It's a Celebration! (Even More Pics + My Birthday!)


Ten grueling hours, two rental cars and a migraine later, we've finally arrived in Denton, North Carolina.

For why?

If you recall, last summer, Hubby graduated from Duke with a PhD in poli sci. But Duke's so fancy they only have one ceremony a year, ergo, here we are, 9 months later, with two classes under his belt as 'Professor Walton', to witness his hooding. So while it's all a bit anti-climatic, I'm excited as hell 'cause we rented a lake house large enough to accommodate both families! Final headcount, 10... and you know how we kick it. #KeepThePartyGoing

It'll be quite the trek to Durham, but the distance is worth it for us to all be under one roof. Gia's in heaven... the spoiling continues.


hubby and brother-in-law Marc

I'll keep you guys posted with more pics and outtakes added to this post throughout the weekend!

Congrats *again* Dr. Walton!


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and this morning (May 11, 2012)--

catfishin'...

#BreakfastOfChampions. But seriously, sausage is one of the reasons why I'll never become a vegetarian. The other? Bacon.

The grandmas (my mom, Elaine and hubby's mom, Paulette)
A text from hubby's mom two days ago--

'your mother-in-law is seriously contemplating going natural'

My thoughts- HYFR!

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On our way to Durham for the graduation!




Dress gifted from ROMWE
Get it here or here

look at me serving up leg... working to embrace these skinny stems 




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Commence commencement photos... 


Cheez-it stash
it's official...
Doctor Daddy
Friend and fellow curly, Jessica. Congrats boo!
Mom and Syl
Hubby and Momma Walton
Daddy!
Gia soliciting for fist bumps...





More pics tomorrow...
#KeepThePartyGoing

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Turned 29 today... 

...feelin' good though :) 

dress and shades gifted from Romwe



and Momma feelin' fresher than a certs in a gifted Shabby Apple dress- 

off to have drinks with the graduates! I'll check in soon!
xx
nik


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Later that night... before we all hit the airport... :(

113 Weigh in!:
Shelly said...

You and your Hubby is doing big things..watch out world here come the Walton's. Congratulations!!!!

DiJah said...

Congratulations Dr. Walton!

Enjoy your weekend Nikki : )

mothereartha said...

that is the cutest pic of gia to date! so bright eyed and charming..congrats Dr. Walton and family

Anonymous said...

Wow, wow, wow... Congrats to you both. Much love and many blessings to you and your family Nikki.

Melodee A said...

That's awesome... Congrats Dr. Walton

Anonymous said...

Very heartwarming! Congratulations to you both!

Leah Omonya said...

Comgrats to the hubster. and cool house.

kimickeyhouse said...

Congrats Doc!!!

Kinsmankid said...

Congratulations to your hubby. I'm glad the families can witness this great achievement.

Anonymous said...

Congrats! That's amazing!

Ask Jaadde said...

Congratulations to your husband!!!! Enjoy the family this weekend!!!! Blessings always!!!!

Anonymous said...

Black folks are doing it for themselves - Congratulations

marianela said...

Congrats to you and your husband, it is really something special when you achieve the top degree and at prestigious university no less. God bless you all.

TiAnna Mae said...

Awww!!!! I love that idea of getting a house for everyone. Congrats again Dr. and Mrs. Walton!!! You guys have a beautiful family.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to your hubby and family on this momentous occasion!!!! =-)

Tiara J said...

Congrats!!! This is a great accomplishment. You guys serves as great role models to our younger generations. I love this!!!

Mrs. Lucas-Moore said...

Welcome to NC and congratulations to your hubby. The weather will be great this weekend, so hope your hair enjoys it!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Awesome!!! My 6 year old son tells us to call him "Professor"...so I do. Claiming it! BTW does hubby "make" you call him doctor? ;-)

Kudos said...

Condrats Dr. Walton!
Such an accomplishment!

Pecancurls said...

Congratulations Dr. Walton!! It is a beautiful thing to see Black people doing the darn thing and having a good time doing it. Have a great time.

Tea Wash said...

Congrats Dr.Walton!

Madeaj said...

Congratulations Dr.Walton! I know we'll get to see hooding pictures!

Tonya said...

Congratulations to your hubby! Enjoy the lovely lakefront!! Beautiful.

CP said...

Congrats to your hubby and have fun celebrating on that beautiful property!!

Shayjsongbird said...

Congrats on all your family's success. And Boog is just beautiful like her mama

Anonymous said...

Congrats to the hubby! Looks like a FUN time. :)

Anonymous said...

Nikki if I was you I would be pitching a reality show....Seriously I am soooo addicted to this site. (and don't forget to credit me i can work the camera)Love seeing your family and Gia so cute. aww

Pecancurls said...

Nik, love the added pictures! Ahhh, who can resist the siren song of the salted and cured swine! LOL!! Everything tastes betters with bacon! Your hair is looking big, full and fabulous!

@anon A 2:09 ditto! :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats! Can feel the excitement in the air. And please resist the pig! Have you tried turkey bacon?

