Sunday, June 17, 2012


A story of celebration about a graduation,a barbecue and a surprise!

I remember years ago,
You were so little then.
I can't help but wish,
That you were small again.

I've cried when you've faced heartaches,
And saw, that as you grew,
Nothing broke your spirit,
Instead it strengthened you.

I'm filled with mixed emotions,
As I hold back all the tears
And, with much pride remember,
Back so many years.

Cynthia A. Sieving

Congratulations, Jake, we are so proud of you!

Jacob Paul McConnell
Soquel High School
Senior Class of 2012

The first part of the day was very exciting and filled with much emotion, so we were ready for a relaxing time with family, great friends and good food.

Preparations for a barbecue celebration given by two families for two best friends.

Jake and one of his best friends and fellow graduate, James

As the celebrating came to a close, and all signs of the party were put to bed, we thought that nothing more could be crammed into such a full day but we were wrong....

Jake and three of his friends had given themselves a graduation present. A jump out of an airplane at 14,000 feet.

What a huge surprise!!

Hope you enjoyed the celebration...Judy

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  1. Congratulations to your grandson Jake! It looks like a great party, wow on the skydiving!

  2. Lookin' good Judy! A very nice post about your grandson and graduation!

  3. congrats to your handsome young grandson! oh my gosh... can't believe he chose to jump out of an airplane... how fun and brave (not sure i want to give my son the idea for next year though !) dee dee

  4. Congrats to your grandson. Isn't he a special kid? I love the time line of his life here. Ummm...He can take MY turn jumping out of that plane, too. My own son has jumped several times and I am always scared for him. xo Diana

  5. Hello Judy,
    How wonderful ..... congratulations ....... a milestone ...... written from your heart.
    The pictures are so special ..... ..... how about a little boy growing up to a real man.
    No wonder he got such a lovely party ..... he deserved it.
    And as icing on the cake ..... the big leap in the dark ...... AWESOME.
    I wish you a nice day ..... here it rains pouring down from heaven .... as yet no summer.
    With warm regards,

  6. Congratulation to your grandson on his graduation day.

  7. congrats, jake! what a wonderful day and what a rush that must have been! (they would have to push me out of that plane...screaming:) wishing him a bright happy future, judy:)

  8. what an amazing and fun post. loved it all. congrats to jake and i can't even come CLOSE to thinking about jumping out of a plane. omygosh!!

  9. Congratulations! What a wonderful way to celebrate this milestone of life.

    Amy Jo

  10. oh how wonderful!!!! they grow up so fast don't they!!!! Congratulations!!!!!

  11. Congrats to Jake and his friend on their acchievements. Jumping out of a plane would scare me to death since I'm terrified of heights, but it looks like they had a great time. Wish I had been there to enjoy your BBQ since the food looks delicious, and I'm sure with your friends and family everyone had a great time. Thanks for being a great friend and joining me at the Grill, BBQ, and Picnic Party!

  12. What a lovely time you all had, you must be so proud!!
    Thea x

  13. Awesome post mom!! What a great weekend!! Thank you and dad both for all the help with everything, we could not have pulled it off without you!!! You two are such a huge reason Jake is the great person he is today!!! LOVE YOU BOTH!!!! Tami

  14. You all look Great! What a handsome grandson you have! I love the happy picture of the three of you. The food is wonderful. The sheetcake has icing between the layers, I bet it was declicious, will have to try that. I really like the idea of the jump from the plane, how exciting for everyone. Love your happy post.

  15. Hi Judy! Congratulations to Jake and he is a handsome young man. Looks like the celebration was grand! Now I know I would have simply passed out watching him jump from the airplane!
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  16. That is really something! I'm amazed at that surprise! First of all.....congrats to him on his graduation. And, I must say (don't kill me for saying this), "The sky's the limit for him!" Sorry, I just couldn't resist the pun. He seems very ambitious based on this present to himself. That had to be sooooo exciting to watch.

  17. Congratulations on your grandson's graduation. Its always a special time. I have been through 4 of them.
    It all looks so wonderful Judy... happy times to remember. Jake looks very handsome.
    I can see by the photo that you are such proud grandpartents.
    What a treat to sky dive.
    Great photos Judy.
    Gosh.. you have written some lovely blogs.
    happy tuesday
    xxx hugs val

  18. wow! jumping out of a perfectly good airplane??? Hope they had fun! Our baby graduated last we are planning a wedding for our oldest, I imagine a grandbaby will arrive one day in the not too distant future..where does the time go? and how many times did we hear that question until we truly understood it?

  19. What wonderful photos and memories. thank you for sharing with all of us!

  20. Congrats again to your grandson!!
    What a 'red letter' day for everyone!!

    I'm so happy for you all :)

    Smiles :)

  21. Dear Judy and the Captain,

    What a doll he is! All I can say is I'm sorry I missed it all. You know how I feel about Jake. What a beautiful, 'appropro' poem. I'm happy it was such a glorious event for him. Thanks for the photos. I saved them to my computer.
    Love, Sid

  22. Holy cow what a surprise! Gulp! That's quite a cap to what looks like a wonderful celebration. Kids just grow like a freight train! Such a special time for you. Nice to share it. Thanks so much for all your visits, Judy!


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