Last Saturday (August 23rd oops! 28th) was my high school graduation open house…But I’ll start with the very beginning when I made and sent out my invitations…

This is what they looked like. I painted the sunflowers using the One Stroke Painting technique like Cassia and I did for our room.


My senior pictures that Leah was so kind to take 🙂

Thank you Leah!


This dress is one of my 4-H outfits that went to state fair. My state fair projects came back just a few days before my open house so I got to wear my dress for my party!! 🙂





This one is my favorite 🙂



I put a few of them together as a collage…


And, um…yes. We did get quite a few goofy pictures.  It looks like I have no idea that they are behind me. (and is looks like my cello is too big for me…which is not the case at all!) 🙂


Jessica was so nice to decorate my cakes for me!

Thank you Jessica!!! 🙂



One of the things on the menu was broccoi cauliflower salad…a couple of friends spent the weekend with us and so graciously helped chop all those vegetables and cook the bacon! 🙂


The gluten-free cake (below).  I made one from scratch using a recipe that worked before, but turned out dry this time 🙁 I sure didn’t want to serve a dry gluten-free cake, so I ended up using a gluten free vanilla cake mix (adding a hint of lemon flavor). I layered the cake because one package made a one-inch high 9″X13″ cake. It was quite good! 🙂 Our uncle came on Monday for lunch and helped himself to a big piece of cake…but he accidentally got the gluten free cake and after taking a bite, he asked daddy if he noticed something different about the cake. 😀




This one was my cake of interests…crocheting, music, cello, llama, sewing, herbs etc.



The backyard right before the party…the picture must have been snapped in a hurry because it’s a bit blurry.



The Menu:

Sloppy Joe with bread and butter pickles for those who like them with their sloppy joes 🙂


potato salad

broccoli and cauliflower salad

vanilla cake

chocolate cake

gluten free vanilla cake

chocolate kisses and hugs

lemonade or water



Yum yum!! I love watermelons!  I guess that is why we had them 🙂  We ended up only using four…of the other four two were bad and we ate the rest up soon after 🙂



I love making lists! So I made sure I made plently of them during the planning process of my open house because we failed to do that when Leah graduated and no one could remember where so-and-so’s address was (or maybe should I say everybody’s addresses? We now have a proper address list!), or how many batches of broccoli cauliflower salad we made and had left over (I now know that 16 batches of BC salad is way too much. 8 is plenty!), or how many tables and chairs we rented. I wrote it all down. We bought too much lemonade. Way too much. I think it might last us until Cassia’s graduation 🙂 Thankfully we did manage to remember how many pounds of hamburger we got for Leah’s open house. We still over shot a bit, but not as bad as the salad! 🙂 We also discovered that we got too many cups, packages of powdered sugar for the icing, too many hamburger buns, that spoons really were not needed, 4 lbs. of sunflower seeds was kind of over the top, and that we could have done just fine with 3 cakes instead of 4!  

  Note to self:  If you think you need celery, just look in the freezer because you forgot that you chopped the 3 packages of celery and browned it into the hamburger and went and bought 3 packages more. After you chopped it you then remembered that you already mixed the other 3 packages in.  So you’ll find plenty in that gallon size zip-lock bag in the bottom of the freezer. Oh, and don’t forget that you still have 11 gallons of water sitting in the pantry and garage.

And a bit of wisdom? Put a check mark beside each person’s name in the address book as you write it on the envelopes or when you go back through the address book you’ll wonder if you really did send them one (and you already took the first fifty to the post office). And then you’ll have to embarrass yourself and send another one with a note saying your sorry if this is the second one that they received. 🙂


My diploma!! (Sorry for the white marks…but our last name is not to be given!  If you already know our last name, then you’ll know just what is under those white marks! 🙂 )


 My “colors” were yellow, green and blue (just look at those plates). I really like yellow and green best…but I do not like John Deere…so I added blue in with the mixture 🙂


 The left half of “my table” with all my loot (as a sister called it). 🙂


and the right half…


 The table where guests signed, picked a picture, and dropped off their card 🙂


 And last, but certainly not least, me with my boyfriend, James (he’s the brother of missladybug) 🙂 Isn’t he adorable!?!


