Thursday, June 27, 2013

In Honor Of....

It had been suggested to me a few weeks earlier by a set of my three favorite students that we hold a tea party in honor of their finishing school...the hesitation that we showed to this idea was only a diversion from what we had planned :)


Days before hand, invitations were carefully crafted for a surprise after school tea...

...the day of, there was a lot of hustle and bustle going on in the kitchen while the little kids were ushered upstairs into the toy-room to await their big surprise...

The table had been neatly set for the occasion...

A sign was placed in the hallway so that they wouldn't lose their way to where the tea party was being held :)

Then, after what seemed like forever for them, they received three invitations inviting them to the after-school tea celebration.

But one cannot just arrive at a tea in the mornings pajamas, or ones casual attire...hence the reason they were immediately directed to the dressing chambers where their tea party apparel awaited them on the beds...

The luncheon consisted of chocolate cupcakes ( due to their high-fat nature, they weren't worthy of the title muffin), frosted with a mint frosting...though, much to my chagrin, they lacked that wonderful green color that comes from food coloring...compliments of mother :)

Delicious quiches were more of a side dish to go along with the muffins/cupcakes...but they came in close competition with the cupcakes for fat content.

And though it claimed the title "tea party", it was only because "punch party" sounds so undignified...no tea was served :)



We made sure that in the midst of all this tea, dress ups, and pinks that Austin got his own boy-style place setting.




And, of course, my favorite part...I got to choose out a bunch of candies for the kids as a reward for the years accomplishments...of course, I went for the most colorful, junk filled, child-excitable candies there :)




The squeals were well worth it...some even found it necessary to dive into their candies right away!
And so ended a delightful day of delectable treats and colorful candies, and a wonderful year of school...can't wait for next year :)



:) ATTENTION :) Please also keep your eyes out for my next upcoming post...I have a special guest post from Cosette Victoria Spafford coming up next....but other than that, I can say no more :)

Friday, June 14, 2013

His Life is Once Again His Own...

Why does this boy, of whom we have seen so little over the last five years, all of the sudden seem so relaxed, and at ease...as if his life was somehow once again his own? Why is there seen no trace of the homework that for so long decorated the tables and counters?

The piano that had not had the privilege of his presence for many a day is once again occupied by him...

...and, he is even seen doing dishes in the kitchen at times (Now, let me clarify...I'm not saying that he did not do dishes for all of the previously mentioned years; that was what you thought :)



And lastly, those sisters who were more like strangers to him then, to the point of having to reintroduce themselves, whose only knowledge of his existence was that he lived at the same household as them, finally re-acquainted themselves one fine summer evening....when this charming boy surprised them by taking them to an Army Surplus Store where they were able to purchase camos...and then proceeded to treat them to a delicious dinner at the Korean House. (a place which I highly recommend as it has the most authentic Korean food, friendliest service, and the best Kimchi ever :)



Yes, you might have guessed it by now, the answer to this riddle is, Jonathon has finally graduated, and I am doing the before promised, now thoroughly-belated graduation post...

Early on the Saturday morning of the 11th, we headed over to where Jonathon was to end his life as "collage student"...


The week before had been one of much planning, preparations, and lots of cooking for the party that would follow afterwards...
...But we had had the privilege of having family stay with us for the week before graduation, and the load was made a lot lighter...








I think that Jonathon might have had the biggest welcoming party there with all of the family and friends that showed up to greet him afterwards...

Part of the four-some team from WSU





After the ceremony, we headed on over to our home for an after-grad party...






 The weather was perfect, the company, even better...just the right mix of both made the perfect combination for a fun game of volleyball...






 There was some friendly catching up going on over in one corner of the lawn amongst the gentlemen...





...While the girls preferred a more agreeable fashion of friendly interaction.






The evening was concluded with some good ol' fashioned country dancing :)

And so, Jonathon graduated from WSU on June 11th with a 4.0....He now has a full time job at Applied Motion Systems and has already taken his first business trip on up to Seattle...


...As Daddy always says, "He's definitely a chip off the ol' block" :)

P.S. The above title came from a phrase that we heard often over the course of his collage days...a stack of books, piles of homework, and a sigh from the student, "Ah, my life is not my own!"...we no longer hear this :)