I rarely talk about my kids in depth and when I do, I do so sparingly. When I started this blog, I wanted to share my story through my DIY journeys without putting too much of their stories out there; that is up to them if they so choose.
However, with epic moments comes exceptions with their permission of course. Last Sunday, No. 1 Son graduated from Springfield College ( Massachusetts)! It was a beautiful day and I am so very proud of him. From my perspective, his educational journey included some challenges, however, he triumphed in the end and that is all that matters.
On Saturday, we had a celebratory dinner with a few of our extended family members. We dined at Tao’s, a restaurant, a place we frequented on occasion during our Springfield visits for Family and Friends Day, school performance, etc.
The Asian and Japanese cuisine is as great as the service. It was the perfect place to celebrate.If you are ever in the neighborhood, I highly recommend it. It’s located at 31 Harkness Avenue, East Longmeadow, MA.
For dessert, I gave each person a single serve cake in a canning jar. I actually assembled them using cupcake slices and alternating it with layers of cream cheese frosting, all made from scratch of course.
It was time consuming but I love offering a little DIY touch whenever possible. However, if I ever make them again, which I’m sure I will because they’re fun, I will bake the cake in the jars instead
After dinner, we went back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep, an early wake up call and a quick breakfast before the heading out to the graduation. This is our last walk through the corridor of the Residence Inn in Springfield where we stayed many times. We prefer their apartment style layout. We’ve grown very loyal to the entire Marriot brand throughout our many travels.
I love taking pictures of my guys from the back. I don;t why, but I do. Even with the blur factor, it’s still special.
And the graduation ceremony begins; It was held at the MassMutual Center.
I’m so glad No. 1 Son is tall, I can spot him anywhere. It made picture taking from afar that much easier.
He’s about to get the official handshake. Missed that one, oh well.
One week later, I am still elated with joy. There’s nothing better than watching your kids succeed. Job well done! It was a special day for our family and I’m so glad a woman stopped and offered to take this picture for us.
A blessed day all around. I’m so thankful. One down!
One to go!