It is a long story how this sweet date came to be, and it doesn't really matter anymore. But I'm so happy that he got to take his good friend to a fun dance and have such a great time. The gorgeous and happy and smart and spunky girl on his arm is a lovely young lady. I grew up a few houses down from her grandparents (and dad, although I trailed a bit behind in years so don't have a single memory of him). When I picture her grandparents, I just picture such warm and loving and kind people, and I can clearly see her grandmother's smile in my mind. I was delighted, de-lighted, when I figured out the connection a couple years ago. Truly a "small world" moment. And when Alex decided that he was going to ask her to her homecoming? The delight was just as strong.
(See? I knew I couldn't just post pictures!)
Now for the fun night: so many stories.
(This would be a good time to rub your eyes and re-set your focus. This is a long one.)
The rented vest and tie to go with his tux? Beautiful compliment to her dress, horrible fit on the vest. We took it in to see if they could help make it fit better. Long story, but in the end, the lady said, "Don't worry, you'll look fine. It will be dark in there." I told her I didn't like that she said that. And she was wrong, wrong, wrong. He looked just as handsome as could be, even in the beautiful daylight!
First up was to go meet up with the group and meet the limo!
false alarm ~ this provided temporary excitement, but not their group's limo!
meeting up for the slightly awkward flower exchange. he wasn't entirely sure what he was expected to do, so after he got it out, he said, "Here," and handed it to her! Pretty cute moment.
McKenzie knew just what to do...
...errr, maybe not so much.
Mom to the rescue!! (And I LOVE this mom. She grilled my son the night before: "Do you have clean black shoes? Black socks? Did you pick up your vest and tie? I'm so glad you got your haircut, it looks much better!" He got a big kick out of it.)
Then it was time for the required picture posing:
All set to pile into the limo and head off for more pictures!
Next stop was a park by the lake to take some more posed shots:
And I Loooove the shots in between the posed shots. These two laughed and laughed...
I love laughter...
One of my favorites:
Back in the limo to head for dinner:
McKenzie's mom followed them to dinner to "get a picture". But also to hop in the limo for a ride while the kids were eating!
After dinner they headed over to the dance, which apparently was a great time and Alex did his best to dance with her a bunch!
Then after the dance a group of them went bowling...a fun way to end a great evening!
Sweet friends had a fun evening together, and this momma loved every moment!