock-in party after graduation– she felt pretty lucky, too.

So do Mr. Mom and I.

We couldn’t be prouder of this girl of ours.

With gratitude {for a daughter who makes parenting a snap},

Joan, who, along with Mr. Mom, is taking a dozen or so teenagers floating on the Meramec River today and can’t think of a better way to celebrate Memorial Day than in the company of a crew of pretty cool kids