Saturday, June 20, 2015

Celebrations and Being Green (Or Is That Cheap?)

We ended the school year with multiple graduations, birthdays, and celebrations!
One of the joys of having so many kids is that there's always something and someone to celebrate!  But it can take some creativity to make all that celebrating less-painful on the wallet.  I call it Being Green (recycling, reusing, repurposing), which just happens to be very in style these days.
My kids call it Being Cheap
But they are generally good sports and are often entertained with my sense of humor. 
Remember these balloons from the grad party?
They quickly and easily became birthday balloons for Lan Lan.
She laughed and had a fun party that included lots of smiles, lots of friends, and her homemade photo booth.
And then a trip to the skating rink where they were having disco night.  We had an abundance of guests arrive and had to keep calling for back-up drivers to get all the kids to the rink.  But it all worked out!  18 girls and 1 boy!  A fun night!
And then those balloons turned back to 8th grade graduation balloons for Lan Lan. 
She refused to get her picture with them. 
Although she did love going to Starbucks for a celebration.  It was cold in the store and windy outside so we celebrated in the car.  Next  year she is going to take a couple classes at the high school and also continue to homeschool. 
And then one of those balloons became a congrats balloon for Vu. 
Although I think I could have just used photos of random balloons, from random strangers, and put it on my blog and years from now Vu would have thought those balloons were purchased just for him.  His very own balloons!
Vu did have a great end-of-elementary-school celebration which included a luau, trip to the local amusement park, and "clap-out".  Fun!
A few days later the balloons were becoming a bit deflated.  So I bought one additional balloon and paired it up with a couple of those original balloons.
Ba-bam!  Just in time for Patrick's birthday party!  You can see he is thrilled with my creativity!
And for those who know his birthday is in March--yes we are late with the party.  More points for Mother of the Year!  In my defense he didn't know what he wanted to do for his party, hence the delay.  A trip to the local video game arcade with a bunch of boys was a hit!  (This is where my bi-polar spending habits come into play--save on balloons only to spend at the arcade!) 
It was Patrick's party, but Vu was the one who hit the jackpot!!!  Yep!  Teaching my kids to become slot-machine addicts at a young age!
Our next birthday is in 2 weeks.
Not sure my balloons will hold out that long?  So I took the picture now. 
Yep.  I'm a genius.  And you can see by the look on Paul's face that he's thinking the exact same thing!

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