While one would think the highlight of a week of hosting graduation guests would be the graduation itself, and while the ceremony did bring tears to my eyes and joy to my heart, the actual culmination of our week turned out to be a relaxed Saturday evening roasting marshmallows and clowning with friends and family.
But the partying started long before the campfire. Earlier in the week Jed celebrated his 20th birthday with his entire family - there are nine altogether - here with our family in our humble abode. Happy Birthday again, Jed!
Caroline, still with an autographed cast on her leg, rocks at Mario Kart! It's something she can do with her new friends. This party reluctantly ended at midnight. We laughed tears out our eyes! Hilarity!
The pup puts up with it all.
Now, back to the s'more-making wild night!
Tom keeps the campfire going while Grace enjoys her first chocolatey, marshmallowy delight. (Sammy waits diligently for droppage.)
Ben knows this is serious business while Cassie enjoys her smushed roasted orb a la cracker.
Andy keeps us laughing.
Abbi, my fellow photog!
Caroline finds herself in a sticky situation - she works it out.
Grace ritualistically burns the graham cracker box in a pyromaniacal moment, while Ben gives her bunny ears...
Oh! Glorious Torch!
Smelling of sugar and smoke, faces relaxed from laughter-workouts, bodies invigorated with night air, and spirits lifted on friendly banter we head for bed and sweet dreams.
Last week's partying dancing in my head quietly promises more such occurrences as the new season gets her steam.
School ends. Summer begins.
Let the good times roll!