The Prom 2013...one mom's version...
Twelve and a half years ago, I dressed DJ and Jake in two tiny tuxedos and Coley in a beautiful little dress. That was the day that our family "got married." On that day I became a wife and a mother. On that day these three little ones became part of my life and part of my heart.
(Can you even stand the adorableness?)
Today I helped DJ and Jake get dressed in two not so tiny tuxedos and Coley in a beautiful dress. As I was straightening ties and lacing up Coley's dress, I was brought right back to that moment. The difference was that instead of me being the one to bend to reach them, it was the other way around.
It is such a privilege to have a front row seat to witness their journeys into adulthood. This has not been a journey that has been without bumps and bruises. Heck, being a teenager is its own kind of craziness. But the important thing, the really special thing, is seeing the grace and integrity that they demonstrate throughout it all. I am blessed to have three teenagers that are kind, funny, hardworking, respectful, smart and passionate about their faith. They are pretty much the opposite of what you expect teenagers to be. Don't get me wrong, they definitely have their teenagery moments, of whining and snarkiness. But for the most part, they are pretty good kids. Actually, they are really good kids. I am so proud of them. Like I always tell them, I chose to be their mom, we got stuck with the other six. (It is just a joke. I don't feel stuck with the other six...well, at least not today. Haha!)
Now I will stop going on and on about how fabulous my kids are and share some more Prom pictures.
My sweet "faux niece," Aislinn, came and helped Coley with her hair and makeup. I kept calling her "Coley's hair and makeup people." She did a great job!
Jake was actually sweeping out the car...definitely worth documenting.
What is the best part of Prom??? I get a nice shiny clean car out of the deal! Woohoo!
Here it is...the finished product: The lovely and fabulous Miss Coley!
This picture is a remake of DJ and Anna's first dance in 9th grade. DJ didn't feel comfortable putting his hand on Anna's hip. He didn't think that it was appropriate. (I told you that my kids are awesome.) It became a big joke because in all of the pictures his hand is hovering over her hip. Jake and Hannah thought that this was funny. I must say that I agree.
Here is the original. Notice the hovering hand. Oh DJ...you are so sweet.
Here are DJ and Anna this year. A big difference from 9th grade! :) I can't believe how they have grown up. What a great looking couple! She is such a sweet girl. I am so happy that she is dating my son.
Here are Jake and Hannah in their "real" picture. They look amazing! Hannah is also a very special young lady. I am so glad that she is friends with my kids. Jake was looking forward escorting Hannah to the prom.
Coley and Kyle have been friends since elementary school. She was really excited to go to the prom with Kyle. She was sure that they would have a blast dancing the night away. Another gorgeous couple! (I might be a bit biased, but I don't really think so. )
I couldn't help but put this picture in too. This picture is from the 7th grade Christmas dance. Can you believe how young they all look?! They were beautiful, sweet 7th graders...
and four years later, they have become beautiful, poised, graceful young ladies (and gentlemen.)
DJ was chosen to be on prom court. He is on the far left. So exciting!
Ok... one last picture. A super proud Mama and her babies!
How in the world are my kids old enough to go to the prom?!? And maybe more importantly...how in the world am I old enough to have kids that are old enough to go to the prom??!?!?