Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What a looooooong but absolutely fantastic day! It all began at 6am as we juggled time in the bathroom for showers, hairdos (Kazi's obviously not mine!), makeup etc. I managed to snap one photo of Kazi before her friend whisked her away to the university to pick up their regalia. About 30 minutes later Michael, our neighbour Alma (Kazi's adopted gramma) and I made our way to Western U as well. It was already about 30c (90F) and HUMID! I dashed around looking for Kazi as I had to hold everyone's purses during the proceedings. It took a while but finally I made my way back to Alumni Hall where the convocation was taking place. Kazi's boyfriend Steve had also arrived by this time so we took our seats and waited....
At 9:30 the grads and faculty processed in. See that blond head dead centre in the lower third of the above photo?  Yup, that's my girl!
Getting hooded...
 Ta da!  We did it!! Another major milestone reached!
 Then...out into the crazy heat for a few more photos of course!
 Proud momma!
 I get to show you Kazi's cute boyfriend - Steve!
Michael and Kazi - great smiles you two!
Showing off Western U's colours! Go PURPLE!
This is what $30,000 gets you?
My favorite photo of the day - I prefer candid shots. Oh, and that's the dress I helped pay for (that's what $250 gets you!)
She's not really that much taller than me...she had on platform sandals....it's true!

I'm stopping here for now as it's getting late...I'll let you know about the rest of the day tomorrow!




31 comments:

  1. She is so beautiful, congratulations.

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  2. Congratulations Jane and Kazi! I must say you guys are a good lookin' family. You're all gorgeous.

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  3. Congratulations!!!!!!!! You all made it...and what a beautiful family.  Im so happy for you I could cry.  And I would say that dress was money well spent my friend

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  4. What a little stunner your Daughter is, but that was to be expected with a gorgeous Mama like you.
    Showing a bit of leg there girl, if you've got it flaunt it !!!!!

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  5. Congratulations to Kazi! 
    You both look gorgeous! :)

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  6. What a beautiful young woman, just like her mom!  I think $30k bought more than that piece of paper - look at Kazi's face.  I see confidence, happiness, love, etc.  You did good mom!!!  I also enjoy the candid shot.

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  7. You all look wonderful!  A definite accomplishment :)

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  8. What a beautiful young woman!!!!! Worth ever single dime of that $30,000!!!!!! And what an amazing job that Mama of hers has done, give yourself a HUGE pat on the back Mom.

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  9. Jane @The maple Syrup MobJune 20, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    The joy is palpable. Fabulous post, fabulous day!
    Jane x

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  10. Thank you Jane! Joyful is certainly what it was :)






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  11. Thank you! It was cool that at one point the chancellor had all the grads stand up, turn around, and applaud their parents and families for their help!





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  12. One more milestone reached :)






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  13. You're right of course Borrower! And from my own experience those four years really build your self esteem.





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  14. Thanks Laura!






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  15. It was a super hot day, what can I say...and I was hoping the bit of leg distracts from the spare tire around my waist!





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  16. Yes, it is a very pretty dress even though right now it is all rolled up inside a plastic bag!! Care of clothing is a topic for another day!





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  17. Thanks so much Niki!






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  18. thanks Kim! I think so too!






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  19. You and everyone around you is gorgeous.  What are you people drinkin' anyway?
    m.

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  20. Congratulations Kazi!! Excellent achievement! And congrats, Momma, for showing her the way. So much pride and joy! Thank you for sharing. xo

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  21. Congrats to Kazi on this accomplishment. You look so proud Jane, as you should! It looks like such a wonderful day. I hope you all soaked in every ounce of joy :) (BTW-she looks beautiful in her pricey dress, hopefully she gets to wear it again some time.) 

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  22. Congratulations to Kazi on her graduation, you definitely should be proud of yourself!  And congratulations to you too, Jane, you have raised a very poised young woman (at least that is what I see in her face and her eyes).  Way to go!

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  23. Thank you - I appreciate your positive comment Judi!






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  24. She certainly has great taste when it comes to clothing though I don't think she got that from me lol! It was a fantastic day!





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  25. Ironically when I graduated from Western 22 years ago I was 7 months pregnant with Kazi - so she got to go to my convocation and i got to go to hers!





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  26. Ambrosia - the nectar of the gods!






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  27. she's beautiful Jane! and you look pretty darned good yourself there! :-)
    Susanna

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  28. Why thank you!






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  29. Awesome pics Jane!  I LOVE your red dress!!  Both Momma and daughter look stunning!  

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  30. Thank you my dear!






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  31. Congratulations Kazi!  what an amazing dress, she looks stunning.

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