my mom came to town yesterday. she's at our house this trip.
today is my only day off work
I asked for it off, as tonight is Allan's graduate open house. We are crossing our fingers that scattered thunderstorms will keep their distance. There are eleven other graduates celebrating at the same open house. It's outside.
Wendy had her second guitar lesson last night. Her fingers hurt.
Field day is today at the elementary. In my memory, it'll be the first year I don't make it.
Saturday is graduation.
Brian's second soccer game is Saturday. We're in charge of juice.
Sunday is our Sunday School picnic and another graduation party.
This week has been a week of lasts. Monday night was Wendy's last Busy Bees (Sunday School girls) get together for the season. Pizza party. Tuesday night was Wendy's last volleyball for the year (Pizza party) and last night was Wendy's last choir concert for the year (back row, fifth from the left) I didn't see any pizza.
About a half hour before we were to leave, she came downstairs with her black flats, shared how the bottom is nearly completely separated from the shoe and said - MOM! I need new shoes!!! (before the concert)
She wore a pair of too small heels instead. She's already tall, so she was very anxious about being extremely noticeably tall with her heels on, but the girl next to her was just as tall, so she was fine. I spent the whole ride to the concert telling her that it would be much prettier to stand tall and be the tallest there than to purposely slouch (her plan) just to be the same size as someone else.
Allan decided to opt out of the weekend four-wheeling trip since grandpa wouldn't be there and nobody his age would be there. This worked out well for me since it got me out of bringing two little boys to an hour and a half long choir concert.
Wendy's taking a year off from choir so she can take an art class next year
Greg texted this morning - they made it safely to their destination (he and Derek). I hate that all night driving so an arrival text is always good.
I'm working again today. I work all but one day until the end of the year. I insisted on taking Allan's graduation party day off.
I turned the heat back on this morning and brought my plant starts in last night. We had the a/c on just a couple days ago.
Time to get a few things done this morning. Starting with printing a return form for the boy's shoes. I measured their feet, used the chart and both their shoes are several sizes too big. Thank goodness for free return shipping.
ps. Wednesday was Allan's last day of school - in sticking with the week of lasts theme. I'm just in denial.
I spent the morning wondering if we were really going to make it to the zoo field trip, what with the threats of thunderstorms and 100% chance of rain. But we went, and the thunder held off and my umbrella got a work out.
I began the day with three kids in my group, but one was sick - so then I had Mark and one other - but then one group's chaperones no showed (they thought the field trip was next week), so I ended up with three extra. I spent the entire field trip chanting - 1, 2, 3, 4...5. 1, 2, 3, 4....5. I took a LONG nap when we got back home.
With five kids to watch, I didn't take a whole lotta photos - but I did catch a few of the tigers. They were a unanimous favorite. They are sisters - two of three triplets. The third one stayed securely nested in her hole in the wall - I picture her being the firstborn, wiser and staying out of it.
For Allan's graduation announcements, I dug through my box of discontinued stamps for my set of Extra Large Underground numbers. I've been BEGGING for another large set of numbers. Help me beg. ;) Large number stamps are a set that I always get lots of use out of.
I often have a piece of chipboard underneath my stamping surface. It provides both a cushion and a place to catch the ink of the overlap.
The inks used on this card are both Jenni Bowlin for Ranger inks - Lemon Drops and Seed Packet. Allan's school colors. But they call them green and gold. They don't know what I know. ha.
I began by stamping the one chevron nearish (I don't measure) the bottom, and then added the solid chevron both above and below. Clear stamps are such a fantastic invention, don't you think? The ability to see where the stamp is going to land is huge. I wasn't able to do this with the wood mount stamps that I used to make his birth announcements with almost 18 years ago.
Because I don't measure, and because I was kind of winging it, I added the twenty-thirteen (from the set - In a Nutshell) right into the chevron on some cards, and on the bottom of the others. And you know what? I like them both.
The bottom created, I then stamped the 2013 above the chevron...
....about 45 times. I'm a firm believer in the assembly line process (do all the chevrons, then do all the twenty-thirteens, then do all the dates....). It went quick.
The inside invitation portion I printed out on our computer and adhered it in.