Saturday, October 8, 2011

Senior Formal

Tonight is Senior Formal at Second Baptist.  Senior Formal is clearly a Texas thing ... or maybe it is a Houston thing ... I have never heard of anything like it anywhere else.  Senior Formal is put on by the Senior parents.  Each Senior is given two tickets to give away to two underclassman couples.  Needless to say, for a few weeks, the Seniors are VERY popular. 

Torrey was asked by a boy in her class.  One day Torrey was in the hall with her friends when the Dean of Students told her he had her tardy slip.  She tried to tell him wasn't tardy, but he was insistent.  When he handed her the tardy slip, it said "Will you go to Senior Formal with me?  Jay"  When she went out in the hall, Jay was standing there waiting for her ... and her answer.

It made me laugh when I heard how she was asked.  Last year she missed too many English classes and during exams she had to sit in the Dean's office to "make up" the class.  She was thoroughly embarrassed ... mostly because she was called out of class and everyone knew she was in trouble.  Almost every day this year I have told her to not get called to the Dean's office again and to stay out of trouble.  HA!  

If you are a Senior girl at Second Baptist, you can wear cocktail length dresses in any color.  All other girls have to wear floor-length black dresses. I guess it is a way to keep the underclassman in their place ... I doubt they thought the girls would look so stunning.
 Torrey and Gram ... once upon a time, Gram was taller than Torrey.  Um, no longer the case!
 Quick pictures before we left to meet her friends ... mostly so I could send them to family.

 Torrey and Jay actually went to the dance with a large group of friends ... they all met at her friend's gorgeous house to take pictures and wait for the party bus.
 Dean posted this picture on Facebook with the caption "I can't feel my legs" which is a line from the movie "New in Town" ... and it really was true.  And, see the necklace Torrey is wearing?  It is the diamond from my original engagement ring.  It really looked perfect when she put it on.
 The girls ... I figure there will be a lot of this going on tonight.  
 How long until the Seniors realize that making the girls wear long black dresses was a mistake?!
 The boys ...
 Dean and Torrey ... Dean held up pretty well.  
 The girls ... they were all gorgeous.
 All of the kids ... and those stairs were pretty amazing.
 Hey ... it's my blog and she's my girl and I will crop out the other kids if I want to!
 We took them outside for pictures ... they lined themselves up like this.  Oh.  My.  Word.  At this point they were ready for us to leave!
 It took a few minutes, but we finally got them all lined up properly.  I would like to add that these are some of the nicest kids you would ever meet.  They are kind and funny and know what is important in life.  They are going to change the world someday.
 Again ... my blog.  Cropping can be a good thing.
 And this look says "Where is that party bus?!"
 And, for real I tried to leave, but then they would get themselves cute again and I had to take just one more picture.  
 I would adopt Dara if I could ... totally love her.  Torrey knows how to pick her friends.
 This was going to be the last picture of the girls ... I was headed for the door after this one ... for real.
 And then they sat on the stairs and looked cute.  While they were here the party bus arrived.  The kids cheered ... I think mostly because they knew the parents were going to leave!
Torrey and Jay on their way to the party bus.  One of the mom's had the great idea to take their pictures as they left the house ... the kids thought it was hokey and the parents thought it was great.  For the record, I did not climb on the party bus to take pictures.  I'm thinking I should get extra credit for that.

Can't wait to hear how her night goes!  On the way to her friend's house I mentioned prom and Dean started to hyperventilate ... hopefully he'll get used to the fact that our girl is growing up before prom gets here!

Friday, October 7, 2011

iPhriday ... the dress edition

Torrey has been invited to the Senior Formal at her school.  Because she is not a Senior, she has to wear a floor-length black dress.  Not only did it mean a new dress, it meant a fun-filled day of shopping.  I took pictures of our choices to send to my sister to get her help.  Fortunately for us she was helping ... we almost made a big mistake. 
 Our first choice.  We liked.  I realized pretty quickly this wasn't going to be as easy as I thought it would be.
 The side view of the dress ... there was beading along the side and I wanted Jen to see the slit.  It went on the maybe pile.
 Torrey really liked this dress.  It was pretty comfortable which is why it moved to the top of the list and stayed there.
 The back of the dress ... 
 Dress #3.  It was my favorite.  She had a hard time with this one because it was a size 6 and she is a 2 (if only this could be my dilemma EVER!)  Fortunately the time I have wasted spent watching "Say Yes to the Dress" paid off ... with a few strategically placed binder clips she was able to get a feel for what the dress would look like on her for real.  Dress #2 is still her favorite ... this one is mine and Jen's.
 Still not loving the dress ... mostly because it was freaking her out how big it was on her.
 And this, kids, is what a $550 dress looks like.  It went on the no pile as soon as we saw the price.  It did look pretty on her though.
 This is the back of the far too expensive dress ... pretty sure that train would have been a total pain.
 Didn't love this dress ... ever.  We sent the picture to Jen for fun.
 Even pulled back it is no good.  She couldn't get it off fast enough.
 Here is where Torrey is trying to convince Jen that this one should be the winner.  We actually bought this dress ... and then got a text from Jen and while we were still at the register switched to dress #3.  Phew ... disaster averted!
 We stopped at the tailor before we went home ... she was able to make the dress fit like a glove.
 It was at this point that Torrey realized Jen was right ... she was super glad she didn't get the second dress.
Since her date is almost her height, Torrey decided she was going to get a flat shoe.  We found these adorable shoes at a fantastic price.  I'm pretty sure she will have the most comfortable feet at the formal!

Come back tomorrow to see our girl before her big night.  Pretty sure Dean will be a wreck!