05.04.20 Samson and Butter’s Wedding!

A week ago Sunday was a very exciting day in the life of our family! Our precious grandpuppy Samson married the love of his life, precious Butter!

Yes, you read that correctly. They wanted to have puppies so getting married was, of course, going to happen first! They knew God would be giving His blessing to their nuptials and was certainly smiling down from Heaven during the wedding!

Misty and Chip’s dog Samson is such a precious little man. His Grannie and Paw Paw (us) gave him a tuxedo for Christmas. When he met his wife and began thinking of marriage he knew he had the right apparel for their nuptials!

Look at our little man in his tuxedo!

Chip and his high school buddy Jeffrey Barnes recently reconnected when Jeffrey moved back to this area. Jeffrey and Emily are the proud parents of precious Butter, the bride!

Here is the wedding video. Madisyn walked Butter down the aisle to meet up with her fiance Samson with his mommy Misty. Kallie was the Justice of the Peace.

The newlyweds toasting with a glass of the bubbly!

Samson’s proud mama Misty with her little man!

Samson’s daddy Chip was the best man!

During the day Samson shared his tuxed with his new bride, she must have been cold! Samson’s sister Madisyn is loving on her sweet sister in law Butter!

So that ends all the wedding pictures and video. We welcome sweet Butter into our Chauvin family and look forward to baby Chauvin’s as time goes on!

Lastly, to get in a plug for Jeffrey, he is the owner of K Gee’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Mandeville. They are taking online orders for pick up or delivery. Enjoy some of their delicious food when you can!

Note: A few days after the doggies were wed, Samson fell off a chair onto the floor in their home. He seemed fine but an hour or so later he was snuggling with Kallie, his big sister, and they noticed he was not breathing and was stiff. Kallie did CPR on him and he started breathing again. They drove fast to the Emergency Veterinarian in Mandeville where he passed out again. The Veterinarian gave him two medicines in an IV to make the swelling in his brain and in his chest go down. They also did blood tests. Samson stayed at the emergency Vet overnight for observation and was taken to his regular Vet the next day. They think that his liver isn’t functioning correctly and watched him all day.  Misty and Chip will get test results on Monday. Prayers for this sweet little man would be appreciated!

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

04.20.20 My old lady sister is 80 years old!

My wonderful sister, Harriett Roussel, celebrated her 80th birthday in early April. That is a huge milestone birthday but her kids, Dana and Greg and their families, were not able to have a traditional birthday party for her.

Instead of a “traditional” birthday party, their creative minds came up with a very “non-traditional” wonderful 80th birthday celebration made up of a few surprises!  We were able to participate in some of the surprises and loved seeing my sister this happy. It was all a surprise coordinated with her husband George so things would go off well.

Her kids, grandkids and us wrote on 80 notecards “80 things we love about her.”  Takes a special person to deserve 80 things like that!

A birthday basket was left at her front door with novels (she loves to read) a birthday card and all of the 80 love cards!

They had delivered a beautiful flower arrangement to her house in the morning also.

She was surprised when she looked outside her kitchen window to see a HUGE Happy Birthday Grannie celebration sign. They normally put these signs facing the street but this was faced at the house so she could see it from inside the house during the day. You’ll see the beautiful sign from the front further on down.

She thought her birthday celebration was over after that but NOOOO!  We met her kids down the street and around the corner at the community park to decorate cars and get together on the plan.  This is my special nephew Greg. The vehicle is his sister Dana’s that was first in the parade line.

The community park in the background and our great (and he’s really great) nephew John running around helping everyone decorate!

Looking back from our truck to Nancy and Greg’s cars getting decorated. And the birthday parade takes off! We had one balloon on a stick and some Happy Birthday wrapping paper as our decorations so since that is very lame there will not be photos of that!  Dana put a sign on each side of our truck to help us out!

These next three are frames of the video I “tried” to take while I was so excited that she was getting to see the parade for the time. We all honked as we pulled up at their home. She and George came out and the smile of happiness on her face was priceless.

  This is the front of her Happy Birthday Grannie sign! I just love this!!

Her marvelous husband George enjoyed the parade as well!

Harriett holding the Happy Birthday sign that her granddaughter Sally made for her! They wanted to get Grannie in the picture with her sign in the front and our four car parade in the background.

Nancy’s decorate car. You see Sally and Nancy through the window. That’s Harriett’s hubby George enjoying everything! Harriett’s son Greg is in the white truck behind Nancy.

