Happy Graduation - sharing my family with the AR Family

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I can't help sharing the graduation of our daughter, Lauren, from 8th grade.  She received the President's Academic Award of Excellence (based on GPA and SAT Scores) and also received a plaque for being on the honor roll all 4 quarters.  There was a Jr. High banquet - and I helped "Stage" the centerpieces - and the kids were all dressed up, and then the following evening was the actual ceremony with their graduation gowns.  This was the highlight of my week last week - my husband and I are so proud! 

I recall my own 8th grade graduation - I do remember wearing a long sundress and had my hair up in a braided side-do for our outdoor ceremony, but we did not have a big banquet or awards, and did not wear a gown - not until high school. Seems that the formal process for high school and college graduations has trickled down to 8th graders now.

Next year - we'll have a 9th grader, 7th grader, 5th and 4th graders and for now are just enjoying the summer!

- Jennie


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Fernando Rosado
West Palm Beach, FL
561-906-0050 or 561-840-8950

Jennie !!! You should be proud and brag! You have a beautiful family, thanks for sharing this with us.

Jun 08, 2008 05:56 PM #1
Nancy Robertson
Signature Style Staging - Dallas, TX

Thanks for sharing your family with us.  You have four great looking kids - and I'm sure you have your hands full!  Have a great summer and enjoy your time with the kids.  As the saying goes, they really DO grow up fast!

Jun 08, 2008 06:38 PM #2
Jennie Norris
Sensational Home Staging - Littleton, CO
Denver Regionnulls Premier Home Staging Resource, ASPM, IAHSP, ASP-SRS, ASP-REO

Thanks, Ferrnando and Nancy. . . My family is really important and that is why I do what I do - and it's good to take time to share and reflect.  They DO grow up fast - I just had a really hard time believing that the beauty I saw in front of me was my 13 (almost 14) year old daughter!  Just yesterday she was dressed in her princess costume dancing in front of the mirror - and now she is blossoming into this young woman!  I was proud of myself - I did not cry - though I did get choked up at one point. Mostly I just cheered and embarrassed my daughter and her friends.  I am allowed. - Jennie

Jun 08, 2008 07:51 PM #3
Maureen Maureen
Orangeburg, NY

Jennie - your family is beautiful!!!!  I'm right behind you - Next year I'll have 7,6,4, and 3rd grades.  They are growing up so fast.  Thanks for sharing your family with us. 

Jun 08, 2008 08:12 PM #4
No Longer Active in Staging. No Longer Staging
Hickory, NC

Jennie, what a gorgeous young lady you have... Congrats on the graduation and your staging - we need photos of your tables.. Your guys are very handsome as well.. You are going to have a time - with all the girls and guys hanging around your house !! I truly enjoyed your photos and blog... Thanks for the other post also...

God bless,

Jun 08, 2008 10:16 PM #5
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging


I've said it before and I'll say it again, "you have a beautiful family".  Of course having a gorgeous Mommy helps!  Congratulations to your graduate.  My middle daughter just graduated highschool as well, not quite with the honors as your daughter though; mine excels in socializing! LOL 

Jun 08, 2008 10:55 PM #6
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

My how your children have grown!!!! HOW!!!!!!  They are a great looking bunch!!!  I can see why you are proud!!

Jun 09, 2008 12:01 AM #7
Jennie Norris
Sensational Home Staging - Littleton, CO
Denver Regionnulls Premier Home Staging Resource, ASPM, IAHSP, ASP-SRS, ASP-REO

Thanks, everyone - for your comments.  Maureen - you are just about like me - gets crazy sometimes, doesn't it?  What do you have - boys? Girls? 

Cheryl - I hope to get to know you more too - I appreciate your comments. . .

Michelle - Lauren is only in 8th grade - we'll hopefully keep her on track through high school - but she has discovered boys and texts like a fiend!  Her cell phone is key leverage we have over her if she is "sassing." 

Cathy - I know the kids are getting big - I know when I started with everyone in the world of ASPs, the kids were 2-7 years old - babies.  Now - young lady and boys turning to young men.  Wish I could stop time sometimes!

- Jennie

Jun 09, 2008 12:43 AM #8
Teresa Meyer
Stage a Star Staging & Consulting Services - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati-OH.

Jennie...Congrats! Your daughter is beautiful....as well as your sons! My daughter had her 8th grade grad too as well as my son graduating high school this year.....it goes soooooo fast!!

Thanks for sharing....really nice to see your family!

Jun 09, 2008 02:10 PM #9
Michelle Ewing
Trademark Realtors - Riverside, CA
Riverside, CA

Jennie,  Congratulations to you and your daughter!  You have a beautiful family -- thanks for sharing.

Jun 11, 2008 10:33 AM #10
Patty Hill, BS, CIAS, SFR
Hill & Associates, LLC Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Southern Coast Real Estate - Summerville, SC
Hill & Associates Real Estate Team

Jeannie,  What a beautiful family.  Your daughter is beautiful!  Thanks for sharing.

Jun 20, 2008 07:46 AM #11
Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Home Stager Inland Empire & Palm Springs


Your family is beautiful, congrats on all the great accomplishments.  I also have 4 (12, 10, 9 and 7) My oldest "baby" is bridging to 7th grade (I am in deep trauma!!!) Congrats and enjoy your summer, as you know MOM it flys by fast.





Jun 23, 2008 10:03 PM #12
Abby Roselli
ALR Home Staging and Showcasing, LLC - Staten Island, NY
Staten Island Home Stager

Jennie, Thanks for linking this post...your family is beautiful and you should be so proud!  I love sharing stories about my kids!!!!  =)  That's what being a mom is all about, right? 

ugghh, my son is going into 8th grade this year.  This past year has been such a turning point for me...morphing from kids into young adults...you can practically see the changes with each passing day.

Jun 25, 2008 09:17 AM #13
Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA

Beautiful and smart, that's a great combo!  You have every right to be proud.  They're all growing up so fast!  It's scary!


Jun 28, 2008 06:39 PM #14
Elaine Manes Gage
Home Staging Online Services - Denver, CO
Staging done ONLINE!

Jennie- Your daughter is so pretty and looks JUST like her mom! As an empty nester, I fondly remember all these milestones in my kid's lives. I always wanted four kids, but decided to stop after two (chilbbirth is painful!) Hope you have a ton of fun this summer! Thanks so much for sharing

Jun 29, 2008 01:46 PM #15
Jennie Norris
Sensational Home Staging - Littleton, CO
Denver Regionnulls Premier Home Staging Resource, ASPM, IAHSP, ASP-SRS, ASP-REO

Hi All,

Thanks for stopping in to read the post and for commenting on my "graduate."  Time passes so quickly - I can't imagine the day when we will be empty nesters - but it will come!  Have a great summer, too! - Jennie

Jul 01, 2008 02:36 AM #16
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