I actually don’t think you can call boys “kindred spirits,” but I had to put that in the title since this post kinda goes together with the last one.

Max’s contingent of our family friends who came to visit (see last post) along with his other friends weren’t begging for any photo shoots (can you believe it? 🙂

But I did get to be one of the chaperones for the dance they went to.

It was Max’s first dance (you can’t go ’til you are fourteen) and boy howdy was he ever cracking me up with how excited he was. I think it’s safe to say he is a little bit girl-crazy right now.

The thing I was personally excited about was that I think he wanted me there. I mean, I could be wrong, but he did ask me quite a few times to see if I was coming, with a smile stretched across his face. He may not have been quite as excited to see me lugging my camera in though (I know, embarrassing, right? But I couldn’t help it.)

I completely recognized for the first time some serious limitations on having a camera with no flash: It doesn’t shoot too hot in a dark gym. Darn it. But here are the blurry ones I got at a 25600 ISO:At first I tried to be incognito as I watched everything from afar.

I attached my telephoto lens and tried to snap away.

But after I while I got frustrated and threw my cautiousness to the wind. I finally just told a few of the boys to go ahead and pose for me in mid-flirt-with-the-girls mode.They very graciously complied.

Then I got really daring and even took a picture of Max with a cute girl he asked to dance.
I think he still loves me despite that little incident 🙂

Have I mentioned how much I love having a teen-ager? (And another one in a couple weeks…)

I do. I love it forever.

That is, until the attitude starts up in full force. Then I don’t love it so much. But I love who these children are becoming. They make me happy.

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  1. And Holden too! Yeah! Celia was just saying how she wishes we could get all our youth of that age together for a BYU Efy session in the future. Won't be long before Elle, Emma and Christian will be joining Max, Holden and Celia on the youth front.

  2. I love having two teens (three in September) for the most part. I just don't like the mood swings that sometimes accompany this age. It comes with both boys and girls. All I can do is say to myself, "You must have been the exact same way when you were this age." I'm tolerant for growing up mood swings and attitudes to be what they will be, but not to the point of disrespect.
    I have never seen my older two kids at a church dance. I really want to see how kids dance now days.

  3. I just love, love, LOVE your take on motherhood! You are such a great example Shawni!! I am getting tickets to time out for women (my first time EVER), just to hear you and your mother speak!
    I hope I will enjoy teenage years (just under 3 years away! yikes!) as much as you do! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing you and your life with all of us…

  4. How fun! I LOVE your blog by the way!

    Hey I have a question for your Q & A. What are some of your favorite products that you use and absolutely love? Skincare, makeup, household, for your kids??? I love hearing and trying out new things that other people love and can;t live without 🙂

  5. Those Stake dances are so much fun, as a YW leader I too have gotten to go and watch my teenagers, so much fun as a parent to watch them figure this stuff out. My daughter just turned 18 and my son is almost 16, it's been fun watching them dance, they even dance with each other occasionally, that is a real treat. I take a lot of pictures at the dances too, they have just gotten used to Sis. Nichols walking around with her camera, (I'm not as good as you though, you do inspire me to want to get better at it.) Do you have a blog for your YW? We have one that we put pictures and events on, it's been a fun way to keep track of our activities. We even printed all the pictures from the blog and used them for "Evening in Excellence. Keep up the good work Shawni, love reading your blog!!

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