One of my favorite homecoming posts is "Homecoming" many years ago. Ellen was a babe in grammar school while my older two girls were in Highschool at the same time. Now she is the lone-ranger on the homestead, and enjoying all the fun Homecoming week brings!
Homecoming I ~ Throughout the week before Homecoming, the school has many fun activities, including thematic costume days. However, Ellen is one to speedily get dressed and out the door before my poor, morning challenged, coffee-needy,
sleepy, befuddled mind could grab the camera!
This was the only costume I captured, and trust me, she was not happy when I
made her stand still and smile to take it! Although you would never know it from this photo!
Homecoming II - Elizabeth finally returned from vet school, and surprised Ellen at the football game. Even though Elizabeth was able to come home for the weekend, she spent most of her time studying...but she managed to make it to the game and then dinner with us the next night.
This vet school business is some serious studying! So far, her hard work is paying off and she is in the top 15% of her class..way to go Elizabeth!
~ Lots to catch up on ~
I thought it cute that not only the cheerleaders sported pink pom-poms for breast cancer awareness, but even the football players were supporting the cause...
See their pink socks in the background?
So fun when you live in a small town, and are able to visit with family and friends at local events. Gary's brother and his wife just moved back, and we now have
three out of his seven siblings living in our small town
Homecoming III - Sara came in on Saturday! Sara has so many talents - first and foremost are the crazy, comical photos she lets me take of her for the blog, followed by; painting, knitting, sewing, hunting, running & academics...but the talent most beneficial to a family of girls, is her talent for styling hair! She can literally look at a photo and duplicate it. "Updoos", "Some up and some down", curly, straight...she always comes through for us and keeps everyone looking special for big events!
and...wait for it.....wait, wait ~ now the big reveal ~
After ~ here is the finished product after hair and makeup by Sara! She saves not only salon fees, but time and worry. Before we discovered this hidden, but valuable talent of hers, my girls would go to a salon with high hopes, and seventy dollars later, come home only to rip it down and redo their hair. If you are a mother of a teenage girl, you have most likely been through this scenario once, and know how frustrating it can be!
Ellen and her date exchanged their respective boutonniere and corsage...I just had to look up how to spell boutonniere! I don't think I have ever written that word, and was
a bit surprised at how it is spelled!
Now that is the perfect photo of Homecoming...a few more photos with friends
and family, and it was time for dinner and the dance.
~ Lovely ladies ~
This is a private joke ~ but I will let you in on it. Ellen and her friend have taken this same photo every year at some point...Ellen was the shortest girl, and Carly the tallest of their class. Always in the three percentile on medical charts, Ellen used to come to about Carly's waist ( that is a bit of an exaggeration, but there really was about two feet between them!)
These three girls always have fun together!
There is more giggling and laughing then the law allows.
See what I mean ~ so glad they haven't matured too much yet!
After much patience and lots of coaxing, I got a great photo!
I even got a photo with Miss Ellen
and another with my other two Homecoming Queens.
While Ellen danced the night away at her Homecoming dance, we joined Gary's mother and other family members, to reminisce and remember a great man who is no longer with us; Gary's father. This weekend was always memorable in our family, as it is the anniversary of Gary's parents. Just about every year, his parents would take all seven children, wives and grandchildren to a fun location to celebrate not only their anniversary, but enjoy this wonderful family legacy they have created.
It has been just over a year that he passed away ~ we really miss him.
Gary's sister, Julie, lives out of state, but was here in "Spirit"! She sent us some great bottles of wine to enjoy....Thanks Julie! She and her family will be back in LA for Thanksgiving this year! Not only do I love visiting with them,
but their children are eye-candy for my camera and blog!
Yes! We enjoyed your gift very much Julie!
Another little known talent Sara has ~ showing off her guns
in the middle of a fine dining experience!
Homecoming IV ~ We are also celebrating the fact that Steven, Vanessa and Hunter ( I have nicknamed Hunter "the boy with the million dollar smile....He always produces it for my photos) have moved back from Illinois, just in time to miss the bitter cold of winter, to live
"Only in Louisiana"!!!