Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Big Weekend- Part 3:The Downs' Wedding

Well, Downs and Kristen got married! The wedding was at the capitol and was beautiful, then we all headed over the the Greens for the reception.


The Rebel Force

Sara, Downs and Fee

All the girls with New Girl...and Zach

Layni and Sara

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Big Weekend- Part 2: Graduation

Finally, the day had arrived. When I started school back in the Fall of 2004, this was the goal I had been striving to attain. GRADUATION! The night before had taken a toll on all of us, but it could not keep me down...I was going to walk across that stage, shake the hand of some man I have never met before and he was going to hand me a diploma holder with nothing in it. I know, it sounds just like a fairy tale. All the graduates lined up at Old North at 1:30 and began the march across campus. I think it was supposed to be nostalgic for us, but really it was just a long walk to get to the prize. We lined up outside the building that would house the ceremony, and continued to stand in that line for over 20 minutes. "Hurry up and wait" seemed to be the theme of the day. But once we made it into the building, I was greeted by hundreds of people who had come to see me graduate. And as much as I appreciated all of them showing up, I was more excited to see my cheering section with Sara, Eric, Jess, Leo, my mom (Carolyn), Sara's dad (Rick), my dad (Keith), his wife (Margie), and my always supportive in-laws, Bob and Cindy. Everyone watched as I sat in my chair waiting for the big moment. It had arrived...


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Once the Big Show was over, it was time for pictures. My VIP section met me outside where the photo op's were aplenty.

Overall, it was a day filled with many emotions that I'm glad I was able to share with my family. I could never have reached the finish line on this journey without the support of my friends and family, and I am so grateful they were all able to share in the celebration with me.

Us

Eric getting autographs

Ryan and Carolyn

Cindy, Ryan and Bob

Jessica, Keith and Eric

Eric, Carolyn and Ryan

Eric, Keith and Ryan

Rick and Ryan

Monday, May 11, 2009

The Big Weekend- Part 1: Graduation Party

Friday night was the graduation party. Thank you Cindy/mom and Bob for hosting all of us at the house and for all of the great food and drinks. It was so fun to have family and friends in town to celebrate with Ryan! Surprisingly, it didn’t rain at all during the party (we’re going on the 15th straight day of rain) and we were able to spend most of the evening on the back porch. Here are some pictures of the evening…

Eric, Jones, Jeff, Brent and Shiloh

Katy and Elanna

Dave, Leo, Corey, and Kelli

Cindy and Scott

Scott, Autumn, Jaime and Trent

Jena, Zach, Walla, Layni and Kathy

Sara and Shiloh

Levi and Ryan

Regan really enjoyed the Dos Equis