Saturday was a really busy, hectic day. We got up early to drive the 50 miles to Ellensburg to attend Maddy's graduation in the morning. When I had heard that Tom's graduation was going to be in the afternoon, I was envisioning the usual June weather in Ellensburg--hot and sunny. Boy that sure didn't happen. We froze all day long. I'm not sure what the exact temperature was but it was 38 degrees in the morning when we left and the wind chill probably made it feel 10 degrees colder. The winds were blowing 25-35 mph and it threatened to rain all day long. Luckily it never actually rained. It was an outdoor graduation so that would have made it even more unbearable. Sherrill, Marian (Maddy's mom) and I broke down and bought $70 sweatshirts to wear with the two sweaters and jackets that we were wearing and we still froze. During Tom's graduation, Maddy brought a comforter and another blanket. We huddled under those together too. It was definitely cold!
Maddy arrived back from her student teaching practicum in China Sunday night to graduate. She graduated Magna Cum Laude so that was quite an honor. She had an aunt, uncle and cousin come to graduation in addition to her parents. We didn't find out until later but she made the front page of the Ellensburg newspaper talking about graduating with honors and dealing with going to China despite her Asperger's.
About a half an hour after graduation ended, we had Tom's commissioning ceremony and dinner to attend. So it was a quick change in the student union bathrooms to get ready for that. Graduation was important to me, of course. He wouldn't have been commissioned without it. But the fact that he made it through the ROTC program to start his dream of becoming an Air Force officer and get a flying assignment was an even more proud moment for me. Tom asked Sherrill to be the one to administer his oath of office. Bill and I pinned on his second lieutenant bars. And then he got his commissioning certificate.
Then Tom presented us with Air Force parent pins. An emotional moment!
There were ten newly commissioned lieutenants.
I couldn't resist. I wanted this picture so I made him pose for it.
It was a very long day--getting up at 0600 and getting back to the house at 2330. But it was a good day--my boy graduated and was commissioned. Can't get better than that.
Sunday we got up early again to do laundry, clean the house and get it back into the shape we found it. We were all really glad to get back to Vancouver. Since Beverly didn't feel that she would be able to go with us, she stayed home. But we got pizza and a cake to have a mini-celebration with her before Sherrill had to go to the airport to head back home.
So we only have him home a few days. He and Maddy left for the beach yesterday and he will get back home on Tuesday. Then he will be gone by the next Monday. He has to report in at Pensacola on July 3rd. Bill is going to help him drive across country. Wish I could go too--but I have to work.