Sunday, March 9, 2014

party prep

Wishbone-stamped glassine bags for St. Patrick's Day surprises,
and a stack of invites ready to make their way into the world.

One of my students wore all green on Friday, complete with bouncy shamrock headband and fluffy shamrock lei. Her dad said he has no idea why she's so excited (their family isn't majorly into holidays, so he's not sure where she gets it from) but excited she is! As someone who loves any and all reason to celebrate, I'm totally with her! (And would be even if she didn't happen to be the student that frequently and loudly announces, "YOU ARE MY FAVORITE TEACHER THAT I HAVE EVER HAD, IN THIS WHOLE SCHOOL!" It's embarrassing and amazing all at once.)

Anyway, I'm prepping early (for me), with these lucky stamped bags. Not sure what I'll put in them yet (I have some rainbow erasers but feel like I need something more...). In the meantime I like how simple, graphic, and modern they are just sitting by themselves. (I based them on the idea here, but I stamped bags I already had on hand instead of printing on vellum and assembling. After I figure out what to fill them with I'll add the free printable "Lucky Day" tags.)

Caleb's baptism will be the Sunday after Easter. If you've ever stumbled to this space before, you may know that I'm a practicing Catholic but not really ardent anything. While Andy and I both believe in the idea of "many paths, one mountain," we'd like our son to be a part of the rich community that a church can be (and it doesn't hurt that our church here is fairly liberal. We are also big Pope Francis fans.). It's a way of introducing him to our path, to the conversations surrounding belief, religion, and everything in between. I think Andy put it best when he said that the baptism is a way "we get to celebrate Caleb's life." Now. We get to celebrate now. There was the excited anticipation of the shower, there will likely be a congregation of cousins at a first birthday party come November, but now, as spring approaches, we get to gather our family together and surround our sweet baby with grace and love. What an incredible gift.