Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Friday Night Banquet

The night before graduation, was a banquet honoring all of the graduates. Eric's parents were the wisest and offered to watch the kids instead of going to a 3 1/2 hour tiny, expensive dinner. All of the graduation proceedings were in College Station, where we did our first two years of med school. Early in the afternoon, Eric and I took the kids to Bill and Debbie's and then headed to College Station. We got there early enough to catch a movie together and then meet my parent's at the hotel. We were all ready to go and as we walked out of the elevators, who was there but my three beautiful sisters! I knew they were coming, but it was a surprise for Eric.
The banquet wasn't much to speak of, but it was great being together, and it gave us time to mess around with the camera! Here's a little bit of us up close and personal!

We had to catch Emily and Cody the next day.

Afterwards we went back to the hotel for a little swimming. Only Eric, Cindy, Cari and I got in, but I'm sure the others were jealous when they saw what a great time we were having! :) Everyone but Eric and I had left at 11:00p the night before and had spent the whole time driving - arriving about an hour before we left for the banquet. We talked Cari into a little bit of cards, but everyone else opted for sleep so they'd be pleasant in the morning. Cindy was regretting it when we told her how the front desk gave us free tall glasses of milk to dip our oreos in.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Graduation Day

(I have no idea what happened with the formatting, but I can't fix it! Sorry!)

The big day finally came. Graduation! We were relaxing in a hotel without the kids - it was great! Here is Eric and I on the big morning before lunch. Almost looks like a Doctor, but not yet!

As we were heading down the elevator, who appeared but my brother, Cody!

He and his wife Emily flew in and arrived from Austin a few hours before graduation. Eric was really grateful and touched that so many people sacrificed to be there and support him.

After lunch, it was graduation time! It was hard to get a good picture of Eric on the stage. The video was much better. Here he is after just being hooded. I couldn't have been more proud!

We had our own little area in the back of the auditorium. It helped with the kids a lot. What a party!

Dad and Cindy

Uncle Roger

Eric's mom and sister, Jennifer

Emily and Stacie, with me and Cody jumping in from behind!

Eric's Dad and Grandmother

Here is the awesome graduate! We all had to get our picture taken with the DOCTOR!

Our Family

Eric with his parents and sister

Eric and Meemaw

Eric and I with my parents

Eric and I with my siblings (we missed you, Steven!)

The whole Chapman clan

Me and the man of the hour!

Afterwards, we picked up BBQ and went to a park to celebrate with our family and some of our friends and their families. It was the best decision we made. I can only imagine how bad it would have been trying to keep the kids under control in a restaurant after being in a long graduation. Unfortunately, we didn't get many pictures and I don't have any of our friends.

Me and my daddy

Enjoying our meal!

Deb, Jennifer, Meemaw, and Cecilia

Cari, looking ever so lovely!
We had such a good time at the park, it was really hard to leave. But, we needed to get back to Temple for one last graduation gift for Eric -

I think he liked it!

Eric said it was the best weekend and he couldn't have wished for a more perfect time. Congratulations again! You deserve it, Doctor!

Mother's Day Graduation Party

Bill and Debbie hosted a family party in Eric's honor at their house on Mother's Day. All of his Mom and Dad's siblings were there, but Aunt Jackie who lives up in Michigan. There were also a few cousins. We were treated to delicious faquitas from Granny's restaurant, beautiful weather, and great visiting. Here are a few pictures from the day!

Eric and Meemaw

Isaac up in a tree with Carter hiding behind

Eric and his sister, Jennifer

Eric and Cecilia, Jennifer's beautiful baby

Me and Uncle Mickey

Meemaw, Deb, and Ashlyn

Carter and Angie, Eric's cousin. Isaac was pushing from behind.

The Crabb Family (Deb's side)

The Chapman Family

More Chapmans!

The Mullenaux Family
Thanks for a great celebration!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Congratulations, Dr. Chapman!

Eric officially became Eric B. Chapman, M.D. yesterday, May 9th. What an awesome day! I'm so proud of him and all of his hard work and dedication. Congratulations! We love you!

(A LOT more pictures and details to come!)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Bluebonnet Bust

Since living in Texas, I have been terrible about fulfilling my "picture in the bluebonnets" responsibilities. I took some of Isaac when he was about a year and a half, but that's it.

For those who may not be familiar with Texas history, Lady Bird Johnson started a campaign to beautify Texas highways (my facts may not be exact, but you'll get the idea) and one of the things that she did was sprinkle bluebonnet seeds all along the roadsides of Central Texas. There are also fields full of them. The bluebonnet is the state flower and much loved by Texans. I got the following from a website where I was trying to find the history of the bluebonnet.

"As historian Jack Maguire so aptly wrote, "It's not only the state flower but also a kind of floral trademark almost as well known to outsiders as cowboy boots and the Stetson hat." He goes on to affirm that "The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland." The ballad of our singing governor, the late W. Lee O'Daniel, goes, "you may be on the plains or the mountains or down where the sea breezes blow, but bluebonnets are one of the prime factors that make the state the most beautiful land that we know."

It seems to be a pretty solid tradition for many people to take pictures in the bluebonnets every year. One of my favorite places to see them is around Brenham. When Eric and I drove through there on our way to Galveston, the roadsides were lined with pulled over cars and smiling faces.

While we were at the park the other day there was a rather sad little patch of bluebonnets, but bluebonnets nonetheless. Not quite the beautiful fields in Brenham, but I had my camera and I knew I wouldn't be here next Spring, so I decided to give it a shot and see if I could get an acceptable picture. Ashlyn wasn't really feeling it. This was the result of my efforts.

Almost Rocket Science

Carter built a rocket launcher the other day and his daddy was SOOOO proud! I was pretty impressed myself. He came up with the design and put it together all by himself. We had a really fun time launching his shuttle off of the stairs for half of the morning. What a kid!