I have been celebrating back to school with my grandchildren for quite a few years now.
My back-to-schoolers this year are in grades
7th, 6th, 4th, 4th, 4th, 3rd, 1st, kindergarten, and pre-school.
That is nine out of ten of my little pearls!
So, what makes a back to school party with
Grandma, Papa and the cousins?
The party plans can be as simple or as extravagant as you like but
regardless of how much money or time I put into them
our time together and the lasting memories we share
are a priceless treasure to us all.
It is a tradition that my grands DO NOT allow
me to forget!
For me the party always begins with pre-arranging a date
that works with all of the parents.
Party invitations are hand delivered a few days ahead of time.
This year's theme was Party Bus!
The invites had a bus schedule on them for the time
of pick up and the afternoon drop off time for each child.
Papa and I decorated our "bus" to add to the fun.
(Special thanks to my daughter and son-in-law for loaning us their eight passenger car.)
We decorated the windows and we tied long strands of brightly
colored curling ribbon to the side mirrors
to add a festive touch as we whipped and fluttered through the streets.
Once everyone was picked up and buckled up it was party time.
The "bus" was filled with chatter between the very
excited back-to-school cousins.
First stop included personalized lunch orders
and icy sweet Eegee's slushes!
There was sampling bites shared, laughter, conversations,
and lots of attention from the other customers.
One set of grandparents who's only grandchild
lives several hours away couldn't believe that this
party group of five only represented half of my grandchildren.
They also commented on how well behaved they were.
Grandma was proud!
They were all wearing matching name tags
around their necks with their new grade.
I made the name tags
to help create a little extra special cousin unity.
Once everyone was done eating and washed up
it was time to load back into our party bus and head to our next stop.
Instead of putting together party gifts bags as usual
we treated the kids to a shopping spree at one of
their favorite stores!
They all LOVE going to Dollar Tree.
Every single row was checked out and a whole
lotta' very selective and time consuming decisions were made.
The rule for the kids was that we all had to stay together.
They did a great job following the rule.
Papa and I had the rule to not rush their decisions.
We succeeded too!
After over an hour of very active shopping it was time to check out.
Everyone was thrilled with their
gadgets, goodies, and toys.
Our party bus then headed to Wendy's
for a round of chocolate Frosty's and seven cups of water
for the ride home.
We had a really cool bus driver!
Without rushing any part of our time together
we were able to keep the party bus on schedule
for our afternoon drop offs.
I use the word lucky a lot about being a grandma
but the truth is that I am just
very blessed and very, very grateful.
I can't wait until next time....