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Master Blender Lisa has been Blending Her ONE with His FIVE for 18 years.  With THREE Ex Spouses, THREE Step Parents and SIX kids we have lived, loved, cried and survived major Blending. 

JAX'S GRADUATION - A LOOK BACK

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I know it's been coming for sometime, but it really seems so unreal that Jax is graduating from high school. His last day of classes is a few short weeks away, with the actual graduation ceremony Saturday, June 4th. Click on the "Preppy Grad Green Graduation" announcement (Utah Jazz colors)to see what I'm thinking about to announce the happy occasion to all of our friends, family and business associates. Don't know if you are like us, but every business associate we know sends us an announcement for everything under the sun including a hang nail celebration. Can't wait to send one to them for a worthy announcement, Jax graduation.

Jax can hardly wait for his graduation to get here and I wish that the whole thing would come to a screeching halt! That life could stand still in this moment; happy kids, happy Hubby, happy me and happy family. What more could you ask for? I've been visually replaying the last seventeen years it took to get to this moment. Some I have actual snapshots and others are engrained in my mind. Some of my faves:

 

Raylan had brought Jax to the office when he was just three days old. I noticed his cute little conehead shaped head, his long fingers and how red his little bit of hair looked. Raylan was so proud of Jax at just three days old. Every little thing that Jax had done so far, Raylan had chronicled with precision.

My first birthday after we moved in together and started blending our families. It's the picture you see up above. A snapshot that has been replicated over and over throughout the years, but this is my favorite. When the kids were younger, whenever one of us sat down on the couch the kids just crowded around. They always liked to be close to us and even now when were sitting in the family room they one by one seem to wonder in. Can't remember the thousands of conversations, but I do remember the laughter, banter and sarcasm that tend to appear every time and how much I love those sounds.

Jax on our trip to Italy when he was 13. He was standing over a hot air grate on the streets of Rome, letting the air blow up his clothing - looking like the Michelin Man. Providing humorous commentary the entire time and us laughing our ass off. We had gone on this trip with both of our extended families. Jax stayed in a room with my Mom and Dad and the girls with us. My Dad is the jokster, man of sarcasm. A funny thing happened, Jax who had been this serious, introspective child, overnight became this gregarious, stand-up comedian. The back and forth between him and my Dad was hysterical. A smile came across his face and it has never really faded since then. I remember Raylan remarking it reminded him of Jax as a toddler, always happy and smiling and he was so glad to see it back!

Since then Jax has led the charge that really cemented our family unit of five, LAUGHTER and SARCASM! We all have taken his lead and started looking for the funny things in our everyday life. So as I look forward to his upcoming graduation, I'm proud to have been apart of his life, part of the parenting team that raised him. When he walks across that stage to get his diploma, I will belt out a WAY TO GO JAX! Come on! I got to give the kid another embarrasing story to make fun of me and tell all of his friends in his upcoming stand-up routine.

What are you looking forward to this Spring and your favorite mind snapshot to go along with it? Let me know in the comments section below and you could win a picture book by Shutterfly to put your own story in pictures. I'll announce the winner next Friday. Check out what fun things you can do by clicking on photo book.

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