What a crazy month it has been. I feel like now I can start breathing again. Last week our oldest walked across the alter at the Basilica of St. Mary's to receive his high school diploma. I am not one for traditions but it is really cool that this was the 99th year that Delasalle High School held their graduation at this beautiful place. Truthfully, I know this is crazy, but it was a grand finish and took a little sting off the paying of private school tuition for 4 years. No dinners or partying afterwards, the grads boarded a bus for an all night locked in party put on by the parents. Which is awesome because it has been nothing but a series of late night/early morning arrivals since their final day a few days before. At least I was able to get a good night sleep for one night.
Graduation is a busy time. There were baseball games which seemed like there was one every night because of our late spring, end of the year programs, and preparing for the "dun dun dun"-Graduation Open House. The next graduation, in 7 years, I am going to hire a caterer and have it at a hall or something. N really wanted it at our house in our back yard. We have a small house and OK size yard and a lot of friends and relatives. No one told me a grad open house had the stress of a wedding in that you do not have the chance to visit with people but only say hi and many of them driving hours to get there. Plus add the stress of being a scrapper and a gardener. The pressure you place on yourself to get those books done and flowers up to speed is insane. Good thing, I have the greatest friends and family in the world who totally made it all happen. That is right I DO HAVE THE BEST FRIENDS and family in the world, no matter if you think you do too. As I say "enough about me, what about me".
It really was a great day and hopefully a good memory for our son. But when you have a Graduation Open House, expect kids, lots and lots of kids. We had kids playing basketball in the alley, bean bag toss in the yard, in our living room, on the front steps only a few actually lingered into the adult area under the tent on our patio. They do not want you to talk to them, they just what a place to be and food to eat and they are fine. But with having a graduate you have tons of other kids open houses to attend. This means you need cards. My FWF card is my first prototype for the guys, I have some fun ideas for the girls to make with the awesome lil peep grab bag and the 5/13 KOM from Unity Stamp Company. Maybe I will share them next week.
Paper: Simple Stories 6x6
Copic Markers: Y15 Y11 YR 4
Twine: Jelli Bean Soup
Bling Embellishment: Recollections
Glossy Accents: Inkssentials
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