End of School Year Fluff

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End of School Year Fluff
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Tue, 06-11-2013 - 10:12am

1.  Do your kids go to school on the last day of school?

2.  Do you throw (or let them throw) an end of year party for their friends?

3.  How many *graduation ceremonies* will/have your children experienced in their life time?

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Tue, 06-11-2013 - 11:47am

<<We always did parties each year, nothing huge. My dd will be 16 next year and I would rather do a vacation of her choice then have to spend close to $10,000 for a party at a hall. >>

That seems like quite a lot for a birthday party.  Couldn't you do a small party at home?

PumpkinAngel

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Tue, 06-11-2013 - 11:48am

Joel had a party for his 12th birthday, I don't think he's had one since....we generally just do small family gatherings for birthdays


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Tue, 06-11-2013 - 11:49am

I've promised the girl that she can have her sweet 16 onstage here at the theater I work at - complete with dj and dancing...I can use the theater for free...and can't think of anyplace else she'd rather have a party than on a stage LOL

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Tue, 06-11-2013 - 11:50am

When Joel was in high school, there were actually several students who had married during high school.  Many of them weren't even pregnant or anything...it was just something they did.  I certainly don't understand why they'd want to do that, but who knows?  Maybe it will work out for them.  

Yeah, hopefully it works out for them. I got married at 21, shy 2 months of 22 years old and while I don't regret it and would do it all again, I tell kids that they should wait until 30 lol. Finish college, get a good job, get a home, get settled. 

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Tue, 06-11-2013 - 11:54am

<<We always did parties each year, nothing huge. My dd will be 16 next year and I would rather do a vacation of her choice then have to spend close to $10,000 for a party at a hall. >>

That seems like quite a lot for a birthday party.  Couldn't you do a small party at home?

It IS a lot IMO. Sweet 16's are a big hoopla event by me. The dress, the friends, the candle ceremonies, etc, etc. I don't think my dd would want a party at home as not sure what the kids would do as we don't have pool and she has a summer bday. 

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Tue, 06-11-2013 - 11:55am

I've promised the girl that she can have her sweet 16 onstage here at the theater I work at - complete with dj and dancing...I can use the theater for free...and can't think of anyplace else she'd rather have a party than on a stage LOL

That sounds awesome. She will love it Laughing

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Tue, 06-11-2013 - 12:01pm

I'm not a fan of marriage under about age 30-35, either...but I have witnessed a lot of long and happy marriages among people who married much younger.  


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Tue, 06-11-2013 - 12:03pm

1. Isn't the last day of school the last day of school? Why would kids not go?  In HS, the last day of school is Class Day and it's mandatory for everyone anyway, but even in elementary school, my kids thought the last day of school was really fun. All the teachers lined up on the hill to wave goodbye to the school buses as they left. My daughter says that is one of her favorite memories of elementary school.

2. Just had a massive combination high school graduation party/18th birthday party for my DD. I'm not a party person at all, but DH really thought we should do this, so we did (had it catered by a local BBQ place) and it turned out to be a blast.  DS is already saying he doesn't want a party for his graduation, and this is fine by me!

3. I don't know how many graduations my kids will attend. We all attended DD's graduation on Saturday, and she says she will go to grad school after college, so maybe 3 for her? DS doesn't love school as much, so probably just HS and college for him, but who knows? They didn't have "graduations" for the younger grades, but they did have recognition ceremonies to mark the transition from elementary to middle school, then from middle to high school.

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Tue, 06-11-2013 - 12:04pm

That must be a regional thing.  I've never known anyone around here (or anywhere else, come to think of it) who had a party for a 16th birthday that was any more special than for any other age.  


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Tue, 06-11-2013 - 12:05pm
"My dd will be 16 next year and I would rather do a vacation of her choice then have to spend close to $10,000 for a party at a hall." Seriously?! My dd got to go bowling for her 16th.

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