Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Prom Report

Well, folks, Karlie's first prom came and went. And it was as success... there were some hurdles.... but we all pulled through without harm.

Karlie started getting ready during the day on Saturday, and found out that her date had injured his head while playing rugby that morning. (Now, I don't know what you are thinking, but I was thinking that perhaps playing rugby on the morning of prom day isn't the best idea.) Anyway, so he tells her that he has a "mark" on his forehead, and that it looks pretty bad. Well, of course Karlie is gracious, but she's kind of wondering what this is going to look like. I suggested that she have him send a pic, you know, so there aren't any surprises. But, no, she said she would wait to see it in real life. The plan was for him to pick her up at 4:30.

A few of her friends were over helping her get ready, and at about 4:00 she put her dress on. I don't know if you remember me saying how she had borrowed a prom dress? Well, she had tried it on once before for maybe a minute, and decided to wear it. So here we are, 30 minutes before go time, and she realizes that the dress is slightly too big. And by slightly too big, I mean, the strapless dress won't stay up. Not exactly the kind of show she's wantin' to put on. So, while I am internally freaking out and wondering what dress I have that she might want to wear that would fit because her current one clearly won't work, I am externally the ever calm parental figure that says it's no big deal and I'll just sew the strap back on that once was attached to the dress.

Inside, I'm yelling at myself, "You're going to sew the strap back on? You've never sewn a strap in your entire life! And now you have minutes to make a prom dress fit! Bad idea." So, as soon as I left the bathroom, so did my ever so calm persona, and I started running around like a crazy person looking for my sewing kit, which was exactly where I thought it was, but in my frantic searching, I overlooked it. Mark and I had a stressful few minutes rummaging through everything, and then finally, I found it. Victory. So, I sat down at the table, needle, thread, and thimble in my trembling hands, and sewed that strap right back on there. As if I was a professional seamstress. I'm telling ya, that strap wasn't going anywhere. So, I ran back upstairs with the dress, handed it to Karlie as if it was no big deal and I had done it in my sleep, and she gave me the biggest hug and smile that just melted my heart.

So, did the strap work? Well, sort of. It held the front up. We had to do some additional safety pinning, but with the help of our sweet friend and neighbor, Jane, the dress fit Karlie perfectly and we knew it wasn't going anywhere.

Back to McRugby. So, it's about 4:30 and Karlie hears from her date that he's going to be late because he's icing his forehead. Not a good sign. And that apparently he now has stitches (but they're invisible). Poor guy! So finally, he arrives, and Karlie makes her big grand entrance down the stairs, looking beautiful. And nothing could have prepared us for the mark on his forehead. I mean. Wow. Poor guy. Karlie's eyes got big for a second, then she reeled it in and proceeded with the before prom festivities.

Karlie gave the boutonniere her best effort, but in the end, I had to fix it so it wouldn't fall off. (-:

We wanted to take pictures with Karlie, too, before she left:

Impressed with the strap? Yeah, I figured you were. 

So are you ready to see the injury? I will say that the photo does not do it justice and the poor guy had a headache and a head that was STILL bleeding. Karlie said that more people talked about his forehead than her dress. Which is of course, a huge tragedy on prom night. (-:

Here it is:

And here's the photo-shopped version:

Much better, eh? (-: 

And so they left, had a great time, got home late, and we have successfully gotten through the first round of proms. 

Bring back some memories? Did you have any "prom drama"?



  1. Prom drama... Yes, my hair WOULD not fix. I have thin hair and we could not get the curls or bobby pins to stay. I ended up missing dinner with my friends. But all is well that ends well because those are the prettiest photos of me to date. :)

  2. And please tell her that a blogger said her dress (and strap) look beautiful.

  3. new blogger/follower here! Karlie looks beautiful!!! And YES you did a FANTASTIC job on the strap. Looks like you've been sewing your whole life!!!

  4. Not super dramatic, but my junior year, we decorated for the prom... junior responsibilities. And I was trying to use packaging tape to put a "marble pole" together, and I chopped off half of my thumbnail with the tape cutter.... awesome. :) So I had one fake nail on prom. lol.

  5. Haha poor guy!! And way to go on the strap! I would have been running around like a mad woman too!!

    My junior prom I tanned WAY TOO MUCH, I borrowed a hot pink dress which made me look even tanner (UGH!), I had maroon hair (don't ask me why...) but of course that wouldn't work with a hot pink dress so I told my stepmom to put low-lights in it to make it darker...well she put high-lights it...and instead of turning blonde/maroon, my hair turned ORANGE...like my skin!! So last minute we bought a box of semi-permanent black dye (I'm still shocked my hair didn't fall out) and so there I was, super tan, hot pink dress, jet black hair...not a good moment.

    My date? His dress pants didn't fit him so he wore his nasty work pants and something happened to his shoes so he wore the diriest blue converse I've ever seen...we looked like crazy people. Good times!

  6. She looks gorgeous! I am so impressed by your domestic mama skills. Good job on saving the day. And that is so sad about his poor head. Boys are just such boys....

  7. Ah prom. I went to a few and had a few scares of my own.

    On the morning of my Junior Winter Ball, I woke up with one eye completely swollen shut. And I sported a nice, big, red pimple in the middle of my left cheek to Senior prom. Makeup did me no justice in either situation!

    Oh well--- both were fabulous as far as I can remember!

  8. At least the mark was bloody and red so it matched their outfits =)
    Poor guy!


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