Sunday, June 28, 2015


The graduation ceremony yesterday was bittersweet. It was amazing to see Aurora walk with all of her classmates. They have all been through so many things together over the years. I dont remember being able to decorate my mortarboard. VERY cool to see an orca show up on Aurora's.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Graduation is Tomorrow

Today, Aurora had her rehearsal for tomorrow's graduation. She came home with her cap and gown... which meant we had to try it on and have some fun. Even Georgia Rose got in on the fun, although she couldn't quite figure out what the business with the tassels was. Tasty though.

Tomorrow I will pack my camera alongside my handkerchief. Perhaps after the big day is over I will be able to collect my thoughts and words into something coherent. I wish I could explain away my emotional state by blaming it on jet lag from Texas. If you had seen the look on Aurora's face after she finished her job interview this afternoon it might make more sense. 

So much is coming together so fast right now. It feels like that last heavy, empty glide in the  jet plane just before the wheels touch down... so fast, so loud and then WHAM! You are on the ground and rolling. Or maybe it is the surge down the runway just before takeoff? 

Who says Doodles can't go to graduation ceremonies? 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kara! Kara! Kara!

Last weekend, Aurora and I went to Austin, TX to meet Kara. Matt and Maggie Spangenberg are the luckiest parents anywhere! Kara is the coolest! Relaxed and calm, hard to ruffle... Kara is amazing. Here are a few images from our way-too-short visit to TX. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Loss for Words

Today Aurora got on the school bus for her last day of high school. I didnt photograph her first day heading off on the bus, back in second grade because ... well, because there was going to be another day just like it a day later.

In her hands today, she has three gallon bags full of cookies for her teachers. She baked these yesterday morning. This morning, I made toasted coconut pancakes for her. I never make breakfast for the family on a school day.

Watching the bus roll on down the road, I am filled with feelings and a dearth of words. Time to give the feeling room to roam. Maybe the words will come later.