Monday, the 9th, was the end of an era for the Brown family. Auburn has been a part of our family for a long, long time. Dad graduated in 1975. Mom was right behind him in 1976. Little did they know that 30 years later they would have a child following in their footsteps. That is right... I graduated from Auburn in 2006. Kyle in 2009. And last, but not least... Kelsey in 2011. That is right - Monday the youngest Brown graduated from the loveliest village on the plains.
Of course I wouldn't miss it for the world. So I got up super early Monday morning to make the trek to the plains by myself. Gunter had to work, and Mrs. Price kept John Turner. I pulled up at 150 North Ross and started thinking of all of the memories made there. (More on that in a minute). I found Kelsey getting ready for graduation. I asked her what they did last night, to which she replied "Sat on the porch and invited everyone over." I replied, "Oh the porch!" Kelsey said, "Don't get me started. I am not going to cry!" You see 150 North Ross has an awesome porch where so many nights were spent with good friends. We loved having people over to sit and talk before proceeding with the rest of the night's activities. Or sometimes we would just sit there all night. Of course my hormones are flying, and I had already been thinking of the fun times in Auburn, and how different things were going to be come next football season.... I only shed a few tears....
Auburn did things a little different this year. Graduation was held in the stadium and the graduates sat on the field. The bad thing was it was 90 degrees last Monday. Poor graduates were in black caps and gowns!
Kelsey walked across the stage and walked out of the stadium... which I don't blame her and that is what most of the other graduates did too!
Kelsey and her friend from her major, Kevin, with their diplomas!
As I mentioned earlier, Kelsey lived at 150 North Ross. But before she lived there, Kyle lived there. And before Kyle lived there I lived there. I moved into North Ross the summer before my junior year with four other girls - Sydney, Melanie, Alex, and Bess. Senior year Bess and Alex moved onto the Chi-O hall and Katy and Carolyn moved in. Our good friends Casey, Virginia, Brittany, and Chelsea lived down the street. We had so much fun fixing up our house, making it home, hosting parties, cooking together, having bible studies together, watching Laguna Beach together, laughing, crying, and most importantly sitting on the porch.
Home away from home!
When I graduated in 2006, Kyle moved in with three other boys. He lived there his sophomore, junior, and senior years. Of course there was always room for Gunter and I to come and spend the night after the football games. When Kyle graduated in 2009, Kelsey moved in. Now two years later the Browns will no longer be a part of 150 North Ross. Sad! There are some sweet girls moving in, so hopefully they will allow us to park there before the football games!
Kelsey and I on the porch!
On another note, we have another end of an era... John Turner turned one month old on Friday! He is growing so much. Getting so chubby and fat! Gunter thinks that he weighs 11 pounds now!
John Turner is wearing his orange and blue outfit! He's ready for the Auburn games and tailgating this fall! This outfit looks so good with his bright blue eyes!
Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers out there! And those of you who are celebrating their first Mother's Day! It's kind of weird to think that I will be celebrating Mother's Day for the rest of my life! A special Mother's Day wish and congrats to my college friend Mary-Peyton who delivered William Whitaker this morning! Who could ask for a better Mother's Day gift than that! Whitaker weighed 8 pounds and 12 ounces! He was a big boy!
Happy Mother's Day to my mom!
Kelsey, Mom and I in Savannah last March for a Girls Weekend!
My day started out wonderfully! Gunter let me get an extra hour of sleep in while he took John Turner for a walk. Then he and John Turner brought me breakfast in bed! Hardee's chicken biscuit!
My friend Brittany, from Auburn, came to visit and meet John Turner on her way home from the beach. It was so good to see and visit with her! It's been too long since the last time that I saw her! When Brittany left, we headed to Nan Nan's (Gunter's grandmother) house for lunch. I went to get John Turner ready when I found a special gift that he was hiding from me....
A band to match my wedding ring!
Gunter did a great job picking it out!
I was so surprised!
After lunch, another dear friend, Anna, stopped by to meet John Turner on her way home from the beach! We had a good visit and caught up on each other's lives! It's so fun to have visits from good friends! We have spent the rest of the day enjoying time as a family! It's been a great first Mother's Day!
Our photographer, Ashley Whitaker, took some pictures of John Turner when he was 8 days old. She has been working on getting them posted on her website. She is not finished yet... but here are a few of the pictures. They turned out so well! I am very pleased!
Look at the few she has posted already on her site! I'll let you know when she gets the rest finished!