Anonymous said...

Nikki girl......you look fantastic!!!!!

Anonymous said...

@CurlyNikki Tell your hubby congrats! That is such an accomplishment! You guys look so cute together! Yall are a great example of black love! (Can't wait til I find that for myself!)I'm sure you guys will have an awesome weekend! Your hair looks GREAT by the way! Did you use the Ouidad Hydrafusion?

Natural83

MrsDjRass said...

I need that dress, but without my hips. Love the hair.

Denise said...

Congrats to your husband. That is awesome!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to your husband. I live in Raleigh and I will be in Chapel Hill on tommorrow for a graduation at UNC.

KurlyMommy said...

Congratulations to the hubs!!!! I almost choked at HYFR. LOL

Anonymous said...

Who cares about the graduation - I need that dress! Joking...congrats!

Emily CottonTop said...

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Dr. Walton!.. Love the dress ma.. and you didn't even wear leggings this time *tear* so proud!!! Congratulations to hubby on his great achievement.. sky is the limit!

SPstyles said...

HOT MOMMMA!!! lol Congrats Dr. Hubbs!

Anonymous said...

Awwwwwww, "Big Ups" to the Hubby for his accomplishment. I love that photo of you two, you guys look great. Nikk, your hair is gorgeous "as usual" fluffy,voluminous,curly (shall I continue?)hahahahahaha. The dress is really cute and looks good on you too, so keep right on serving up the legs girl (big or small, no matter!) smile.
Allnatural1 (Michelle in TX)

Candace4life said...

Congratulations to your hubby, that's another great accomplishment for you guys. Gia is to precious with that pose, she's like I'm cute yall check me out in my outfit. The dress looks good on you as well, durn I can't make out the style of the shoes lol....

Anonymous said...

Aww Congrats! =)

Anonymous said...

Nikki
Looking beautiful as ever! I'm happy for your hubby's achievement, many congrats to him! Your family is so lovely and I hope that God continues to bless you guys abundantly.
P.S I've been vegan now for almost a year...can you imangine a life wiht no cheese, eggs, ice cream, sour cream, etc?! lol!

moya said...

Awesome Achievemnt to your Hubby!!!...Congratulations!!!

keisha said...

Congrats to your hubby! Such a power couple! Loving the hair and dress!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Dr. Walton! Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures!

Engineering Natural Beauty said...

Congratulation Dr. Walton! This gives me hope that I will finish my program one day too!

Nikki what hair style is this, so fly and fab :)

CURLYNIKKI said...

Thanks ladies!!! And hubby says thanks too :)
We're just getting back in and tired ain't even the word.

Hair--

Day old Twist-n-curl with AG Fast Food leave-in and Ouidad Hyrdrafusion (sealed ends with pure cosmetic grade mineral oil... more on that soon!). I fluffed upside down using my fingers as a pick and raked through my roots paying no mind to salvaging the curl pattern, lol.

CURLYNIKKI said...

LOL @ anon 10:44!

You guys are the best!

xx
nik

Anonymous said...

Nik!

Ur little girl is beautiful!

Greetings,

Dee.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to your hubby!

Letha said...

Congrats Walton Family..

Gia and the fist pump too cute..

Anonymous said...

Congrats! Hair is rediculous....post please describing what you did!

JeweJeweBee said...

WOWWWW!!! You and your husband were looking EXTRA fierce in that up close picture with just the two of you. Congratulations to the both of you for being educated, successful, and giving back to the world.

talybutterfly4 said...

May God Bless you and your entire family. Wow! Congratulations! You have a beautiful family.

LissaChelle said...

So beautiful! I so wish to be in that same position someday!

Anonymous said...

The photo of you and your husband together is breathtaking. And your hair is beyond beautiful!

iri9109 said...

beautiful family!
love the pic of you and hubby...it screams black 'power couple'...
also love that 1st pic of gia!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures!

Anonymous said...

Wow, you guys are serious role models. I'm so proud of you both!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Nik!

Sweetdrk1 said...

Please tell Gene I said congrats! I am so proud and apply for you guys! And my Boogie! Just beautiful! You are working that dress as usual! Oh and happy birthday love!

lovethesun said...

Congrats! Congrats! I graduated from Duke ages ago... won't say when, but I recognize that Duke Blue! Welcome to the alum family!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pics. Love the dress, but please give us the deets on the hair. FIYA!!! (fire the said the sista girl way)

TLowe said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND CONGRATS TO THE HUBS

Rhonda C said...

Nik, Congratulations, Happy Birthday, and Happy Mother's Day! All the best...so deserving! Keep the pictures coming!

gblogger said...

Thanks for sharing the fun pictures! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Everyone looks fabulous, Nikki! Your hair is gorgeous, too! I can't wait to see more photos! :)

-Foxyrou

hairscapades said...

29? You suck. LOL!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY NIK!!! Guess what? You share a birthday with my grandmother!!! Love my Mom-mom (but why'd it take your post to remind me it was 5/12 and her birthday;)? LOL!!)!!

