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

By January 27th, 2021113 Comments
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.

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

hubby and brother-in-law Marc
It's a Celebration! (Even More Pics + My Birthday!)

I’ll keep you guys posted with more pics and outtakes added to this post throughout the weekend!
Congrats *again* Dr. Walton!
and this morning (May 11, 2012)–

It's a Celebration! (Even More Pics + My Birthday!)
#BreakfastOfChampions. But seriously, sausage is one of the reasons why I’ll never become a vegetarian. The other? Bacon.
It's a Celebration! (Even More Pics + My Birthday!)
It's a Celebration! (Even More Pics + My Birthday!)

The grandmas (my mom, Elaine and hubby’s mom, Paulette)
It's a Celebration! (Even More Pics + My Birthday!)
A text from hubby’s mom two days ago–
‘your mother-in-law is seriously contemplating going natural’
My thoughts- HYFR!


On our way to Durham for the graduation!

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

Dress gifted from ROMWE
Get it here or here

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

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

Commence commencement photos… 

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

It's a Celebration! (Even More Pics + My Birthday!)
Cheez-it stash
It's a Celebration! (Even More Pics + My Birthday!)
it’s official…
It's a Celebration! (Even More Pics + My Birthday!)
Doctor Daddy
It's a Celebration! (Even More Pics + My Birthday!)
Friend and fellow curly, Jessica. Congrats boo!
It's a Celebration! (Even More Pics + My Birthday!)
Mom and Syl
It's a Celebration! (Even More Pics + My Birthday!)
Hubby and Momma Walton
It's a Celebration! (Even More Pics + My Birthday!)
It's a Celebration! (Even More Pics + My Birthday!)
It's a Celebration! (Even More Pics + My Birthday!)
Gia soliciting for fist bumps…

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

More pics tomorrow…


Turned 29 today… 
It's a Celebration! (Even More Pics + My Birthday!)It's a Celebration! (Even More Pics + My Birthday!)
It's a Celebration! (Even More Pics + My Birthday!)

It's a Celebration! (Even More Pics + My Birthday!) 
…feelin’ good though πŸ™‚ 
dress and shades gifted from Romwe

and Momma feelin’ fresher than a certs in a gifted Shabby Apple dress- 
It's a Celebration! (Even More Pics + My Birthday!)

off to have drinks with the graduates! I’ll check in soon!

Later that night… before we all hit the airport… πŸ™
It's a Celebration! (Even More Pics + My Birthday!)


  • Anonymous says:

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

  • watkinsabob says:

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

  • FaithPeach30 says:

    Happy Bday Nik! I turned 30 on May 14th! Enjoy the last leg of your 20s, lol. πŸ™‚

  • Unknown says:

    I am so happy for you!

  • PhenomenallyMe says:

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

  • Anonymous says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Nik and congrats to your hubby! As always you love FAB darling πŸ™‚


  • Margaret says:

    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. πŸ™‚

  • Lavendar says:

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

  • Anonymous says:

    Congrats and blessings to you and husband!

  • Anonymous says:

    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!

  • Ayisha B says:

    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 says:

    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

  • lovingmenaturally says:

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

  • Anonymous says:

    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.

  • Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday!!

  • Anonymous says:

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

  • Tiffany says:

    Major congrats!

  • devon says:

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

  • Unknown says:

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

  • Anonymous says:

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

  • jungfrau1010 says:

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

  • Pecancurls says:

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

  • ElleXNC says:

    Congratulations to Dr. Walton!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Flyyyy! I love that gray dress!

  • Anonymous says:

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

  • Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday!

  • Anonymous says:

    Happy birthday!

  • Quite says:

    Happy belated and congrats to Dr. Walton!!!

  • Abby says:

    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!'

  • Anonymous says:

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

  • ForeverNerdFashionista says:

    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 says:

    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.

  • Anonymous says:

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

  • Anonymous says:

    Happy birthday Nikki!

  • Anonymous says:

    I love your mother's dress!

  • keisha says:

    Happy birthday! Live it up! Heyyyyy…party over here!! πŸ™‚ I WISH I could get back 29!

  • DYTG says:

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

  • Tash says:

    Happy birthday Curly Nikki and congrats to your husband!

  • Davina916 says:

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

  • Whisper29 says:

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

  • Anonymous says:

    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.

  • Anonymous says:

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

  • Anonymous says:


  • Ms. KeepingItReal says:

    To your hubby–CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

    The pics of the fam are really nice!


  • hairscapades says:

    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.


  • Anonymous says:

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


  • gblogger says:

    Thanks for sharing the fun pictures! Congrats!

  • Rhonda C says:

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

  • naturaldo says:


  • Anonymous says:

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

  • lovethesun says:

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

  • GGmadeit says:

    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!

  • Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday Nik!

  • Anonymous says:

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

  • Anonymous says:

    Beautiful pictures!

  • iri9109 says:

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

  • Anonymous says:

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

  • LissaChelle says:

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

  • talybutterfly4 says:

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

  • JeweJeweBee says:

    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.

  • Anonymous says:

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

  • Letha says:

    Congrats Walton Family..

    Gia and the fist pump too cute..

  • Anonymous says:

    Congrats to your hubby!

  • Anonymous says:


    Ur little girl is beautiful!



  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    LOL @ anon 10:44!

    You guys are the best!


  • CURLYNIKKI says:

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


    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.

  • Engineering Natural Beauty says:

    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 πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

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

  • keisha says:

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

  • moya says:

    Awesome Achievemnt to your Hubby!!!…Congratulations!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    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!

  • Anonymous says:

    Aww Congrats! =)

  • Candace4life says:

    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 says:

    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)

  • SPstyles says:

    HOT MOMMMA!!! lol Congrats Dr. Hubbs!

  • Emily CottonTop says:

    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!

  • Anonymous says:

    Who cares about the graduation – I need that dress! Joking…congrats!

  • KurlyMommy says:

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

  • Anonymous says:

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

  • Denise says:

    Congrats to your husband. That is awesome!

  • MrsDjRass says:

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

  • Anonymous says:

    @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?


  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki girl……you look fantastic!!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

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

  • Pecancurls says:

    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! πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

    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

  • Anonymous says:

    Congrats to the hubby! Looks like a FUN time. πŸ™‚

  • Shayjsongbird says:

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

  • CP says:

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

  • Tonya says:

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

  • Madeaj says:

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

  • Tea Wash says:

    Congrats Dr.Walton!

  • Pecancurls says:

    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.

  • Kudos says:

    Condrats Dr. Walton!
    Such an accomplishment!

  • Anonymous says:

    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? πŸ˜‰

  • Anonymous says:


  • Mrs. Lucas-Moore says:

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

  • Tiara J says:

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

  • Anonymous says:

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

  • TiAnna Mae says:

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

  • marianela says:

    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.

  • Anonymous says:

    Black folks are doing it for themselves – Congratulations

  • Ask Jaadde says:

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

  • Anonymous says:

    Congrats! That's amazing!

  • Kinsmankid says:

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

  • kimickeyhouse says:

    Congrats Doc!!!

  • Unknown says:

    Comgrats to the hubster. and cool house.

  • Anonymous says:

    Very heartwarming! Congratulations to you both!

  • Melodee A says:

    That's awesome… Congrats Dr. Walton

  • Anonymous says:

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

  • mothereartha says:

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

  • DiJah says:

    Congratulations Dr. Walton!

    Enjoy your weekend Nikki : )

  • Shelly says:

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

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