Grace looked as radiant as ever.
…and boys too.
Well, maybe more handsome than beautiful, but there’s something awesome to me about a bunch of teenagers dressing up and being all formal with such good manners and cell phones mostly tucked away for an evening.
Grace graciously offered for us to host the dinner…
…for twenty at our home. (Winter Formal is girls’ choice.)
So that was fun. Ha! But really, it was great. Grace and her friends helped a ton on the set-up and all the other moms brought delicious food.
We had these tables all set up outside first but decided it was too cold so we brought them in.
Which led me to worry more about weather on the upcoming wedding night…but that’s a post for another day.
Let’s back up to the getting-ready prep. Elle’s friend helped her (and a ton of other girls) with make-up because she’s pretty good at it! Here she is waiting for her turn painting her nails:
Grace did her hair while she was waiting.
Have I mentioned how jealous I am of Grace’s hair? Oh boy, it is so beautiful!
Grace’s date is one of the most kind and mature boys. Love him.
She’s a good sport 🙂
Meanwhile, guess who joined the dance bandwagon this time around?
Yep, this girl:
…and all her girlfriends.
We don’t date until we’re 16 in our family so none of my other kids have gone to dances until then. People in these parts don’t usually go to dances without a date. But this was a cheer fund raiser, so a lot of Claire’s friends and under-classmen were supposed to go. One of Claire’s friends had an extra (free) ticket so she decided “why not??”
As you can tell, these girls were pretty excited to dress up all fancy.
And I was so glad my friend took some pictures.
Ok, back to Grace…we raced back after pictures to find all the food had been delivered and we got to feeding all these kids.
The girls served up their dates and then they sat and talked and talked.
(I turned down the lights for a little mood effect 🙂
After that that whole crew of twenty kids headed off to a fireside.
Yep, you got that right. A fireside right smack-dab in the middle of the festivities. Elder Bednar, one of the apostles in our church, happened to be speaking here and our specific congregation of churches (stake) happened to be invited to be there. On the very same night. I loved that those kids decided, even in the middle of all the winter formal hoopla, to go listen to that good man. I’ve got to admit I was a little overcome with that use of free-agency. They all wanted to go (well, I guess any that didn’t were brought in by peer pressure), and we sure have heard some great things about that fireside. Mostly with Grace who has brought up some pretty interesting things from that night that have become good discussions ever since that night. (Parents weren’t invited. Boo!)
Claire and even Lucy went too (to the fireside). So grateful for friends who carted those two around while I was on clean-up, photo-downloading duty. Here’s my friend helping situate all the clean-up (the kids helped too). Love these kids.