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Monday, May 14, 2018

Diploma Ceremony at Duquesne University #MasterOfScienceInLeadership

When my husband finished  college in 2012 at Robert Morris University, he did not attend the  graduation ceremony.  I  asked him to attend but he didn't want to.  I would have loved it if he did because he graduated Magna Cumlaude.  I urged him to  attend this time in finishing his master's degree because it would be nice for the kids to  witness their Dad graduate even at an older age.
The Duquesne University McAnnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts had their Diploma Ceremony last Friday, May 11th. As we entered the gymnasium, one  older gentleman congratulated my husband and he looked at us and congratulated us as well, I thought that was sweet and thoughtful.
My husband did not attend the  kickoff to graduation  so he relied on the information available online on where to  order his graduation gown and cap.  During the preparation at the back of the gym, an older lady who was administering all the graduates, she told my husband that he got a wrong color of hood.  He told her that  he just followed the school's instruction online.  He said he saw one older woman who have the same  hood as his so he talked to her and asked if she did the online thing as well and she confirmed it.
So there's two of them that  falls in the crack of ordering the wrong hood.  Oh well, as the woman have said, she doesn't really care, she is just glad it is over and now graduating.  That's what matters anyway but being a former military  man, it kills my husband when he is doing a mistake.
He told me  that listening to the young graduates talk, it makes him feel old and  experienced lol.
There are some who finished  master's degree at such a young age, I thought "Wow, they must have continue going to school after graduating college."  I have the same experienced, I continued my masters right after graduating college but the only difference is that, I  had my undergrad degree at an older age.  I  worked right  after graduating high school for years so I did not really go to college till later when I saved up some money.
What's inspiring to me  was seeing someone in the wheelchair attend the graduation.  I think that is so inspiring that she did not let her situation get in the way of  pursuing her education. 
Anyway, these photos were all taken by my daughter as I was  recording a video while  they were marching.
My husband told me that after taking his last final test, he was so relieved.  All the weights have finally dropped off from his shoulders.  I understand  how he feels.  When I went to graduate school, writing a thesis/book was  one of the requirements to graduate.  It involves a lot of researching, interviewing, gathering of data, and all that stuff, it was tough.  It took time and money to finish it but  when you  graduate, it is all worth it.
Now that he has his degree, he can actually pursue a managerial position which I doubt he would.  He is happy of what he does for now.  His degree helped him  get a raise from his job though so that's a good thing.
While, we were leaving the campus and dealing with the heavy traffic, my daughter thinks she can see herself going to this school for  college.  I was thinking that attending my husband's graduation would inspire them.
Time flies, our daughter  will be graduation from elementary  next school year so I am glad that my husband  is finished with his because our daughter's highschool tuition would be  expensive.  During the open house that we attended where is wants to go, the tuition is $5k+ and it increases every year so that would be something we have to continue saving up for.  The good thing though is that, now with the current administration, the rule about the  529 savings have changed.  We can use it  for highschool expenses instead of waiting for college so we might do that.  Glad we have started saving up  for their school ever since they were born.

Good luck and congratulations to all the graduates!   

Saturday, April 21, 2018

John's 49th Birthday Celebration

It's been two months since my husband's birthday.  I was teasing him that in  another year, he will be a "golden guy".  Time flies and as we aged, we realized so many things.  First, we started noticing that  there are so many things that we can normally do easily when we were younger that it's getting harder and harder to do as we age.  Physically, our bodies become weaker and  less agile.  We do however become wiser right?  
My husband  gets frustrated sometimes because he can no longer  do things that he easily did when he was younger.  That's  one negative aspect of aging but it is always important to note that those younger years helped us  grow of what we are now.
But as he aged, he realized he have more patience.  He said, he used to be short-fused but now he is not, he is more understanding.  He always put himself to other peoples predicament and not judge.  He said, a lot of what he is now are rooted from his experience though all these years that he's been in the military.  Dealing with different kinds of people from different walks of life really formed his understanding of different situations. 
I always tell my kids how lucky they are to have a Dad like their father.  He always make sure that our kids are having fun and make sure that  they have what they need. 
On his birthday, mother nature  decided top dumped snow on us.   The first bowling lane we went to  was not operating that day so we went to the one in downtown area.  We did not want the snow to  ruin our plan of having fun.
Anyway, it was better on that bowling lane anyway. 
We love going to the bowling lane.  I wish we can do it more often but I am glad we do it on special occasions.
Overall, we  had a lot of fun on his birthday.  Traditional birthday cake is not on our book so we always get something that  the celebrant likes.  In my husband's case, he love cheesecake so that's what we got on his birthday.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Birthday Gifts for Our Little Man

I was looking at my children's   younger photos  through my old posts and it  it kind of make me sad a little bit.  I miss those  years when simple activities makes them so happy.  As they grow older, we find it a little challenging to find activities that they really do enjoy.  I wish I could  stop the time  so they would stay  young but I can't.  I am happy though of how they are becoming as individuals.  
Our son turned 11 last month and I can't help but be sad and  happy at the same time.  He is definitely growing up .  With our two children,  our son is the most expressive when it comes to  how he feels towards us.  I know that our daughter loves us as much as our son loves us but she  kind of keeps  her feelings to herself.  
Anyway, on his birthday, we took  both of them to Flight Trampoline Park.  We asked him what he wants for his birthday and this is what he wanted.  After our day of fun in Pennsylvania, we came home and  had some  pizza and  he opened his gifts.
He was very emotional after  opening his gifts and reading his sister's message to him  on the birthday card that she made  for him.  He gave each of us lots of hugs.  He is the sweetest kid I know.
You can tell  in his eyes that he cried, his siter was giggling when she saw him  crying lol.
I ordered him this  personalized mugs with a special dedication to his eleventh birthday.  Included in it are some chocolates.
He loved the  cars that we got  him.  He has a collection of cars but they are small, so he was very happy of these bigger ones.  I found them  online.  My plan was to buy eleven of them of  they cost too much lol.  I only bought the Lamborghini Veneno, McLaren P1, Yellow - Kinsmart 5393D - 1/36 Scale Diecast Model Toy Car, and the New style 1:32 Bugatti Veyron Alloy Diecast car model collection light and sound in red.  HIs sister also got him a  collectible car.
His Ate made him this card and he loved it.
Here's a video of him opening the gifts.