So now that you’ve read my crazy post, what’s something funny that happened at your’s or your child’s/sibling’s open house?

And check out Commencement of Insanity by Chautona at the official HSB Community Blog about how to ensure your graduation event is chaotic in 101 easy steps…it’s quite funny! 🙂

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  • September 4, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    i loved the post!!! esp. since i couldn’t be there 🙁
    Leah took awesome pictures, Jessica made awesome too 😉
    congrats, even if i couldn’t give it to you in person!
    i’m sure your glad to be done with school!!! i’m trying reallly hard not to be jealous =) jk, i really enjoy school…at least for the first few months :] lol

  • September 4, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Congratulations on graduating from home school, Susannah! I’ll be graduating as well at the end of this year so your blog post was fun to read! I’m so happy for you!

  • September 4, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Congratulations, Susannah! What an accomplishment! *where is the YAY! smiley*??

    I love the cakes, love the pictures, love all that attention to detail :)!

    AND – I love your bedroom! If you girls are ever in need of something to do sometime, please let me know! I’ll fly you to Phoenix to repaint my bedrooms! Please do NOT think I’m kidding! I love what you did with your room :)!

    Congratulations once again!

    ~ Kristal ~

  • September 4, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Oh, I forgot … your little boyfriend IS adorable! Such a cute little smile! 🙂

  • September 4, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Congratulations Susannah!! I love the pictures Leah took of you…maybe if we ever meet, (which I hope we do 🙂 ) maybe she can takee some nice pictures of me…I have trouble getting nice pictures of me! 😀
    That’s funny about your uncle eating the gulten free cake!!
    What grade did you go to? Just wondering 🙂
    Anyway, great job on grauduating from Home school!!
    In Christ,
    Rachel ~
    PS – if you get too tired of broccoli cauliflower salad or lemonade you can give it to the goats 😀 I bet they would love it 🙂

    • September 4, 2010 at 9:24 pm

      I went to 12th grade 🙂 I (or we) never did any algebra though…

      LOL! It would be funny if the goats ate the salad! 😀


  • September 4, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Congratulations! What a wonderful accomplishment! Your feast menu looked absolutely delicious! Your dress is really pretty too! 🙂

  • September 4, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Those are great pictures of you and your cello too, by the way! 🙂

  • September 5, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Congratulations on your accomplishment, Susannah! I love your invitations!

  • September 5, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Susannah, I was curious to know how old you are. 🙂 I’m 16 and will be graduating earlier than most kids at the end of this year…Also, which curriculum did you use? Hope you have a blessed day!

    • September 5, 2010 at 2:24 pm

      I’m 18…almost 19 🙂 We do our open houses in the fall because in May/June we are getting ready for our 4-H fair and also so it can be away from everybody else’s open houses 🙂 We don’t have any certain curriculum…a book from this and a book from that…Mommy gets books that work with us, not make us work with the books 😉


  • September 5, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Oh MY!!! I haven’t visited here in SUCH a long time, being that I hardly ever log into my homeschoolblogger account anymore. Cassia, I’ll be replying to your email soon. =)

    Visit me sometime!! *~

    Blessings on your Sunday.
    ~* Love,

  • September 5, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Congratulations Susannah!!!! A couple things that happened at my Open House/Graduation:
    It was so hot that just as the family finished putting up all the balloons outside (I wasn’t allowed to help) they rushed me outside to see them because they were starting to pop from the heat and none of the guests had even arrived yet! 🙂
    I had also saved a beautiful deep purple dress that I got in a bag of clothes that had come from someones wedding as my “graduation dress”. Well, it was so hot that I had to change not long into the afternoon into a cooler shirt and skirt as the dress was very hot and I was starting to feel faint in it.

