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My First Bird Flaps His Wings

graduateOnce again it’s been quiet around here on the blog. But trust me, it’s been far from quiet in my home. Aidan graduated today. And the flurry of activity around here has been frenetic. A good kind of busy for sure, but we are all in overdrive.

aidan and momI have a lot to say about this momentous day and I have a TON of pictures to share with you, but I’m close to exhaustion. So for today I’m just sharing a taste of the festivities.

jason and aidanOf course Aidan graduating kicked my butt emotionally. I expected that would be the case. What I wasn’t prepared for was how emotional I would be over his buddies graduating too.

Above is Aidan’s close friend Jason. He feels like my third son. He has sat at my kitchen table countless times and he will be sorely missed. He actually complimented my cooking. Sniff.

aidan graduatesAnd then there is my own hatchling. I’m so jumbled up inside that I can’t even share my feelings quite yet. Happy, sad, anxious, proud, relieved, hopeful. I run the gamut. But I’ve been so busy preparing for this day that I haven’t had much time to sort out my feelings. Not that my feelings matter. It’s his day. So enough of my ramblings.

Here’s a short montage of our day…

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  1. Johanna H. says:

    Congrats Mama Bird!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Melanie and Aidan!! My youngest graduated last year and it seems like only yesterday that she came home from the hospital. They grow up so quick. Some days seem to drag on forever but the years seem to fly by. You look great in your Mother and Son pic! Aidan’s tie matches your dress!!

    • The matching was totally by accident. I wish I could say I planned it, lol. And yes, in some ways it goes by quickly and in other ways it drags. The best parts go by too quickly.

  3. Congratulations Aidan!! and Congratulations Melanie!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Animoto is working now. Great pix Melanie!

  5. Congrats to you both!!!

  6. Danielle says:

    I read this entry to my Mom…she said to tell you she’d be lying if she said it gets easier with each kid. lol Me and my brother have already graduated and the youngest is graduating next year.

  7. Congrats to Mama and Aidan!

  8. Congratulations to you and to Aidan. I absolutely love how your dress and accessories as well as Aidan’s tie were the school colors. The pic of both of you is gorgeous. While reading this post/watching the video, I tried to imagine myself in that position in just three short years, which will probably fly by, and am emotional thinking about it. What a mom must endure as she watches her children take flight.

  9. Valerie S says:

    Congratulations to your son, and to you. I wish your son the very best in whatever he does next. Having been through this 3 times now, yes, time flies.

  10. Congrats!

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