Saturday, May 28, 2011

Graduation Weekend

So behind on blogging!!

Ryan and I made it to Colorado (more on the move and the road trip coming in a later post), and we have spent the last few days frantically searching for an apartment.  We are staying with my dad for now, but we need an apartment ASAP, so we can get it "home studied" and approved for our upcoming adoption.  It's been a hectic couple of days!

BUT...before I get into our Colorado adventure, I need to wrap up our Buffalo adventure...which means that I need to write about Graduation Weekend!

The festivities started on Thursday night with a fancy banquet honoring all of the graduating seniors:

The sexy wives...right, boys (oh yeah, you're all doctors now, so I should call you "men")?
The boys men
Ezra and Tom squatted down, so Chris and Ryan wouldn't feel short. :)
While we were at the banquet, our parents were flying into town, and on Friday, we took them to Palmyra, New York.

We went to the Mormon temple:

And to the Sacred Grove:

The weather was gorgeous and absolutely perfect.  Don't believe me?  I'll prove it:

That night, we went to see the musical Wicked at Sheas theater downtown.  It was soooooo good:

Saturday was the big graduation!  Congratulations, Dr. Ry!!

Buddies from the dental class
Beecher, Jason, Ezra, Chris, Thayne, Ryan, Creed, Scott, Bron

Proud parents
Proud wife!
After church on Sunday, we decided to have a few friends over for dinner.  It was a great time.  We gave them some little "gag gifts" to remember us by.  In attendance:

The Schroeders
The Daytons and Deb
The Hawes

Taylor and Henry in teeth costumes with their future pedodontist
Monday, my dad and Ryan's dad had to leave mid-day, so that night, we had a party with Ryan's mom Sally in her hotel room.  We ate treats, watched the Justin Bieber movie (yes, we did--I know we're pathetic), and went hot tubbing.  I love my mother-in-law!!

I love taking photos using the timer!
It was a very very fun weekend, and I'm so glad that our parents came to town to celebrate.  They also helped us pack and clean our apartment, and I don't know what we would've done without them.

Sorry this blog post reads rather like a report...stories to come in the near future!


  1. Glad to hear you make the trek west safely!! I saw Wicked back in January and LOVED LOVED LOVED it!!

    Congrats to Dr. and Mrs. Ryan Nielson!

  2. So fun! And for some reason, I totally thought you guys were going to the west coast, like Washington or Oregon. Why did I think that? .... Um... I have no idea. Maybe I am being drawn to Colorado because HF wants me to be your neighbor! lol

    I really want to hear about your apartment hunting experience and all about how life shapes up in Colorado. If I play my cards right (fingers crossed...) I may be there next year!

    Oh, and we need a more specific status update on the adoption and where the baby is at in development and all those good details!

    Sacred Grove looks BEAUTIFUL! Were you able to do a session at Palmyra or just visit the grounds?


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