Harriett was so happy it was hard to keep her six feet away! It was hard for us as well! We all wanted to hug and be together but at least they were able to do this celebration for her 80th birthday!

The Happy 80th birthday sign in Dana’s car!

Harriett is holding the birthday card Sally made her.   One last picture of Harriett being surprised for her birthday!

Both our sons called her that evening. Chad’s little ones sang Happy Birthday to her. Chip said he had a wonderful visit with his Aunt and was so happy to talk to her for her birthday!  Harriett said she got birthday calls from friends and family.

Harriett was very deserving of this celebration. Her heart is kind and very generous and giving. She takes care of so many people in their hour of need. Church family members, other family members, her children, and grandchildren are just a phone call away from her trying to meet their needs. She’s always been giving like this as long as I can remember. At 80 she still gets out to help others and sing in her church’s Senior choir but does enjoy her share of resting time when she can!

I still call her an old lady since I’m 15 years younger than her which I always proudly proclaim!  I’ve enjoyed introducing her to others as my much older sister!

As we’ve grown older we’ve developed a deep sisterly relationship. I believe it began when we

The big and little sisters!

were both taking care of mama and were always trying to figure out what was best to do for our sweet little mama.

We talk on the phone every week or two and I look forward to those phone calls so much. I share things with Harriett I don’t share with anyone else (except Roy.) Before this virus stopped our in-person visits we either went to their home or mostly they came to ours. We always enjoy some sort of cake and coffee with them. She even brings her own cake recently!!! Both Roy and I enjoy these visits with Harriett and George.

Well that wraps up Harriett’s 80th Birthday Celebration!  Happy 80th Birthday Old Lady Sister!!

 

04.20.20 My old lady sister is 80 years old!

My wonderful sister, Harriett Roussel, celebrated her 80th birthday in early April. That is a huge milestone birthday but her kids, Dana and Greg and their families, were not able to have a traditional birthday party for her.

Instead of a “traditional” birthday party, their creative minds came up with a very “non-traditional” wonderful 80th birthday celebration made up of a few surprises!  We were able to participate in some of the surprises and loved seeing my sister this happy. It was all a surprise coordinated with her husband George so things would go off well.

Her kids, grandkids and us wrote on 80 notecards “80 things we love about her.”  Takes a special person to deserve 80 things like that!

A birthday basket was left at her front door with novels (she loves to read) a birthday card and all of the 80 love cards!

They had delivered a beautiful flower arrangement to her house in the morning also.

She was surprised when she looked outside her kitchen window to see a HUGE Happy Birthday Grannie celebration sign. They normally put these signs facing the street but this was faced at the house so she could see it from inside the house during the day. You’ll see the beautiful sign from the front further on down.

She thought her birthday celebration was over after that but NOOOO!  We met her kids down the street and around the corner at the community park to decorate cars and get together on the plan.  This is my special nephew Greg. The vehicle is his sister Dana’s that was first in the parade line.

The community park in the background and our great (and he’s really great) nephew John running around helping everyone decorate!

Looking back from our truck to Nancy and Greg’s cars getting decorated. And the birthday parade takes off! We had one balloon on a stick and some Happy Birthday wrapping paper as our decorations so since that is very lame there will not be photos of that!  Dana put a sign on each side of our truck to help us out!

These next three are frames of the video I “tried” to take while I was so excited that she was getting to see the parade for the time. We all honked as we pulled up at their home. She and George came out and the smile of happiness on her face was priceless.

  This is the front of her Happy Birthday Grannie sign! I just love this!!

Her marvelous husband George enjoyed the parade as well!

Harriett holding the Happy Birthday sign that her granddaughter Sally made for her! They wanted to get Grannie in the picture with her sign in the front and our four car parade in the background.

Nancy’s decorate car. You see Sally and Nancy through the window. That’s Harriett’s hubby George enjoying everything! Harriett’s son Greg is in the white truck behind Nancy.

Harriett was so happy it was hard to keep her six feet away! It was hard for us as well! We all wanted to hug and be together but at least they were able to do this celebration for her 80th birthday!

The Happy 80th birthday sign in Dana’s car!

Harriett is holding the birthday card Sally made her.   One last picture of Harriett being surprised for her birthday!

