I hope you all had a beautiful Thanksgiving! Personally, I have so much to be thankful for -- which leads me right in to Kimberly's graduation. Growing up as a child actress, there was much I got to do and yet so much that I missed out on. Therefore when I had kids I made it a point to make sure that they could do anything and everything that they dreamed of. A great education was definitely right at TOP of my list!
Kimberly and I had two very different ideas about what she was going to wear to graduation. However, since it was her special day I left it up to her decide. She came home with what looked to me like a t-shirt dress. . .not exactly what I had in mind. I was a little confused at first and thought to myself, "Wow, things sure have changed since I was young." I do have other children who have also have graduated and I knew that she was missing the mark on this one. Kimberly always has beautiful taste, but this time it was time for Mommy to take charge. So off we went to look for a dress to see if we could compromise! We did it! We finally found a dress that was just perfect and made us both happy.
When I saw Kyle talking with her girls about where Alexia should go to schools, I had a flash back to last year with my kids when we had the very same conversation with Kimberly. We were all sitting in my den and discussing where Kimberly should go to school. My oldest daughters were encouraging her to go out of state and experience a new city, while I sat there and encouraged her to stay in California. I didn’t know how I would handle her moving somewhere far way. I totally understood what my sister was saying. Kimberly got accepted to colleges far away in Oregon and even Boston -- and I couldn’t be happier that she chose to stay in state and is just a train ride away. Our family is so close and I would love to see our daughters get to go to school close to each other.
While watching Kimberly get ready for her big day I didn't feel like myself at ALL! I sat there and watched as Pamela did her makeup and had flashbacks of her at every age of her life. From the moment I first held her in my arms to learning how to walk and talk, and all the way up until now. She has always been such a bright little girl, my little shining star! Kimberly has always worked so hard in school. She puts 100 percent into everything she puts her mind to and is such a little go-getter! She’s also so sweet, smart, loving, thoughtful, beautiful, and fun! I could go on. . .But I think you get the picture
By the time my sisters arrived, I realized that all this time I had been focused on Kimberly. I hadn't even thought about what I was going to wear! When I came out in my first outfit option you could tell they weren't too thrilled. My sister Kathy has a very funny way of giving you advice in the sweetest way possible, but if she doesn't like what you are wearing she will drop a hint and encourage you to change. I just wish she would have come a little earlier so that I had more time change. She has great taste and I really value her opinion. It meant so much to me to have both my sisters by my side on this special day!
Sitting and watching my beautiful daughter up there with her cap and gown was one of the proudest moments of my life. Kimberly has always taken home awards in school, but this was by far the biggest! I just couldn't contain my love, admiration, and pride! All her hard work had paid off! Kimberly graduated with high honors, and as ASB President and Cheer Captain! She really stole the show! As much as I will miss her as she sets out on her new journey I know that she is ready, and I can’t wait to see what she will do next. As a mother I couldn’t be more PROUD of ALL my CHILDREN and their accomplishments.
Lastly, before I go, How exciting to see David Foster receive a star on the Walk of Fame?!? CONGRATS! I love the way he included Yolanda and her children in his speech! You’re truly a star David! Everyone looked so happy and beautiful!