Raising Memories: End of Summer & PhD Party!
  

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

End of Summer & PhD Party!

To celebrate Ken's successful PhD defense, my fabulous sister-in-law and mother-in-law put together an "End of Summer/PhD Party" and got a bunch of our friends and family together to play games, enjoy food, and celebrate!


My sister-in-law was in charge of the games and she came up with some really fun ideas! With the help of my brother-in-law who brought this awesome rope, she planned for a game of tug-of-war.

She also created this giant Twister game with spray paint! We used an app to "spin" and then had fun watching everyone get twisted up!





Of course, we wore our T Shirts to the party, proudly!


Finally, there was a game of water balloon volleyball! It was impressive the range of ages that got into this game! :)  The youngest kids took the task of delivering new balloons quite seriously and it was pretty entertaining to watch the whole game!


I didn't think to take photos of the food (I guess by that point, I was just focused on eating), but my mother-in-law put together a fabulous spread of food and treats for everyone to enjoy. It was so nice to see friends and family gather together to congratulate Ken and have fun before summer ended!


I wish I had more photos just of the people who were there, but I do have this shot of my sister and niece (above) and our family with my parents (below).


I don't know where we'll end up next, but it will definitely be sad to say goodbye to supportive friends and family if we end up moving away! I'm so grateful to them. I'm also grateful for the ones who live far from here- it was a touching surprise to receive some cards in the mail addressed to Doctor Ken! :)


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28 comments:

  1. That is so cool! What an awesome way to celebrate earning a PhD! :D

    Love how you guys played twister right in the grass. I'll have to find that app, lol.

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    1. It was so fun! I would definitely do that one again!

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  2. What an amazing way to celebrate! Congratulations to your husband!!! You must be so proud.

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes! It's so nice to have it complete :)

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  3. What a fun way to celebrate with family and friends. It takes a village to get through a PhD so everyone should celebrate together! The twister board is a great idea.

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  4. This is exciting news, Heather! It is always great to get family and friends together to celebrate a special event or a milestone. It would be sad to have to day goodbye to people who are near and dear to you. It would also be a great adventure to begin!

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    1. Thank you! :) Yes, I'm very curious to see where things will lead from here!

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  5. The tug of war game is so much fun for everyone.

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  6. What a great way to wrap up the summer. Love the creativity of the games played!

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  7. Looks like this was a lot of fun for everyone :-)

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  8. Looks like a very fun and creative party was had.

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  9. Debbie White BeattieOctober 26, 2017 at 10:10 PM

    It looks like you all had a great day celebrating and it must feel great knowing all of Dr. Ken's schooling is done. By the way, what kind of Doctor is he?

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    1. His PhD is in medical sciences. He's a cellular biologist. :)

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    2. Debbie White BeattieNovember 4, 2017 at 11:04 PM

      holy moly he's really smart

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  10. Looks like you had a great time

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  11. Looks like a blast!!

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  12. I thought I commented on here. I loved your shirts. You're so good at making things special.

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  13. Congratulations, looks like everyone enjoyed themselves

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  14. So who won the tug-of-war or was it classified as a draw?

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  15. Sounds like everyone had a great time!!

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  16. Wow, that's wonderful! Congrats and it looks like a fun party.

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  17. Congratulations! Looks like an amazing time. It's been a while since I have played those outdoor games like tug-of-war.. So much fun!

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  18. Congrats and that looked like a pretty epic party!! The personalized t-shirts are such a nice touch too.

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~Heather Lynne

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