Saturday, June 11, 2022

Charlie's High School Graduation

The final episode in the weekend of graduations. After Gemma's school got out we grabbed some celebratory lunch and headed to Burbank Airport for our flight to Portland.

I'm not going to lie, we were already wiped out at this point. We boarded the 6:15PM flight and as we prepared for taxi they returned us to the gate with a mechanical problem. Stuck on the tarmac for over an hour while they sorted it out. We were exhausted and starved by the time we finally took off.

It was worth it to get to Portland to see our cousins! We made Charlie a money cake with $100 in ones. 
I'm thinking she will really need to think about unwrapping all those to spend them. Or maybe just do it in one boring afternoon. 
Saturday evening was her ceremony at the bog arena downtown just like Owen's. We were so glad she could celebrate in person.
Cousins! They had the best time with their big cousins all weekend. We don't get to see them enough and Lily and Gemma had the best time hanging out with Owen while Charlie was celebrating with friends. 

As always Joel and Tonya put on a great spread.

We managed to find Charlie before and after the ceremony in the huge crowd.
It was not easy to find her in the sea of tiny faces at the stadium. They file in by alphabetic order of last names.
We spotted her. I hope she heard us cheering and shouting for her.
After the ceremony it is fun to watch all the graduates get leis from their families. This family was Hawaiian and they definitely knew how to do it right. She couldn't even move!
Once the events were over and Charlie was headed to grad night we headed back to our hotel, with a pit stop at Salt and Straw ice cream. So great!
On Sunday we had a few hours before our flight to hang with the family. Charlie had a little open house style party for her friends. She is going to University of Oregon so her cake is the school colors. Go Ducks!
Then off we go, back to the airport, with another delayed flight!!!  Too bad we have to get home for work and summer camps to start!

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