Monday, January 13, 2014

Soooooo... I started a new blog.....

Yep, I started a new blog. And not just me, either! My mom and my Best Friend Fo Life, Erin, also post on it as well. We would love it if you would stop by and maybe even leave a comment if you want, just to say hi. ;) Just click on the "BarnWood Girls" sign below!



I'll still probably post on this blog occasionally, but my main attention is writing over there. Hope to see you all there! 

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween!


Halloween is upon us! Six days till the big day, and I have yet to start whipping together a costume for Joel and I.But this is really nbd as I usually wait till the day OF Halloween to even decide what I'm going to be. This year however, I actually planned ahead, and I already know what we are going to be. :) So now all that's left is to put it together. :D

Joel and I decided to be Mary Poppins and Bert for Halloween. I suggested the idea after I saw a picture on pinterest:



So cute, right? Joel loved the idea!

I really like the Bert costume in the picture above, but for some reason the Mary costume is not quite right to me. So I decided to do a little more research for inspiration for my Mary costume. PLUS around here it has gotten very cold, so going around at night next week without a coat of any sort does not strike me as very appealing!

I found these pictures which I think are super inspirational:

I need that hat. Also, Julie Andrews is gorgeous.

A Long Coat and Gloves? That's more what I'm thinking...



I NEED THIS UMBRELLA.
I'm thinking a navy skirt would be better, but this is a good start!

I have all sorts of ideas cooking in my head on how to make Joel/Bert's chimney sweep broom and my umbrella. After I get off work tonight I'll be taking a trip to the Goodwill to see if I can find the basics!

I also want Joel to have one of those newsboy caps, but I haven't been able to find one. So it's time for plan B: MAKE ONE!!!

Luckily whenever I get the idea to make something, blogs and google usually pull through to give me some helpful tutorials. Here are two I'm deciding between:



Tutorial HERE


I'll post pictures of the finished products when they're all together!!

PS, So excited for Halloween this year... mom has a bunch of ideas put together, and I'm going to FINALLY rent Monsters Inc. 2 and watch it after trick or treating! I am so excited I can hardly stand it! :D

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

(My) Homeschool Graduation!


In May of this year, after being homeschooled from preschool to my senior year of high-school, I walked down the aisle in a cap and gown, gave a speech, and recieved my diploma with four of my classmates. It was better than I could have dreamed, and it was such a wonderful way to end all my years of school, giving everything a sense of finality.

Getting to that point was not always the easiest, however. It all started at the beginning of my senior year. Mom kept asking me what I wanted to do for my graduation, and I kept responding with "I don't know..." Finally, as the end of the school year was getting closer and closer, we realized we were going to have to decide on something.


Different options presented themselves: Some homeschoolers go to statewide homeschool graduations. I didn't like that idea because I wouldn't know anyone there and I wanted my graduation to have personal meaning, plus most of the statewide ceremonies were an hour away, so my extended family might have difficulty attending.

Another option we saw was having a senior recital. I actually attended one of these this year, and while it was very good for that girl (she is a very talented musician whose musical education was a big part of her high school) I didn't feel like my music defined me or my years of school. Plus, I hate playing the piano in front of people, so that sounded a bit like a form of torture...

We also saw many homeschoolers just have a ceremony with their immediate family in their livingroom. While, again, this could be a way of going about things, I wanted my graduation to show people that I had recieved as legitimate an education as anyone who attends school, and I didn't feel like my mom handing me a piece of paper rolled up with a ribbon as my siblings sat on our couch and watched was taking it seriously enough.


I didn't know exactly what I wanted, but I *did* know I didn't want it to feel "fake". I mean, I was really graduating, so I wanted it to feel like a real graduation ceremony. Not something my mom had decided to whip together in our living room. 

About two months before the end of the school year, the leader of our co-op mentioned having a co-op graduation. The second she said it, I knew that was the route I wanted to go. Anyone who knows me probably knows how much co-op meant to me, and graduating with my friends who I had actually done school with and who had helped me through the year sounded like the perfect way to celebrate our educations.

All of our moms arranged a meeting to decide what to do for our graduation. Before the meeting, mom and I looked up graduation ceremonies online. Again, we had a hard time finding good ideas for ours. (Which is why I'm posting this. haha) We wanted it to be personal, yet official. We did not want anything cheesy!

