Saturday, September 29, 2018

Another homecoming adventure

The blond twin went to her boyfriend's homecoming dance, which was just a week after her own. She was ready to do it all again after having so much fun at her school.

The pattern was the same for the second adventure. A group of friends got ready at the same house. The parents came over to take pictures. This time there was one major difference. The blond twin's boyfriend was the only male in the pictures. Somehow he lucked out and took pictures with all five pretty girls. There is a fun picture with him in the middle and the girls standing around him. 

The blond twin spent the night at a friend's so we didn't hear about all the fun until the next day. She had a really good time, ending the night at his father's restaurant. 

These were the kinds of adventures we hoped the girls would have in high school. We hoped the fun times would continue through the next four years. 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

The first homecoming dance

The run up to homecoming was so much fun. The girls made plans with friends. The blond twin matched outfits with her boyfriend. We ordered a boutonniere. We planned rides back and forth. There were hair appointments, manicures, pedicures and facials. Most of all there was a lot of stress and laughter.  

The girls made plans to get ready with friends. It turned out that all the high school girls went to one house and had a pre-party getting ready. The blond twin went to a friend's house. The brunette twin had friends at our house. The girls changed outfits, did (and redid) their make-up, ate fun foods and listened to their favorite music. 

All the parents showed up to take photos. The girls smiled like models in our backyard. The garden was a beautiful background. Almost immediately after the final picture was snapped, the girls took off their dress shoes and put on comfortable shoes. They wanted to have fun at the dance, not worry about painful feet.

The blond twin and her boyfriend took photos with her friends at a local park. We divided the photo sessions so Dad went to see the blond twin and I stayed with the brunette twin. When the girls were at the dance, we sat and looked at the photos. It was amazing to realize that our babies were at their first homecoming. 

Sunday, September 16, 2018


When we were first married, we decided to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries by doing something, rather than buying expensive gifts. Lots of birthdays involved dinner in unusual restaurants. One year I took Daddy to a restaurant where they sang happy birthday to him. Let's just say it didn't go well. I never did that again.

Given that this was a big birthday year, I put aside all those warnings and planned a surprise party. Everyone agreed to keep it a secret. Yes, we were planning a surprise party.

Daddy walked into the restaurant with the brunette twin. It was her job to keep Daddy busy all afternoon. When he walked into the private room where everyone was waiting. "Surprise" echoed throughout the restaurant.

The girls were so happy that they were able to pull off the surprise. Of course, it helped that they forgot about it in all the "starting high school" chaos. It was really hard for them to keep the secret once they remembered.

Daddy had such a good time. It was a terrific success from start to finish.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Here come the bridesmaids

The girls were thrilled when Samantha asked them to be bridesmaids. They loved trying on dresses and finding the perfect shoes. They spent a lot of time deciding what to wear to the bridal shower. 

We arrived at the shower to find everyone already in the room. We lived closest to the hall, but still were about the last ones to arrive. The girls weren't quite sure what to do at first. They had never been to a bridal shower before.

They quickly found friends. It turned out that one of the groom's cousins was both a bridesmaid and in school with the girls. Suddenly they had a girlfest going on.

The shower was a lot of fun from start to finish. As we left, we laughed at how many people tried to give the girls lemon vodka shots. Did we mention that groom came from a large, Polish-American family? There was a lot of food and a lot of alcohol. There was a lot of alcohol.

We talked about the wedding weekend. There was a rehearsal dinner, the wedding, the reception and a Sunday brunch. I was immediately excited and exhausted. Given the party that passed for a bridal shower, I couldn't imagine how much fun we were going to have during the wedding weekend.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Go! Team! Win!

Every once in a while the blond twin would talk about tumbling or cheer leading or poms. This summer she decided she wanted to be a high school cheer leader. We found her a cheer leading coach who gave her some lessons. 

When try-outs came, we wished her well and crossed our fingers. She came know not knowing if she made the team. The next day she let us know that she'd be staying after school for cheer leading practice. 

She was so excited when she came home. She brought a packed practice and tumbling schedule. She couldn't stop talking about her team, the coaches and the other girls. You could tell this was her dream come true. We were so happy for her.

As we looked at the schedule, we were a little less excited. She was a football cheer leader. As we put the dates in the calendar, we realized that she would be cheering in November, when the weather was cold. It could be really cold in November. like bone-chilling cold. We crossed our fingers that this would be the year that cold weather didn't show up until after Thanksgiving and went back to being happy for the blond twin.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Movin' on up

I emailed the golf coach before the girls went to camp. I explained that the brunette twin wanted to try out for the golf team, but would miss the first few practices. The coach graciously emailed that the brunette twin should join the team for practice when she was back in town.

We arrived at practice while the coach was unloaded her trunk. We talked for a few minutes before leaving the brunette twin to meet her team.

When she came home, the brunette twin was excited. The coach told her that she would be starting in all the JV matches this year. It wasn't a complete surprise given that the brunette twin had been taking golf lessons for years. We knew she was pretty good. I pulled up the JV schedule and wrote everything on my desk calendar. 

The next morning the brunette twin came home from a team meeting and said, "Coach gave me a varsity golf bag. I think I'm on the varsity team." It turns out that the coach was impressed with her practice skills and decided to put her on the varsity golf team. 

Daddy looked at the varsity schedule and started laughing. The brunette twin went from playing nine holes twice a week to playing 18 holes three times a week. For her first Saturday match, she needed to be at school at 5:20 a.m. No, that's not a typo. Her arrival time was 5:20 a.m.

We were proud and excited for her. The brunette twin was nervous and excited. All of us were dreading the 5:20 a.m. arrival time. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The long awaited return

Daddy drove down to get the girls the night before camp ended. He woke up the next morning and headed to camp. Once they were all together, the girls called me to tell me their stories. Oh, there were so many stories. They were excited and tired and animated and rambling. It was perfect.

They didn't come right home, so the stories were the most I would hear from them for a couple of days. They stopped to visit Aunt Mary, Uncle Terry and everyone else near them. They had a fun family dinner where they told more stories and gathered more stories to tell me. 

Somewhere along the way, Daddy managed to get a little more back to school shopping done. Our days were numbered when it came to checking things off the back to school list. Any time we could get something done, we did.

People kept asking if I was going to be bored while they were all gone. I guess they forgot that I was working every day and Holly was still keeping me company. In truth, I missed them all, but it was nice to have a few quiet days. 

The few days before school started were going to be chaos from the minute they walked back into the house. A little calm before the storm was just fine with me.