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Congrats to Graduate Kelly!

by Meghann on May 2, 2009

Last night I could not have been more proud of my little sister. After exactly 4 years of hard work my she practically skipped across that big stage and received her Bachelor of Science in Anthropology, Magna Cum lade, from Florida State University!


Congratulations Kelly!!!!

Like me, my sister is a very organized person. We thrive on schedules that allow for ample of time to achieve our goals in a timely manner. After witnessing the hectic chaos that was my graduation, Kelly had designed a plan to make sure she was able to get all of the pictures she needed as well as have time to eat and get to the ceremony with enough time to spare.

The schedule had us ready to go promptly at 2:00 for pictures around the campus. Please prepare yourself for a ton of pics. We took so many good ones and I am just so proud of my little sis.

First up the Stadium.


Check out how cute my sis and her boyfriend are.


The fountain outside the stadium.



And of course the famous landmark of FSU, Westcott Fountain.



I <3 my Sister.


Partial family shot.


Unfortunately my two brothers could no make the ceremony. We missed them!

After pictures it was time for our 4:00pm dinner reservations at a cute french restaurant called Chez Pierre.


I remember hearing about this place when I was a freshman at FSU, but have never had the pleasure of eating a full meal. It does have a wonderful atmosphere with an outside patio that is always hopping durin happy hour.


After two hours of taking photos in the Florida sun we were all very hot and looking to cool down. The idea of ordering a bottle of wine was suggested for the occassion, but was quickly dismissed when we heard their great beer selection.

I happily ordered a Shock Top.


The guest of honor enjoyed her New Castle.


Since it was graduation weekend, the restaurant had a special graduation dinner menu.


It took me a while to decide what I wanted. All the salads looked really good, but I just had salad for lunch and was trying to be adventurous so I went for the main course offerings.


I selected the Grilled Grouper in a Citrus Broth. I asked for it sans rice with double the steamed veggies.


I loved it! The fish flavor was very subtle and the citrus broth was strong and tropical. I ate the majority of the fish and passed the last 1/3 of the fish to my sister’s boyfriend.

With the meal I enjoyed 2 tiny pieces of French Bread.


After dinner we headed back to my sister’s apartment and I had a small handful of M&Ms that were staring at me.


Around 6:30 it was time to head to the main eventDSCN0100.JPG

There were approximately 1800 graduates walking across the stage last night and 15,000 total in the civic center. (there were three cereomonies in total over the weekend for FSU)


Luckily were able to find Kelly at the beginning close to the stage.


As much as I love my sister and loved watching her take her walk, watching the other 1799 other graduates have their names called just wasn’t the same. So I brought a little reading material.


And once I finished the magazine my Mom and I had fun with the camera.


A little more then half way through I snacked on an Apple. It had officially been 5 hours since my dinner at this point.


When it was all over we found were able to relatively quickly track my Sister down and give our congrats!


She had been texting her desire for Ice Cream during the ceremony so off to Cold Stone we went!

I was very excited to see they had Sinless Cake Batter.


Yes Please!

I had a Like It of the Sinless Cake Batter with Heath Bar pieces and Sprinkles.


Sooo good!!

I like to ask for a sample spoon with my ice cream and eat my bowl with the sample spoon.


It forces me to take little bites and make the ice cream last longer.

After all the excitement I was beat and ready to crash.

I’ll be back later with a recap of my 18 miler this morning!!! πŸ™‚

1 verbalriot May 2, 2009 at 10:47 am

congrats to the sis! Her dress is so cute!

2 Megan May 2, 2009 at 10:50 am

Congrats to your sister!! I love the pics! And I love that issue of Runner’s World.. by far one of my favorite magazines!

3 Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks May 2, 2009 at 10:56 am

Awwww, such fun pictures! You are your sis are too cute!

Hope your run goes well!!

4 Jennifer May 2, 2009 at 10:57 am

Yay congrats to your sister. I love cake batter ice cream but they never carry the sinless version at my Coldstone!

5 Crunchy Granola Girl May 2, 2009 at 11:05 am

Ooh that must have been a long graduation! You were smart to bring a magazine lol…maybe I should bring one to my own graduation?

I hope you survive your 18 miles (that’s crazy long)- I’m running my first half-marathon tomorrow so I plan on reading your race recaps for advice later tonight!

6 modhealth May 2, 2009 at 11:13 am

Your mom looks like a blast! Your pictures are reminding me that I’m graduating in 5 weeks. Scary! I hope your 18 miler goes well!

7 Natalie May 2, 2009 at 11:28 am

Congrats to Kelly!!!!

Your pictures together are beyond adorable. πŸ™‚

8 carolinebee May 2, 2009 at 11:28 am

Cognrats to your sis! Her heels and your dress are to die for- you look soo cute! Have fun today

9 Sharon May 2, 2009 at 11:31 am

Hahaha, what awesome pictures!!!! And congratulations to Kelly!!!

