Monday, June 06, 2005

Bye-Bye Baby

A lifetime in a week. . . sounds very melodramatic, but I guess I'm feeling a little bittersweet right now--another child leaving home.

Mal's graduation from Kagman High School was very fun. We went out early in the day with the little kids and picked flowers for leis for her and other graduating friends. I had made candy leis for her and Lisa the night before and when they were finished Mal and I sat on the bed talking and eating the leftovers.

Graduation was at 4:00 in the afternoon and it was outside--the first outdoor graduation ceremony I've been to. It's always fun to go to graduation here because the kids look so great piled high with colorful leis around their necks and mwaar-mwaars on their caps. The best part was the awards--Mallory was one of two that received the Robert C. Byrd scholarship. She also received a departmental award in science and in business, was #7 in the top ten, and was named Outstanding Female Graduate by the Governor's Office of Women's Affairs. It was very fun.

On Friday night we had the graduation/going away ice cream party. We had one when Alexa left island and it worked out so well we decided to make it a tradition. There must have been 100+ people here working their way through 9 gallons of ice cream and every topping we could think of...YUM! Then on Sunday Mallory received her Young Women's medallion--along with a couple more mwaar-mwaars from well-wishers.

And so here we are at the end of Mal's time with us. It's hard to believe that the first baby--she's the youngest of the Utah kids--is off. Her Dad was going to take her out to lunch, but when she found out she informed him that she is fasting today, so maybe they can go tomorrow. She's already asked him to give her a blessing before she leaves on Wednesday--I know she's going to be fine.


Calandria said...

Hi Marilou,

Wow! It sounds like Mallory made out pretty well at graduation! Good for her. Does she know yet where she's going for college?

As always, it's wonderful reading your posts.


Blink said...

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ML said...

Thanks so much Vasu--you're a sweetheart. Good luck on your mission...where are you going?

Blink said...

No worries. I'm going to New York New York South speaking Spanish. I've already learned a bunch of stuff like: "Nosotros somos misioneros de la iglesia de la jesucristo de los santos de los ultimos dias" - which means "we are missionaries of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" and also: "no dispares por favor" which means please don't shoot me. I have a feeling I'll be using plenty of both on my mission... =P. Tell Mal I said hi. I hope she's doing well in Maine, I'm so sorry she missed her flight. I hope you're all doing well in Saipan, I just talked to Justin's Dad - he is a really cool guy. Anyways, I'm going to go watch Batman Begins now, I'm so excited. Lol, in case you haven't noticed I like to talk way too much.