Wow, yesterday was quite the day! Celebrating my brother and mom's birthdays at Animal Kingdom left us all quite exhausted today!
As for me, I was lucky enough to sleep in this morning, which is definitely rare. My mom and I were actually just discussing how crazy this week has been for the two of us, and it's hard to believe that now it's already Sunday night and the week is starting all over again... I just hope that it's a little calmer this week than it was last week. It felt like we just never stopped! We'd leave the house shortly after the kids went to school and then get home just in time to pick them up at the end of the day. There was never any down time.
While I was sitting around on the couch in the calm, recovering from the excitement of yesterday, I was looking at pictures that my college put up online all day. Today was the Undergraduate graduation ceremony, which meant that one of my good friends graduated today! Between her pictures and the school's pictures, it was exciting to see everyone in their caps and gowns, and even spot a few people in the crowd with whom I shared some classes. I was so happy for my friend, but at the same time, I missed being in classes with her. We first met at the beginning of my junior year when we were in sign language together and paired up for a project. We hit it off right away and started sitting next to each other in class all of the time and paired up for any activities that had to be completed inside of class or for homework. We were lucky enough to get into the same ASL class the following semester as well, and grew closer over time. She was able to meet my family when I invited her to the Special Olympics that my brother and sister competed in, and then I finally got to meet her parents when they came down to Florida back in September (we were horrible at planning to get together outside of school, but her parents were awesome and it was worth the wait to finally meet them). Even when we no longer had classes together my senior year of college, we always made it a point to get to campus early and have time to sit and talk before heading our separate ways. I miss having that time to hang out with her, but I was so excited for her to graduate today. Hopefully she'll make it down here for vacation again soon and we'll be able to catch up in person again.
It's so weird that the Class of 2016 is already graduating... I have some other friends graduating over the course of this month as well, at other colleges, and I just can't believe that so much time has passed since my own graduation. Tuesday will mark a year since the SUNY New Paltz Class of 2015 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony! It's crazy how much has happened since I graduated! It has certainly been a wild ride this past year, and I look forward to the future now just as much as I did the day I walked across that stage on campus.
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