    I’m so glad you had such a lovely day! I wish I could have been there!!! 🙂


  • September 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    After reading the ‘chaos’ link you gave everyone at the end of your post, I am very glad that I will never graduate….(We believe that we will never stop learning, and so why ‘graduate’ from our ‘education’ as the government schools do? 😀 lol
    Congratulations on a somewhat uneventful event! 😉

    • September 5, 2010 at 7:12 pm

      We also believe that we will never stop learning. But it is an accomplishment! We don’t do a “ceremony” though, …just a party 🙂

      • September 5, 2010 at 9:08 pm

        Right, I didn’t think that you were done learning! 😀 lol! The Botkins have an interesting perspective on this, too. 🙂

  • September 5, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Leah did a V.E.R.Y good job on the pictures…I think I’ll have her do mine..if she is still around 😀 well I guess Kate could if Leah was gone ;)..I really liked the cakes too!! They were good and they were pretty :) Congratulations!!!! :)…

    Have a good Labor Day!! oh are you guys doing anything for it?? we were gonna go to either the Indy zoo or the Toledo zoo..but since we have the delightful (NOT) whooooooooooooping cough 🙁 we can’t go.


    Mary? ?

    P.S. Tell Jessica to PLEASE email me :)…

    • September 5, 2010 at 7:59 pm

      Hello my most delightful Miss Mary Mack!

      Never fear! I am emailing fast and furious, and you shall get one soon! 😀 Hope you all get to feeling better!



  • September 5, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Congratulations my dear!! May the Lord bless you as you begin this next phase of life. What a lovely graduation you had 🙂 Quite the charming affair!
    Love, Ann

  • September 6, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Congratulations, Susannah! May the Lord bless you abundantly as you begin this new season of your life! 🙂 It is always such a blessing to see young ladies who were home-educated all the way through and who serve the Lord diligently in those years!

    Your dress is lovely–what a lovely project! And your graduation pictures are lovely, too! I love the collage you made, too!

    Your cakes are simply beautiful~~beautiful work, Jessica!

    Well, blessings, and thanks for sharing the delightful update!
    Joyfully in Jesus,

  • September 6, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    I love the post!!! Congratulation Sussanah!!! You girls are so creative; I just love looking at your lovely cakes. They are so pretty and detailed; the 3D sewing machine is one of my favourites, and how clever of you to make a cake full of Sussanah’s interests!!!
    Hope all of you are having a lovely and blessed day!
    A Sister in Christ,

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  • September 11, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Congratulations Susannah!
    Everything turned out really wonderful~the cakes looked delicious (I’m sure they were), your dress was beautiful-excellent seamstress work, and the menu sounded really yummy!
    Your pictures turned out really well too!
    It looks like you have a special memory to cherish and can be thankful that the “schooling” part of your education is behind you. 🙂

  • September 11, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Oh, I forgot to mention that your boyfriend is a handsome one~you may want to put off serious courtship for a few years though! 😀

  • September 14, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Dear Susannah,
    I don’t think I ever got a chance to comment on this post of yours. I’ve really been meaning to!

    It looks like your graduation open house was great! All of your cakes look delightfully scrumptious…even the one that didn’t turn out so great looks so good–but I see that looks can be deceiving.

    I graduated this school year too, and we had my graduation party on September 5th. We had to wait this long to do do it, because one set of my grandparents were on a mission trip in Africa since last March… and they just got back home in late August, so we finally set a date! It was a pleasant surprise to see that you were also having a graduation open house the same time I was! (well, only a week apart, of course)

    Everything in your pictures is lovely… the invitations, the food, your “loot table”… :~) I have a diploma too, which looks very similar to yours! Also, I must say that my family ALSO now has a complete address book. Yep, it was hard work, but now we have all these addresses for when my brother graduates… we only have 3 more years to prepare his party–well, I think that *should* be enough time. :~)

    Congrats on your gradation, Susannah! I hope the Lord blesses you richly during your next steps of life.

    ~ Tarissa


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