Thursday, April 11, 2013

Junior Prom

Last month was Dominic's Junior Prom...
I remember my Junior Prom Night very vividly.
Thank God Dominic is a different kid than I was!
A couple months back a girl in Dom's Chemistry class (a Sophmore) asked him if he would take her to Prom. After some thought, he told her that he would.
A few weeks later, after some coaching by a few girlfriends, Dom realized he had to officially ask this girl.
Apparantly the "asking" part is a really big deal!
So Dominic got creative. At work one day he made these up...
And the following day he asked his 1st Period teacher if he could be excused, went to Mayra's French classroom, interupted the class, walked up to her desk, where she was seated in the front, bent down on one knee, and opened the box.
She was all smiles and by 2nd Period Weights everyone had heard about it.
The day finally came...and I am slowly coming to realize just how grown up my young man is!
However, he still needed me to help him figure out the cufflinks and the double buttons in the shirt.
Yay! He still needs me for some things!!!
And...we had a shoe debacle.
When he put the shoes on, they were HUGE!!!
Thank the Lord that The Men's Wherehouse is only 3 mins from our house, Mayra was running late, and they were all meeting just around the corner for pictures!
It all worked out and these kids looked AMAZING!
Dominic, the twins on his left, and Chris (far left) have been best friends since 2nd Grade!
We have been so blessed that Dom has had really great friends with amazing families throughout the years.
They still do corsages...
And boutonniers...
Which I still don't know how to put on!
I love the bright colors of the girls' dresses. 
Cute shoes too!! 
Look at those studs!! 
Here's Dom and Chris... 
This is where I feel the sudden urge to insert a picture from their 8th Grade Graduation Dance... 
They've changed a bit huh?!?!
After pictures we stayed at the twins' house for salad and pizza.
Remember when it was a big deal to go out for a nice dinner before the dance?
Not anymore...a lot of the kids plan dinners together at home now.
P.S. Some do it very elaborately!
The limo was scheduled to come at 7:00.
It never showed!
We aren't sure what happened since it had been arranged online by one of the boys.
But all 3 of us moms immediately started calling around to find a last minute limo.
Eventually a couple parents drove them to the dance, which was at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley.
(Funny that that was where I went to my Senior Ball...with Dom's father.)
But we did find a limo to bring them all home.
We were so bummed for them...the limo is one of the most exciting parts of the evening!
So you might be wondering what the going curfew is these days...
normally Dom has to be in by 11.
But Prom is special right?
So the limo dropped them off at the twins' house at 11:30 and Dom was home at 12:45am.
ONLY because I knew exactly where he was and who he was with.
Cuz I'm strict like that!
Overall they had a great time and it was a successful night!
Here's one more gratuitous couple shot... 
P.S. I would probably be killed if I wrote much about it so I won't...
if you want to know anything about how teenagers are dancing these days...
look up...T*W*E*R*K*I*N*G!
Connor and Emma Kate...your mom WILL be chaperoning some day!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Girls' Trip!!

If you know me, you know that I love me some Girl Time!
And you also know that I love me some San Francisco Giants!
So what better trip than to go have some Girl Time in AZ and see a Spring Training Game
at the same time.
Kim lives in AZ and gave birth to her 2nd child a couple months ago.
We have had this trip planned for months to go meet Baby Owen.
This was not only my first trip to AZ but my first trip to experience Kim's life in AZ.
And she has lived there forever!
P.S. I don't get out much!

This was a different kind of Girls' Trip.
It was super relaxed.
We saw a game.
We relaxed.
We drank wine.

I met Owen.
And got to catch up with the Big Sister! 
And play with more kiddos...! 

There was lots of playing to be done. 
Let me explain something here...
I have had children at least one child for a very long time!
I remember once upon a time, when I was the only one of "the girls" with a child,
wishing that I had someone to talk with that understood what it was like...
both the good and the bad!
Someone I could call up after a very. Long. Night...
who would understand what I really meant when I said, "I am so tired!"
Someone who would understand what I really meant when I said that I never thought I could love another human being the way I loved my little man.
Now...the Lord has blessed me with many girlfriends who have been blessed with kids of their own.
I am so grateful for that!
And not a moment goes by that I take it for granted.
I have a group of girls who are not only amazing friends, but are amazing mothers!
One of the best parts about this trip was that I didn't have my own children with me.
Of course, right?!?!
But seriously...I got to really enjoy the other kids because I wasn't distracted with my own.
And that was really fun! 

That being said, I look forward to a day when we ALL get together with ALL our kids.
That would be so crazy!
And so fun! 
Thank you Kim for inviting us all into your home and letting us soak up all the time
we could with you and your awesome family!