Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Graduation weekend! A delight.

Dorothy spent the whole day in bed on Friday while family gathered in our house— first Ben’s parents, then my brother and his partner and their brand new pupppppppy, then my mom and her boyfriend and her boyfriend’s son and his partner. Languishing just like someone with scarlet fever should. **head desk**


He is the CUTEST little 4 month old Australian shepherd. 
Bites only a little.
I ran out  for last minute hostess things when Ben’s parents took Minnie to the zoo and Ben and Caleb tucked themselves away in separate corners to work remotely. I also got the sickie some reading material
Some lunch supplies. THE ESSENTIALS

Minnie spent much of the day directing her grandparents as they built castles and train tracks.

 I was concerned about what to do for dinner, since the restaurant we picked for graduation is a fancy pizza place, and pizza is my usual default for a large group. We had a party of 15 (including Dorothy, who felt WAY BETTER after 3 doses and 24 hours on amoxicillin), so I grabbed cookies, chips, a veggie tray, and a fruit bowl from Costco** and ordered sandwiches from the boys’ favorite sub shop— all to eat picnic style at a brewery that calls itself Wisconsin’s backyard. It was SUPER CROWDED, but Ben’s parents and the older kids staked out an excellent spot. We bought beers and soda, goofed around with a football near a cute little pond, and listened to a local band. PERFECT.

After the grandparents went to bed, we had a few cocktails in the backyard, and Harry tried on a variety of shirts, ties, and shoes with his regalia before deciding to borrow a tie from Ben, wear his favorite shirt, and appropriate some of Ben’s shoes (none of his final sartorial choices are pictured here).

A friend of Harry’s called to ask for a sober ride home from a grad party, and it was really late, so we told Harry he had to bring an adult with him (even though none of the adults was up to operating a motor vehicle.) He chose my brother, who ended up footing the bill for a Taco Bell run, hoping to sober up the kid, and I think the former fraternity prez was a terrific choice. The rest of us drank tiny bottles of Fireball (a pantry staple at my super classy house) and ate leftover lunch pie while arguing that we were each actually the cool one and the person H should have picked LOL.

Final outfit decision:
Grad party favors:

Graduation day was cool and rainy, but we could not let the weather dampen our spirits. 

We actually got to the giant arena dome EARLY which is not usually a thing my kids are familiar with

For a ceremony with 500 graduates, the pomp and circumstance was efficient.

We planned plenty of time for pictures

After pics, we braved graduation exit traffic and met 8 more well wishers (Ben’s sister’s fam and my aunt, as well as Steve’s son and his wife) for a 21-person lunch at Lucille, which was the perfect venue.

(My dress was def too big and I really wish I had tried on  smaller sizes, but I really really love it anyway)

We had cake back at our house and handed out our Eau Claire swag but OF COURSE forgot to take a pic of everyone in their hats.

We spent the rest of the night eating leftovers, drinking a variety of local beers that Ben has been collecting for weeks, and playing euchre with big cards.

A prefect graduation weekend!

**Shout out to Costco because you guys! We served MOST OF THE PREPARED FOODS they sell for Thursday and Friday lunch and Friday dinner accessories, as well as off-meal snacks all weekend long. **chef’s kiss**


  1. Oh Sarah, it really does sound like the PERFECT graduation weekend! (Aside from the Scarlet Fever, omg - although Dorothy looks like she's recovered!) Congratulations to your graduate!!!!!! Also yay for Costco (and a special shout out to my bestie, Costco prosecco).

  2. This really does sound like a perfect weekend (except for poor Dorothy but she looks like she rallied like a champ!).

    And congrats to Harry (and congrats to you for all the hard work of parenting all these years - what a celebration of his accomplishments and your/Ben's love and encouragement throughout his academic career).

  3. Congrats to Harry and your whole family! What a full and fun celebration!

  4. So fun! OMG my kids are still in elementary so reading your blog is WILD to me--kids driving, jobs, going to college....what the what??? Also I died reading about how none of the adults were sober enough to give the high school friend a ride home. Also so amazing that Harry's friend was so responsible and called for a ride!

  5. Anonymous11:18 AM

    Congrats to Harry! Its amazing how you mange to do it all!

  6. Anonymous12:35 PM

    It DOES sound perfect. I did a Wendy's run after Eve's musical for a bunch of drunk university students - I love how easy it is to be an instant hero. Fireballing was definitely a worthwhile alternative activity though.

  7. I love the story of everyone who wasn't chosen to assist in the drunk friend pick up arguing about why they think they were the coolest and should've been chosen.
    I'm commenting after reading a few posts in a row, because I'm reading along but for some reason my ipad and my phone hate me and won't let me comment on certain posts. I best not tick off my desktop as it's allowing me to share my comments.
    Bummer about all the health stuff. Glad Dorothy was better in time for the festivities to kick into high gear. Costco for the win, but you guys are always fun and chill and I think even without Costco's assistance you would've had a great time. So many great photos. What a beautiful family!

  8. Congrats to Harry! What a fun celebration. And I can tell you I would be the last person picked to be the assist on the drunk pick up. Ha. I am not known in my family as being the fun one but that's ok. I own the fact that my definition of fun is very very different! :)

    Way to go Costco!! And I'm glad Dorothy recovered and could join you guys!

  9. What a wonderful weekend celebrating your son's graduation! I love how involved your whole family is.

  10. Of course one of your kids had scarlet fever during graduation weekend. Ahhh. I'm so glad she was able to rally and join in the fun. That would have been such a bummer for her to miss!

    I think you guys did graduation weekend RIGHT and glad it was such a fun time of celebration for Harry. Hooray!