Our meeting went something like this: The girls and moms were discussing color schemes and program order while the boys were napping and making sure we would have food at the reception. Amazingly, despite the suggestion that we go with "hamburger colors" for our graduation robes (Red for ketchup, Green for lettuce, Brown for the burger, Yellow for the bun, Orange for the cheese...) and the mild debate that ensued over whether we should have shiny or matte robes (that was...interesting...) we ended up with a pretty good plan.

We ordered our caps and gowns (and I think our diploma covers as well) from Homeschool Diploma.com. We were all very happy with what we purchased from them. (Well, everyone except Josh whose robe for some reason smelled very strongly. Of course, he decided to remedy this by drenching it in cologne...*choke*.)

 We decided to go with different colored robes for a few reasons. Number one, (the good reason) each of us were technically representing different home schools and different families, so our robe colors were symbolic of our individuality. However, each of our tassels included our color+yellow, so there was unity in that. The other reason is because we couldn't all decide on one color... but let's just pretend that had nothing to do with it. lol

My mom created the diplomas and programs. She did a really great job making them on the "Pages" program on our computer. We got them printed on high quality paper at the office store, and bought diploma covers for each. The parents of each graduate signed the diplomas. They were beautiful!


Our invitations to the event were created by another mom. She also created those on her computer. For each graduate's invitations she changed the color of the "Class of 2013" font to match our robes. She also got them printed on high quality paper. They were very attractive invitations!


The day of the graduation was crazy hectic for us, as the church we had our co-op at had a last minute funeral that literally ended about an hour before we were supposed to start! We were all running around at the last second trying to prepare, to get the fellowship hall set up for after the ceremony, and to get the slideshows and chairs set up in the sanctuary.

Before we walked down the aisle, I was so nervous! I wanted to just drop out right then! But the second Pomp and Circumstance started playing, all my nerves went away, and I really enjoyed everything.

Since we only had five graduates, we were able to have a very personal ceremony. The other two girls who I graduated with both played piano pieces. Janelle (green) played two pieces she had written herself. They were great! Heather (purple) played "River Flows In You".

My mom and I created short picture slideshows of each of us with baby pictures, childhood pictures, and then more recent pictures. After each graduate's slide show would play, our "emcee" (and loved geography co-op teacher) Mr. Z would call that graduate over from the chairs on the right of the stage. They would then walk to the center of the stage, receive their diploma from our co-op director and teacher Mrs. G, and then go to the podium to give a speech. The speeches were beautiful, and truly from each of our hearts.

We were also blessed with prayers and benedictions from two of the dads, a speech from Mrs. G, and a wonderful commencement speech from Mr. Z. At the end of the the ceremony, we all went to the center of the stage, and Mr. Z presented us as the graduates of 2013. We moved our tassels to the other side of our caps, then we walked down to the song "How Can I Keep From Singing" by Chris Tomlin. (Great song... I picked it, and everyone seemed to really like it! The lyrics are awesome.)

Overall I think the ceremony was about an hour long... which was just about perfect. Any longer and it would have been too long, but that felt just about right. Afterward, we had a reception in the church's fellowship hall with some snacks (meatballs!!!) and cake. We also had pictures of each of the graduates (the ones in the first collage) mounted on white scrapbook paper, and our guests were able to sign the paper around the pictures. I absolutely loved looking at all the sweet messages people had written me after the ceremony!


 All in all, it was the perfect graduation ceremony. There is literally nothing I would change about the day!

Well, I take that back... I would have taken more pictures. ;)

I hope this helps anyone thinking of planning a home school graduation. All of those kids who were some of the first home schoolers are now becoming seniors, so a lot of this is blazing new horizons for home school graduates!


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Monday, July 29, 2013

The Story of Joel and I

It all started when my mom decided to join a co-op a half hour away for my senior year of high school. When I first heard about it, I wasn't all that excited. I'm not sure why I wasn't excited, since I really do love school, but I wasn't sure what to expect and the thought of having to meet a bunch of other homeschoolers who were probably super academic and driven genius-nerds didn't appeal. The first day of co-op came, and I reluctantly threw on a random outfit, grabbed my backpack and rode with my family 1/2 hour away to a Methodist church I had never seen before in my life.
Our first "official" date. :) Look at the beautiful flowers he brought me!

