Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Graduation !!!

Bryan and I have experienced some of the best days of our lives this past weekend!!

(long post and lots of pictures. Remember this serves as my journal too!!)

He has completed his Masters in Civil Engineering and graduated!!!!!

Oh, Happy Day!!!!

I am so very proud of Bryan. I'm just in awe when I look at him. He is such a wonderful man. He is handsome, disciplined, and a great leader for me. I admire his perseverence over the past several years!! Yet, he is humble in all his sucess. Did you know my husband was inducted into an engineering honor society, yet he tells no one!! I will!!!!!

We have had a wonderful weekend of celebration! I took the afternoon off on Friday and attended 2 receptions with him and then he and I went to the university wide graduation at OU on Friday night. We had so much fun together, just he and I!!

This is Bryan and I at the OU Graduate College reception.

He also got a "free" t-shirt that says "Master" on it. I thought it was funny since I occassionally call him Master Haskins, even before he got his degree!
We had time to kill after the receptions so we hit up campus corner. I love shopping OU's campus corner. I found this plate for 50% off because it had a small crack. I love it!!! I will probably display it in our new house. I don't want to have it out in our current house in case an OSU fan comes by. It may deter them from buying our house!! :-) You know how those Poke fans can be!! :-)
Bryan also found an OU tie. Not too flashy. He needed a longer red tie anyway. He decided last minute to wear it to the evening graduation. Here he is tying it in the parking garage! It tends to take him a while to tie his ties!!

The ceremony at OU's graduation was spectacular. They even had a great fireworks display at the end. Here's a small video:
I thought it was great they played "Oklahoma" and parts of Boomer Sooner!!

Although we've paid them money to do so :-), OU has been good to us! We LOVE THE University of Oklahoma!!!

Bryan and I after the graduation Friday night. For some reason, I took my hair down. It turned out to be a sticky humid evening. I don't like these pictures all that well.

My face looks as fat and square as the tunnel openning in the background!!! In my defense, my lymphedema leg was swollen huge and had a heat rash. It had been a long day. But worth it!!
Saturday was the College of Engineering Convocation.
I love this picture of Lloyd Noble Center at OU prior to the Convocation. Bryan's Aunt took it! Thank you Aunt Cindy!!

The family who came:
Bryan and His Parents

My Granny and cousin James!!

Bryan's aunt and uncle drove from NW AR. We were thrilled to have them and appreciate the time they gave to us this weekend.

Katie asked to come to the graduation with me. She was so much fun!! She borrowed my OU necklace to wear to the graduation.
I love this next picture of Bryan and Katie!
We love her!!!

With Bryan's parents assistance, we were able to have a nice reception for Bryan afterwards.

Bryan and his cake! Do you recognize the plate?

This is a picture of Bryan and his childhood babysitter, Roberta along with her family. Roberta was a huge influence and encouragement to Bryan. It meant a lot for them to drive up from Ada. Bryan had told me on Friday she was a big reason why he is the person he is today.

Here are some additional snapshots of family and friends during the reception!
Although it is the back of Ava and Stella Gorton, I love this picture of the two of them looking up to the adults. They liked watching Bryan open gifts and cards.

The Gorton Family.....our dear friends and my boss!!

It was a spectacular time of celebration. We are so blessed!!!!
This is a shot of the next upcoming graduate!!! They came by the office last week and she wanted to practice!! I'm telling you....I love that our friends let me love their children!!! They warm my heart and make me happy!!!

I can't believe she is 5 years old!!!! I think her parents may have miscalculated her age!!!
Watch Brooklyn's blog. Ava graduates from pre-school this week!

p.s. Still working on the house: painting, staging, cleaning, and mowing. In the evenings we try to take advantage of the daylight and no rain. I hope to read and comment on your blogs in the next year!! Ha!!


Megan L Hutchings said...

CONGRATULATIONS BRYAN!!! I am so proud of him and so happy for this time in his life. All of his hard work will DEFINITELY pay off in the long run :)!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations to your husband! Too bad his hood is orange - that is not a Sooner fan's favorite color!! What a weekend for you to endure all of those ceremonies & convocations. We only went to one of Bobby's and it was soooo long. Good, but long! I have pics on my blog from it. My poor hubby didn't get a dinner, reception, or even any gifts. I guess you're a better wife than I am! ;-)

Kelly said...

Congratulations to Bryan! So exciting!!! Thanks for sharing all the pics! And you are CRAZY - you look beautiful!
God put ya'll on my heart this morning and I prayed for you. I do often but I just really was thinking of you today. I know ya'll are busy with life changes - graduation,selling your house - I pray it all goes well!!!

Faith said...

Congratulations Bryan and Julie!!! This is an awesome accomplishment and I know you must be so proud. I'm thankful that the Lord has brought you both this far and I pray He blesses you abundantly!

valerie said...

Tell Bryan congratulations! What a proud day.
I swear when I was watching the video with
the songs "Oklahoma" & "Boomer Sooner" playing I had tears in my eyes. And those!
I think it's great that you all had such a wonderful day with family and friends. The reception sounded so nice. I love the plate, by the way. :)
You looked so pretty Julie. You are such an amazing wife. You are always so proud of Bryan and so encouraging and thoughtful.
I'm so far behind on reading all of my favorite blogs, but will definitely head over to Brooklyn's to read about her little one's graduation.
I'm keeping you in my prayers.
Love you,

Kimberly said...

Congratulations on your achievement. I went to 3 high school graduations, and 1 kindergarten, and i thought my backside was asleep permanently. That looks like it went on forever. Granny looks great in the pictures.