Graduation Weekend: Three Days…One Post

My sister graduated from KU this weekend! We had a lot of family in town for the event. I took a few hours off of work on Thursday afternoon, all of Friday, and half of Monday. On Thursday afternoon, my parents, Grandma Cam, and aunt and uncle from California arrived. My other aunt lives in KC so she was already here. We went to dinner with my sister and her boyfriend at Woodyard BBQ. Everybody LOVED the food. Then we all went our separate ways and my parents, grandma, and I headed back to my house to unload the suburban. It turns out that our garage is too small or the suburban is too tall. The suburban does not clear the roof with the luggage racks on. However, my parents couldn’t park in the street because they would have to move by 7am the next morning. So…at 9:30 at night, my dad and I were outside taking the luggage racks off. We got a few odd looks, but then we parked in the garage for the rest of the weekend!

Friday morning, my parents and I woke up early and went to the grocery store to grab everything we needed for feeding people on Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday. Then we got ready to head to Lawrence to Robin’s small Communication Studies graduation. She was the student speaker for this graduation and it was AWESOME! You cannot image how proud I was to see my little sister as the only student seated on stage next to all of the distinguished professors. Her speech was FANTASTIC! I probably would have teared up if I hadn’t been totally focused on keeping my iPhone as still as possible while recording her speech.

Robin’s Graduation Speech

Robin’s Graduation Speech

Graduate Robin After Speech

Graduate Robin Being Cheesy

The photos were taken after her speech while she was waiting in line to receive her diploma.

Robin’s Graduation – Receiving Diploma

Robin’s Graduation – Receiving Diploma

There was a small reception after the ceremony. We got to meet one of Robin’s favorite teachers.

Graduate Robin and Jenny

Sorry about the bad picture. They chose the worst picture-taking room for the reception. She had such great things to say about Robin, which was nice to hear even though we already know how awesome Robin is at everything she does.

Graduate Robin and I

We were being a little silly.

Graduate Robin and Dustin

Well, I guess Robin is a little silly all of the time. I’m not sure what face she’s making at Dustin, but he seems amused…

Graduate Robin and Grandma Cam

There she’s being serious! I don’t think Mom and Dad got pictures with Robin, but Grandma Cam did. Actually, I don’t even know if the other grandparents or any family members got pictures with her. Oops!

After the ceremony, we went our separate ways. Robin, Aunt Cindy, Dustin, and Uncle Donald met Grandma and Grandpa Latham at the Hollywood Casino. The rest of us went home to begin preparing cupcakes, food, etc. for Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday was tiring. I was completely wore out by the end of the day and everybody could tell. We woke up early again and immediately began to prepare food again. We cooked all morning and grabbed a quick lunch from Zaina. Then we ventured out and met everybody else at Prydes. After shopping around Prydes, EVERYBODY headed back to my place to hang out before dinner. Robin, Dustin, and Dustin’s parents and sister arrived. We decorated cupcakes, made a guest book, and grilled hamburgers and hot dogs.

Cupcake Decorating

We had a lot of help decorating cupcakes, which was good!

Cupcake Decorating

Luckily, we bought two spreaders from Prydes!

Cupcake Decorating

Dustin was in charge of taking pictures. From left to right: Robin, Me, Aunt Jeanne, Diane, Danielle, and Grandma Cam.

Graduation Cupcakes

I think they turned out really well. It would only be better if we could have found black cupcake liners. The cupcakes were Robin’s idea.

Guest Book

We made a guest book out of 8.5 by 11 inch scrap book paper. We cut the paper in half, punched holes, and tied them all together with two pieces of ribbon.

Robin and Guest Book

It’s not the most professional, but it worked. We had people write on any page they wanted.

We stayed up late playing Mexican Train Dominoes and decorating the party room. I slept like a rock.

We had to wake up pretty early on Sunday because the graduation ceremony began at 10:30am and we had to drive to Olathe to meet up with the rest of the party and then struggle with traffic and parking in Lawrence. Of course, there was an accident that set us back a few minutes, but we made it with plenty of time to spare. We watched Robin walk down the hill and into the stadium. We stayed for the entire ceremony and then took off. I was able to get one picture of Robin on my phone right after the ceremony.

Graduate Robin

Then we headed back to my place and had a little party with even more family! Everybody went home except my parents and my aunt and uncle. My sister begins her job as Account Coordinator at Skyline¬†on Wednesday. Wish her luck! <—-Not that she needs it.

On Monday, my parents and I met up with Aunt Jeanne, Aunt Cindy, and Uncle Donald and we went to tour the Harley Davidson factory. It was a very interesting tour. After eating lunch, the weekend was finally over and everybody went their separate ways.

I was sad to see everybody go. It was a lot of work and I’m still tired from it, but I’d rather have my family and friends around than not.

Congrats to all of the graduates out there!

  1. Sharon B’s avatar

    Congrats to your sister!



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