I remember walking up to the church so clearly that first time, and entering the crowded gym. Little did I know, the people who stood around me with the same dread and nervous expressions on their faces would soon become some of the most special people I knew.

Then, he entered.

I'm sure time has altered my memory, because I remember the angels singing and a blast of glittering light shining through the gymnasium doorway as he walked in that first time.

Just kidding. ;) But I do remember suddenly feeling a little self-conscious about my thrown together outfit as I saw *him* and his best friend (who is now one of my best friends) walk through the door. They were both about 6'2"-6'3" tall, both dark and absolutely drop dead charming. They weren't in my first two classes, so after I went through my morning classes of Latin and writing I had nearly given up hope of ever even meeting the two. But after lunch, I finally got into American History class, and there they were in the room sitting at the table looking absolutely adorable. Now, usually I'm a pretty shy person, but I was zapped with a moment of confidence, and I said, "So, are you guys excited for co-op?". Instantly a lively conversation started, and it didn't stop till the end of that co-op day... year... actually, it's still going. ;)

At a dance last fall with friends.

As often happens in high school, our class of 6 formed its mini groups (and by mini groups I mean groups of two). At first I was really scared of Joel, but Josh (his best friend) was extremely easy to talk to and extremely chatty, which is great for me because I'm not unless I'm super comfortable. So Josh and I became inseparable buddies, and Joel and my sister Hannah became groupies/friends.

As the year went on, Josh and I got closer and closer. We would hang out at the park together, went out to eat, and just generally talked all. the. time. He was cast to play my fiance in the play we decided to do at the end of the year, I was assigned to debate him in our first debate... everything was a competition between us. Joel and I, however, didn't really talk that much. Like I said, I was a little scared of him. He was (actually, is) extremely popular, extremely attractive... and he seemed pretty satisfied with my sister.
June 2013

However, as often happens, God slipped a little something in the timeline of things to quietly shake it all up. Our teacher assigned a second debate in February, and informed us it would be a team debate. Josh and Jack against Joel and I. Joel and I decided we were going to meet at Panera Bread to discuss our research the week before the debate. We gave ourselves two hours before play practice at Josh's house for our meeting. I was so nervous, which was funny because I didn't *like* him. I remember he came into the restaurant and he looked so handsome, wearing a black jacket and some dark jeans. We ordered our food and sat down at a table by a window. We chatted for a few minutes and then pulled out our binders of research and started to discuss them. Our debate topic was on women in combat, and I remember being impressed with his views on men's roles and protecting women. We ended up talking for hours about everything, and only stopped when we realized we were an hour and a half late for play practice! Needless to say, Josh was not happy. But that day, I saw a different side of Joel. He wasn't just the popular tough guy, he was a very sweet person who had a beautiful heart.



We won the debate, and I owe a big part of that to Joel's encouragement during the debate even when I was failing and almost panicked and gave up, and his great planning during the preperation process. I was pretty impressed by him after that, and it only grew. We still didn't talk as much as I talked to Josh, but it had brought us closer.

Spring Formal - The whole group
Josh and I were still close however, and most people started to think we were dating. Despite our insistence that we were just friends, we became the couple of co-op. It didn't help matters that my sister and Joel made a pact to sit together at Spring Formal, and that left Josh and I to basically go together. It was a great night, but it didn't feel *quite* right. As much as I loved Josh as a friend, I wasn't sure how I felt about the fact that everyone thought we were together. I didn't really try to do much about it though because I was sure Joel didn't like me. So why did it matter?

Joel and I at the end of Spring Formal

Then came prom. I invited my entire class to prom, but Joel said he couldn't come. I was pretty disappointed (Ok, really disappointed.), but the day of prom he surprised me. To quote my own blog on the topic ;)

Prom!
"I invited Joel awhile back, but he said he couldn't come. Of course, I was disappointed, and as the day got nearer, I kept saying, "Joel, I wish you could come!" So the day of prom, I come downstairs into my living-room all ready to go... Josh, Heather, Adam, my sister Hannah, Ruth, Allyson are all in there and we're about to take pictures and leave... when all of the sudden, out of my dining-room walks Joel all dressed up for prom. I pretty much just hyperventilated. lol He ended up having to drive my van for me because I was way to wound up to do it! lol Needless to say, that was an awesome moment. :) And I was so glad he came because prom would have not been nearly half as awesome if he wouldn't have. ;)"

My feelings for him grew stronger, but at the same time so did the rumors about Josh and I, and I got really confused. If everyone thought Josh and I should be together, maybe they were right? But the more I knew Joel, the more I felt like he was the type of young man I was looking for. Even in the small things I saw a heart that genuinely loved people. I saw someone who respected and admired his family and others. I saw someone who had goals and plans for the future. I saw someone who was excited about life and adventure.

