WW #70: Graduations GIVEAWAY

Hello, hello my dear mamas and papas.  Hope the end of the school year is going smoothly for you all.

When I was a little kid, graduating meant moving onto high school or college.  For my kids, every year comes complete with a small graduation ceremony.  My boys commemorate the end of each school year with “Moving Up Day”.  During the ceremony, each grade officially moves up to the next grade, symbolically advancing up pews in the school’s church.  The boys dress up in coats and ties and it’s a tear-jerker. Here’s Hedley with his buddy Lyon.


Here are the three boys post having “moved up”.  They were psyched to swap the ties for hoodies and head out to the park for a class picnic complete with soccer balls and nerf guns.


Annaliese commemorated the end of the year with a class breakfast and an adoring hug with her beloved teacher.  This teacher brought her so much confidence and joy.  She’s starting to read and loves to learn.  I hope her future years of school can be filled with this same positive spirit.


After all the various graduations and celebrations, it was time for Mommy and Daddy to head out for date night at our favorite local Italian.  He gets the red, I get the white.  He gets the pasta, I get the fish.  Our regular date night (although it would not rank first on a romantic date ideas list, being pretty predictable at this point) is just what we need.  We love the food and wine and the chance to spend a little time together during which no one asks us for anything!

When was your most recent date night?  Any good ideas for dates with the hubs?  Comment below to enter our weekly giveaway!


Hedley got spiffed up for a dance on Friday night! I won’t get into the fact that the high tops I just purchased him are already almost too small – grrr!  Can’t believe how much he’s sprouted up this past year.


Speaking of footwear, here’s the pair Mommy picked out for a summer of humidity and walking.  These Cole Hahn shoes massage your feet while keeping them cool and the lizard print adds a splash of style.


And for the big news of the week, we’re off to Spain.  As we did last year, we’ve spending some time visiting, swimming, playing tennis, and reconnecting with family.  Having begun the kids summer wardrobe inventory in April, I felt relieved to have that behind me and take off on the plane.  We did forget a few items but at least I remembered the majority of what we needed.  Stay tuned tomorrow for a how to deal with plane travel with kids video that I filmed during our trip…


With so many kids celebrating the end of the year at school, it was hard during May to get much accomplished for CloudMom.  For the first time in four years, I fell behind my weekly video schedule — sniff.  But I’m happy to report that we are beginning our summer… For mama, that means that the kiddos are in a local camp, granting me the time to sink my teeth into your amazing questions and film some vlogs answering them.  Stay tuned for that and for more of our summer adventures.  And thanks so much for following CloudMom.

xx Melissa

Weekly Giveaway

Prize: One (1) $50 Amazon gift card.



  • Enter using the Gleam widget below.
  • Open to U.S readers.
  • You must be 18 or older to enter.
  • You have multiple ways you can enter to increase your chances of winning.
  • The giveaway ends on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time).
  • Winner will be announced on the widget below within 48 hours after the giveaway has ended.

Weekly $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to check back for more! xo

  • shellypeterson

    Congratulations to everyone. It’s nice they do a move up ceremony for everyone. Looks like a great date night.

  • Betsy R Barnes

    The last date we had was Saturday. For years, we would do the usual date night, dinner, movie or maybe bowling. We kind of got a bit bored and a bit tired of the dressing up and going out. We now have some date nights at home, cooking together. Each will pick a recipe, then we decide. We get some wine, turn on the music and cook. We really have fun!

    • Sounds lovely! Glad you found something you both enjoy that you can do together!

  • Kay Saunders

    I couldn’t tell you when our last date night was :/ we have been so busy lately trying to get ready to become foster parents! But my birthday is on Thursday so i’m sure that will be our next date night 🙂

  • Lisa Brown

    Graduations are so fun to celebrate…congratulations!

  • Natalie

    I have not had a date night for a while! Usually we go to a movie, but I think a great date night idea is going roller blading or golfing!

    • Sounds fun! Hope you get a chance to soon! 🙂

  • Julie Wood

    How great for graduation! Your kids are so happy and love their smiles. Date night can be any type of activity. Just being alone and focusing on your mate is great and I like to go to dinner like you do!!

    • I agree – date night can be anything and it’s such a blessing to spend that one on time with your sweetie. Thanks so much for reading!

  • Elisabeth

    With such a busy end of the year I’m sure you’re all looking forward to spending time in Spain, enjoy!

  • debbiewelchert

    Oh my gosh it has been so long since I have had a date with my husband… It would be so nice to go out to a nice restaurant for a change.

  • Katrin Jarvis

    Lately it has been all work and no play, a date night for Father’s Day would be awesome!

  • Christian

    gz to all

  • Vivian Sun

    We haven’t had a date night in 6 years lol…so instead of a date night we will do a day date while our neighbor watches the kids 🙂

  • Rendell P. Valles


  • Katherine Riley

    We usually make a weekend breakfast out together our date night. It becomes our time to sit down relax, talk and make plans. We do go out with our best friends about every other week for dinner.

  • cynthiac

    Enjoy your travels and your down time with the kids at camp. I remember what a restful time that was when my kids were away. I missed them but the “me” time was priceless.

  • Erica Weaver

    ugg i miss sleep having its been along time after having kids we dont get much!!!

  • Tammy Iler

    I love those shoes!

  • michelle robbins

    It’s neat your kiddos have yearly tradition of moving up to the next grade!

  • Janice Cooper

    Spain sounds like fun. You all are going to have a great time and I like your shoes. They look comfy!

  • Laurajj

    Oh this is such a busy time of year with school ending all the graduations and trips. I cannot wait to see all your pictures of Spain! Our little one will be doing a local camp for a few weeks this summer too!

  • mommyto2girlz

    We went on our first real date night in many years this past Valentine’s Day. Our 21st wedding anniversary is this week so maybe we will get to go out again. Thank you!!

  • slehan

    Glad you all were able to get back to Spain. Hope you had a great time.
    Thanks for the contest.
    slehan at juno dot com

  • Shahreen

    Spain is one of my favorite places! Hope you have a wonderful trip.

    • Same! Thanks so much for reading!

  • Sharon Braswell

    Congratulations to all the grads and I know your trip to Spain was great! Thank you!

  • Mendy Dinsmore

    Awesome! I hope this is me that won. I haven’t received an email and I cannot find your email.