Our baby girl graduated from high school. Where did the time go? When you're in the thick of life and someone says "it goes so fast" or "before you know it..." you think, yeah, sure...i know.
but you don't really.
Until it's time to watch them put on a cap and gown.
I took Kate and her sweet friends to a local park for pictures the night before graduation. We had so much fun. What a great group of kids!
We celebrated a week later with a party for Kate and her BFF Lauren. They will be roommates in the fall.
Her parents hosted the party at their beautiful home. Lauren's mom made most of the food, her dad put together an amazing photo slide show that played all day and i agreed to make the decorations.
We set up a "photo booth" of sorts for funsies. I found 3 frames at garage sales and good will and painted them white. We hung them from the trees and i made some funny props for the guests to use in their pictures. We had a great time with them. It was a hit.
We made blue and gold pompom garland and strung it all over the tree that we hung the picture frames from. It was so pretty!
It was a total DIY decorated party...and we did it all on a shoestring budget, too. But, we couldn't have done it without my awesome family who helped me get it all done.
My sisters helped me make cake balls, which disappeared very quickly on party day. They were a lot of work...a real production line project. But, everyone LOVED them. It was worth the work.
For table centerpieces, I gathered together all of my blue ball jars and filled them with fresh cut flowers from my mom's garden. I made these fun pennants from scrapbook paper and felt and tied some ribbon around each jar. Easy peasy and inexpensive!
Now we are moving forward...writing thank you notes, making a pile on the Dining Room table of things destined for her dorm room, and preparing for her departure in two months.
All the while, i will be thinking back to this day...
This was the first day we met. On this day, 18 years seemed like it would be forever.