You look gorg as usual.

Shelli

Ms. KeepingItReal said...

To your hubby--CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

The pics of the fam are really nice!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NIK!!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS TO THE WALTON FAMILY--WOW PROFESSOR! Nice fam pix -- par-tay!

Anonymous said...

Girl, please at 29 you SHOULD still feel good! Try 50+2

Anonymous said...

Congrats to your husband! Years in college and have to write a dissertation or mandatory publication of your work; thats motivation right there!!
And Happy Birthday Nikki. 29 is not old, you look good.

P.S. I thought I could be a vegan, but after two weeks of not eating meat I lost so much weight, mind you I'm already slim. i was like nah I can't do this lol. However, I dont eat red meats, so turkey bacon and soy sausage it is lol.

Ashley L.

Whisper29 said...

Happy Birthday and Congrats to Dr. Walton what a great accomplishment....your hair and the fam look fabulous:-)

Davina916 said...

Congrats to your Hubby, and Happy Birthday to you! Have a great Mother's Day!

Tasha Nicole said...

Happy birthday Curly Nikki and congrats to your husband!

DYTG said...

happy b-day and congrats too your little fam. May encounter many more blessings.

www.do-your-thing-girl.blogspot.com

keisha said...

Happy birthday! Live it up! Heyyyyy...party over here!! :) I WISH I could get back 29!

Anonymous said...

I love your mother's dress!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Nikki!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Happy Mother's Day, and Congrats to your husband.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday and tell the hubby congratulations! Boogie is looking grown and she's absolutely beautiful. Nikki you are definitely blessed, you have a beautiful family and I love how you all come together on special ocassions. Have a great time, cherish every moment you are a great inspiration to us.

ForeverNerdFashionista said...

HB and Congrats to the Hubby! One of my best friends just did her defend on Monday at UNC Chapel Hill so I know you both are excited that everything is complete, that is a serious process!

Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday Nikki and congrats to your hubby!!!

Abby said...

awwwwwwww. Happy birthday and many happy returns. love your mums hair looks like it's in good nick!
Congratulations to your husband. 'Celebrate good times COME ON!'

Quite said...

Happy belated and congrats to Dr. Walton!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Dr. Walton! Mommy looks cute in her orange!

Anonymous said...

Flyyyy! I love that gray dress!

ElleXNC said...

Congratulations to Dr. Walton!!!!

Pecancurls said...

Happy birthday Nik! You youngin" :) You and mom look fabulous! I've got to check out Romwe when my duckets are all in a row. :)

jungfrau1010 said...

Happy Brithday Nikki and congrats to Dr. Walton. Love all the pics, you all look fabulous. You have a wonderful family.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to your hubby and all the other grads!! You look great and so does gia ^_^ ....

Leah Omonya said...

Did you see the that breakfast forget calorie counting, I'm on the seefood diet. When I see food, I eat it, YUM

devon said...

Congrats Dr. Walton and Happy Birthday Nikki:) You guys look fabulous!

Tiffany said...

Major congrats!

Anonymous said...

Love the fists bumps and Gia with the "hood" if that's what it's called.
Congrats and happy birthday!
Nicol C.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!

Anonymous said...

I've never commented on here before and I visit almost daily, but this post is awesome. Congrats to your hubby and I hope you had a great birthday. You have a lovely family.

lovingmenaturally said...

Congrats to Your husband Nikki, I know you are proud!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Nikki-and congrats to your husband on his PhD--this is an amazing achievement!

You have a beautiful family--I pray that you all will continue to be blessed!

P.S.--Love your dress and hair!

~caramel curls

Ayisha B said...

Happy B-Day and Congrats to your hubby. It is always awesome to see our people bonding as a family, becoming accomplished and celebrating it and overall doing so well. Black love is beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to the Hubs!! Happy birthday to you! What an amazing time you must've had. Plus, it's so beautiful to see both of your families together. You guys are truly blessed, I love this site - so inspiring!

Anonymous said...

Congrats and blessings to you and husband!

Lavendar said...

What a beautiful family! Congrats and blessings to you and your hubby!

Margaret said...

Congratulations to your husband on receiving his Doctorate and Happy Birthday to you. You two have a beautiful family. I could see and feel the love through those pictures. I know God will continue to bless you both beyond your wildest dreams. :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday Nik and congrats to your hubby! As always you love FAB darling :-)

Tree

PhenomenallyMe said...

Happy Belated Birthday and Congrats to Dr. CurlyNikki! What a blessing! Oh and you look fab of couse! Enjoy Rio!

LifeNowLuvin said...

I am so happy for you!

FaithPeach30 said...

Happy Bday Nik! I turned 30 on May 14th! Enjoy the last leg of your 20s, lol. :-)

watkinsabob said...

Loved the dress! Too bad the one in stock is not the same color (tear)

Anonymous said...

Peace/Blessings (Bella) Love the pics, what a beautiful family, so good to see a young (BlK) family doing so well.

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