Even though I woke-up at 3:30am on Friday to the pouring rain and thunder, knowing that Graduation would 99.8% be held indoors, I ended up having one of the best days I've had in a while. (Totally trumped my birthday the previous week!) And I guess you could say it was a marvelous day too! The only way to relive this day is to show you a slew of bad quality photos that I will forever hold near and dear to my heart!
So after I woke-up I did the usual morning routine to get ready for "school" one last time. My mom and Jimmy decorated the kitchen with balloons and graduation banners, a nice way to brighten the dark gloomy morning. I made a delicious breakfast of some buckwheat cereal with cocoa powder, peanut flour, and vanilla stevia (I need to share this non-recipe with you!) and fresh summer blueberries and strawberries. Two things going good so far...take that Friday the 13th! I drove in the pouring rain to the school, parked and waited for the rain to let up before running from the parking lot in to the cafeteria where the PTSA was holding a pre-grad breakfast. From there we had to wait over on hour before we got our caps, gowns, and cords. I had a purple and gold cord for Latin Honor Society, and a surprise-to-me yellow cord for high honors (a GPA above a 4.0)! Woohoo! Since it was still pouring out, we couldn't even practice outside, so inside practice was our only option. We got that done pretty quickly, then put our gowns on to take a few class pictures, and then I booked it out of there and headed on home by 11:15!
When I got home the sun came out shining brighter than ever. Really?! O, Mother Nature. But I was still in a great mood and full of energy. So I got in a crazy good workout that left me even more energized. I was literally jumping out of my skin excited and happy at this point in the day. The rest of the time before graduation flew by. I got all dressed up in a black dress and black stilettos (hoping I wouldn't trip and die, but since it was inside, the chances of that we very small. Plus I have had those shoes forever and never got to wear them, so why not on this glorious day?), had dinner at 4:30 and then we headed back to the school. In the meantime the storm came back full force!
We met my grandparents there, I left everyone to sit in the gym for hours before the ceremony started at 7pm and went to stand in the cafeteria with all the students taking pictures and waiting anxiously to get this show in the road.
Then it was finally time to proceed in. Things were getting real now! But still not really real. It still seemed surreal at this point. Here I am walking in to the gym.
Then the numerous speeches by the principal, top 7 students, the super-intendent, and the choir. It actually went pretty fast, but I started to drop at this point. My energy was slipping. Way to close to my bed time now. The adrenaline was wearing off. But...soon they started calling the names of the students so I had to stay awake! I am close to the end so I had a ways to go. But it finally was my turn.
(That is all a fraud. They give you an empty diploma book. We had to pick up our actual diplomas after the ceremony, back in the cafeteria 😛 Kills the excitement!)
After I sat back down, and the names we all through, I started getting the chills. This was real. I had just graduated. The obligatory throw your cap in the air (I did a small toss since I didn't want to lose it!) and we proceeded out of there! (only an hour and a half for my class of 430! Yay, it was quick!) Did this really just happen? But then I had to push through crowds of the new grads and get my diploma, then walk all over the school trying to find my parents, Jimmy, and grandparents. I should have stayed in one spot, but I didn't and those stilettos ceased to be my friend. I finally ran in to my Jimmy and my dad and we headed outside to my grandparents and mom and take a few last pictures before we left.
Then I was so exhausted, my dad and Jimmy took me home so I could eat something, take a shower, and hit the hay! They all went out to dinner though with my grandparents after they dropped me off, haha! But that is fine by me! Eating out is torture anyway 😉 I ended up getting a bit side-tracked on Facebook and twitter, but hey, I had to share my happiness and jubilation with the world! I got to bed by 10:30, fell asleep right away, and woke-up, no longer a Lion, but a fresh new GWU Colonial!
They only way to celebrate on Saturday morning? Pancakes of course!
Now it is time to savor the Summer and get ready for a whole new world/life/experience! I think it is still going to take a few days for all this to sink in. Until then...have a Happy Power Monday! See you back here to tomorrow with some things I am loving lately and the winner of the Skoop Giveaway! Enter by tonight for your chance to win!
So tell me:
+ Did it take awhile for reality to sink in after you graduated? Did it feel real right away?
+ Tell me something marvelous about your weekend!
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