I am back!
I took an unexpected and unplanned blog break. No real reason except for the fact that life has been really busy here and also full of some unexpected surprises.
I couldn't decide if I should start where I left off - or start where I am now and then spend the next few weeks catching up on birthdays, snow days, remodeling, road trips, college decisions and a trip to Italy.
I have decided to start where I am now and then go backwards and catch up.
This weekend was prom weekend for Barrett. This is my eighth and last prom with my girls!
Barrett's school has three events on prom night. Her school hosts a banquet where dinner is served. I love that everyone gets to have dinner together and the hassle of making dinner reservations at restaurants for large groups isn't a part of prom night. Second, a parent committee hosts the dance in second location. Third, there is a breakfast hosted for the junior class and one for the senior class at a student's house. Art and I hosted the senior breakfast this year.
Since Christmas, I don't think I have thought of (or worked on) anything else. It was a bit overwhelming at times. There are 150 students in Barrett's senior class and planning the after prom party at our home for this many people was at time a full time job. I was so nervous planning the menu and the amount of food to serve.
So glad it is over.
Barrett ordered several dresses on line in February. She went back and forth on which one to keep and wear and in the end made a fabulous choice.
Brittany and Brooke made sure their work schedules worked out so they could be here to help Barrett get ready and help me prepare for the Senior Breakfast.
(The two boyfriends were here too!)
The big sisters took their roles very seriously.
(You gotta love these shoes!)
Barrett's friend group met and took pictures at the NC State Arboretum.
The Odom Family
(These two were voted Best Dressed in the senior class
and this is the picture that is going to be used on the senior superlatives page in the annual.)
About 75 prom goers showed up at our house just after midnight.
The Senior Breakfast was officially held from midnight until 2:30AM.
We were so busy making pancakes, I didn't get a lot of pictures.
We served biscuits, sausage and gravy, chicken strips, hash brown casseroles, fresh fruit, homemade cinnamon rolls and two kinds of pancakes. There was also a coffee bar, punch (fresh fruit), and chocolate milk.
We had heaters set up outside because it was chilly and set out baskets of blankets.
Giant Jenga was also out on the patio.
(Not sure what this guy changed into - it was some kind of camouflage/feathered set of overalls.)
Around 2:30 I took this picture of our den full of kids - still eating and having the best time talking.
After everyone left and we did a little cleaning, we got to bed around 4:00AM.
I am still recovering from lack of sleep, but feeling so good that the weekend is over!!!
Barrett's senior year is almost over!