Thursday, May 29, 2014

Throwback Thursday Stories: Graduation

Today you get two throwback pictures for the price of one :). One is from 9 years ago and the other is from 33 years ago.

So the story behind the photos: I am a second generation graduate from the United States Naval Academy. What I find amazing about these photos is that they took place 24 years apart (to the day) and that my father shook hands with and received his diploma from then Vice-President George H. W. Bush and I had the opportunity to shake hands with and receive my diploma from his son, President George W. Bush. The president, vice-president and Secretary of State rotate between the three service academies' graduations each year so not every class will have the President at their graduation.

I just remember that I had to walk across the entire stage to receive my diploma and commission from the President. Oh - a little more to the story behind the actual picture ... the official photographers were in a really terrible location to get good photos of the first 100 or so graduates. My husband found this and another photo taken by some of the yearbook photographers, so that I would have a much better photo of the occasion.

I can't believe that nine years has passed since I walked across that stage. We'll see if there are any future generations that will follow in our footsteps.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Throwback Thursday Stories

It's been a few weeks since I participated since Thursdays always seem to sneak up on me. I thought it would be appropriate to share a more recent Throwback Picture ... just going back a couple days less than a year to when my son was born since his birthday is tomorrow.

This is one of my favorite pictures of my daughter and husband with my son, James. This was the second day we were in the hospital and Caitlyn had fallen in love with her baby brother. James was about a week early, but waited for his daddy to get home from a close to two month underway to make his appearance (not long after his daddy returned). He arrived much quicker than his sister did ... about 5 hours after we arrived at the hospital. James was just eager to join the family :)

Happy Birthday (one day early) to my sweet James.