Saturday, August 9, 2014

Congrats to my New Driver!!!

I have a new driver in the family - a teenage boy.  And I'm not even nervous!!  My oldest is a sweet and charming guy, but somewhat timid about life.  He's a ways past the normal age that kids get driver's licenses and I am truly tired of driving him around - so this is a day of rejoicing for me!   As I was getting more and more frustrated with the situation, I was calmed by many parents with the same stories - their kids just weren't interested in getting their license.  None of us had the answer, but we wonder if it's just a matter of these poor kids knowing too much.  They see drivers with cell phones glued to their ears; they hear our frustration, and even fear, when other cars do stupid things; and they all know kids who have had serious accidents.

FYI - If you are still reading my blog in a few years when my other teenage boys gets his license - you will definitely be hearing another story.  He'll be there on his birthday, and I will be scared to death.  He's an entirely different personality and I am NOT looking forward to it!!

The only thing that worried me slightly - nothing to do with my son personally - but the driver's test started and ended in 6 minutes.  And 2 minutes of that was sitting in the parking lot stepping on the brakes and using turn signals.  Only four minutes of driving and my guy has a license.  Seriously?  I am now officially scared of every other licensed driver out there!

I had a "congratulations" card all ready to go. This Bravo set from the new Stampin' Up catalog was in my first order.  It's full of congrats and way-to-go's and I saw myself getting a lot of use out of it as I have a high school senior and high school freshman this year.

CongratYOUlations

This card is based on the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches just stretched a bit to be taller!


  • Stamps: Stampin' Up Bravo
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Confetti Celebrations dsp
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Basic Gray, Copics
  • Accessories: Spellbinder narrow rectangle die, Hemptique 10-lb Natural twine, Stampin' Up star bard (retired), Pretty Pink Posh silver star sequins

13 comments:

Deepti said...

Love the colorful and bright colors on ur card, don't worry about ur son I sure he'll be a great driver. After all u r his mom :)

Amy O said...

A perfect card for a teenage boy! I love the colors and star-themed embellishments. My oldest, my fifteen year-old son, is learning to drive now as he just got his learner's permit, and I can see that getting his license will be a long process as he is also a very responsible and careful kid like yours sounds to be. Congratulations to you too, for having another driver in the house.

Lisa said...

YAY for the new driver...perfect congrats card too! Seriously a 6 minute test, now I'm worried ;)

~amy~ said...

How fun!
Congrats to the new driver:)

Marisa said...

Great card and perfect for the occasion :) Congrats to your son on passing and yeah for not having to be his taxi driver LOL! 6 minutes - oh my!! Remember my test was about 20 minutes long - mind you that was over 30 years ago.

Happy Dance said...

Congrats to your son, and to you as well -- less carting for you! I always liked the kids being able to drive themselves; just made life easier all around. And such an amazing card!!! LOVE that stamp, and how you've colored in the letters. Sequins, stars, bright colors...it's really awesome. Hope you don't mind if I pin this. Too cool not to! Bev

Karren said...

Fabulous and bright congrats card! And congrats to your son. Here in NZ, they have to sit a 1 hour practical test after having a learner licence for 6 months. My oldest failed his first test after 10 minutes for not indicating coming out of a three point turn, so we're back again this Wed for round 2.

Anne-Marie Bogdan said...

hey, our boys are the same age! and the older one isn't very interested in getting his license (has his permit, but doesn't want to drive) and the younger one is a social butterfly, can't wait to get a license, and needs to learn to pay more attention and be a little more responsible before I'm comfortable letting him drive. And let go of his phone!
Thank you for your cards and ideas.

shirley-bee said...

A 6-minute test? That's scary! Fab card, love that big sentiment.

Christine Blain said...

GREAT card, Kim - I just love how you've coloured the negative spaces in the letters. I understand your relief at not having to drive your eldest son everywhere, finally! Here in Melbourne (Australia), our kids have to have 120 hours of driving under their belts before they can sit for their licence. Even then, it doesn't seem enough!

Kim Heggins said...

Congrats to your son and what a fabulous card too. Love the bright and vivid colors.

cm said...

Congrats to your son on receiving his license (6 minutes? EEK!) and to you, for gaining some freedom. Your card is perfect, especially that stylized sentiment. Several provinces have 'graduated' licensing for new/young drivers, with two years minimum of 'strict stipulations' they need to adhere to, before earning their full-fledged license. Any mess-ups along the way, and the consequences are severe: back to square one, and a suspension from re-starting the program for at least a year. It's a long procedure, but the kids I know take it seriously. I was a 'late bloomer' in getting my license, too; just call me "Nervous Nellie"...
~c

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Like you I have 2 boys with completely different personalities. And ... our youngest is learning to drive at the moment! But ... here in NSW (Aust) ... our kids have to do 120 hours of driving practice (all logged in a log book) ... and then a practical test that is usually 30 - 45 mins long! Then after 12 months driving on red P's ... they have another written test to get their green P's ... then another written test after two more years to get their full black licence! Pretty thorough! Pretty scary too! Glad I didn't have to do all that! Congrats ... it really is much easier when they can drive. So ... we have taught 4 ... this is the last to go! Great card! Hugs xxx