At a dance where we dressed up 1950's. 
As the school year came to an end though, it became "obvious" to me that Joel wasn't really interested in me. One of my friends asked me if I liked him, but I told her no, just because I really felt there was no reason to say anything else.

As we did our play and mock trial, we saw each other two or three times a week, so we really got to know each other through those experiences. However, I was afraid I was about to lose Joel forever as soon as school was over, so I asked him if he wanted to get lunch at panera bread again sometime. We scheduled it for the week after the play.


Random detail to throw in here: Joel started the year as a junior in high school, and I was a senior. (he's about 11 months younger than me.) But as the year went on, his mom decided he had completed the requirements for school, and decided to graduate him a year early. So he graduated the same year as me, and we were able to share our graduation ceremony along with the rest of my class from co-op. (I'm super ashamed, btw, because I just realized I never posted about my graduation. Well, it was amazing. Maybe that will be my next post!)

The Play - Joel and I danced the final dance together. (We are the couple on the left)


About a week before the play we were at Josh's house rehearsing the final dance scene. After a few hours we flopped down on the grass, exhausted, and started talking about stuff. Josh had to run inside for a minute, leaving Joel and I outside alone. I don't remember what was said that made me say this, but I mentioned something about how I thought Joel preferred Hannah. The look he gave me when I said that was one I'll never forget. Later that night he sent me this message on facebook,

 "...the spring formal thing. I was going to see if you wanted to do what Hannah and I did but instead of Hannah it would have been you and I. But before I was about to ask you I remembered you saying something at are lunch meet about debate and how you liked Josh when you first saw him. That stuck in my head for awhile and when I was gonna see if you wanted to do the plan it was just banging in my head. So as I was gonna ask you, Hannah said something about the formal and I thought you would want to go with him so I just thought I would try Hannah first because she said something [about it]. I for awhile thought about it but then thought I was too late. Then regretted not saying something after seeing you... So I do like hanging with Hannah a lot but I would like to hang with you more..."
After graduation, the play, all of that, we went out to lunch at Panera, then went to a gorgeous, beautiful metropark where we literally spent the day walking through forests and fields and just talking. talking. talking. It was a perfect day out, and we learned so much about each other. To this day, we say it is one of our favorite memories ever. At the end, Joel drove me back to Panera, where my car was parked, in his old blue pick up truck. It should have only taken us 10 minutes to get there, but Joel took a route that took 45 minutes! On purpose! That sneaky guy... ;) Along the way, he stopped and hopped out of his truck to pick me wildflowers. I was charmed to say the least. ;) Right before I got in my car, Joel said, "There's something I wanted you to ask me all day, but you never did. So I'll just tell you, Allison I like you." I was, well, not shocked exactly... there had been some signs that had made me think it was possible... maybe... but when he said it I was still a little surprised.

It turns out he had liked me the whole year. It's so funny to hear all these stories from his perspective because we were both so clueless! We both thought we each had no interest in each other 

The Best Day Ever!
For the next two months we had to overcome some issues that came up, and I was faced with some difficult decisions and choices, including the whole "everyone thinks Josh and I are dating" thing.I felt a little confused at first if I should date Joel or not, but I talked to my mom about it a lot, and prayed a lot. I realized I really admired him. We both liked how we had known each other in a non-romantic way for a while. But most of all, I realized we wanted to go the same places in life, and I couldn't imagine letting him go.

He was supposed to wait until he was 18 to date, so only our families knew about our relationship until his 18th birthday at the beginning of July. During that time leading up to his birthday, I received what I believe to be even more confirmation that he was the right choice, and I continually grow more and more sure. He balances me out in ways that I need. Where I am weak, he is strong. When I worry, he tells me not to and that it will be ok. I love to spend money and shop, and he loves to save it! lol I tend to be judgmental, while he is more open and caring.

