Saturday, April 27, 2013

PROM 2013 - Junior Year

I was sitting on the swing set just a few minutes ago as the two youngest were on the trampoline a few feet away, and I was thinking about the fact that today is prom day for my oldest.  I remember when we put that swing set together.  It was an all-day Saturday project, and later in the afternoon, our next door neighbors were taking pictures of their daughter and her date who would be attending prom that evening.  We listened to all that was going on while working away and while two little girls impatiently waited for us to finish.  I can't remember exactly how little they were, but I'm guessing they were somewhere around the ages of 3 and 6 - about the ages that Matthew and Amelia are now.  At any rate, they were so little that prom night for our girls seemed ages away, but boy did it get here quickly!  So much has changed since that time.  That young neighbor girl is now, last I heard, the mother of two children who are probably in school now themselves.  (Those neighbors moved away about three or four years ago with a job transfer).  Our then little kiddos are now teenagers and haven't touched the swing set in years - handing it down to the two younger siblings.  The radio station I listen to has a saying that is announced fairly often that is so true - "The days are long, but the years are short."  So, so true.  But actually, sometimes it seems even the days are short!

Fast forward approximately 11 years from that Saturday night, and here we find ourselves today.  It all started a couple of months ago when we set out to find the perfect prom dress.  She had shown me a picture a few weeks earlier of a dress that she liked that had a strap on one shoulder, and she said that she really wanted to find a blue dress.  We drove about an hour away to look at some dresses but didn't have any luck.  We ended up at the local formal dress shop - like 10 minutes away from our house local - and decided to take a look in there.  She tried on a couple and found one that she kind of liked, but it was going to need some altering.  We told the owner, who is also a friend of ours, what we were looking for, one strap and blue, and she thought that she had a dress fitting that exact description if someone had not purchased it yet.  She took a look and couldn't find it.  Madison continued to look at the other dress, but I could tell she wasn't entirely sold.  I went back to the racks and tucked away behind some other dresses was a blue dress with one shoulder strap - the one in fact that the owner had been speaking of.  Madison tried it on, and it fit perfectly.  No alterations needed at all.  It didn't have a price tag on it, so that made me a little worried.  A salesgirl went and looked up the price, and it turned out to be the best price we'd seen all day - how amazing is that!  A few weeks later, we found the shoes, and after a month or two of tanning bed visits, one manicure, one pedicure, a hair styling, and some makeup applying, we finally made it to the big moment.  Phew!  I may be a bit biased, but I do think the end result was stunning.

Her date arrived later in the afternoon for pictures and then they left for more pictures with his family, a Japanese dinner, and then off to prom.  Now we're about to leave to go watch the Senior Walk, and as the evening ends and this day becomes a memory, I think it will be one she won't soon forget.  That's just how prom day is.

My mom and dad didn't really feel prepared for photographs, but I do like this one.

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