Preschool has come to an end. And not just for the year. My baby has finished preschool and will be moving up to the big league in the fall. It will be nice to have all three kids at the same school, but it is definitely a bittersweet occasion. We have been a part of the cooperative preschool for 7 years and it has been a wonderful place for not only my children, but for our entire family. Many of the kids in my daughter’s class are the babies of their family, and are also saying good-bye to the school. Since so many of us where leaving we wanted to say thank you to the school and at the same time leave our mark. Our solution, was to present a set of hand painted bamboo wind chimes. I have tons of bamboo growing in the backyard. I found a piece that fallen and dried. Using a handsaw I cut the large stalk into 10″-12″ pieces and then drilled a small hole at the top of each chime. I then had each child paint one of the chimes. Once the paint dried I sprayed each piece with a high gloss varnish. Let the pieces dry again and then threaded a medium weight filament string through the pre-drilled holes, and tied to create a loop. Each loop was then slid on to a long branch I found on the school grounds. This was a super simple gift to make and will hopefully be ringing at the school for many years to come.
It is that time of year when it seems like there is a party every weekend. Mother’s day, Father’s day, graduations, recitals – it is the season of celebrations. And if your kids are like mine they want to be a part of every aspect of the celebration, including the planning and the prep. And if you are anything like me it might be a little difficult to let go of some of that planning and prep.
I like things a certain way, mainly my way and it is sometimes a little difficult to turn things over to them. I want them to learn how to cook and be able to throw a great party, but they don’t always do the things the way I want, and they have their own thoughts and opinions on how things should be done – ah! the nerve of them! Over the years I have come up with ways to include my little independent spirits without giving them complete control. One of my, and their, favorites are skewers. Through much experimentation we have discovered you can put anything on a skewer. It is an activity anybody can do and it just makes things a little bit more festive.
Our most recent skewer creation was Greek salad on a stick. We served these at a going away party we hosted this past weekend and like so many other times the kids were happy to assemble the skewers while Mike and I pulled the rest of the food together.
Having the kids serve the “salad” was also a great ice breaker for the kids at the party. They were the only kids at the party and they didn’t know most of the people. So, while they wanted to be a part of it all they were also a little nervous. Those nerves quickly vanished when they proudly offered their dish.