Just being silly... :)
I'm really proud of him. I've seen him grow from the time I met him until now, and I love how he loves his family and God. It's contagious! He's a country boy from his beat up blue pick up with country music playing on the radio and it's roaring engine to his beautiful farmhouse out in the country. I love his family so much and can't wait to get to know his parents, 9 siblings, three siblings-in-law, three nieces and one nephew (on the way) better! ;)

He is super sweet, gentlemanly, and thoughtful. He loves nature and adventure, and he wants to travel all over the United States!

Someday, he hopes to be a firefighter, and he is working toward it. I'm always so proud to tell people that! I love how he has such a heart to help people. He says one of the main reason he wants to be a firefighter is because he wants to give people a second chance at life-- to rescue them from fires-- so they can live and hopefully come to know Jesus! I think that's awesome. :) In a few months he will be going away to a boot-camp-type firefighter training a couple of hours away. He will have to be gone for 8 weeks, which will be hard, but I'm glad he is pursuing his dreams!

So that's the general story. Amazingly, it actually could be longer, but I think this is already long enough. lol But, basically, that's how I met my blessing, Joel, and I love him. :) I'm hoping and praying our relationship will be a strong one that blesses us and others.

"I don't want easy, I want crazy. You with me, baby? Let's be crazy!" - Hunter Hayes




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On College, Tithing, and that Guy

So I sat down at my computer to look for something on google and work on a project, but as usual I ended up somewhere completely different, haha. Namely, blogger. I decided to write a post because, well, I have some stuff in my head and I want to get it all out. I organized it by topic (see title of post), so it's easy to read. ;)

College: I START COLLEGE AUGUST 19th. Which is in, like, threeeeeee weeks, I think? Something like that? I'm dual-majoring in Visual Arts and Communications (Journalism).

People keep asking me "Are you excited?" and I literally give everyone a different answer because my feelings toward it change. constantly. One minute I am so excited I can't stand it. I mean, I love school and my classes are on such interesting topics. I'm taking Astronomy (with a good friend from church!), French (Bonjour! Comment allez-vous?), Reading Conference (reading books and discussing them? yes, please.), Women's Chorus (we may actually perform with our local symphony orchestra! what, what??!!!), Orientation (I'm sure that will be easy...), and an art class. I mean, those sound fantastic!

But at the same time, I've been homeschooled my entire life, and I've always been in a predominantly Christian environment. What will it be like *going* to a secular school? I feel like a little goldfish in a big tank of hungry sharks! *gulp*. I will be glad when my first week is done and I will at least know what to expect.

Tithing: So, an interesting thing happened to me today. I'm trying to buy a car right now (which I need for college and work), but with my $3,000 budget and kinda picky attitude, I've been having a hard time with that. Good cars at that price are few and far between, and even fewer the less money you have. I've decided to save a HUGE chunk of my next two paychecks from work to put towards it, but life seems intent on taking it from me. This morning I was thinking about how I need to put some of my last paycheck in the offering plate for tithing. Sadly, my initial reaction to this thought was "I hardly have enough money as it is! If I do that, that's less for my car, not to mention my other bills." Then I thought, "Ok, the whole point of tithing is to learn to trust God and not hoard my money as if I really gave it to myself. Everything I have is a gift from God, and he is the one who will provide everything I need." However, I hadn't cashed my check yet, so I couldn't take the money to church.

Fast forward to the service. As I was sitting there, I noticed a yellow envelope sticking out of one of my sermon notebooks. I pulled it out, and saw it was a card. I opened it, and realized it was a graduation card a lady from church had given me a few weeks ago, and inside was money I had left in there. I quickly pulled it out. My first thought was, "Sweet! Taco Bell for lunch!" but then I saw the offering envelope in front of me sitting in the box on the back of the pew, and I knew where this money was meant to go.The best part of this story, though, is my mom texted my sister right after church and said she was buying us Taco Bell for lunch. It's a small thing, but God reminded me today He provides above and beyond what we want and need every day. :) God gave me that money to remind me again that He will give me what I need when I need it, if I am willing to give what He entrusts me with back to Him.

The Guy: I'm not going to make this super in depth here because, well, I like to keep my feelings to myself a lot, but I thought I'd introduce my boyfriend. :) We have been going out for about two months, but we have known each other for almost a year now. He and I met through co-op. It's kind of a funny story that has a lot of... plot twists (my friend and I want to write a book about it. lol) but it has all worked out into the most beautiful way! I'll tell that story in a separate post. :)



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Saturday, June 29, 2013

No Worries

Just something I was reading the other day in the Bible that really got to me...

