Sometimes I wonder about my children. And I'm talking about the adult ones. Last year 3 of them got married, all in a month and a half. See what I mean. Two of the weddings were ours to put on. It was crazy. Some of it's here
Well, I thought last year was as stressed out as it was ever going to get for us as far as weddings are concerned. Silly me.
We were on a family trip 2 weeks ago when my eldest called and said she was getting married - in less than a week. What the crazy? And it was going to be at our house. We wouldn't be home for several more days. Needless to say we cut it short, got home Sunday night and had the wedding Wednesday. And I have to say we didn't do half bad. Or even three quarters bad. Okay, it really turned out all good. So, that's how we celebrate around here - intensely.
We're so happy for our newest member of the family, Sky. More of their story is here
All the fam was here except for Barry, though we got to see him through video chats.
I'll try to post some of what we did and how we put it all together so fast later.
I'm going to turn 50 in Aug. It seems like a milestone to me. Something that should be celebrated, in a bigger way. I have a Provo friend who celebrates her birthday all month long. Every year. (You know who you are.) I love that she does that even though I've never been inclined myself to carry it out that long. Until this year. Until 50.
Fifty is just different. It seems like a transition. And permission. And...
Gouache painting, Celebration by Shannon Christensen
Okay, I'm back. I went and looked for a word to best describe the feeling I was trying to convey. And I found it --- concordant. I've never used that word concordant in my life. No time like the present, since it fits. I feel like fifty is coming into agreement, harmony - concordant. Or concordance. Or concord. Whichever. Whatever, it feels like it's the long process of the coming together to contentment.
I'm content with where I am. Not the content that wants to sit and slide. Not the content that doesn't want improvement or see the need for it. Not the kind that doesn't want a challenge or two. (Okay, maybe only one.) But the kind that recognizes and respects goodwill, harmony, friendship, love, because of pain, contention, loneliness, and heartbreak. In the little scheme of things it's like a personal peace treaty.
But, this really wasn't what I was going to talk about. At least not in such depth. What I wanted to say was that I've been thinking about this for a while and I've come up with a way that I want to celebrate turning 50. But, this has taken up too much space already so I will tell you how tomorrow.
The other day one of my daughters informed me that she had a birthday party to go to. Of course she let me know at the last minute and we were scrambling for a gift. I went back to my original idea of the Hospital Contraband Kit
and decided to see what I could do to quickly revise it. With a few changes this is what I came up with.
I printed the new insert and she folded and filled it. What a life saver!! I'm beginning to really like these kits. Made my life a little easier when my kid was trying to make it harder. Here are the contents she put inside.
Here's a download with the name space left blank. I've added a few direction with the measurements so that you can print it off with your own name if you want. Hope the idea comes in as handy for you as it has me.
Download the template and instructions
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Celebration Suitcase • Old School • eBook @ ShannonsStudio.com
I have finally finished (see my New Year's Resolution)
one of my Celebration Suitcase projects. It's a suitcase that holds decorations for a party - anytime, anywhere, for any reason. This one is themed "Old School" and I show 3 ways it can be set up. I've created an ebook that shows what's inside and how to use it. It's for sale for $3 here. (I have to support my habit somehow.)
One way to set up Old School Celebration Suitcase • Apple Birthday @ ShannonsStudio.com
I also show some DIY info so you can see how I did it and then do your own. I was so excited with this idea of stage lights on the inside of the lid. Plug it in and they light up. (I have more creative ideas in the works too.)
DIY Old School Celebration Suitcase • How to info @ ShannonsStudio.com
My kids thought it was fun when we used it one night for Family Night. Love to celebrate!!!
How would you use the Celebration Suitcase?
Happy New Year! Hope all of your celebrations were enjoyable. Mine was and here's a little of it.
We did a little fondue - chocolate and cheese. Chocolate fondue with pound cake, cookies, strawberries and cheese fondue with bread, vegetables, and meats. It was very good. But, my favorite-
Hot chocolate milk bar. White and Milk chocolates with all the add ons - shaved chocolates, cocoa powder, cinnamon pumpkin spice. Then, raspberry, caramel, and peppermint syrups. With the last additions of marshmallows, peppermint and chocolate chips. Oh, and there was eggnog as well. If you need any ideas, this is the type bar to do again.
If you're curious - all the milk and cheese was from Shatto. The fondue pots were from Pier One Imports. The mugs and cake plate were from World Market. The pitchers were from Target. Candle sticks from second hand stores.
Okay, I have this little secret obsession that the Boyfriend doesn't even know about. Not yet. But now I'm going to let you in on it. I want a celebration wagon. I want a party on wheels. I want a caravan. Caravan as in "a large covered vehicle for conveying passengers, goods". O
f course not just any caravan. But one that looks like this one.
Or this one.
Or this one.
Or this one.
Or even this one.
Yeah, this works too.
A celebration wagon. I've wanted one for a while but I haven't had the nerve to break it to the Boyfriend because it's a project that would involve him. I've gotten him into tons of my if-a-things-worth-doing-it's-worth-over-doing activities and I was trying to see how I could manage it without him. But I can't. So he has to know.
You have to see some of the interiors. Singular. Sensational. Spectacular. Play the slide show.
Okay, just a few more.
One day I might be able to say, "Welcome to my caravan porch."
If these don't scream CELEBRATE to you, I don't know what will.
PS - If anyone's sitting on a little trailer that they want to get rid of, let me know.
Here is a Popcorn Recipe that's easy to make. (My 9 and 11 year old can do it.) You can keep all the ingredients in the pantry (well except the butter) until you need them. You'll take popcorn from plain to party ready in a short time so it makes celebrating fun and fast.
Popcorn Recipe Free Download
Click link below for Instructions & Photos
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