Both our sons called her that evening. Chad’s little ones sang Happy Birthday to her. Chip said he had a wonderful visit with his Aunt and was so happy to talk to her for her birthday!  Harriett said she got birthday calls from friends and family.

Harriett was very deserving of this celebration. Her heart is kind and very generous and giving. She takes care of so many people in their hour of need. Church family members, other family members, her children, and grandchildren are just a phone call away from her trying to meet their needs. She’s always been giving like this as long as I can remember. At 80 she still gets out to help others and sing in her church’s Senior choir but does enjoy her share of resting time when she can!

I still call her an old lady since I’m 15 years younger than her which I always proudly proclaim!  I’ve enjoyed introducing her to others as my much older sister!

As we’ve grown older we’ve developed a deep sisterly relationship. I believe it began when we

The big and little sisters!

were both taking care of mama and were always trying to figure out what was best to do for our sweet little mama.

We talk on the phone every week or two and I look forward to those phone calls so much. I share things with Harriett I don’t share with anyone else (except Roy.) Before this virus stopped our in-person visits we either went to their home or mostly they came to ours. We always enjoy some sort of cake and coffee with them. She even brings her own cake recently!!! Both Roy and I enjoy these visits with Harriett and George.

Well that wraps up Harriett’s 80th Birthday Celebration!  Happy 80th Birthday Old Lady Sister!!

 

03.30.20 Take a gander at these little gems!

For Christmas last year I gave our six grandchildren a gift for them to create and give back to me.

My rock room gives me so much happiness painting my little creations. Even with all that happiness I still have nothing on the walls.

I bought six 8×10 canvases for the grandchildren to paint something for me. I didn’t tell them what to paint, just to paint something for my walls and to put their name in the bottom right-hand corner.

I got the canvases at Hobby Lobby for $1.50 each and the paints/markers at Dollar Tree for $1 each. I share that with you in case this is something you’d like to do with your grandchildren. I included a letter to them in the package so they would understand what I am asking them to do. Our littlest is 5 so I figured their mama would need to know what it’s all about.

They’ve all finished their works of art and given them to me. They are so precious that I want to share them with you below. They will be in age order with our oldest granddaughter being 19 and the youngest being 5 (almost 6 she will tell you!) Our oldest has a best friend Madelyn that worked on her canvas art with her.

Our oldest non teenager granddaughter created this. It’s the three older children standing together and the little one flying off the swing! This is so perfect for them!!!

Our granddaughter Madisyn created this heart one with the words Love, Hope, Joy and Faith going all around the edges!

Our only grandson isn’t too much into painting! This is a swamp and the green thing in the water is a crocodile and the big brown animal on the land is a deer. The rest are trees around the swampy area!

Our next youngest granddaughter painted Grannie a bunny and her playing outside on a beautiful sunshiny day.

Our youngest granddaughter who is almost six painted a picture of herself and her two sisters!

Here’s all of them on our sofa before going up on the wall!

Roy is going to put them up on the wall in my rock room and I will add butterflies to finish off my beautiful wall of art! This Grannie will love getting to look up at a wall in my rock room filled with the creations my young grandchildren created for me! This also might be something you could get your children or grandchildren do for you!

 

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03.23.20 Family fun time – crawfish boil

Our oldest son’s family spent the day with us a week ago. They brought everything to boil crawfish and we sooooooooo enjoyed it! We sold all our crawfish cooking equipment when we decided to live on the road so having some cooked for us at our home was fabulous!

Having our grandchildren fishing, riding around in our paddle boat, swinging on the hammocks, riding their 4 wheeler around the area and the little ones riding their jeep all around made this Grannie’s heart very happy.  Paw Paw’s too of course.

 

Roy toting the crawfish boiler loaded with crawfish on his lawnmower cart down to our picnic area.

They caught quite a lot of nice size perch which was a lot of fun to see!

Our only grandson loves going out in the pond to fish. Smart kid that he is he created a live fish well in the paddle boat!

Our oldest son, whose name I cannot share, was the crawfish boil king! Delicious crawfish, corn, potatoes and sausage! Silly girls love to swing in our hammocks really high. Even when they fall out they got right back in after a tear or two was shed!

Roy and our precious oldest non teenager granddaughter had a nice visit on the front porch before they left.

Since we’re not getting out it was really wonderful to have one last in-person visit with some of the people we love the most!