I have a tendency to worry all. of. the. time. I didn't really realize how bad it was until two of my friends started calling me out on it. I'd be talking on the phone and worrying about something, and they'd go, "Allison, you worry too much." I usually would just sigh, and say, "I know but..." and tell them why *this* particular doctors appt./job interview/history assignment/whatever it may be was really worth worrying about.

Then, inevitably, the thing that I had been worrying about would come and go, and when telling my friend about the day, I would sheepishly say, "It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.."

It got to the point where all my friend would have to say, "Allison..." and I would just finish the sentence for them. "I know, I know, I worry too much."

It didn't take long for me to realize I had a problem with worrying, and I decided to start working on it. Believe it or not, I have been doing a little bit better with not worrying but...

right now I have something that's really been hitting me hard for the last few days and has only grown in intensity today.

My instinct is to worry about it, but I have been fighting that urge with scripture all day.

My favorite no-worries passage right now is Psalm 37. I especially like verses 3-9:

Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
 
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
 
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
 
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
 
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
 
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
 
 For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
 
 
I keep trying to repeat that to myself. Today on my lunch break at work, as I drove to get food, I literally said it out loud in my car. "Allison, do not fret. Do not fret."

So I'm trying not to fret...

...No, let me take that back. As my Joel would say, "You can't "try", you have to just do."

So, I will not fret.
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Saturday, April 27, 2013

So what prom dress did I choose??

In my last post I asked for votes on which prom dress I should wear to prom. Well, after a lot of thinking I chose....

neither! lol

I ended up finding a dress at goodwill (yep, goodwill) for $5.00. It was a little too big for me, but with a little size adjustment and some embellishment, it was ready for prom!

Here's the dress before I did anything to it: (attractive, right?? XD)


(my hair was a MESS the day I bought it... 
just adds to the overall "before-ness" of these pictures, right? lol)

And here's the dress "after"!


I had bought the random sparkly belt at an estate sale for about $1.00 last summer, stuck it in my drawer, and forgot about it.. then remembered it when I was digging through my stuff trying to find something to embellish the dress. It was the perfect little addition. :)

Here are some more pictures from the night... It was an awesome time!

The hall... the prom committee this year did a fantastic job with decorations! The theme was "Victorian Charm", so everything was very pretty and classy. :)

We ate dinner...
(UNFLATTERING DINNER PICTURE... lol)

...they called all the seniors up and announced prom king and queen...

(The lovely Laurel being crowned queen :) )

Then, the moment we had all been waiting for... we danced! 




After that we got some group pictures...



Prom ended at midnight, but we weren't done partying... haha (I always say homeschoolers party extra hard. ;) ) So a few friends and I decided to go out to steak and shake. We didn't get home till about 2:30 or so, but it was a blast! 

The picture above was taken at Steak and Shake at like 2:00 AM... haha

So, quick story... The picture above is of Joel and I... 
I invited Joel awhile back, but he said he couldn't come. Of course, I was disappointed, and as the day got nearer, I kept saying, "Joel, I wish you could come!" So the day of prom, I come downstairs into my livingroom all ready to go... Josh, Heather, Adam, my sister Hannah, Ruth, Allyson are all in there and we're about to take pictures and leave... when all of the sudden, out of my diningroom walks Joel all dressed up for prom. I pretty much just hyperventilated. lol He ended up having to drive my van for me because I was way to wound up to do it! lol Needless to say, that was an awesome moment. :) And I was so glad he came because prom would have not been nearly half as awesome if he wouldn't have. ;)

And then of course, we can't forget another very special friend of mine... 
(left, freshman prom - right, my senior prom. We growed up!)

My lovely best friend forever, Erin, and I! She looked so beautiful, and guess what? She made her own dress! :') So proud!

Overall, an amazing senior prom. In six days I'm graduating from high school... Where has the time gone?! But as Joel says, "Not all good things have to end." Just because I'm not in high school anymore, doesn't mean all good things have ended. Maybe what's ahead is going to be even better! :)

(P.S. Thank you to Laurel, Mrs. E., and Erin for the pictures... I left my camera at home, and it was too dark to get many decent phone pictures, so I am glad someone else documented it for me! lol)
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