It’s that time of the year again: homecoming dress time. When my daughter started high school, she declared that she would attend every school dance they had. It wasn’t unlike her to put her mind to something that spanned over a number of years. She did the same thing when she started middle school, only instead of school dances, it was trying out for every sports team they had — but not being a real sporty kind of gal, that is another story all together. As for the dance decree, I thought it sounded like a great idea. Why not? You’ve only got 4 short years of high school so why not take every opportunity to live it to the fullest? I was the first one who signed on for that one. I was a cheerleader back in my high school days for goodness’ sake (true story) so I was all about encouraging my daughter to really enjoy her 4 years — and being a pretty big fan of dances and dancing in general, it was fine by me.
Fast forward to this past weekend when we went out dress shopping for what is going to be her 5th or 6th high school dance. She’s a junior now and has stayed true to her commitment (less one dance which again, warrants a whole story on its own) and thus far, except for the aforementioned one, it’s been a pretty great run. With each dance comes a host of other things that tie in. The dress (she always wants a new one), the shoes (usually the biggest source of stress), the dates (thankfully we’re only navigating friends and groups of girls thus far), the pre-pictures (my favorite part of the event) and transportation (aka carpools). Again, I’m up for doing what I can to make her evenings out extra-curricular magic, although I won’t pretend there’s not been dance drama, but, I try not to focus on that.
Trying my best to keep things from getting nuts, I’ve learned from a few past mistakes that working ahead is the best way to do that. Knowing I would be out of town the week before homecoming this year, I knew that the majority of the to-do list had to be taken care of before my plane took off. That’s exactly why when we had a 2 hour break in a busy Friday afternoon that we hit our local Forever 21. It was a rare occasion where it was just my teen and I and we vowed to each other to make it fun, keep it simple, make it quick and keep it affordable. I swear, when we set parameters like those ahead of time we are on the same shopping page and more often than not, we can rock it on like Kevin Bacon in Footloose.
Thankfully, this trip out was no exception. We tore through the store picking up everything that could fit the bill for a dance dress and took the dressing room by storm. And we had the best time yet. I think it really made her day that I wanted to capture our dance dress shopping date in pictures. That’s pretty evident in the images I captured that day of her, in her glory; looking forward to yet another high school dance.
For the story about how Tracey and her teen got here, take a peek at their first post at Reframed.
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