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Our faith in God is getting us through this.  We know that He is in control and whatever comes our way He will be beside us all the way. Do you have this assurance that comes through salvation making God your Lord and Savior of your life?  I hope so, if not ask me.  I’d love to share what God has done in our lives and how he’s walked with us through the valleys and the mountain top experiences.

Have a Blessed week!

This graphic above is for my son whom I love very much.

 

11.27.19 Chauvin Family Thanksgiving Gathering 2019

Golly geez whillikers!  We enjoyed our family’s Thanksgiving dinner with our two son’s families last Saturday! Several little adorable Chauvins running around, fishing, playing on the hammock, enjoying Bo and Peep Duck and eating Thanksgiving dinner!

Bo and Peep are used to peace and quiet and the only people around them are two old folks who walk slowly. I can’t imagine what they thought when the active little children invaded their quiet life! They were waddling around A LOT more than usual! They are not flying ducks but they can fly a few feet. I expected to see some of that with the little folks chasing them but they just waddled around and squawked and quacked! Before our family Thanksgiving, Roy added some flat stepping stones in front of their cage because as he said: “their little short legs have trouble climbing into their cage.” Isn’t that the sweetest thing!

Our sweet grandpuppy, Misty’s little baby dog, Samson was the star of the day. Everyone wanted to hold his cute cuddly self! He’s never been held so much and by the end of the day, he was sound asleep in his mama’s arms! In most of the photos below, if you see children, you also see Samson!

This little girl does not stop unless you ask to take her picture!

Our oldest son spent some time fishing with his son. They both caught a lot of fish.

This is what I dreamed of when we created our picnic area! Everyone was having fun and I got to spend some quality time with my oldest granddaughter.

The hammock turned out to be a lot of entertainment for the little girls. You can see the holes starting in this first picture. Nothing tore, the strings just moved apart and the girls loved it!

Madisyn is in the hammock with her sweet brother Samson.

Then all four girls crawled in there with Samson the strings really started to separate, still nothing broke but you can see in the second picture below how their body parts and even heads came through.  Their mama and I were sitting at the table right next to the hammock and she kept a good eye on all that.

This was Roy and I after everyone went home! I don’t think we moved from there for over two hours!

A memorable family Thanksgiving gathering in the books and lots of love shared with all!  Most families are celebrating on the traditional Thanksgiving day. I hope you and your families have many memorable moments together! We’ll be spending the day watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, cooking and eating more Thanksgiving food and watching the Saints play football in the evening!

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09.04.19 Chauvin Family Weekend Fun!

When Paw Paw and Grannie get to spend the weekend with Madisyn, Chip and his lovely wife Misty, we are very heart happy! Extremely exhausted and brain dead grandparents heaven, but very heart happy!

Friday evening we picked up Madisyn and headed to Olive Garden for dinner with Misty and Chip.  I have to admit that Roy and I made HOGS of ourselves with the delicious food there.  Roy ordered the Shrimp Scampi and I ordered Shrimp Alfredo.  I can still taste the deliciousness of their alfredo sauce covering the delicious shrimp.  We didn’t stop there though.  We both ordered Zeppoli (see the picture below0 which they describe as soft, traditional Italian doughnuts dusted with powdered sugar, served with chocolate sauce for dipping.

Somehow my not perfect eyes thought there would be four of these on the plate.  Wrong! There were 8 to 10.  Roy and I should have split an order but being the HOGS that we are we wanted our own.

This is me and my sweet son Chip who treated us to that fabulous dinner.

Saturday started with a stop at Starbucks for coffee and breakfast.  I never go out for breakfast so this was a treat for me! Then it was on to Mississippi to see our granddaughter Kallie at her new apartment.  She goes to college there. I’ve never seen a college student’s apartment like this one.  Very nice! No pictures there but I got to meet her new roommate and visit with the one I already knew.

Sweet Madisyn getting ready to get in the water!

The swimming pool at the apartments was fabulous.  Misty and Madisyn swam and Grannie sat on the edge and put my legs in.  It was a very unusual pool.  The first ten feet were very shallow, then a few steps down into the 3-foot pool. We were the only people

Next, we ate lunch at Wendy’s.  My favorite fast food is their Apple Pecan Chicken Salad and that’s what I got. We came back to Ponchatoula for some girl time pampering at Polish Nail Bar and Boutique.  I got my nails polished a blue to match the blouse I planned to wear to church Sunday.  I am a traditional pink or red polish girl but it seems the fashion now is any old color, so I’m in style!  Things have changed, shaking head!

