Well, it's actually not a party. It's more like a "you-can't-have-any-friends-over-til-we-finish-this-and-I-mean-it!!" kind of a deal.
But in all actuality it kind of turns into a little bit of a party because without fail our hearts all turn to mush when we reminisce a little bit through their old stuff from years gone by and the dusty memories come to life.
You see, each of our five kids has a box like this with hanging file folders:
(Much more info. on the filing system and how it works back here and here...it's not rocket science by any means, but oh how I love it!!)
And sometimes that is much harder on their mother to get rid of stuff than it is for them. I mean, seriously, I want to keep everything, even things like this:
I've got to admit I'm pretty mad at our school system right now. I could write a whole blog post about it as those little steam puffs come out of my ears cause oh man I wish I could change a few things.
But I DO love that somehow their folders become works of art.
Here's part of Elle's stack we went through and filed away:
Grace's prize-possession agenda that she lost and had to figure out how to get a new one and catch up in it and then found the first one...it was a saga I tell you.
I found gems like this in Lu's stuff:
I LOVE this one too...especially the outfit:
Here's one of Claire's stories:
I do love that the school makes my kids keep journals so much better than I can get them to do:
Claire did the same big keepsake book in Kindergarten that Lu did this year.
Now on to file Max's stuff if he's home for more than two minutes between work and volleyball. I'll have to post his gems when I catch him.
For now I'll just rest easy knowing my girls' gems are tucked away safely for us to cry over when I am old and gray.
Oh wait, I'm gray now :)