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!


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