I graduated this weekend.
I am SO very fortunate to have a group of people who love me, support me, and wouldn't miss me graduate for the world. About half of my family came into town from Nashville to watch me graduate, so to accomodate all 12 of them, my parents borrowed a family friend's lakehouse for the weekend. Fine with me, because have you ever been in a college apartment before? Yeah, we ain't gonna fit.
Come to find out this lakehouse is a solid hour away from I live/downtown. Guess how many times I made that trip? Too many. I'm never driving again after this weekend.
Also, come to find out the lake is experiencing a drought. It was fun swimming in that water....
Anywho, my brother and his fiance, Shannon came into town Wednesday. We had lunch at Iron Cactus and lounged my the pool until my mom and stepdad made it to town. And because we didn't eat enough at lunch (sike), we headed to Hopdoddy shortly after to eat my favorite burgers eveeeeer. Seriously so good. Next time you're in Austin, make sure you go here.
Thursday, I somehow got conned into going to the grocery store with my mom. I don't know how she gets me every. single. time. We always go on a lunch outing or something similar and she always conveniently has to go to the grocery store after. What a trickster. Moms are fun like that. That night my dad flew in so I took him to Chuy's for some Tex Mex and margs. My dad is really into live music, and since I wasn't about to take him to a college bar on a Thursday night, I took him to a place called "Hole In The Wall" by my apartment. I've never been to it, but I always hear bands playing there, so I thought I'd give it a shot. The bar really lived up to its name. It was a dump. The live band turned out to be some effing weird folk band in kilts, singing about their homeland and the birds. Let's just say I'll never be going back there ever again.
Friday was the big graduation day. Since my parents are divorced and my dad staying at the lakehouse wasn't really an option, he got a hotel downtown. I was stressed and on a strict time crunch because I had to get my uncle and cousins from the airport, so I rushed to pick my dad up to get the day started. In my fluster, I didn't realize that I had to somehow fit 4 people in my tiny Mustang. My dad and uncle are large men and my cousins aren't exactly small. Not the most pleasurable drive I've ever made. I'm sure we looked like a clown car. By the time we got back, my family from the lakehouse made it into town and we all crammed into my tiny apartment. The common theme of the day was apparently to cram large people into small places. It got hot, real quick. Around this time was when Graham finally met the whole fam. He was a little overwhelmed.. I don't think he realized there were going to be this many redneck people in one place. Poor guy. He was a good sport.
We hit up some food trucks and eventually made it graduation. I literally thought I was going to die sitting down there during the ceremony. It was 143 degrees and the whole time I was concerned about my cap and gown melting because evidently they're made out of recycled water bottles and can melt with heat. How very Austin of them. I also had this irrational fear I was going to trip on stage. Buttttt, I did it! And now I'm officially a Texas Ex. I definitely thought I'd be more emotional during the ceremony.
Friday night was all about celebrating and having a good time. Twas a great night with great people. I am a very very very lucky girl.
The rest of the weekend was a blur, filled with lots of food, lots of laughing, lots of alcohol. Oh and lots of driving. How would I forget that? Oh well, that's what you do when you celebrate. You go big. I really enjoyed having my family in town, but I'm ready to get back to real life now.
To my family reading this, thank you all for everything yall did this weekend. I am so very blessed to have people love me enough and be so proud of me to travel so far to watch me graduate. I couldn't have made it this far without your love and support.
Time for the next stage of my life! Finding a job has now become my full time job :)
Oh oh oh! And how could I forget?!?! A big congrats to my cousin/best friend for finally poppin out a baby! Happy birthday Ella Reese! You are so beautiful and I cannot wait to meet you! Being an aunt is one of my favorite things :)