The little girl in our family graduated from college this weekend! We knew it was inevitable. We saw it coming, got the information months ago, and yet nothing quite compares you for that day…that moment that your first born baby graduates from college. So emotional! We couldn’t be more proud of her.
Before we got to the highlight of the day, a few other things had to happen. The first one being The Drake Relays! Allie ran again this year, which was so exciting!
When you get seats up close, your daughter can see you and smile at ya. We liked that a lot.
She ran the 4×800 and her time was 2:21! Not a personal best for her, but really close to her personal best-so yay!
Here is her relay team. Such talented girls. They do a fantastic job for their school.
We went behind the scenes, and were able to track her down after the race, which was pretty neat. Mostly because I got this million dollar photo of her and her daddy. This look on her face is the culmination of four years of sweat, injuries, traveling, sleeping in strange hotels every weekend, challenging yourself, lifting weights, two a day practices….well, you get it. And there it is…all right there. She did it.
After the relays we met up with family for a picnic in downtown Des Moines at Pappajohns Sculpture Park.
Such a beautiful Spring day. We got lucky.
This whole picnic came together on the fly, but we all enjoyed ourselves anyway. I made Allie’s fav Chicken Tortellini (Grandma Joan’s recipe), sandwiches, goat cheese and mango chutney with crackers. Beth brought huge grapes and wine. I also made Catherine Hepburn Brownies, Blonde Brownies, and Ritzy Rolos.
After the picnic, we were off to commencement. Here’s the photo you only get to take once in your life. Just my luck, it was blurry!
We got some great shots after though. The fam…
Our crew. My Mom and Sis from Oklahoma City came for the weekend. Aunt Beth came too! Nice looking crew!
Allie and Austin posing for pix…
After graduation we all enjoyed a yummy dinner at downtown, at Gramercy. I forgot to take pix there but it was dark anyway. I did get a pic of Allie and her BFF, Alicia. Cutest and silliest girls!!
On Facebook the other day, folks were asking about her major etc. Allie majored in graphic design and minored in web design. She was the first in her class (design) to get a job.
What’s better than being a college grad? Being an employed college grad. She is working as a graphic designer in Des Moines, where she has been interning the last year. She worked really hard to get where she is. She is as happy as can be. Even though she is in Des Moines, she will always be a Husker at heart.