Just like that, graduation season is over.
We had our party over the weekend and despite bouts of torrential rain, thunder and lightning, it was probably my favorite party to date.
Dan worked his tushka off to get the yard looking delightful and the garage people-ready. I am so grateful for my partner in crime. All you single parents who pull these things off, you have my crazy admiration.
I took only 10 photos and most of them are duplicates of the one you see above. I just wanted to enjoy the people who came to celebrate Aidan.
I had her scrapbooks out. I had her photo boards mounted on a series of old doors (Dan's awesome idea).
We borrowed tables from his brother's church. We cobbled together as many different chairs as we could get our hands on. We hired Minnesota-based Famous Dave's to provide the main course (best decision I could have made, saving a lot of time and stress, if not money.) We had breaks in the weather so people could be outside.
It was a really lovely day. It was my kind of Zielske Pinterest party.
Oh, and I started drinking at 2 p.m. But of course, in moderation.
Nothing like an early glass of wine to remind you the day is going to be awesome.
I have more thoughts on this girl and a cool project to show you later in the week, but for now I leave you with the slide show we ran every 45 minutes or so for the revolving crowd. I made it in iPhoto, recorded it using ScreenFlow and posted it to Vimeo. I don't have the rights to use the song, so it may get pulled down at some point, but it's Conor Oberst's newest, "You are your mother's child." If you know Bright Eyes, it's the same guy. And while the perspective and gender references in the song are a bit off, the sentiment? It'll hit you right in the feels.
Thank you for following along on this remarkable young woman's life. It's been my extreme privilege to share her story with you.