Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Dancing to Escapade

     Time to get another blog posted before we hit the road again, (tomorrow).  If we missed connecting with any friends, we apologize.  There just wasn't much time this year.  We felt fortunate that most family made time for us, within our limitations.  We never want to miss a chance to say I Love You or gather another precious hug.
     Meghan's graduation was on June 1st and included about 170+ Evanston High School graduates.   A few days before graduation, Meghan helped spearhead a Senior prank as they converted their high school into Crayola High.  Meghan is on the far left in the picture below.

     Meghan had worked really hard throughout her four years of high school, earning the Trustees Scholarship, a full academic scholarship to the University of Wyoming.  Besides serving as her class Vice-President on student council, she was an Athletic Academic All American on her swim team, and placed in the top 10% of  her class.  She also received a PGA scholarship and two local scholarships to help with the odds and ends.
Mom Riki, Meghan, and Proud Grandma Katy
At the graduation ceremony itself, they announce the Outstanding All-Around Girl and Boy for the Senior Class.  We were all excited when Meghan's name was announced.
Meghan receiving award for Outstanding All-Around Girl in Graduating Class of 2013.

We followed her graduation with a party at her church with another graduating friend of hers and her family.  It was fun having the two families there together and the two girls enjoyed spending the time together as well.  I had a bit of deja vu the day before when getting ready for it, as it seemed like yesterday I was doing this for her mother.  (I'm sure a few of you can relate to that.)
      The next graduation was for Amber from Riverton High School, a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah, with about 650+ graduates.   It was so large that it was held at the Utah Valley University Events center in Orem, Utah.  Amber is in the back row, looking back at us in the picture below. 

     Amber also graduated with all A's.  She is currently working at Petco and looking forward to going on a mission with the Mormon Church in the near future. 
Proud Grandpa Gary, Amber, and Mom Natalie
     Grandson Jentry, who graduated last year, is heading to his mission in Manchester, England this summer.  Unfortunately the dates didn't align and his Farewell is while we're already scheduled to be in Gillette.  We wish him well and are sure it will be a great life experience for him.

Jentry's Mission Picture

    We also spent a week in the forest, where we used to camp host, with Gary's family.  A good time was had  by all as we enjoyed really nice warm weather for June.  (In this part of the country, for this time of year, anything without snow is considered warm weather.)

     Our last event was participating in the 6th Annual Utah Golf Tournament and fundraiser for the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation.  The tournament is held at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah.  We feel very fortunate that the Evanston team has had at least one member of our family on the team since the tournament started.  It's a great way for us to remember Robert with them. 

    Now we're heading for Gillette, WY for Escapade.  We'll be on the "row" representing RoVer's Roost.  There are several friends also attending that we're looking forward to seeing.  Following that we'll spend a few days in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming, before going to Casper for the Wyoming Senior Olympics.  Gary is entered in both billiards and golf.  Updates will follow in the next blog.  Oh yeah, as we travel around Wyoming, I might manage to find a few quilt stores. 
     We'll come back to Evanston for 3-4 days the middle of July and then head for Show Low, Arizona.  Our current plan is to stay there until we head back to the Roost in Casa Grande, sometime in October.  Everyone take care and friends all travel safe.

Dancing toward Escapade in Gillette............................
Hugs, Katy, Gary, and Bandit too