Monday, May 28, 2012

Constellation Dollars

As a celebration of the end of school and a reward for the kids' accomplishments this year, we took them out on Friday for a special treat.  When we got in the truck, I gave them a clue to figure out where we were going.  The clue:  Constellation Dollars.  Can you guess what that is?  It was so funny to hear their responses, "star money," "planet money," the planetarium, the museum.   Abby finally guessed it.  Of course, the right answer is:  Starbucks!  They were allowed to order any size drink of their choice.  Let me just say, that is a big deal in this fam.  We have NEVER given them the opportunity to order without restrictions. 

The place was pretty full when we got there.  We thought going at 1:30 in the afternoon would mean a pretty quiet place.  Not so.  The funny thing is, when we came in and sat down, the place cleared out pretty quick.  I guess six children doesn't really lend itself to the Starbuck's experience for most people.  I feel like Starbucks should give Rick and me some free stuff.  We are fostering 6 future customers for them!

We spent our time congratulating each of them for their accomplishments of the year.  Some even had goals that they set for themselves that they met:
Cody ordered a Grande Caramel Frap
 He completed his first year of middle school with flying colors.  His school really steps up the work in middle school.  He did his own work with very little input from us.  He completed the Science Fair.  He worked really hard to bring up one of his grades this last semester.  He also did his first school sport, wrestling.  Good job, Cody.
Lauren ordered a Venti Mocha Cookie Crumble Frap 
 Lauren really wanted to get all A's for the last 2 quarters of the year.  She reached her goal!  She also had many projects this year that she was able to complete on her own.  She was recognized for her encouraging spirit and devotion by her teacher.  Lauren, you rock!
Abby ordered a Venti Caramel Frap
 This girl is so tough.  She has endured headaches almost daily throughout the year and still managed to get all A's.  She was a huge help to her teacher and also often assisted her classmates when they were struggling to stay organized or grasp a specific concept.  Way to go, Abby!
Sam ordered a Venti Strawberry and Cream Frap
 This handsome fella set a goal to not go to the principal's office all year long.  He has had some visits each year of his school career for various infractions.  HE DID IT!  He was able to use self-control this year and stay out of the principal's office.  He also received a strong character grade for honesty, an area where he struggles.  I am not sure what his other grades are because he lost his report card.  Oh, well.  Sam, I am so proud of you and the effort you put into your character this year!
Isaiah chose a Naked Orange Juice
 This boy has captured the hearts of each of his teachers and classmates.  He can tell you the number of syllables in any phrase.  That is his trick that he likes to show off right now.  He also has worked really hard on learning what it means to submit to authority and conform to a group setting where he is not always the center of attention.  I have seen progress.  Isaiah, keep up the good work!
Laila chose an Izzy Clementine Soda
 Laila was in Mommy's school this year and the main subject was "naptime."  She has mastered that skill.  She is the best, most cheerful napper in the family.  She also perfected her skills in assisting mom in shopping.  You are too cute, for words, Laila.  What a bright ray of sunshine you are in my life!
My crew
 Our drinks
I think this might just become an out-of-school tradition!!  Of course, that Starbucks will never be the same!


  1. i loved this post! what a great bunch of kids you have :)

  2. You are such a creative and fun mama!