After a delicious dinner cooked by my son, Chip and Misty we all ate around the dinner table enjoying some quiet family time.  Dinner around the table with all the family was something we always did with our sons growing up and it makes my heart happy to enjoy that time with Chip’s family.

The day was full of activity and fun ending with time at the local roller skating rink.  This brought back old family memories of us all at the roller rink.  Chip, Misty, and Madisyn skated away! Misty is a GREAT skater, Chip is a work in progress and Madisyn needed the plastic pipe thing to skate.  They all had a great time going round and round and round the rink!

Chip and Misty!

Madisyn whirling around the rink!

Here’s the skaters with I think, Madisyn on her tippy toes!

After all this fun and activity Grannie fell into the bed and didn’t move all night! Sunday morning we headed to Hammond for church.  We stopped at the local fabulous Doughlicious Donut shop for a sugar start to the day.  I loved the bench with the sprinkles donut pillow! Sprinkle donuts are my favorite!

Chip and Misty handle the Information Desk at their church, The Harbor in Hammond.  Madisyn was getting a big hug from Misty, Chip was his silly self in the background!

We are looking forward to going back to our church next week. We’ve been spending time at their church which was great but it will be wonderful to get back to our Trinity family!

We wound up our weekend activities at El Agave in Hammond.  D E L I C I O U S Mexican food.  We were in Mexican food paradise!  This is one of their favorite places to eat and I now think it is Roy and mine! Aren’t these people below just precious!

My sweet hubby and his adorable wife!

We went back to their home and rested a while before bringing Madisyn to her mom’s home.  What a blessing this weekend was.  We see them from time to time but being able to be with all three of them all weekend was a BIG blessing to Roy and I.  Seeing the bond that Madisyn has with her dad and her stepmom makes my heart so happy.

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

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05.29.19 Harriett and Rosalyn’s Family Reunion 2019

This is not about Ted and Bill’s Excellent Adventure but it comes close.  Harriett and Rosalyn’s Family Reunion 2019 is in the books and I think it went well!.

Harriett and Rosalyn – two old gals loving life!

In years past we’ve gathered as a family two times a year, at Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving. We did this either at my house or my sister’s house.  Before that we did it at our mama’s house, Jo Traylor. This was always a time where we enjoyed some delicious food, played fun games and had a memorable fellowship.  Several years ago we stopped doing that.  We were living on the road in our motorhome and were seldom here to do this.

I’ve done a lot of thinking about my husband and sons after this dementia thing takes me to Heaven to be with God.  It’s become very important that my sons and my sister’s son and daughter have a renewed relationship. And that it be a relationship that lasts even after I am gone.  We’ve lived in our tiny house for a year now and I decided it was time to renew that event by having Harriett and Rosalyn’s Family Reunion.  A once a year gathering that I am hopeful will go from our house this year to one of the cousin’s house next year, and so on.

Watermelon and Blueberries

One thing I’ve always loved about these gatherings when they were at our house was the deep cleaning and sprucing up our house and gardens got.  This time was no different. We have more gardens now but the house is smaller!  I always start three weeks ahead of time doing a little each evening or day until the big day.  It saves me from losing my mind trying to do everything in the last few days.

Roy’s broken body parts this year did put a crimp in the planning but God is always looking out for us.  A dear friend who asked to remain nameless showed up to cut our grass and weed eat a couple of days before the event.  This brother/sister in Christ will always be remembered for this awesome gesture and hard work.  God Bless You dear nameless friend!

Our son Chip, his wife Misty and daughter Madisyn showed up early the day of the event and helped with setting up everything.  They also did a lot of the takedown and put away afterward with help from some of their cousins! I won’t ever clean this much again but it feels good to have even the tops of the door frames spotless for once!

The reunion turned out to be such a blessing to me and I’m hoping to all the 20 something others. For the most part, we gathered in a big circle down by the pond or around the tables near the house.

 The kids love rock painting and hiding.  I gave each of them several rocks that I painted that were ready for hiding.  They took them home to hide at places around where they live.  Then they painted several rocks that I’m working on finishing up by spraying with clear spray after gluing on one of my labels.

After we ate we played games. The first was tossing water balloons from one person to another backing up a step after each successful toss.  What we were surprised with was the toughness of the balloons that didn’t seem to want to burst which is where the big fun is! It was a hot day so a busted water balloon felt good!

