Graduation Day

In my last post, I shared how my husband, Bill, and I helped our daughter, Shantel, move into her very first apartment last Friday. Then, Bill and I spent the weekend reclaiming our home…

On Monday, Bill,  and I picked up Shantel at her new apartment, and were pleasantly surprised to find that she was up and ready to go on our turn around trip (Mon-Wed) to Grand Junction Colorado to see our granddaughter, Alex, graduate High School. A trip we have looked forward to for months.

It was a 9 hour drive to get there…but we saw some of the most beautiful views along the way… like this, as we traveled through a section of Utah…


Hard to get good pictures from the car window while moving down a bumpy highway… but you get the idea.

Upon arrival in Grand Junction, we dropped off our bags at the Hotel, then made our way to our son, Patrick,  and daughter-in-law, Celina ‘s house for dinner. Pat and Celina always do such a great job of welcoming everyone into their home, even after they both worked all day…, and always provide such great food!!! Thank You Pat and Celina… you work so well together… 🙂

After dinner with the family at Pat and Celina’s house, Bill, Shantel, and I, went back to our hotel to rest, and get ready for the graduation ceremony at 8:30 the next morning.

Bill’s daughter, my step-daughter, Katie, of course was very emotional as she helped her oldest daughter, Alex, with  last-minute preparations. Of course, as a teenager… , there had to be that constant checking of the phone…


My heart ached for Katie as I so remembered the pride, and sting, of not only getting your daughter, ready for graduation, but also getting her ready to leave home…  Both Bill and I are pleased, and proud, to announce that our granddaughter, Alex, has been accepted into Seton Hall University.

Finally, after the preps were done, and last-minute whispers of “I love you, I’m so proud of you…” were done…, Alex was ready to leave for her graduation ceremony , confident and ready to face the world….


The day after the graduation, Katie, and her husband, Josh, hosted a reception at a local park. Again, family and friends gathering one last time to wish Alex well before she goes off to college many, many, miles away from home. This is the last picture we had with Alex at the park..


But before Alex leaves for Seton Hall in August, Bill and I are bringing Alex out to our home in Arizona, in July. Then, Shantel, Alex, Bill, and I will travel to Coronado Island, San Diego, to celebrate, Shantel’s graduation from college, Alex from High School, and Bill and I will celebrate our 25th anniversary from September 6th of this past year..

On the way home from Colorado, what would be a 9 hour trip turned into a 12 hour trip…because, we ran into road work delays… But, again, we saw beautiful views like this Mexican Hat view in Utah…See the little “hat”, perched  in the center of the picture on top of a hill of rocks? That is the Mexican Hat…


We also saw the exact place where Forest Gump stopped running…


However, I couldn’t get a picture of the sign, because there were FOOLS, lying in the road, without a lookout, trying to get the picture of the sign… We almost ran over them…!!!

When we finally arrived in Phoenix, we had to take Shantel to the store to get a few things to hold her over until I get there tomorrow, Friday, to pick her up for a doctor’s appointment…

After her doctor’s appointment, I will take her to the grocery’s store by her house ,and help her buy enough groceries to get her through the weekend, and until I pick her up again to buy groceries next week when hopefully we will get on a weekly grocery shopping schedule…

So very pleased and proud of our granddaughter Alex graduating High School and going on to attend Seton Hall University… and equally as proud of her mother, Katie, who did such an amazing job of raising, coaching, and guiding Alex along the way… Great Job Katie, and Alex!!!

Bill and I are sooooooooooooo  happy to be home after a VERY busy weekend/week of moving Shantel into her apartment… Then traveling to Colorado to see Alex graduate High School and wishing her well as she moves on to her higher education at Seton Hall University..

Love to all… Dad/Grandpa, Virginia/Grandma…

Stay Tuned!










8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bill
    May 16, 2014 @ 01:54:07

    We did have a tougher time driving back to Phoenix , but to me it was all worth it, I got to spend time with Alex’s great grandparents who I haven’t seen in many years. Also seeing our granddaughter graduate, how proud I am of her and her mother who raised a beautiful young lady who I am sure is going to be a very successful after next four years of college.

    Love Bill, Dad and Grampa


    • Katie
      May 16, 2014 @ 12:37:35

      Thank you Dad. There were so many times in the last 18 years that I didn’t think I would make it with my strong-headed little girl. But one day at your house, Alex was misbehaving and I was trying to get her under control, you gave me a piece of advice…”pick your battles. Think to yourself, is this a mountain I need to climb or a mole hill I need to just walk around?” This was when she was about 5 or 6 I think (maybe a little older), but it has stuck with me and has helped me a LOT. Thank you both for everything. I couldn’t have helped her grow into the wonderful woman she is today without my amazing support system and my wonderful husband. I’m wondering how I will get through the next chapter in my life without her there every day. But I know I will and you will be there backing me up like you always have. Man…I have the best cheerleaders!!! We love you all so much!
      Love, Katie


  2. Ellen Kaufman
    May 16, 2014 @ 14:03:17

    You and Bill, just go from one location to another with such Joy, Pride and Love. Mostly love, because without love what do you have? Congratulations to both girls and may their futures be filled with bright futures and right choices….either a mountain or a mole hill because to be sure, in life you cross many of those, but you have good roots and advise to follow.

    Love you guys.
    Aunt Ellen


    • beyondcinderella
      May 17, 2014 @ 01:37:31

      Thank you Aunt Ellen. Yes, Bill and I do try to show our joy, pride, and love, to all our family, and extended family. And you are so right… love is the most important thing of all. We love all our family, and extended family, and are always here for them. Thanks for your continued comments and support. XoXo Virginia


  3. katsbynp
    May 17, 2014 @ 00:49:34

    Love your pictures. Congratulations to your granddaughter on her graduation and to Katie as well. You and Bill hopefully will have a relaxing weekend. Thanks for sharing


    • beyondcinderella
      May 17, 2014 @ 01:32:13

      We are looking forward to enjoying our time alone… Still some last minute things we are helping Shantel with but soon… very soon… 🙂 Can’t wait to have you here in August!


  4. gotham girl
    May 17, 2014 @ 17:52:53

    What a beautiful tribute from Katie! So special…just as you both are! Glad you had safe travels! xoxoxo P.S. Like the photos from the car!


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