Yesterday, we went to Devon’s Graduation from Nursing School! From the moment I met Devon (almost) eight years ago, she told me that she had a lifelong dream to be a nurse! She majored in Marketing in college, and didn’t think that going back to Nursing School was an option with small children and an already steady career.
She is an AMAZING woman. She’s has had four children in the NICU – her two daughters (born at 29 weeks and 31 weeks) – and her twin sons, Blake and Ethan, who passed away due to prematurity. (We met at a support group shortly after Vivian and Annemarie, and Blake and Ethan passed away). Needless to say, she has so much to offer families through her nursing care. I’m so excited for her!!!
(Isn’t this picture gorgeous?!!!):
This is what Devon said in her Instagram Post about her graduation:
Dream come true for me. I’ve wanted to be a nurse since I was 16 years old and I thought that dream had come and go. But I am proof that you are never too old to pursue your dreams…all you need is a little hope and a whole lot of hard work. God kept opening doors and my hubby kept encouraging me to walk through them. It took a village to get to this point and I am so, so thankful.
The graduation didn’t start until 6:00 – and I knew the traffic would be a nightmare since we live on the other side of Los Angeles now. Thankfully, the graduation was in our old stomping grounds of Pasadena – so we decided to go early and hang out at our old park that I used to go to EVERY SINGLE DAY when Paprika was tiny.
Do you remember the Tin Man??? 🙂 (That’s still one of my favorite blog posts)
Paprika at Age 1 with The Tin Man:
And Paprika now with The Tin Man (age 9):
All the stars aligned and Mr. M’s one day off work this week was Tuesday – the day of the graduation! So, he was able to come with us! I tried to have him take a picture of me with the girls – and this is the best we could do. Ha!
It was right during Ellie’s usual naptime – and she was not having it.
So, we hung out at the park for a few hours. It was total deja vu for me! It felt like I’d been there a lifetime ago, but it was also so familiar. Many things at the park had changed (like the brand new playground). But some things were still the same – like the gorgeous trees and the HEAT! It was about 90 degrees…not joking.
Ginger (6) really wanted to wear Mr. M’s shirt to the graduation. She eventually agreed to wear real clothes – but she wasn’t happy about it! Haha!
The graduation was on the beautiful Pasadena City College Campus. In all the years we lived in Pasadena, I’d never set foot on campus. It was beautiful! They had a reflecting pool in front of the auditorium where I took a picture of Mr. M and the girls:
Ginger was having some anxiety about the crowds – and Violet (4) was comforting her and calming her down. It was very sweet!
Finally, I let Ginger cool her feet in the fountain because it really seemed to help her…
Inside the ceremony! You can sort of see Mr. M in the lower left corner there. I had Ellie (1) in the baby carrier and was standing off to the side because she was tirrrred by this point (still no nap!) But I could still see everything and I wasn’t going to miss this for the world!
After the ceremony! 🙂
Then we went to a wonderful dinner party hosted by Devon and family. We didn’t get home until after 11pm! It was a wonderful, full day – and I couldn’t be prouder of Devon. As I said, dreams really can come true – when you work hard and never give up! That’s a wonderful lesson for our kids to learn, so we’ve been having lots of talks about that these last two days. 🙂
I took this cute picture of Ellie after her bath the other day:
I had to laugh when I was scrolling through Flickr just now and came across this picture of Ginger at the same age. The genetics are strong in this family! Haha.
Ginger (age 1):
Sometimes I think I can just print out one set of baby photos. When the girls ask, I’ll say: Yep, that’s you!!! Because really they won’t know the difference. Haha. Just kidding (mostly LOL):