Fly Me to the Moon…

The Museum of Flight in Seattle was the venue for Andrew’s graduation with a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington. The ceremony was held on Friday evening.

We arrived early enough to greet other graduates and take some photos with aircraft above us.

There were some unique things about this graduation ceremony. Before the graduates arrived to their seats, I noticed paper airplanes under each of their chairs. As the graduates walked in to take their seats “Fly Me to the Moon” played which got a chuckle from the crowd. At the end of the ceremony after they turned their tassels the paper airplanes took flight.

We had front row seats.

Each graduate had the chance to write out comments to be read by the presenter. Most thanked their spouse, parents, friends and loved ones. One thanked God and one thanked his Savior, Jesus, which got a cheer. Some had “no comment”.

I liked the ending to the ceremony.

The proud graduate…as he should be.

Proud wife of her hard working husband.

Proud parents, too.

Outside the museum we met up with Andrew’s sister. Andrew’s mother and sister traveled from Utah to be at graduation.

On Saturday late afternoon and evening we had a small graduation party at our home. Josh and Laura brought a pinata filled with candy. After we had dinner and some yummy cupcakes that Laura made we headed out to the backyard to set up the pinata. It was fun to smash it and see the candy fly in our back yard.

“Wait a minute, Andrew!” You need a blindfold before you swing away.”

Andrew connected a couple times and let some candy fly. Katie had a turn and released some more candy.

Josh had a turn and that was all she wrote. The rest of us enjoyed watching and documenting the fun. The candy was gathered and we went back inside before more rain fell. Lots of conversation and catching up. Katie and Andrew just met Andrew’s father’s fiance this weekend.

Make sure you read Andrew’s shirt. Andrew’s father teared up when he received a gift from Andrew from his time in the Marines. Andrew’s father and his fiance were happy they made the road trip all the way from North Carolina to be at graduation.

Before everyone went their merry way, we sang “Great is Thy Faithfulness” and “I Love You Lord”.

Our hearts were full but our bodies were a bit overwhelmed from a week of hard work priming and painting our kitchen cabinets inside and out. That of course involved taking everything out of the cupboards and taking all the doors off and cupboards out and then putting everything back again when things dried enough. Our real estate agent had a photographer come in at 11:00 on Saturday morning to re-take photos with the new wall color and kitchen cabinets all painted white.  Then we prepped for our party for Andrew. Thankfully we had help from Josh, Laura, and my sister Lana. Sunday has been a low key day for us so that our bodies can recover. Looking forward to a new week with no major painting or projects ahead!


About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

9 thoughts on “Fly Me to the Moon…

  1. I love that at the end of the day you sang about God’s faithfulness! What a wonderful way to honor the Lord for bringing Andrew through the years of study! My deepest congratulations to that lovely young couple and I wish them all the best in the years ahead.

  2. Congrat’s to Andrew! I agree with Lovella…how special that you ended the day with ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’. Wishing them both many blessings as they go from here.

    PS I like his shirt. 🙂

  3. Congratulations to the happy graduate – such an accomplishment! Such a fun venue for the ceremony, too. A lovely way to end the day and start a new chapter with songs of faith among sweet, supportive friends and family. x Karen

  4. You’ve certainly had a very time Ellen. I can imagine how proud you must feel. Graduations are so special. Hope you get a chance to relax after all that hard work. B x

  5. What a great accomplishment!!! You must be so proud of that young man! Your celebrations looked like such fun and a great place to have the graduation ceremonies. Oh Ellen, you’ve worked so hard on your house. I saw the real estate pictures you posted and you did such a fantastic job – it looks great. Hope this new week brings some rest and relaxation.

  6. Wow, what a fabulous setting for his graduation. Congratulation’s to Andrew! The photos are so wonderful. Looks like a great party too.

  7. Ellen – I couldn’t think of a more appropriate location for the graduation ceremony. How cool! And as one who has more than a few engineers in the family, I LOVE the t-shirt.

    I can relate to the physical tiredness … we are continuing to prepare for the arrival of my in-laws in 12 days …. I keep telling myself that I can relax once they get here!!!

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