Having a HAPPY teenager makes this mama very HAPPY. So my entire Happy List this week is about this fun evening...
J went to her first formal dance this past weekend. You remember Isaiah right? Big Daddy and I took them to dinner not that long ago to get to know this really great kid. It was actually J's suggestion that we go on a double date.
Friday night, the night of the Winter Formal, we picked up Isaiah and drove him and Jordan to Cool Hand Lukes (J's choice) for dinner before the dance.
Before dinner they exchanged flowers...Isaiah picked out a beautiful white rose wrist corsage for Jordan.
We sat across the restaraunt and left them alone to eat and enjoy their date...until Big Daddy decided he wanted to see what they ordered for dinner...LOL. Check out that rib eye J ordered, Daddy was proud.
After dinner there was a lot of time to kill before the dance was suppose to begin so J decided Baskin and Robbins was the perfect place for some dessert!
We stopped for a lot of picture opportunities, J wanted a lot to choose from so we took MANY!!
The kids kept wanting new and different poses but they were a mile apart in each picture, so I suggested this pose and said, "OK now go cheek to cheek" They started giggling, so I said (a little louder and more demanding) "I said CHEEK TO CHEEK!!" It was all over after that. Jordan and Isaiah would randomly growl "I SAID CHEEK TO CHEEK!!" over and over and crack themselves up. Isaiah noted that he was glad that we now had an inside joke we could laugh about for years to come. I thought that was sweet.
Of course her first date will always have been with her Daddy. He was a really good sport, and was genuinely excited that J was going to her first formal dance. But I imagine it is also hard to know that she will have more regular dates than Daddy/Daughter dates from this point forward.
I am so HAPPY that our little girl is growing into such a lovely young woman. I am HAPPY that she chose to wear a little jacket and cover herself up, knowing that "modest is hottest". I saw a lot of dresses that night and dresses all over blogs recently that made me SOOO HAPPY and thankful that J is not in a big hurry to grow up and show off her body. I am HAPPY that her self esteem comes from within, and that she has no idea how truly beautiful she ALSO is on the outside....something that makes her even prettier, in my opinion.