Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Changing Tides

This year, instead of meeting Bryan's family in Florida for a family vacation we did something much more special, we went to Enterprise Alabama for Matthew's high school graduation.  Matthew graduated, with honors, near the top of his class and with several other special recognitions.  He heads to the University of Alabama this fall with a full ride, R.O.T.C. scholarship, not to mention a few other smaller scholarships. 
Obviously, Matthew is a young man with a bright future and has a lot to be proud of. 
 But, to Lilly, Jack and family friend 'Little Matthew' Matthew is nothing more than an easy going, always smiling, over sized playmate that counts as an adult.
Other than Matthew's graduation, we didn't do much except swim at Cam and Ed's.  It was perfect!
Lilly got brave and dove off the edge of the pool (not pictured: actually the picture of Matthew with the three kids is the only picture of Lilly from the entire weekend.  She was very busy playing and swimming with her new friend Little Matthew).  And, Jack got brave enough to jump off of the diving board.  Before you call Child Protective Services, please note that Bryan's dad is NOT throwing Jack off of the diving board, he is only giving him a little push, after he jumped, to make sure that he cleared the board.
More swimming.  Lilly (Gasp!  She did make it into a picture), Jack and Granddad hiding under a 'boat'.
 Jack became exhausted by the thought of what he would have to accomplish by age 18 to compete with Matthew. 
So, he decided instead to bring Matthew down to his level and get him to pretend to be an airplane.   
Congratulations Matthew!  Bryan and I are proud of you and can't wait to see what the your future holds!