Archive | June 2014

Graduation Open House

What a busy, busy week we had last week!  So much preparation for the open house, but it was SO MUCH FUN!  We had a FANTASTIC turnout for the party.  Rachel sure felt special with so many coming to share her special day with her.

We had the party at my parents’ house.  It just happened that their neighborhood was having the annual garage sale the same day as the party.  Just before the party started, I found this at the one garage sale we went to, and it was only a quarter!

We made graduation caps out of mini-Reese cups:

Here is the photo board Rachel put together.  She said felt like she was doing a 4H project, but it was much more fun because she didn’t have to worry about someone judging her work.  By the “then and now,” notice how she went from a Barbie jeep to driving my brother’s Lexus convertible.  LOL!

Here is the banner her dad made for the party:

Here are some shots of the food we made.  That is my mom in the first image.


This is Hudson.  His grandma called my mom the morning of the party, apologizing for her call because she knew we were busy.  She said, “He won’t shut up.  He wants to know if there will be cake at the party and he won’t take my word for it!”  Anyway, my mom told her that there would be FOUR kinds of cake there.  When she told him, he said, “Who told you that?”  When she said it was Aunt Pat, he said, “I always liked her.”  What a funny boy!

Abby and Rachel:

Dad photo-bombing Abby and Rachel:

Rachel’s Uncle Dave and cousin Jesse:

Dad, cousin Emily, and Uncle Dave:

Cousin Jesse:

Rachel and her friend Josiah:

Family photo:

After most people had left the party, we noticed my brother Tim lying on the floor next to the food table.  (He was stretching out.)  As soon as Rachel noticed, she went to join him:

We had so much food to clean up because there was still so much left!  Then we got home and Rachel opened the fridge and said, “Mom, you forgot a bag of grapes and the pineapple!”  Oh well — so now we are eating LOTS of fruit!


Cheap Insulated Bag

With summer here, I thought I’d share a cheap tip for making an insulated bag for keeping your drink cold.

Insulated bag:

If you need a quick, inexpensive “insulated” bag, use a brown paper bag and add an inch of folded newspaper to the inside for the insulation.

Interesting Tidbits

Author Norman Bridwell, who wrote Clifford the Big Red Dog, was born in my hometown.
Rupert (of “Survivor” fame), is originally from my city. He now lives one hour south of us. I have seen him twice in person. (Once locally and once at the State Fair.)

I was struck by lightning several years ago. It really is true that you shouldn’t talk on the phone during an electrical storm. I wrote a devotion about that experience. (Tab down toward the bottom of this page to find it.)

I have experienced two earthquakes in my lifetime. One was when dh and I were engaged. The other was just last year.

I flew over the Mississippi River when it was flooded back in 1993. It was amazing to see from that angle – an unbelievable sight.

I was hit by a car when I was in high school, and I landed on my head. (That explains a lot, doesn’t it?) . It happened on the busiest street in town, near the park that is uptown (for those of you who are local).

I was a page at the state senate two or three times. One year I had my picture taken with the Lt. Governor. I believe it was Robert D. Orr at that time. Another time, as my dad was driving home, the blizzard of 1978 was starting to hit this area. The ride home from Indy was quite rough, and of all things, my dad had broken ribs. So every time he hit a bump, I heard *&%*(#@! By the next morning, we couldn’t get out our back door. We were snowed in for several days, with the snow drifted over six feet high in several places in front of our house.