A Mid Summer Party.

A Midsummer Party

Although I homeschool Abby, she spent last year attending a homeschool tutorial program, which was a huge blessing and just exactly what she needed. Honestly, it was an answer to my prayers. As moms, we can all remember what it was like to be a middle school girl. So much revolved around our friendships- they were a huge part of our lives, weren’t they? My prayer has been that Abby would find friends that shared her beliefs and interests, friends that she could grow with during the middle school and high school years, friends that I felt good about her spending time with. Last year she made those kinds of friends, but the end of the year was bittersweet, as half of the girls in her small class are moving on to another program with her, but half are going to be attending other programs. I wanted to give them a chance to get together this summer, so Abby and I decided to have a mid summer party for her and her friends. Happily, all but two were able to make it, but they were certainly missed!

FG spread

I wanted this party to be special for the girls. After all, they are a pretty unique group. They are the sweetest, kindest twelve year old girls I know. Feather Grey Party Shop was kind enough to send the party supplies for our little get together, and they were absolutely perfect for the occasion! The Pink Sparkle Party plates and napkins were just girly enough for Abby without being over the top, and I though the they were just right for a middle school party. They had a little bit of sparkle, were not at all childish, and the pink and gold suited a summer theme beautifully. There were adorable paper straws with stars on them, and pink and gold glittered circle confetti for the table…perfect!

FG supplies

The first thing that the girls did was to make their own ice cream float treats (ala Handmade Charlotte) called Flonanzas. I got the recipe from Rachel Faucett’s new Good Housekeeping TV class called Class In a Box. These were AMAZING!!! The girls loved them, and I can vouch for the fact that they were the most delicious and refreshing, fruity summertime treat I’ve had in a long time. We’ve made them again since the party- they’re that good!

Making Flonanzas | www.thesoutherninstitute.com

Doesn’t this look sooooo good? There’s that cute straw I mentioned earlier. It was perfect for the Flonanza treats!

Flonanza

After nearly making themselves sick on ice cream floats, the girls got busy making friendship bracelets for each other. Abby and I had gone to the store and bought a variety of bright, fun colors of embroidery floss for this little project. It was a great activity for the girls to do as they sat around the table and talked about how goofy boys are, laughed, and ate sugar cookies. I stayed out of the way like a good mom should (eavesdropping), smiling to myself, and remembering what it was like to be a twelve year old girl, laughing with my best friend. It made me so glad that I had taken the time to make this a special afternoon for Abby.

friendship bracelets

I snapped a few pics of the girls fooling around with the photo booth props that Feather Gray sent us to play with. They were cracking themselves up.

Feather Grey photo props

Soon enough, the moms started to come to pick up their daughters. The girls hugged and said their goodbyes and us moms promised to get them together again before school started. I’m looking forward to many more fun times with these girls!

Thanks to Feather Grey Party Shop for sending the party supplies for our Mid Summer Party! They were just perfect! Please visit their shop to see more…they have several different themes for children and grown ups alike.

What Do You Do When Your Child Doesn’t Excel In Sports?

kids and sports

What do you do when your child is in sports but they aren’t very good at it? What can you do to encourage them when their heart is just not in it but they still have to finish out the season? That’s what I’m sharing about at the Wishing Well blog. It can be frustrating as a parent to watch your child struggle during the season. Click on over for some suggestions for what you can do when your child is having a hard time in their chosen sport. See you at The Wishing Well!

On Mothering.

checking out at the library

I’m not in the throes of toddlerhood and I’m not waking up numerous times a night to nurse a newborn, but believe me when I tell you that each stage of motherhood comes with its own hills and valleys. I’ve been doing this mothering thing for twelve years now. I have three children ranging in age from twelve down to six years. All three of my children are school age, one finishing her first year of middle school, one wrapping up second grade, and one finishing kindergarten. Each of my children are amazing, talented, smart, affectionate, and kind…when they are on their own. I’m not going to lie though, when they are together lately it feels as though they constantly bicker, criticize, and tattle on each other. It’s wearing me out, turning me into a crabby mom, making me feel as though I will not make it through the day sometimes. Surely they will grow out of this stage, right??? Please tell me they will because if I bang my head against the wall one more time people are going to start talking.

My husband and I just look at each other and shake our heads. We know that one on one, these children of ours are amazing. They are caring and compassionate, and they love each other. We’ve seen it exhibited between them in the past and every so often we still see glimpses of it: a kind word when one of them hurts themselves, an unprompted offer to share a prized possession, when they read their Bible together. We know it can happen, but it’s rare these days. We try our best to model the behavior that we want to see from them. We point out ways that they could better handle situations. We pray with them. Yes, sometimes we get frustrated, but who wouldn’t in this kind of negative environment? With summer break right around the corner I’m finding myself wondering how in the world I am going to survive it. I don’t want to just survive it, I want us to have a great summer, and to come out on the other side having learned how to better love one another. I want them to be friends!

Why do I write such a Debbie Downer of a post, lol? I guess I have to believe that I’m not the only mother out there who is struggling with this right now, and I want you all to know that you are not alone…and I want to know that I am not alone. I thank God for good friends, heart sisters, who are walking through this with me. We cannot do this alone, friends. We all love our children and want to raise them to be caring, compassionate people. It starts by being one of those people ourselves. I’m reading Heart Sisters right now by Natalie Snapp, a blogging and real life friend of mine. It’s really encouraging me in my own friendships and in how I can help my children be good friends as well, thought she does not address friendships between children in her book. We must be the friends that we want to have, don’t we? Check out her book. It is a Christian book, and based on Biblical principles.

I want to wish you all a wonderful Mother’s Day! Keep up the amazing work that you are doing. You are doing hard work! Don’t be discouraged. Know that we are in this together, friends.