Saturday, May 31, 2008

Graduation Week in Review! (Part 1)

As most of you know, Brandon's brother Kyle graduated from the Air Force Academy last week! We had lots of family in town to celebrate this momentous occasion. It was so much fun to have everyone together!

Most importantly, a big CONGRATULATIONS to Kyle for his great accomplishment ~ everyone is so proud of you!

As expected, I took TONS of pictures. I tried to capture the week's events the best I could.


Sunday afternoon we had a BBQ here at the house. The weather was perfect and so was the company! (And, of course, Kaitlin LOVED all the attention she received!)

Tuesday evening was the official Commissioning ceremony! We met the rest of the family in the un-air conditioned East Cadet Gym. The Commissioning was done by squadron. Brandon's favorite part was the sherbet punch and cake refreshments at the end... (heehee!) My favorite part was having everyone together supporting Kyle. Here are some pictures from Tuesday night!

Wednesday was the graduation! When we left Denver, it was warm and sunny. We were dressed accordingly and looked forward to a beautiful day in Colorado Springs. (The weather forcast promised 75 degree weather.) About half-way between Castle Rock and Colorado Springs, the weather took a turn for the worse. It changed from warm and sunny to cold and rainy. When we got to the Academy, we realized just how unprepared we were. Since President Bush was speaking at the graduation, security at Falcon Stadium was increased. We stood in line, in the freezing cold, for about an hour. In the stadium, we were greeted by cold, wet seats, fog, and drizzle. Luckily, as the graduation ceremony progressed, the weather got better. At one point, the crowd cheered when the sun broke through.

It was fun to see all the graduates enjoying their moment with President Bush. We thought for sure Kyle would chest bump the president or "good game" him, but he didn't. smiley laughing

Here are some pictures from Wednesday morning. I probably would have taken more, but my fingers were frozen... haha!

After the graduation, (and after we defrosted!) we had lunch at Chili's with Brandon's mom, Tom, Grandma and Grandpa Lux.

That evening, we met the Carnahan's at Mackenzies Chop House in downtown Colorado Springs.

TO BE CONTINUED.....................

1 comment:

tara said...

wow! what a week... can't believe there's more to come! i could almost (very very almost) see president bush... not missing much i suppose! fun times ~ great pics!