Congrats to the Grad

This evening was a special one!

We got all dressed up and everything.

Dressed Up: Dress & Tie

Ryan’s work holds an annual dinner for the graduates of a three-year leadership development program within the company. We’ve attended the event ever since Ryan was selected to be part of the program three years ago, and this evening he was honored as one of the graduates.

The Graduate

As part of the program, Ryan did a year-long rotation in three different parts ofΒ his company, and earned his MBA while working full-time. I think he had something to be proud of this evening! πŸ˜€

The dinner was held at the Orlando Science Center, which was pretty neat since we had the opportunity to explore a little bit.

Heart Exhibit


Me and the Graduate

When we arrived we enjoyed drinks and appetizers. I had a crab cake which was not very good. I am really picky with my crab cakes though and prefer lots of crab and very little breading.

After mingling and munching, we headed into the main room for dinner.

Dinner Time

Β We began with a caesar salad which was very good.

Caesar Salad (or what's left of it...)

Β I loved all of the Parmesan cheese!

For my main course, I chose the mahi with a citrus salsa.

Mahi + Rice + Green Beans

I’m not gonna lie, this meal was not good. 😦 I ate half of my fish, all the green beans and the rice, but wasn’t really a fan. The fish wasn’t very flavorful which was disappointing, but at least the salsa added a punch of pizzazz.

After dinner, a speaker spoke about the graduates and Ryan was honored with a plaque and an award.

The Big Speech

I was so proud! πŸ˜€

After the speeches, we enjoyed a chocolate mousse dessert that I inhaled!


I ate all of mine and half of Ryan’s. Dessert was easily the best course of the evening.

Ryan and I hung out and talked with some of his colleagues and friends for a while after dinner and arrived home not too long ago. I’m ready to hop in bed a little early tonight becauseΒ I have a 9-mile run planned in the morning.

Time to hit the hay!

27 Responses

  1. You guys look adorable! Love that dessert… it usually is the best course anyway! πŸ™‚

  2. Yay, congrats to Ryan! Looks like a fun night. Cute dress!

  3. You looked beautiful, Julie! Good lookin’ couple you two are. Congrats to Ryan. The dessert definitely caught my eye. I guess you can say I have a bit of a sweet tooth. Dessert is always my favorite part of a meal! Good luck on your run tomorrow!! I can’t even imagine running that far right now.

  4. You look gorgeous! I love that dress!!

  5. Congrats to Ryan!! πŸ™‚

  6. Congrats to Ryan!! That is quite an accomplishment! The dessert looks delicious. Good luck on the run tomorrow!

  7. Beautiful dress!!! I find that mass-produced dinners are usually not very good. 😦 Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised though!

  8. Congratulations to him! What an amazing accomplishment. =)

  9. Congrats Ryan!
    You guys look great as always, good luck on your run tomorrow!

  10. Awww looks like a great time! Congrats to Ryan! πŸ™‚

  11. Congrats to Ryan! You look gorgeous!!!! And that dessert….WOW πŸ™‚

  12. Congrats to your man! What a lot of hard work. My best friend is doing her MBA while working full time and she is crazy busy. Thankfully it is all coming to an end after July. But your Man did his MBA worked full time and did this program too. Not that you didnt already know this, but i think he’s a keeper.

  13. Aww congrats to Ryan!! I’m jealous…even on Nurse’s Day, all my hospital gave us was “free” dinner…and it was just hospital food!

  14. congrats! MBA while working, definitely something to be proud of! you have a keeper! well…obviously since you guys are getting married. haha, silly me.

    you look BEAUTIFUL as always! and are those the new shoes you bought the other day πŸ˜‰

    • okay i have to fess up. i actually already HAD these shoes which i ended up realizing looked WAY too much like the BCBG ones i bought… so i took the BCBG ones back. these are the jessica simpson shoes i already had. πŸ™‚ i wanted both pairs but ryan convinced me that they looked way too much alike. i guess he was right. πŸ˜‰

  15. Congrats to Ryan!!! And super cute dress!

  16. Congrats to the smart graduate! And omg, I LOVE your dress! You look so chic and gorgeous!

  17. Congrats to Ryan and super sute dress!

  18. Can I say that you and Ryan are the cutest couple ever? Seriously…you’re both adorable! And as many others have said, cute dress! πŸ™‚

  19. Congrats to Ryan! That is awesome!!!

  20. I hate when events are badly catered; its such a bummer on a fun night out! But that’s great for Ryan!! Good luck on your run!

  21. Where is your dress from? I love it! Bummer about the dinner, it looked like it would taste good! Have a great run this morning!

  22. Congrats to Ryan!

    Are those your cute new pumps? =)

  23. […] Ryan graduated from his work’s leadership program […]

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