Sometimes life just jumps up and grabs you with things you’ve stalled or put off for awhile; it’s been that way this week. Our middle son is graduating high school in a few weeks and we will be having a combined open house at church (along with 4 other families) in less than two weeks. Our graduation party coordinator wanted us to be ‘ahead of the game’ when it came to holding our party, hence we will be celebrating at the party ‘before’ the actual graduation takes place! That’s not too bad, I suppose, except…for some reason, my brain’s been telling me: “Relax! You’ve got WEEKS to get ready!” Well, I finally snapped out of that fog yesterday and realized that I hadn’t sent out the party invitations, his graduation photos aren’t ‘in’ yet (so they won’t be included in the invitations), I haven’t ordered the cake, etc. It’s been a rather hectic few days around here. Yesterday found me getting the invitations done (by hand), too late to order any now. Today found me going to the cake decorating store to buy the much needed plastic graduation cap & ‘grad person’ to top his cake. I was very relieved to find that they had purple writing gel-his graduation colors are royal purple and gold. (small sidebar here: the colors are royal purple and gold, BUT my son made the National Technical Honor Society and THEIR colors are Purple and WHITE!). That’s OK, now I’m prepared! (thank heavens for taking those cake decorating classes many, many years ago…sure come in handy in an emergency!). I just took a break a few minutes ago from cutting out tons of black construction paper letters. Why letters, you ask? (of course you asked!) Along with the party, each grad is given a ‘Award Table’ to put their trophies, awards, etc. on. This is my second son who’s graduating, but first son doing it in this manner. I chose to buy one of those tri-fold cardboard display boards (the kind you see kids using at science fairs) to put some of his photos on. Went pricing stick-on letters (which would be much easier, for me) and found that they didn’t have the size I needed; here comes the Art training…(1) go down the basement and dig out the art supplies (2) find the lettering templates (3) take them upstairs and trace all those lovely little letters on black construction paper…then, you guessed it…cut them all out! Now I suppose I should also explain that this is the son who has been truly vascillating from “I really don’t care at all about my graduation” to “Wow, Mom! You’re doing all this? Thanks!” (you just never know sometimes….) He was actually thrilled that I found the purple decorating gel for his cake…who knew!? (Another sidebar…I suppose I should also explain that we homeschool. I’ve been homeschooling my kids now for 14 years and this is graduate #2).
Anyway, it ought to be a great party – hope I’m prepared. Gee the way I’m going, by son #3 I should either be a pro at organizing graduation parties OR totally forget I’m supposed to be doing stuff until the night before! Who Knows??? (the mind wanders…)
As to the “Ghana Project”…I’m still awaiting news from the head nurse as to whether they will actually have space on the airplane to take more than a few afghans. I’ve had a good amount of wonderful people who are just waiting for the word before starting knitting squares for the next trip to Ghana in November. I will keep you informed as best I can, when I hear anything. Meanwhile, I’m starting on afghan #4 (only have 4 squares done). This whole project is turning me into a knitting stitch and yarn ‘junkie’…I find myself constantly on the outlook for more simple stitches and cheap yarn on sale or at garage sales. Call it my little obsession, if you will. It’s harmless-I don’t go too overboard (unless you count three rather large bags of yarn at present…but that will be our little secret!).
Thanks for reading;