The last high school graduate!

My baby bro graduated high school this past weekend!! He has been done with school for two weeks now, so I'm sure he has felt like a graduate for a while, but I can't believe that he is finally, actually done with high school. My mom had a poster of pictures of him since he was in kindergarten, and I realized this weekend that when I think about him, I still picture him as a cute little second grader. It's hard to believe he's all grown up now! But I am so excited, because he is going to Utah State in the fall, which means that we will live so close to each other!! He's going to hate how often I make him hang out with me haha.

Graduations are one of the times that the whole family gets together. My parents were there, obviously, but so were my grandparents, cousins, and some aunts and uncles. It was great to have some quality family time with every one. It's always a little crazy when we're together!

Being in Boise definitely made me miss it even more-living close to my family, all the things Brandon and I used to do there, all the things we didn't get the chance to do, etc.-so I'm super grateful that we have reasons to keep going back. But I am super happy that Adrian will be in the same state so I can have a little piece of home closer to me. He and my parents will be in Logan this weekend for SOAR (student orientation and registration) and I'm hoping they will be able to come down and stay with us for the weekend.

It's crazy to look at the pictures now, and the pictures that were taken at my graduation seven years ago and see how much the three of us have changed. Even between Anthony's graduation and now, he has grown up so much! It makes me excited to see what the future holds for us, but also a little sad that we're growing up so fast. Adrian will be starting college in the fall, Anthony is getting married in September, and we're having a baby a few months after. I honestly don't know how my parents are handling all the change so well! I'm not even the parent and I can hardly stand it!


Everything about this picture melts my heart. Adrian in his gown, Anthony's cheeser smile (which makes him look so old, what the heck!), my parents squinty smiles that I'm positive have more to do with pride and happiness than how sunny it was that day...


Look at what a difference just a few years makes!!

And the difference of seven years. They were so little!!



Yesterday morning we woke up bright and early to drive to Logan so we could watch our sister-in-law, Candis, graduate! We pulled into town a few hours early, and were able to stop in Wellsville and watch one of our (many) favorite cousins dominate in her soccer game. Brandon's family has the oldest of the cousins, and the youngest on that side of the family is four, so it's way fun for us to be able to watch all their games, and do all the fun, kid things with them (like take them to movies, load them up on sugar, then send them home to their parents; that's our favorite). 

We got to the Spectrum early so we could get good seats, and sat only a few rows back, which was nice, especially because Candis ended up sitting/walking on the complete opposite side. Maybe it's just all the baby hormones, but graduation made me super emotional! Brandon and I didn't get to walk at our own graduation, because we technically graduated in December and moved to Boise in March, but also because Brandon was in Denver for training the weekend of our graduation in the spring. It was a ton of fun to be there and support Candis, along with the rest of Brandon's family and her family. She didn't even trip, and we also got free Aggie Ice Cream afterward! Later, we had a nice little family picnic-indoors, due to the rain-and watched her and Brandon open presents. Brandon's for his birthday, of course.

After the picnic, I went to my friend Jennika's house to meet her new baby! Jenn used to live in Salt Lake, but they moved to Logan not too long ago, and after being at her house for two hours last night, I really wish they would just move back down here!! This is her second baby, so she told me all the best things to get for our little nugget.

This was just one of the three graduation's our families have happening this month. Austin, Brandon's brother, graduated on Friday, Candis yesterday, and my baby bro the first weekend in June! All these people are growing up so fast!!