Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Oh, The Places She'll Go!

O.K., it's time to revive this blog...and what better way to do it than a post bragging about the most recent graduate in our family! Rebecca graduated from Seaford High School this year ranked 6th in her class!  She was a class officer, the Secretary of the Class of 2015.  She received the Presidential Excellence Award, the Semper Fidelas Award for Musical Excellence from the US Marine Corps, the Music Department Academic Award, and the Band Director's Award.  This girl was busy this past school year!  She was an International Baccalaureate Program student, she was drum major for marching band, and she had a leading role in the school musical (which was fabulous, by the way!).  She also managed to hold down a job at Friendly's, help with all kinds of school related things (like taking yearbook photos), and go on a mission trip to Costa Rica!

Here she is in her cap and gown, all ready to graduate:

With the other class officers:
And with family after graduation:
Rebecca has decided, after an amazing missions trip to Costa Rica in February, that she feels called to be a missionary!  You can read about her experience in a post that she wrote for her own blog.  So, she and her sister will both be heading off to missionary training camp in Costa Rica in February, 2016.  They are so excited!!!  

With this in mind, after graduation we threw her a cupcake party with the theme, "Oh the Places You'll Go!"

I made the cupcake stands with double layers of cardboard covered in maps, tassels made with streamers, and a fabric covered faux graduation cap on the top.

We had a banner of handmade tassels in her school colors:

And a Dr. Seuss-like mountain range on the wall with hot air balloon decorations hanging from the ceiling:
We also decorated with vintage suitcases, travel books, and bright, fluffy tissue paper flowers.  The "guestbook" was the Dr. Seuss book, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!".  We had the guests sign the inside cover of the book, and on each set of pages I wrote a corresponding Bible verse to make it even more special.

It all turned out pretty cute, and Rebecca and her friends enjoyed it and ate lots of cupcakes.

At the end of the evening, I realized that I didn't get a good photo of her gorgeous dress.  We found this dress a few months ago in New York City in one of the great thrift shops they have there.  It was WAY too big, but with a few alterations, it fit her perfectly.  So I had to get a picture at the end of the day:

Congratulations Rebecca!!!