Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Graduations and Teacher Gifts

We're down to days, hours really, before our school year ends & summer begins!

Son#1 has finished his sophomore year of high school with college credits for 4 classes, a spot on the college's Dean's List, and an induction into the Beta Club. Yeah, I'm bragging! :)

Son#2 earned high marks in his classes, and even though the transition back into public middle school was tough on him, we are so proud of his tenacity. He stuck to his goals & completes the year with some high school credits. He'll be ahead when he actually begins his secondary education. 

LittleGirl had a whirlwind 5th grade year. So many milestones...and drama! ;) So far, school has come fairly easy for her. We look forward to seeing her challenged a bit more in middle school, though she and I are still not certain about public school next year. Though she is enrolled at the local middle school, I'd really like for her to come home and learn; however, the year we did homeschool with her was very rough on all of us. We're still praying about this. Join us?

So, as with any end-of-school-year calendar, ours has been full. There have been projects due, tests to be taken, field days, special luncheons, carnivals, events, events, and more events! One of my favorites was high school graduation. I was honored to help with the decor this year, and blessed to have an incredibly talented friend who can take bits and pieces of ribbons and accents to make anything look fabulous. (Thanks, C!) 

Here's how the graduation stage looked:

Brashier Middle College 2014 Graduation
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See the ferns and flowers? That's the components with which I began. The uber-amazing C brought mesh ribbon, mascots on sticks, and tiger-printed cloths to add pizazz. Doesn't it look great?!

The Reserved Seating posed some creative thinking. We were not allowed to tape signs to the chairs. C is a forward-thinker. She had this gorgeous wide ribbon in her stash. We tested out wrapping the chairs with the ribbon, but then a light bulb flashed a great idea. We used binder clips to attach the signs to the chair lip. I love how these looked!

I created the Reserved sign using a pretty script font and the school logo on white cardstock. Using my ever-trusty glue stick, I backed the white with black cardstock for extra-sturdiness. They held up well enough to use next year, though I'd like to add some weight to the ribbon. I'm thinking a beaded tassel hanging from the ribbon-point. 

Since LittleGirl is finishing her elementary education, she has some favorite teachers she wants to recognize. Being just like her Momma persistent about creating a gift on her own, she checked the Pinterest boards for an idea. She found something she could make herself with little help from an adult. I love how her gift turned out! 

Easy-to-Make Brown Sugar Scrub
1 Cup Brown Sugar - ¼ Cup Coconut Oil - 1 tsp. Vanilla
Melt Coconut Oil, Stir into Brown Sugar & Vanilla
Place into pretty container

LittleGirl did ask me to create a label for her sweet thank-you gifts. She was very specific about the look. of them. We used pinking shears (on paper - Gasp!) to cut out the labels. Here is a PDF of the labels for your personal use:  Seams Inspired Sugar Scrub Labels

She is quite pleased with her creation, and I'm sure it will be well-received by her teachers. I love her thoughtful heart! We have some other teacher gifts to create, though I won't be able to show those until later this week. Some of the teachers read this blog. :)

What have you been creating this week?

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day 2014

Have I shown this photo before? I couldn't remember, and couldn't find it on a search of my blog, so perhaps not. 

This is Son#1 back in 2008. We were on a school field trip to Washington, DC. All the kids were animated and vivacious and enjoying the tour...but something interesting happened when we reached the Vietnam Memorial. 

They became somber and incredibly quiet. 

We encouraged the students to look up their last name or simply find a soldier on the wall to remember. As they walked to walls, the kids respectfully reached up to touch a name. The quiet weighed as heavy as the crisp Autumn air. I loved that we were able to capture the moment. Son#1 seemed to understand the significance of this wall, the sacrifice of the soldiers. 

As we go about today, let us reflect for a moment on lives lost upholding our opportunities to be profligate in our barbecues and shopping the sales. Freedom is precious.

Happy Memorial Day!

PS...National flags at half-staff until noon
Observe a moment of silence or listen to "Taps" at 3pm

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Happy Sunday!

Inspired by a quote in my Sunday school lesson this morning. Be amazed by grace, friends!