My College Graduation!

WOW. Monday May 8th, 2017, is the best day of my life so far. Such an emotional, happy, exciting, and incredible day. I cannot believe that four years of hard work has finally come to an end. Four years, three colleges, two countries. I finally have a degree. I graduated with Magna Cum Laude. Best of all, was all the love and support from family and friends. I wish I could re-live this day forever. I am incredibly proud of myself and my accomplishment, but also so very thankful for my support system and my amazing mother. Nothing would have been made possible without her <3

I don't think I have ever had such a wide smile in every single picture from a whole day before.

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My beautiful, intelligent, wonderful mom <3

Love you so much mom!

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My pretty cap! I poured white glitter on paper after applying Elmer's glue with a paintbrush, then sprayed adhesive spray to attach the paper to the cap. The flowers I glued on with Elmer's glue as well.

Peace out GSU! Well in August haha!

The Dean giving a speech!

Nervous but ready to walk across the stage! I also spent my time in line taking selfies, why not?

Smiling and shaking hands!

WOOT WOOT I DID IT!!

Champs <3 These two had done such an incredible job throwing me a party, prepping the food, cooking and cleaning, and a million other things to make sure my day was amazing. So thankful!

Mama Miles <3

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Mom and T had decorated the dining room so nicely <3

These stunning flowers are from "Mina Favoriter i Sverige" aka my favorite people in Sweden, of course they would sign the card like that instead of just putting their names on it, haha. Such a nice surprise to get flowers delivered <3

I love decorating the table and make flower arrangements. So much fun.

Yet another beautiful bouquet from Sweden <3

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Of course we had Croatian, Swedish, and American flags!

Half of the appetizer spread (missing the salads and such in this picture).

Prepping prepping!

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Cuties <3

Hello beautiful people <3

I totally forgot to take pictures of the actual dinner which was my mom's delicious lasagna. No one can make lasagna like her, it will leave you speechless. But here is the desert spread, as if we did not eat enough already, hehe.

Hello beautiful people part two <3

A huge thanks to each and every one of you for being part of my big day. I love you guys!

And then the night came to an end. Beyond happy and at a loss for words. I am the luckiest <3

Navy

Hi friends. I slept terrible last night but at least I woke up decent, without having to rush in the morning (YAY)! I worked from 11-8 so my feet are very swollen but it has been a rainy and calm day. After work, Taun was sweet enough to run with me to a couple of stores to look for graduation dresses. No luck, but I found sandals and candles... Cannot believe I walk on Monday (!!!!!!!). I got my grades back yesterday, 3 A's, 2 A-'s, 6 classes, 18 hours! I am incredibly proud, especially since my A-'s were in my Music Appreciation Class and Sociology class (totally irrelevant to my major) and my A's were in my tough major classes such as Marketing Research. I started decorating my cap, but more on that later. HUGS

Michael Graduated!

Michael was SO annoyed at me for wanting to take a picture on the way to the ceremony, "Olivia it is my day, no pictures"...

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Here he is walking across the stage! I expected him to get a diploma but apperantly you get that sent home in the mail later. Do the professors and the dean and all the guys on stage not look like Harry Potter professors or is that just me?

Little Squeaky was fascinated watching her uncle walk across the stage <3

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Michael's favorite part, pictures! Hehe.

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Congratulations babe! A job so well done. You have worked inredibly hard and I am so proud.

Cherishing the fact that Michael smiled so much all day, and I even managed to capture it <3

Graduating in less than a year

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Hi friends, is everyone having a good week? I hope so. Today I am sharing these beautiful photos Kerry took. She did an amazing job so check her out. I got great news yesterday! I will be graduating Summer 2017 instead of Fall 2017. I am SO happy! I am also very nervous. Graduating a whole semester earlier than I thought means I have to hurry up and find a job. I am anxious and excited to find out what the future holds. HUGS

Emmas Student 2016

Here comes what is so far probably the longest post. Emma's graduation <3. For my Americans, here is an insight of what Swedish high school graduation looks like. Beyond proud of you Emma <3

How pretty is this girl?? We took these pictures before she headed out for champagne breakfast with her classmates. In Sweden you wear white for your high-school graduation along with these hats. Of course you also have a whistle so you can be heard!

Here we all waited for Emma to run out of school, or get "kicked out". There was a stage were each class danced to a song and jumped up and down after running out of the school, and before running to see their loved ones.

Emma is in the middle waving at us still in school <3

How cute was her sign?! These you have so the graduates can find their families in the sea of people!

Time for hugs and tears! Everyone also hangs things around the graduates neck such as flowers, water, champagne, stuffed animals, etc.

Just look at how happy she is! We all cried an awful lot, hehe.

Tove and Emma, and Emma and Alex <3

Proud parents and sister <3

I am crying again just looking through these, it has not been easy to put this post together.

Emma was named the class teachers pet. Haha <3 We are all so proud because she graduated with such high grades and have worked so hard <3

Then off they go on the party bus!

Everyone is waving the graduates goodbye.

People always spray a lot of champagne which you kinda see in these pictures. Look at how happy she is, how can you not smile when you see these pictures?!

While Emma was on the party bus we took some pictures. Here is my best friend Tove. My favorite person ever <3

<3 <3 <3

THESE TWO ARE ENGAGED NOW!! Ahhhhhhhhhh <3

We all went outside to wait for Emma's arrival.

Hi pretty lady!

Christer's speech <3

Emma made these... There were nine in total!!

What an incredible day. I just took some pictures while everyone was rolling in but totally forgot to go for round two. We ended up dancing all night long and just had such an amazing time. So proud of Emma <3 Incredibly intelligent and beautiful, hard combo to find <3