Wednesday, August 5, 2009

My Junior High Graduation

This past month AFHE (Arizona Families for Home Education) held a homeschool convention in downtown Phoenix. They also held a Junior High Graduation. Myself and 4 of my good friends decided to be a part of this graduation as we were all graduating from Junior High this year. It was really cool. This is a pic of me and my brother, Isaac all dressed up before we left the house.

Once in the car, I started to feel very nervous. Isaac and I played a game that he made up. We would wave and smile at every car that went by. The winner would be the person that got someone to smile or wave back first. During the whole 45 minute drive to Phoenix, neither of us could get a single person to smile or wave back at us. I was still nervous.

The schedule for the night was:

*Go to dinner

Once we got there, I was starting to feel extremely nervous. To make matters worse, after walking from the parking garage to the convention center, the skin on my heel started rubbing off from my new shoes. Now I was nervous, and in pain!

Well, I managed to get through the rehearsal despite my nervousness (it helped that all 4 of my friends sat pretty close to me) and then, surprisingly, I didn't feel quite as nervous. This is a picture of me during the rehearsal. Do I look nervous, do you think?

After the rehearsal, we took family pictures of me and two of my other graduate friends. This picture is of me and my family.

This picture is of my best friend Hannah and her family.

This picture is of my friend Sean and his family.

After this, we walked (by this time my feet were killing me) to a restaurant not too far away. Miraculously, I managed not to get any food on my dress during dinner. Believe me, I was praising God for that! This is a picture of my Dad and me during dinner.

After dinner, we walked back to the convention center. Mom, Dad, and Isaac went in the huge room where the ceremony would take place, and were seated. I waited in the lobby with all the other graduates for the ceremony to begin. At this point, I was a bit nervous, but not nearly as bad as I was during the rehearsal. Then we did the ceremony. The only unusual thing that happened during the program was that they said my friend's name was Joshua. His name is Joseph. I felt really bad for him, but he joked it off pretty lightly.

After the actual ceremony, we went to Swensen's for ice cream. Not all of my friends came but Joe and his family did. We ordered huge ice creams and it was so good. This pic was taken by my brother of the sundae that he ordered. Doesn't that look delicious?

Here's one of me eating my ice cream. Yummmmmm.....

This is Isaac starting to eat his ice cream.

This is Joshua..... I mean Joe eating his root beer float.

And finally, this is a picture of me and all 4 of my graduate friends. It's not a great picture, but it's the best we got.

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