Sunday, October 16, 2016

We Didn't Know We Were Making Memories

My childhood was your typical "baby boomer" life of the '50s and 60's.  Lots of kids in every house, playing at a local park, walking or riding your bike everywhere, and a neighborhood that believed that "it takes a village to raise a child."

Recently, I ventured back to that innocent era and reunited with former classmates to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our eighth grade graduation.   People gathered from six different states and all walks of life, but it was as though we had just returned to school after a summer break.  Non-stop fun and conversation for over four hours!

The celebration included old photos, memorabilia, a trivia game, and a tribute to our classmates who are no longer with us.  For me, that included one very special classmate who brought so much joy to so many of us in his nineteen short years.

To special friends
we lost too soon,
you are loved, missed and forever in our hearts.

The nine months of the planning process was as much fun as the actual event due to the renewed friendship with Vickie and Doug.

Love, laughter and memories = a great day!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Do the Math, Elliot is Six

Since the age of one, Elliot has celebrated his birthday with character cookies. . .

. . .but not this year! 

Elliot decided that he wanted number cookies for his 6th birthday because it would be "fun to do math problems while we eat the cookies."   Math fun?????  I am not sure I am related to this awesome guy!  

Now that Elliot is old enough to help plan his party, he has made it clear that a party "theme" is not important to him.  This year he chose the trampolines and party room at Ski High Sports with decorations of all kinds.  The adults called it a "Party City" theme because if the store sold it, it was part of the decor:  Angry Birds, Animals, Sports, Numbers, Action Heroes and Buzz Lightyear.  While eating lunch, this comment made it clear that Elliot is a kid that knows what he wants:

A friend:  "Elliot, what is the theme of your party?"

Elliot:       "Mix and match."

Character cookies, math problems, dinosaurs, books, music, sports . . . at the age of six, Elliot is a cute, little guy with many interests!

Love, hugs, and cookies for my 
little buddy! 

Now that he is six, Elliot decided it was time to lose the curls!  Different look, same great guy!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Time To Retire

Congratulations to my former colleague as they leave their careers in education.

For Ralph, the dog lover. . .

For Maria, a librarian . . .

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Celebrating Graduation with Friends

A football theme for Jack .  .  .

Traditional diplomas, caps and tassels for Mya .  .  .

A Grenadier and a U of I t-shirt peeking through the green and gold for Andrea .  .  .

Creative use of cutters:  Upside down Snowman for the football player.  Flower for the mini diploma.
Football player tutorial:
Mini diploma:
Standing Graduate:

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Shiver Me Timbers! It's Kyle's Graduation

Great-nephew, Kyle, is graduating from 8th grade today.

Since our family is big on tradition, his cookie collection had to include at least one "look out ______ high school" book cookie and a diploma tied with a heat-shaped ribbon.

However, for the rest of his collection, I opted to go the less traditional route and use his elementary school mascot as my inspiration for a "pirate theme" to celebrate Kyle's special day.

Treasures await  .  .  .

Kyle has successfully voyaged from his home of "McK" island to the Emmons Elementary "island",  now it is time to venture on to the new "island" of high school.

Love, hugs, cookies,
safe travel,
on your new adventure.

Creative use of cutters:  Sugabelle's School Bus for the Treasure Chest
Edible Images purchased from: SweetNothingsImages
Pirate cookie-
Sailboat cookie-

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The "Glamathlete" Graduates Today

When my Great-niece, Kendall, turned 16, I nicknamed her the "glamathlete" and chose "The Places You'll Go" as the theme for her cookies.  Two years later and she is still on the move.

Today is the day to honor Kendall's commencement with school traditions  .  .  . caps, diplomas, and the Grayslake North Knight.

Today is the day to respect Kendall's dedication to the sports that she loves.

Today is the day to congratulate Kendall on her accomplishments.

Today is the day to take pride in this amazing young woman who is on her way to new adventures at the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

 Love, Hugs,
for a
very, special girl.

Mini-diploma with bow- 

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