My First Born Has Graduated!!

It’s hard to believe the day has come: my 17 year-old, my Guinea Pig, my first born has graduated high school!!

I still remember holding him in my arms as a tiny baby, in disbelief that I grew this little butterball of a human in my belly, and thinking, “I’ll be 35 when he graduates, 36 when he’s 18! That’s still so young!” And it seemed like it would be eons till that time would come–but really, it went by in the blink of an eye 😥 .

He’s accomplishing so much, which makes me even more proud because I know how his social anxiety and just his anxiety in general can immensely overwhelm him sometimes.

He got his permit to drive:

And I’ve taken him driving a few times. We’ve realized that Anxiety+Anxiety=OMGWTFBBQ!!!

Case in point:

It’s crazy how nervous I get, seeing as how I not only taught myself how to drive, but John, too! But I need to suck it up and make time to take him more often. Maybe drink some calming tea beforehand 😆 !

He took his tests for college and passed them all! Was even exempt from a couple due to doing so well. He was in a group photo with other seniors my workplace had awarded scholarships to. He looked nervous, and awkward, but he didn’t complain about going. And once he overcame that obstacle, he was on to graduation.

The girls sat with their dad, since they were at his house and they were expecting a large party, but Jaylen came over to sit with Jorge and I.

Mom sat away from us because she wasn’t about to hassle with stairs LOL.

I was ready, I had both my phone and camera out so I could catch Eenan walking in….And then Jorge says, “Isn’t that Eenan??” And I totally missed it and caught his back only. Durrr.

And then they called his name and I got all teary 😥 . But I held it together!

And then they were done and it was total CHAOS trying to find your kid. It was like ants trying to find their way after someone disrupts their neat little line; just crazy. It didn’t help that another graduation was happening THAT MINUTE and people were trying to get in, while others were trying to get out. We were on the phone with Eenan, driving him crazy, no doubt; Mary, Mario, me. Then Mary and Jaylen went to find him, Jorge’s anxiety was through the roof due to people rubbing up on him so he went to the car, Mario was waiting near his car and poor Mom was tired AF since we had to walk all around the darn parking lot. Finally, we found him, and finally it was time for photos with the graduate!

As I mentioned on social media: no matter what, in spite of everything, I’m glad we can all come together to celebrate the kids’ accomplishments,  no matter how big or small. That’s what’s important!

He overcame another anxiety-inducing moment by attending a luncheon honoring him and the other scholarship recipients. He did well, even when he had to stand up, introduce himself and state his university and major.

So proud of my guy and all he’s accompmished! Can’t wait to see what he does next. And we’ll be there every step of the way!

(Ok, I’m not sure what the mobile version of WordPress did, but I can’t seem to resize photos and now they look all wonky. My apologies 🙄 .)

Julien’s 6th Birthday

I had a long, busy day on Saturday, the 11th of February, what with shopping, Audrey’s birthday party and Rejeana’s baby shower (yes, baby shower! She’s having a baby in March!). 

The girls, of course, didn’t want to leave Audrey’s party (it was quite dramatic. Alaethia quietly went to the bathroom to shed some tears and Emily and all their friends followed to check up on her.  So cute!). Jenny (saint that she is!) offered to keep the girls and take them home with her so I could pick them up later. I thanked her profusely and took Jules with me to the baby shower. He had fun digging into all the snacks Rejeana had available at the party. We stuck around for a bit, even helped tidy up the hall at the end of it, and then we went grocery shopping. Once we were done, I dropped Jules and the groceries off, picked up the girls and headed to Target to get a few more things for Jules’ birthday. *whew*

He had made up his mind: he wanted to go to the zoo for his birthday this year. The big brothers–or should I say, the Meany Bullies–tried convincing the poor thing to ask to go to Cracker Barrel instead, because they didn’t want to walk in the heat the next day. He stuck to his guns and said no: zoo. They even went as far as threatening to kick him out of the room! So when Jules came back and sadly said he wanted to go to Cracker Barrel, Jorge pulled him aside and he said he wanted to go to the zoo, but the boys wouldn’t let him in, so Jorge told them all off 😆 . AND they alllll had to go to the zoo and I told them they had to do it with a happy face for being mean to their little brother!

The house stayed a mess, since I was out and about all day, and Jorge didn’t let me finish the day without hearing it 😡 . Ohhh, no he did not. I made sure to let him know I was not ok with that 👿 .

So we got over it by the morning, had breakfast and packed ourselves into our 2 vehicles (Mom was tagging along, so we *had* to use 2 cars!).

We got a group rate (woo!) and wandered throughout the zoo. It was such a beautiful day!

The traditional flamingo photo.
Tiny baby!

Another traditional one! Gonna make them recreate this one!

Mom: the badass. Justin: so sad lol.

The big boys, petting sting rays.
Jules (with his Triceratops) and Dad 🙂
Emily finally pet one!
The next traditional one!

The petting zoo! The part that makes a the walking worth it!

Jules and his favorite
Enthralled with Sapphire the Camel!


Alaethia’s favorite goat

Emily said bye to every single goat *squee*

We stopped at Mcdonald’s for lunch (my, how teenage boys eat!) and then we headed home, where Jules opened his gifts. He asked for Hotwheels and dinos, so we complied 🙂 .

Then it was time to make dinner. Jorgie, Emmos and Justin helped with the lasagna.

And finally, we all gathered around to watch The Walking Dead. Love our family time together!!