Monday, August 27, 2007

Graduation and Tea Parties

My darling Todd, of whom I am so proud, finally got to walk in graduation this month.
the happy couple
He completed the Executive Masters of Business Administration program at BYU and now makes me call him, "Master Todd." It was two long and hard years of working full time (70+) hours a week plus school 2-3 times a week. He braved presentation after presentation and hours and hours of analyzing case studies and study groups. I did not see him much, but would reach over and touch his side of the bed at 2am or 3am to make sure he was there.
walk of glory
(Here he is doing the walk of glory with Tyler and Brittany.)
His parents were up from St. George and his brother and wife (Tyler and Brittany) came down from Taylorsville. Mom and Dad brought Grandma & Grandpa Green down from Bountiful. We were grateful for everyone's support. We met Marie-Laure and the kids afterward and had a nice lunch somewhere with lots of good meat.
the graduation celebrants
Through it all, he remained cheerful (if sometimes forced) and in good humor.
luke, join the dark side
(Like all good Masters he actually wore his hood and pretended to be the Emperor.)
We are grateful to have lived in Provo this long only if it meant that Todd could have this opportunity.
in front of the Y
(You can tell it's Provo because of the "Y" on the mountain, obviously...)
Maybe if we stay long enough, I will have my turn at a Masters!
todd in his element
Way to go, Bud!

The other grand event I have attended this month was the Princess Tea Party at the Beehive Tea room in Salt Lake. The book club ladies dressed up and brought their little princesses along for some tea and cakes.
ladies who tea
I brought two of my nieces, surrogate princesses to an heir-less queen...we are on the far right.
queen amy with princess hannah
Queen Amy and Princess Hannah were in attendance.

We sat in a private room where the little ladies had a table to themselves.
tea for seven
Each little princess received her own silver tea pot of hot chocolate, a silver server of cream, and a tea cup and plate.
tea pots for everyone
They also dined daintily on flower-shaped sandwiches and strawberries and cream with sugar.
mathilde partaking
I must say that all the princesses really put their training to the test. While there was much fluffiness of dress with lace and organza abounding, there were no spills or messes (except for the littlest princess whom we graciously excuse! She has not completed her etiquette training being not yet 2 years old.)

We had a lovely time and I invite all of you to high tea anytime you visit! I love summer!


Suzie Petunia said...

Congratulations, Todd! We are so proud of you. And we're proud of you, Carrie, for supporting him through it all.

What a lovely tea party. I hope my princesses and I can attend next time! (Except Waverly isn't "in to" princess stuff anymore, so she can pretend to be our servant or something.) :)

Sadie Lou said...

aaww that looks so fun. congrads todd! that must have been alot of work!

brittany said...

Yeah! Congrats, Master Todd!!

I am so happy to see you wearing that skirt. :)

by the way, You won! You won!

mo said...

I'd say that was quite the summer--a masters degree, princess parties, painted libraries, chickens, and girl's camp (among other things). I somehow feel like I missed the summer. Where was I, anyway. Oh yeah, I remember now. I was in the car and in my study. What a lovely tea party. That looks like so much fun!

emma jo said...

Graduations and tea parties? What a way to celebrate the summer! We miss you guys oh so much. Congratulations on becoming a true master and wife to a master.

Julie said...

Congrats!!! That is a lot of dedication and hard work (on both of your parts.)

That princess party looks absolutely FUN! I didn't realize they did that there. What a great thing to do!

Amy Lynn said...

All I remember about graduating with my master's degree is how stinkin' hot it was and how swollen my feet were (I was 7 months pregnant!). I didn't try wearing the hood and being the emperor though...dang it.

The princess party was absolute divinity. Practically perfect in every way...I loved sharing it with so many of my favorite princesses!

Brooke said...

Congrats Todd! He seems as funny as you Carrie! What a huge accomplishment.

andrea said...

since this post is about your husband, i feel i should congratulate him or something. but since i don't even KNOW him, it would be semi-pointless. polite, but semi-pointless. but how great to reconnect with you, my long lost poo! email me, or send me your email address. i'm sure i could find it somewhere on your blog, but the 10 minute snippets i get on here don't allow for much searching around. smoochies...