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Celebrating: Keeping it fun, but frugal

November 7th, 2014 at 05:59 am

Warning: Proud Mom Rant below

Older daughter will be inducted into the NHS on 11/18. She isn't exactly what I would consider an extroverted leader; she is very quiet and insightful. I've heard wonderful things about her leadership qualities as a group leader at several retreats. Our Youth Pastor said it best, she leads by her quiet example. She attends a parochial high school which had a graduation requirement of 40 service hours over 4 years. Going into her junior year she has just over 200 hours of service. She was the only person in her religion class who said it didn't matter to her if her potential mate had piercings or tattoos (not only have we raised her to be open minded and aware that its on the inside that counts, but we her parents and uncle have piercings and tattoos).

Induction into the NHS is going to be attended by the family plus grandparents on both sides and her uncle. We've decided to come back here to the house to celebrate with an ice cream social. We've got some pretty cool dishes to accommodate banana splits and Sundaes. I'll get a big tub of ice cream from Sam's and stop at Aldi's for the toppings. If we went to Steak N Shake and treated everyone with shakes it would cost an arm and a leg and a lung ($5 x 12 - family and guests). Our money will be able to walk a whole lot further here (at home) than there (at Steak n Shake).

I've also carved $35 out of limited budget funds to go toward something for my daughter to wear. The summer/spring wardrobe isn't lacking, but winter is. I also have a $10 off of $25 at Kohls, so I hope she can find a skirt and top that she can wear at least part of (if two pieces) at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

6 Responses to “Celebrating: Keeping it fun, but frugal”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Quiet example is the best kind of leadership, IMHO.

  2. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Congratulations! Now I'm dying of curiousity are your piercing and tattoos so noticeable that it would be commented on? Or just the area? I too have a tattoo but it's hidden and I used to have a ton of piercings that I just got lazy. Now I am a seriously boring, no makeup wearing mom with a hair in a ponytail. I wear jeans and sneakers with a backpack. No frills. Even my car until a couple year ago was a definite beater corolla.

    So I'm definitely not typical stay at home mommy material for my area. I also don't drink coffee, never wear heels, fancy clothes/boots, makeup, or even blow dry my hair. But then again I also don't look like I finished a phd. A friend once called me "boring".

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Congrats! Great plan for celebrating and finding clothing deals.
    @LAL, it sounds like you and I dress alike!

  4. Bluebird Says:

    Congratulations to your daughter!

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That is a great honor! I was secretary of my school's NHS my Junior year of hs. It was a lot of fun!

  6. snafu Says:

    Kudos to DD, I'm sure all who know and love her are immensely proud of her induction into the National Honors Society. Whatever the cost it is well spent to celebrate such an important event. I hope you'll take a lot of photos to commemorate such a significant event. Your DD is being recognized as one of a very special group of High School students. Wonderful

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