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Pomp and Circumstance (2): The Event Itself

This picture says a lot more than you think. God has been so good to us the past 3 years, and a big part of us wishes it weren’t over. But how amazing that we really did it!

Sean & Lucy, Jake & Sam, Tyler & Maggie, and Matt & Owen. Amazingly, none of these kids were around when we started school, and none of them will remember seminary at all.

Some of the ladies,: Lindsey & Lucy, Melissa & Sam (definitely not a lady), and Carrie & Maggie.

And all our huge family who made the trip! I had to be one of the best-represented grads, and it meant so much to us that everybody drove this far. Sam was a big motivating factor, I’m sure.

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Pomp and Circumstance, OR In Which Sam Celebrates the Third Major Event of His Two-Week-Long Life

We were a little nervous about graduation weekend: there were lots of plans, lots of family, a pretty important ceremony, a picnic later in the afternoon, and yet you just never know what you’ll be able to do with a 10-day-old. Short version: Sam was an absolute champ. Not a sound during the ceremony, handled the reception at RTS, and let us have a great time at the picnic. Thanks, buddy.

Anyway, Friday there was a staff lunch at church for the graduating Uptown interns: Ted, Matt, Tyler & Jake.

From left to right: Graham, Sam, & Maggie. Maggie is the oldest at 2 months. In case you’re wondering, yes, Uptown Church is a baby factory.

Friday night relatives began to swarm the house, including some who met Sam for the first time:

Grandmary, one of Sam’s four great-grandmothers.

Uncle Andrew & Aunt Melissa, ?(you may remember their wedding) who rode up on the Harley.

Uncle Paul, whose face you’ll see in a later post.

We were able to throw together an impromptu cookout by the pool. And so it was that the weekend started with a bang.


Family Day

Wednesday, to celebrate the end of school (forever, for this degree) Jake took his very first personal day. (I’ve never had a salaried job before. So you mean to tell me I get a certain number of days where I just don’t come, and you give me money as though I did come? Where do I sign up?) It was a great chance to get some things done around the house, take care of things I haven’t had time to take care of for 3 months, and most of all, hang out as a family.

Sam is starting to get into a groove, so we can to some extent make plans for how to spend certain blocks of time. That’s pretty big. He usually eats at about 9 or 10 PM, and then again at 12 or 1. We learned a very important lesson Tuesday night: We have to go to bed after the 9PM show, or things get pretty rough.

Wide-awake baby and bleary, incoherent dad. Don’t let this happen to you.

Made in the shade. Eat your heart out, Jimmy Buffett.

Pretty good for one-handed and only using materials available downstairs.

Mom tried a new position in the bath today. He really doesn’t freak out much; once he gets used to it it will probably be one of his favorite things.

Notice anything missing in the belly region? Another historic milestone.

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Outdoor Adventures

To celebrate Jake’s last day of school (and lots of other people’s), Sam got to go to the pool, where we forgot to take pictures, and to a pizza dinner behind the Kulps’ house. The Hamms got to meet him (Ted and Lucibeth, with #4 on the way), and he also got to get another look at Maggie, a potential mate.