David’s graduation was almost 2 weeks ago now! I figure I better write some memories down before I forget it all. Sadly, my selection of photos is very limited! Most were random iPhone pictures.
Anyway, David’s graduation ceremony started at 9 am, so we had to wake up at our normal 6 am time on a Saturday! David left early to meet his classmates and my mom and I drove together about half an hour after David. We found our way to where the ceremony was taking place. Can you believe I’d never been to campus with David in the whole two years he was at Sonoma State?! He always wanted me to go and it just never happened. My mom and I lucked out and actually ran into David’s mom and brother, so we sat next to them and his dad for the ceremony. The ceremony was in direct sunlight, I couldn’t see anything, and it was an unusually windy day. Sounds like fun, huh? It’s too bad graduation ceremonies can’t be more enjoyable. Once David walked my mom and I pretty much left. We were able to meet up with David to take a few photos and then we were off to set up for his party!
The night before I had made three appetizers and two desserts. I made my Buffalo Wing Hummus, the picture above which is Sun-dried Tomato Feta Dip (sharing soon), and tomato, mozzarella, basil skewers. Dessert was a Rachael Ray recipe of Carrot Pineapple Bundt Cake with Sour Cream Frosting and Pioneer Woman’s Chocolate Sheet Cake. I was a very busy girl that Friday night!
We had his party at my parents house in their backyard. It was a pretty low-key barbeque with salads (green, potato, macaroni), sausages, salmon, garlic bread, and baked beans. We had bought a pony keg of Lagunitas IPA and the keg ran out in record time! Luckily my parents have a very well stocked beer fridge that kept everyone happy.
In addition to family members and many friends, we were also surrounded by 7 dogs. In the photo above we have Ryder, Donner, Chloe, and Maverick. It looks like Mav is poppin’ a squat on poor little Chloe but that is not the case. In this photo we’re missing Lexi, Rufio, and Indie. It was quite a mad house but the dogs provided so much entertainment for us. Plus, who can resist cute little Chloe? Everyone wanted and pretty much got to hold her. Plus, that little pup is a boss! She’s definitely an alpha-girl.
As I mentioned, it was an unusually windy day and the night got fairly chilly. We had an outside fire, 2 heaters, and roasted marshmallows. Lots of people left around this time but we still hung out with friends, shared beers, and conversation. The night ended around 10 pm and we went back home with a few more friends. David received LOTS of new beers to try. I don’t think our fridge has ever been so well stocked. He also received some awesome new bourbons and whiskey’s to try, as well as many other gifts.
What I didn’t mention was all of the hard work that got him there. For as long as I’ve been writing this blog, David has been working on his degree in Computer Science. It’s been a long road of deciding to go back to school, to picking a major, to quitting his full time job, to working part time, to going to school full time, then taking on an internship. It’s definitely rocked our world upside down but we’ve also had a blast the last few years. The best part of the graduation is that his hard work will have all paid off once he’s in his new job working for a company doing what he went to school for. We’re both very excited for the future.