Best and brightest

It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks around here.  After the graduation festivities we dealt with the pressing need to find a new {to her} car for Torri.  Neither Jeff nor I enjoy car shopping, but we buckled down and got it done.  Torri is now the proud new owner of a Honda Civic hatchback.  With that unpleasantness out of the way, we’re able to move on to much more exciting things–namely preparing for our big European adventure.  Torri and I depart on Wednesday.  We’ve got some packing to do, so I thought I’d share highlights from her graduation festivities.  If you’ve been reading my blog for long, you’ll recall that we know how to throw a graduation celebration.  This year was no different.  Given our unique family situation, it’s always a colorful gathering.

The day before her graduation, we did a four-generation pedicure and treated the graduate to lunch at The Cheesecake Factory.  That night, we gathered around the tv to watch a DVD that my Gramps made of old home videos of “Torri Torri, morning glory.”  He has a nickname for everyone.


The following day, we threw a celebration luncheon followed up with a lengthy photo shoot, which may or may not have become a bit silly toward the end.




Before we knew it, it was time to jump in the cars and caravan to the stadium where we waited for over an hour for the ceremony to start.


Not to worry, though, Team Torri found plenty of ways to entertain ourselves…


Each graduate was given a flower and advised to give it to someone who had been an inspiration or support along the way.  Torri chose to give her flower to her sister.


Here is the whole gang on the field after the ceremony.


The excitement of that day is behind us, but the graduate has a very promising future ahead.  Hers for the taking.


3 Replies to “Best and brightest”

  1. Gosh, she is a beautiful young lady! Cheers to her and her bright future. I got her sweet card today. Have the time of your life in Europe and I’ll be waiting here anxiously for the amazing trip report.

  2. Congratulations to Torri! Can’t wait to see where her future leads. She’s sure to go amazing places.

    P.S. Have fun in Europe. I look forward to seeing the pictures and hearing you recount the stories.

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