10 lilveggiepatch May 2, 2009 at 11:34 am

Congrats to Kelly!!! She looks like a love baby between you and Caitlin πŸ™‚

11 *Andrea* May 2, 2009 at 11:36 am

ummmm your Dress is ADORABLE!!!!!!!!! you and your sister are so cute… remind me of my sister and I which I hope we will be close like you two when we’re out of college πŸ™‚

12 Melissa May 2, 2009 at 11:37 am

congrats kelly! Magna! you rockstar!

I can’t wait to see my little sister graduate from OSU next month!

Excited for the long run recap.

13 Yasmin May 2, 2009 at 11:40 am

How exciting for your sister! Congratulations and cute dress!

14 runsarah May 2, 2009 at 11:52 am

Congrats Kelly! Love all the fun photos πŸ™‚

15 Stace May 2, 2009 at 11:52 am

Love your blog! I’m from St. Pete and went to FSU (live in NYC now) and your posts always make me smile. This one hit a little too close to home, I had to comment. 9 years later, I STILL miss Tallahassee! Congrats to your sister!

16 jenngirl May 2, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Congratulations to your little sis!! All of these pictures are adorable, and make me so excited/happy for yall!! πŸ™‚

17 ksgoodeats May 2, 2009 at 12:13 pm

CONGRATS KELLY!!! By the way I LOVE your shoes!

18 Shelby May 2, 2009 at 12:37 pm

CONGRATULATIONS KELLY!!! Your shoes are fierce!

19 linds May 2, 2009 at 12:43 pm

haha love the around campus poses πŸ™‚ And I absolutely adore your dress meghann, you look stunning. Congrats to your sister!

20 Shannon May 2, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Congrats to your sis…Ok so I HAVE to know where your dress is from. I LOVE IT.

21 bobbi May 2, 2009 at 12:51 pm

you two look stunning congrats to KELLY!!!!! HOW FUN!

cant wait to hear how your 18 miler went πŸ™‚

22 amanda May 2, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Seriously every time I see a picture of you and your family on the blog I always think (no matter how many times I remind myself) “wait -she has two sisters?” your mom looks like she could be one of your sisters!

23 Sarah May 2, 2009 at 1:18 pm

I love your polka dot dress. Very Minnie Mouse, but in a good way! I bet you could wear red shoes or carry a red bag, or even green would look HOT! Not that you need anything to look hotter. Crap, I’m digging a hole.

Coldstone. Yum. Better?

24 stephanie p May 2, 2009 at 1:29 pm

congrats to your sister! graduating is such a happy day. has anyone ever said your sister looks like she is related to caitlin??!

25 Sarah May 2, 2009 at 2:15 pm

congrats to your sister kelly and cute pictures, both of you!

26 Marissa May 2, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Cute dress!

27 L.A. Daze May 2, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Congrats to your sister! I love the pictures. Wish I did that around my campus.

28 Melissa S. May 2, 2009 at 3:29 pm

yay for kelly!!!! she looks wonderful and has accomplished such a great feat!

29 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) May 2, 2009 at 3:40 pm

CONGRATS KELLY!!! And I LOVE Kelly’s shoes and your dress. Big fan of black and white over here, and y’all just look super cute. πŸ™‚

30 getfitslowly May 2, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Congratulations to your sister!! It looks like you both have a great day,

And yes, the one thing I hate about graduations is how long they can be. I remember skipping my own high school graduation because I refused to sit there for 4 hours (we had 1300 people in our graduating class!)

31 HelpMeghanRun May 2, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Congrats to your sister! πŸ™‚ And I *love* your dress…where’d you get it?

Check out my blog!

32 Emily May 2, 2009 at 4:26 pm

That looks like a great time, I hope your 18miler went well!!

33 karla May 2, 2009 at 5:47 pm

congrats to your sister! my little sister graduated today from Jacksonville University. good luck w/ the 18 miler!

34 meg May 2, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Congrats to Kelly! What fun pics!

35 biz319 May 2, 2009 at 6:29 pm

What a great day! Wow, that’s a lot of graduates!

Love all the campus pics too!

Good job Kelly!

36 Pearl May 2, 2009 at 7:45 pm

what a gorgeous family! πŸ™‚

37 Kelly (sister) May 2, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Thanks Everyone for all the Congrats!!! I am so happy to share the title of alumni with my sister! I can’t to start graduate school in the fall. Thanks for all the shoe and dress comments! I went to the mall about 8 times to find the right outfit. πŸ™‚

38 Beverly May 4, 2009 at 2:38 pm

What a fun weekend! Your dress is adorable! And I LOVE your sister’s shoes!!

39 Jojo May 6, 2009 at 9:53 pm

I realize I’m a little late in this response but I’ve been away from my computer all weekend! I wanted to congratulate your sister from one FSU alumni to another! GO NOLES!

40 Marianne May 7, 2009 at 10:45 pm

That is one huge stadium to have a grad ceremony in. We have nothing like that here!

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