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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Graduation Decorating & Gift Idea

I had fun decorating for my son's high school graduation. We decided to hold it at the same location I had my daughter reception back in 2013. I booked two days for the room so I could set up the day before and just come the day of and put out food. Since the ceremony was that morning and I didn't get out until after 3:30pm and the reception started at 5:30pm, I am so glad I did that!

I made my son a little gift since his main present from me was his class ring and party! I found a cute idea of giving lottery tickets as a gift. I found this cute 2017 grad bag and some skewers and attached 10 lottery tickets and two gift cards to the skewers with paper clips. I lined the bag with grad tissue paper.

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A party wouldn't be a party without a PHOTO BOOTH! Well at least for me!!!

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I decided to order cupcakes and a mini cake instead of trying to make one with all that was going on. Since I was also coordinating the graduation I seriously had no time.. The cake was decorated in my son's favorite color.. YELLOW!

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Thought it would also be fun to add some other sweet treats as well as the cupcakes.. Nothing like some graduation  Ho Ho "DIPLOMAS".. Some "SMARTIE PANTS" Smartie candies, "CLASS RINGS" Ring Pops, and Some "BOOK WORMS" gummy worms.

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I did some simple table decorations since my son didn't want anything fancy or splashy.  I took 6 of his favorite senior photos that I took of him back in March had them printed out and double backed them onto skewers. I then added felt cap stickers onto the top on both side to give them a topper. I bought the containers they were in from the Dollar store and crinkle paper in black/white/yellow to fill them.

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I found the yellow paper placemats at Party America to give the table some yellow splash since it was my son's selected color.. I found the black cap/gown centerpieces at Party America as well for just a couple bucks..

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Never Give Up by John Mason Review

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"Never Give Up"
You're Stronger Than You Think
by John Mason

About This Book:

Everything you want is on the other side of not giving up
Anything worth doing is going to have some obstacles. Some people look at setbacks as evidence that whatever it is they've been striving for just wasn't meant to be. But according to bestselling author and master motivator John Mason, the moment most people give up is the moment of their greatest opportunity.

In this inspiring book, Mason gives you fifty-two keys to never giving up on your dreams. He shows you how to move forward when you're on the verge of quitting, how to avoid unnecessary trouble, and how to keep your energy level up in the face of setbacks.

Whatever your dream--whether you're building a portfolio, a family, a business, or relationships--you'll find the strength and motivation to go on, break through, and claim the prize.

My Thoughts on This Book:

I was happy to receive a copy of this book to review. When I saw the title I was feeling a bit discouraged with life. A bit overwhelmed with things I've placed upon my schedule and also dealing with outside friendships. I was amazed that when I started reading this in hopes to find encouragement to "never give up" I started seeing encouragement to help my family, especially my teen son. He is embarking on a new journey of adulthood and not sure where his life is leading him.
Page by page I felt this book calling to him. "READ ME" and also to help me overcome some mental blocks.

 Each nugget takes just a few minutes to read. 52 in all. You can read this book all the way through probably in a days time. I did. You can also take your time and who knows, digest each nugget by the week. One nugget each week for an entire year's worth of Never giving up!. A great way to take each nugget, apply it to your life one step at a time to really feel the impact.

Broken into three parts.. Looking Inward, Looking Outward and Looking Upward.  First 21 Nuggets deal with looking inward, the next 18 nuggets work with Looking Outward and the remaining nuggets are looking upward.

Do you want to quit? Life, family, job? This book is for you. Feeling like you can't go forward..
Each nugget will draw you towards God, bring your life into perspective and give you hope where you never thought possible.

Does failure go to your head? Does the devil know you I am? What good things have you committed to but have quit doing? These and 22 more questions the author asks us as we seek to never giving up! You will find value in every page so take the time to pick up a copy this Summer.. You won't regret it!

About the Author:

John Mason is a minister, a speaker, and the bestselling author of many books, including You Can Do It--Even if Others Say You Can't and You Can Be Your Best--Starting Today. He is the founder and president of Insight International and Insight Publishing Group, organizations dedicated to helping people reach their God-given dreams. He lives in Oklahoma.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Memorial Day Weekend Adventures

My husband had a four day weekend over Memorial Day weekend so we decided to get out of town and do some exploring. We've been pretty much home bound since Winter started so it was really nice to go see things in our beautiful state of Montana.

Since we live centrally it's nice to be able to go pretty much anywhere in a days drive. We decided though to take two days to see several things..

Libby Dam Koocanusa Bridge

We had a blast driving up to see Libby Dam and the Kookanusa Bridge. The lake/river was pretty low so no water was coming over the dam. That was okay. The dam was beautiful regardless. Huge and worth a photo!

LDBG Ross Creek Cedars

During our two days away we drove to see large cedar trees along a breathtaking hike in the forest. Ross Creek Cedars is well worth the trip to see. Reminds me so much of Yosemite National Park.

Kootenai Falls Swinging Bridge

Along our drive through Kalispell, MT we stopped to see the Kootenai Falls. This time of year it was magnificent to see. Just beyond the falls is a swinging bridge to go across. I was surprised that it didn't freak me out since I'm terrified of heights and the raging water underneath normally would of given me the excuse not to go across. I conquered it and enjoyed the journey!

Columbia Falls Dam Schoolhouse Fishing Pole Noxon Dam

Before heading home we went to see two more dams, Noxon Dam, and Thompson Falls Dam. Each time the water was raging past and was a beautiful sight to see. Outside of Troy, MT there was a cute fishing pole overhanging the river. Had to stop to get a photo with it! As we neared Missoula we found a beautiful one room schoolhouse so had to stop to photograph it for memories.

It was wonderful to get away for a couple days.. After we returned, we stayed home on Day 3 to get some house stuff completed and then hubby and I ventured out for a day hike at Refrigerator Canyon.


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We decided to go for a little more than a 6 mile hike. 3.25 miles in and then back. We were followed by lots of bumble bees and saw chipmunks and a squirrel. Other than that it was quiet and the scnery was heavenly. We enjoyed the cool temps in the canyon, the amazing views and serene quiet, just the two of us! After being married almost 20 years, you grab any opportunity you can to enjoy time together and since we love to get out of dodge and explore, what a better way to spend a day!

Class of 2017- Homeschool Graduation

On May 20th my oldest son, middle child, graduated high school. We have been blessed to be able to homeschool him for his education and had the opportunity to present him with a diploma and enjoy his special day together.

I decided back in November after the original coordinator for the graduation's stepped down to take over the roll for the year to give my son a wonderful ceremony/reception. After 7 months of planning and prepping we finally came down to the special day. 20 graduates for this occasion. The biggest our community has had graduate at one time.

My son performed with a friend of his from youth group at our church. She wrote the lyrics and my son wrote the music and they had the opportunity to perform during the ceremony. It was so beautiful!

My husband did the talking as I was an emotional wreck watching my son walk down the aisle, see his slideshow of him growing up and now before me all grown up receiving his diploma. He wrote him a poem that was very fitting for the occasion.

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My daughter came up from her duty station in Utah to see her brother graduate. It was so nice to have all my family together even for a few days.

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All the graduates with the cake which had all their names on it.

Throwing their cap/gowns outside and my son with his memory table.. Each graduate had the opportunity to put together a table of their childhood/school memories... It was so nice to see them all..

My son is now working on his future. Looking for a full time job right now while seeking options for a future career. He is interested in ministry. Youth or Music so while working on these details he will be saving money and preparing for a future career.

We can't be more proud of him and his accomplishments..