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Graduation Time

Tis the season! Graduation season that is.  It's hard to believe that this month marks my 16th year I've been graduated from high school and 12 from college.

High school isn't really a big deal to me.  It wasn't really my favorite time of life.  I had braces, frizzy hair, and was rather awkward.  It's college that I really grew up and found myself.  It was one of the best experiences of my life.  Learning to live outside of my parent's home, figuring out what I wanted to do with my life and truly embracing that I have CF and not letting it stop me from reaching my goals.

I can't say that when I walked across that stage 12 years ago that I envisioned the life I live now (it's way better then I could have dreamed).  There were 2 things for sure: 1) I wanted to marry Will and 2) I would have a bulldog.

#2 happened first...I got my beloved Sophie the very next day!  #1 took another year to happen :)

My little brother just graduated from USC on May 5th.  Coincidently 12 years to the day after I graduated!  Crazy!

I started to look back through some old college pics to see if I could find a picture of us when I graduated.   BUT I HAVE NO PICTURES!  How can that be?  I lived with a camera attached to me in college...I have pictures of way more things then I should have pictures of (don't worry college friends, I won't post them!).  But, my college graduation..the biggest day of my life (up to that point) and I have nothing.

Yes - this was back when we still used cameras with film.  Wow - makes me feel old.   Now, my phone is attached to me and that takes better pictures then my actual camera.

So, thankfully after just chatting with my stepmom...she has pictures and is going to send them to me!  YAY!

Back to my brother...here are some pics of his big day!  This is just the beginning of a whole new adventure.  I hope all your dreams come true (and you make the big bucks 😜)!!


The fam
Taylor & Carly
Party Time


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