I've known for about 4 months now that June was going to be busy, but the beginning of June still took me by storm. A really fun and wonderful storm!
Two weekends ago, my husband graduated from his apprenticeship. The pictures throughout this post are all from the day of his graduation. This day has been 5 years coming. Because I was 5 years younger when this all started, I'd often think about how hard it all was for me. Before Piper was here, I would go to work all day just to come home to an empty house at night. Nick wouldn't get home until about 9 p.m. and I felt like we were missing out on some of our life together two nights every week.
In the beginning, it wasn't very often that would I think about how hard it all was for him, but it didn't take too long for me to realize who had the shorter end of the stick. I couldn't imagine the amount of energy it took for him to go to work all day, just to go straight to a night class two nights a week. Those were some long 15 - 17 hour days, depending on how early he had to be to work.
When Piper came around, all of this got even harder. Piper was born right in the middle of Nick's 4th year of schooling. When Piper was 5 days old, he was back to his night classes. Our family pitched in on those extra long days when I was still recovering from my c-section with a newborn, all alone. I am thankful for the company his mom and the rest of our family provided in those early days.
I have to say a special thanks to my mother-in-law, too. Even throughout this 5th year of Nick's apprenticeship, she made sure to give me a break almost every Tuesday this past year. She would watch Piper for a bit in the evening so I could go work-out or just have some time to myself. That was a big blessing for us all!
Night class was the last place Nick wanted to be when he was a new father, but he did it for us all. I can still remember the feelings I had when I heard him pull in the driveway after his first 15-hour day away from Piper and I. My heart raced and I cried happy tears because we made it through his first night-class with a newborn. Now that Nick has graduated and completed his 5-year apprenticeship, I find myself feeling my heart race and my eyes swell up with those same tears. We made it through it all, my husband is a Journeyman.
The graduation banquet was held last weekend in Pittsburgh. Nick and I left Piper at home, where Nick's mom watched her during the day, and my mom stayed over to watch her throughout the night. This was the first time that Nick and I were overnight somewhere that we couldn't get back home within 30 minutes, if needed. Thankfully, there was an open bar and that helped wash away any worry that we may have had, leaving Piper overnight. Even so, Piper was in good hands so we didn't really have to worry much at all.
The banquet for Nick's graduation was held at the Lamont restaurant in Pittsburgh, and the view was incredible. We ate dinner on top of the city, and watched as the city lit up from day to night. It is a view we'll never forget!
The union definitely treats their workers well. We are so blessed for Nick to have this job.
Nicholas is one of the hardest working men I know, and I couldn't be more thankful that he is the one leading our family. We are incredibly blessed, and we are so looking forward to having him back at nights, 7 days a week, forever.