The reason I wanted to post this is not just for posterity sake but because these photos – more than any that I’ve taken since August – really encapsulate our lives as it is – at least since school began.
The girls above are looking at several photographers. Can you tell?
When the boy left for school I couldn’t help but wonder what our family dynamic will be once he left. Unlike the boy, the girl is quiet, her temperament is much more subdued. She doesn’t like to be the center of attention and she is just as happy being by herself as she is to be around others. Actually, most times, she seems to prefer it.
And so – I have no blog content because of it.
The girl is also much more independent than the boy in that she started driving as soon as she was eligible to do so. She kept up with the eligibility requirements and reminded me every time a deadline was coming up. “Mom, I have to sign up by Thursday to get into the driving class.”
It was great to be reminded. This is the big difference between my girl and my boy.
So now she’s driving to school, to practices, to the farm and to all her social engagements. The conversation in our house evolved from, “Mom can you take me to . . . ” to “Mom can I drive to . . . ”
Both of which have their own challenges but I admit, I like the break. I thought about all those years of driving them around all over creation – and I feel grateful to have more time to do, well, I’m not sure what yet.
However, because I drove the boy everywhere, I knew all his friends well, knew where he was going, knew when he should be back (well, I still know when she should be back) and there was always social time here at home because the boys would come over often.
With the girl – not so much.
Homecoming came with very little hoopla, we ordered her dress online and took one short shopping trip for accessories and shoes and we were done.That day though, was a little more complicated logistically. The girl had two commitments with two different sets of friends. There are the parents taking photos of the girls. Too cute.
The mom who is taking the photos was the “official” photographer all year. She is fantastic. She is the owner of Red Dress Photography and you can see more of her work here. She took photos of the girls for their senior game and wow, I absolutely loved it. I’ll show you more soon.
One of the reasons her photos turn out so amazingly is that she’s so comfortable with her subjects and in turn, the girls are comfortable around her. Here she’s showing the girls how to vogue.
For the record, the girl doesn’t vogue well.
She’s fixing her hair while everyone else hams it up.
I think this is her best vogue-ing pose.
And the shoes came off. There was a lot of picture taking that day.
Sometimes I think the girls get weary of posing.
Back at it – the girl and her friend Layla. Cute!
The boy in the blue (I know there’s more than one) is the star quarterback of the football team. You didn’t know? Neither did I. I asked the girl, “Who’s that?”
Followed by her answer, “That’s Tyler mom.”
Me – “Who’s Tyler?”
Followed by, “You don’t know Tyler?”
Ummmm . . . no I don’t.
The above answer could be an indication of my humility since I don’t know who the star quarterback is but in truth, it’s more of an indication that I don’t know much about this group of kids period. It’s a change from years past. It’s also an indication of the changing of the seasons. I used to be very aware – now I’m not.
He’s cute though.
The entire crew – or a least those who got in the photo.
And now on to the next house.
. . . where the hair preparation was in full swing!
Here are the friends posing all at once. That poor boy in the middle – but then again, don’t feel sorry for him.
I tried to do a Red Dress Photography thing and asked the girls to vogue for me which really didn’t work as well. I’m sure I wasn’t very eloquent in my request. It seemed to have caused some confusion.
There you go! Perfect!
The girl said, “Mom, take a picture of me and my date!”
Gladly – you’re too young to date.
The girl asked me if she could go to a soccer game with Kelsey and Avery. I said, “Who’s Kelsey and Avery?”
“You know, they were at homecoming.”
I couldn’t remember so she showed me this photo. Aha! – now I know who they are!
Just for the record, this is Maddie.
This is Katie.
This is – Jesse – see? I DO know.
If I’m wrong you wouldn’t know anyway:)
We then drove to our house and I can’t remember why exactly but here are some of the girls in our new living room! The furniture isn’t new but I moved them from one end of the house to another.
I also noticed in this photo that the patch we had to do on our ceiling is still not painted. It’s not good. Gotta get that done.And finally here we are, mother and daughter. When I saw this picture I realized that I had stains on my shirt and I ran around all day like that. No one told me. At least it’s not as embarrassing as something in your teeth.
So the point of this post is this – the dynamic of the social life of the girl and the boy are very different, I need to paint my living room ceiling and the girl – she’s just beautiful and growing up.
Sniff . . .