Today we are launching our third child into the adult world as dd Melanie graduates from high school/community college. It all happens so quickly! There's still so much parenting we need to do, but as with most 18 year olds, there's a limited amount of parental instruction that she will tolerate. I think if I can just teach her a few little housekeeping routines before she strikes off to college somewhere, I'll feel better about the whole thing. :)
She's planning to take a year off of the school track in order to build her savings account and explore some possibilities. She's leaning towards a degree in graphic design, probably at a state uni, but hasn't decided just exactly where. Since she's already ahead of the game with her AA degree in hand, sticking close to home for a few months seems to be wise. Notice I say, close to home. Those of you with later years teens know that they aren't really AT home!
Graduation tonight, open house party tomorrow. We're joining with another family whose dd is also graduating from the community college in hopes that by combining we'll have more of a party. It seems to be an awfully busy weekend for our family and friends, so turnout will likely be low. That's how it goes sometimes. So I encouraged DD to be sure to invite ALL her friends. We'll have fun regardless. :)
There's lots to keep me busy at the moment with graduation, then Father's Day on Sunday. I've invited our oldest DD and her family over for a bbq to enjoy our new back yard, as they haven't seen it yet. And I still haven't gotten all my stuff packed away for the window installation. I may just get some boxes, put stuff in, then deal with it later. Sounds like a good plan to me!
I'll leave you with a photo of the little arch I put up the other day. My Graham Thomas rose was begging me to get some kind of support for it and I found the arch in my garage. Think I might just get another to put at the opposite end of this row to balance it out. So that means buying a couple more climbers!