Monday, April 25, 2011

Ethan's Junior High Dance

Ethan is growing up so fast and is now in 7th grade on his way to 8th. That is such a trip to me as I met my two best friends (Laila and Laura- twins)in 7th grade and we are still BFF's today. I just cant believe how old he is looking and he is actually sounding like a man- his voice is low!! Every year on the day before Good Friday, our school has a dance for the junior high and they learn swing dancing in PE for weeks before so they get to practice their swing dancing at the dance. It is a great kick off to spring break and the kids look forward to it every year. Owen cant wait till next year when he is in 6th grade and gets to participate!!! Our good friends always rent a limo for the kids and this year their daughter was in 6th grade so they rented another limo for her friends too. It was quite a scene at their house with all those dressed up junior high kids. They were hilarious to watch-- man do I not miss those crazy days!!!

This year one of the 7th grade parents decided to have an after party for the 7th graders and their parents. The girls and I went with Ethan and it was a nice time until midnight when we headed home. Kevin was not able to be a part of anything because the 5th grade class at their school also takes a one day trip to San Francisco on the day before Good Friday as well. Kevin went with Owen and they had a blast!!! They fly up from Ontario to San Fran (its just a 1 hour flight) early in the morning and then do a tour through China town with free time and then go to Pier 39 and eat at Bubba Gumps (Kevin and Owen won the Forest Gump trivia game) and then they boarded a boat to Alcatraz for a tour and some free time. They then went to the Exploratorium and then headed back to the airport. It is quite a packed day but they had a really great time. The only negative was the flight was delayed 3 hours so they didn't get home until 1am-- yikes!! Luckily the next day was the start of Easter break!

All the kids in the living room

Sammy, Benny, Ethan, Zach and Jared-- Great Buds!!!

The girls in front of their limo

The dashing boys in front of theirs

Such handsome boys

Ethan looks thrilled to be in this picture-- oh well- had to do a mommy and son pic :)

The boys inside the limo

The girls in their limo-- Heidi in the front is Jared's sister who is in the 6th grade. They are the family we went to Hawaii a few years ago with.

The girls with Ethan in the limo-- they looked like ragamuffins- we had gone from school and home for 45 min to get Ethan dressed and then to our friends house for the limo and they were thrashed-- dirty and tired-- poor things.

An attempt to smile-- if you look at Mia's eyes, they are red and swollen. We thought she had pink eye but it turned out to be a virus- she never had goop in her eyes. She ended up having an ear ache too so we just treated the symptoms with motrine etc. and it was gone in 2 days. We stay away from antibiotics as much as we can. According to studies, we in the US over medicate and most things we throw antibiotics at is actually viral and it does nothing to get rid of the illness. That is why when the kids are sick, we just treat the symptoms and usually within a few days they are totally fine-- if not, we will go to the DR, but that is always a last resort-- ok, off my soapbox :)

The limo dropped the kids off at the dance. Ethan is going through the doors into the dance. Believe it or not, the man right by the door, Mr. Keen and the man closest to the camera, Mr. Sorensen were both my teachers in JR. High at the Christian School I went to. They are still both in Christian education and are amazing teachers.

Ethan flirting with the girls.

So we said good bye and Ethan had a blast. We then picked Ethan and a friend up and went to the after party. We got home around 12:00am (the girls had fallen asleep hours before) and we all went to bed and finally at about 1:30am, Kevin and Owen arrived home from their exceptionally long day in San Francisco. Great day for both boys. Now they are on spring break but sadly, the girls and I are not. So, the boys are heading to the farm tomorrow and are spending the night till Wednesday evening and then I am off Thursday and Friday where we will do something fun.

Until then-- have a great week!!!


  1. LOVE IT..
    Looks like the kids had a great time..
    Have a great week..
    Love ya

  2. Oh my goodness! Aren't they too young for this!? I am SO not ready for GIRLS and LIMOS :) Ethan looked like he had a blast - even in his Mommy and Son photo!