Monday, May 21, 2018

kelsey's graduation

All my siblings are officially college graduates now! Congratulations, Kelsey!

On Saturday we drove to St. Mary's for Kelsey's graduation. Unfortunately the weather was a bit dreary, so the graduation was moved indoors and was held at the new athletic center. Fortunately, we arrived early and were able to get floor seats next to a small open area that served as Mae's playroom. The ceremony was lovely, and all the speeches had just the right balance of retrospective nostalgia vs. optimism for the future. We were all so impressed with all of Kelsey's achievements (Summa Cum Laude and multiple business school awards!) and so proud to see her recognized for them!

The drizzling rain had stopped by the time the ceremony finished, so Kelsey was able to get photos with friends and family outside. Then we all went back to Mom and Dad's hotel room for snacks and champagne (while Mae napped in the pack n' play that we set up in the hotel bathroom.)

In the evening, we went out for dinner at a posh little restaurant downtown before driving back to my parents house. They entertained Mae while we ate, so Dan and I actually got to enjoy our meals!

Congratulations again, Kelsey! I am so proud, so excited to see what your future holds, and so happy to have an excuse to come hang out in Chicago soon!

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