On Friday I walked in the University of Wisconsin's spring graduation ceremony. My parents, Grandma Gold, Steph, as well as the Nibbe Family all traveled down to Madison to join in the celebration. A quick walk across the stage amidst a two hour program and I received a diploma cover. Now all I have to do is finish my dissertation, defend and deposit it to actually get the diploma.
The ceremony took most of Friday, but on Saturday we were all able to spend some time together. My parents hung out and swam with Michaela while the women found garage sales. Bob, Aaron, David and myself went for a short walk birding in some very blustery winds. After dinner my parents took Michaela with them back to Staples and the rest of us enjoyed Henry Vilas Zoo before Nibbes headed back to central Minnesota. Bob, Caroline and the boys as well as my parents drove back on Saturday...making for consecutive days of long drives. It was great having family with us in Madison, we know it is a long drive and appreciate each of their visits.
We enjoyed a quiet night with Steph and Grandma Betty playing cards and eating pizza. Steph and Christine got the better of Grandma and myself at hand and foot, winning the best of 3 series this morning after splitting the two games last night. Christine read Twilight and I went golfing today before going out to look at Terns and Egrets tonight. (Black Tern in the picture.)