A couple of weeks ago Shay and I were lamenting over the fact that our big kids were heading off to kindergarten (because weren't we JUST pregnant with them?!?!) and decided that it would be a fun idea to host a Kindergarten Kickoff dinner - something really special just for the kindergarteners and their moms.
Monday was the night! The dining room at the Ranch clubhouse was closed - so it was the perfect spot for our crazy crew :)
We put out note cards - and everyone wrote what they thought each kindergartener was going to grow up to be as well as a word (or two) to describe them. When the cards were filled out, they dropped them into the kids little bags.
This is a chalkboard that I made for my classroom - and it is actually a piece of "art" that I bought at a thrift store for about $2. I covered the glass with paper, taped it down and spray painted the frame yellow. After that was dry I peeled off the paper/tape and painted the glass with two coats of chalkboard paint. Easy!
On the table, I wanted the kids spots to be super cute and bright, so I bought a package of 12x12 primary cardstock and used them as place mats (I used the same cardstock to create their little nameplates as well).
I picked up three Fall garlands at Hobby Lobby and placed them down the center of the table and then brought my faux apples from home to mix in.
She had a local mom make them and the toppers are the most delicious sugar cookies ever. And don't even get me started on the icing. They were perfection.
I took no pics of the kids eating, but all us mamas had Cobb salads (and yes.... that's my green tea lemonade... hahaha) and all the kids had pizza and fries.
On a whim on Monday afternoon I decided to write Class of 2027 on three of the chalkboard signs that I made and have yet to mount on our back fence. I am sooooooooooo glad that I did because....
One of the most unanticipated gifts of motherhood for me has been this amazing group of women that I am blessed call my friends. I was, admittedly, not a "girls girl" in high school and/or college. I have a LOW tolerance for drama and wasn't very successful at finding girls with similar priorities so I just kind of gave up.
Fast forward a few years, and what started as a Beth Moore Bible Study at Starbucks while I was pregnant with Luke has blossomed into deep, authentic and long lasting friendships. This group of girls has prayed for my kids before they were born, we've cried with and for each other and have had our fair share of laughs. We hold each other accountable, build each other up and love each others kids. I love that our friendships have fostered great friendships among our kids as well. It was so special to get to send our first batch of babies off to kindergarten with a bang.
I have a feeling that 2027 will be here before we know it, and there's no other group of girls I'd rather do all the in between with. Feeling VERY blessed today :)