The water balloon toss game!

After that, we played the MInute to Win it game trying to get a cookie from your forehead down to in your mouth not using your hands, just the muscles in your face.  First, we had the four adult cousins try this, looking quite funny with their contorted facial expressions.

Then several of the children cousins played and were just downright precious! I was very happy that since it was at our house and I was the host that I didn’t have to play and look totally silly!

 

Roy got his drone out and took an aerial video of some of us in our gathering circle! He took several other aerial photos.

More photos from the 2019 Harriett and Rosalyn’s Family Reunion

That wraps it up folks!  I have an extremely wonderful family and I love each and everyone of them bigger than the moon.  Three were not able to come, Annie, Sally and Nancy.  We missed you guys a lot!  Can’t wait for the 2020 Harriett and Rosalyn’s Family Reunion!!

Have a Blessed Week!

 

 

 

05.14.19 Kallie Girl’s Ponchatoula High School Graduation – Part One, the Ceremony

 

Our oldest granddaughter, Kallie Barnes, graduated from Ponchatoula High School on Friday evening.  I‘m thankful that the next graduation will be 7 to 8 years from now as this one stirred up a lot of emotion in my heart!  Ponchatoula High School is in Ponchatoula, Louisiana.  It is where both of our sons graduated from lots of years ago. They are 37 and 40 years old so it’s been almost 20 years. Wow, they are old!!!! I’m not but they are!!

 

Back to Kallie! I tend to get sidetracked and go down memory road. Friday night at Southeastern Louisiana University’s University Center we were blessed to see this precious young lady graduate.  A big milestone for any young person.  These are some photos from the big event!

Kallie in her beautiful white dress for under the graduation gown!

Kallie and her bestie (from childhood to present) Madelyn Crowley. Madelyn goes by Madi in real life! Yes, they are pretty inseparable! They even plan to go to Southwest Mississippi Junior College together, majoring in Nursing!

Kallie’s cousin DJ Redden, her mom Misty Chauvin, her stepdad Chip Chauvin, cousin Haylee Perrotto and little sister Madisyn Chauvin waiting for the big event to begin!

Kallie’s nieces Raylynn, Alaina, her sister Stephanie Barnes and Stephanie’s boyfriend Travis Hahn. There were other relatives there supporting Kallie, I just didn’t get their picture!

The Ponchatoula High Orchestra

After all the graduates marched in the Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance.  We are proud to live in an area where this is still respected.

The Senior Choir sang a combination of classical and hip hop music

The big moment arrived when the seniors lined up to receive their diplomas!  Here is Kallie waiting in line for her turn!

Drum roll please!!  The PHS Senior Kallie becomes PHS Graduate Kallie!

Only a mama (Misty) could get this picture, picking her daughter out of the hundreds of graduates!

And in our area prayer is still a respected moment.  This was taken right before they prayed. A student gave the closing prayer and I know God was smiling!

All Ponchatoula alumni in the audience participate in the Alma Mater.  The video pans to Chip participating with his finger held high!  I love this part of the ceremony, the graduates are all so proud to graduate from such an excellent school!

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 Ponchatoula Alma Mater

Ponchatoula, Alma Mater, we love to sing thy name in praise,
And we cherish pleasant memories of all our happy days.
We love thee dear old Alma Mater fair
In our heart’s a song for you we share
Through the ages sing the praises of dear ol’ Ponchy High.

And the most fun moment of the night when the graduates celebrate and throw their caps in the air!  This is always a special moment in any graduation and this was Kallie’s graduation’s special moment!

A few photos were taken after the graduation outside the University Center with Kallie’s mom Misty Chauvin, her Dad Ronnie Barnes, and her cousin DJ Redden

After graduation we all went to Don’s Seafood for an after graduation dinner.  The food was delicious and the family visiting was even better! All the young girls want a place on Paw Paw Roy’s lap. They let me in the picture too!

Sweet Alaina got Paw Paw Roy to take a picture with her inside Don’s!  Stephanie’s girls have claimed Roy who is Kallie’s Paw Paw as their new Paw Paw!

Madisyn and her Paw Paw.  I couldn’t decide which photo I liked best so here is Roy hugging on his granddaughter Madisyn Ann Chauvin.  Grannie and Madisyn

I planned to include Kallie’s Graduation Party in this blog post.  I changed my mind and it will be in a blog post all its own.

Ya’ll come back now for Part Two!