One of the girls, Brianna, is "vertically challenged," as they say. Her nickname is...Stubs. I don't care for that, but she thinks it's cute, so that's what they call her. However, when Alex refers to her when talking to me, I make him call her Brianna. She's a sophomore, so she cannot go to prom unless invited by a junior or senior. She has a boyfriend, but he's a junior and goes to the local Catholic high school, so he couldn't go to the public school prom. They are both part of the Epic Friends, so after a little discussion, Tom (the boyfriend) thought it would be great if Brianna had a chance to go to our prom with Alex, and gave his total support. I thought that was very sweet of him, and told him that a couple of times.
One of the other Epic girls, Maria, is extremely organized. She has a little notebook with flowers on the cover, that has all the prom information in it. She is really on top of things. Another girl, Elena, is right there with her in the organization department. A week ago, Maria and Elena had the entire itinerary set for yesterday. It was great. They even had their own personal schedules set for the day, starting with the time they would be getting up. Maria had made a bunch of phone calls and put a limo on hold until she could talk to everyone in the group. Once everyone agreed to it (and the cost), she called the limo place back and reserved it.
(Imagine everyone's surprise when the limo they had ordered didn't show up, but instead a HUMMER limo arrived! They somehow got a FREE upgrade!)
When Alex went to pick up Brianna, Tom was there. Tom also came here for pictures, which was totally fine with all of us.
Okay, this is what you're really waiting for...the pictures! I first have to say, however, that my camera went haywire on me and my pictures are pretty lousy for the most part. Angie (bless her heart!) has offered to "work" with a few of them, so I'll be emailing her some of them soon. I'm also hoping that a few of the other parents will send me some.
This isn't a great picture of Alex, but this photo is mostly to show that we stuck to the schedule! We were to start pictures at 2:30, and you can see by the clock above the mantel that it is 2:30 and a few seconds. Alex was also very careful not to "touch" Brianna, since she has a boyfriend...who happened to be here at the time! However, Tom told Alex it was okay to put his arm around her for a picture...a very understanding boyfriend!
Since I don't have daughters, I thought I would take advantage of this opportunity to showcase the shoes.
And, of course, the backs of the dresses too!
It's only fair to show the guys, in all their glory too. One of the couples showed up part way into the photo shoot. They were actually going to a different local prom, because that's where the guy goes to school, and they weren't here for the "guys only" time.
We left our house and went to a local golf course to take some pictures by their pond. Unfortunately the ground was pretty wet, so we really couldn't out to the pond, but were able to get it in the background.
In the background you can see their Hummer Limo. They were so thrilled with it!
We have something here called "walk-ins," but I don't know if they do that around the rest of the country. Each couple has to walk along the sidewalk in front of the high school, then is announced as they walk into the gym. Since this year's prom was held in a city 30 miles away, they walked into the building, then came out a back door to get into their waiting vehicles.
And last, but not least, a photo of all the couples, on our front porch.
They had a WONDERFUL time last night. Alex even said that he felt "famous" last night, hahaha! Way too cute. He had so much fun, and everyone else did too. They came back here to our house after prom, changed clothes, then went to post-prom at the high school. After that, they made a Wal*Mart run and got a pizza. They came back here, baked it, ate it along with some other snacks. It was a long night for them, but they're young, and they'll be just fine!