Saturday, February 28, 2009

All Grown Up

And we FINALLY get the picture!

Oh how hard is it to be a mom and watch your baby grow up? Just yesterday, Ashley was my little chubby tow-headed angel and today........she is all grown up.
My Ashley's first ball!

Tonight is the Military Ball. For those that don't know, Ashley is a flight commander in the Air Force JROTC program. Tonight is her big night. She is also, just for tonight, her Flight's (sort of like an Army Platoon) Sweetheart. Her Delta Flight Sweetheart sash and her escort in Full Air Force Blues were amazing.
I was speaking to her JROTC leader Chief Chambers today and after a whirlwind day, of Ashley serving pancakes for the Lions Club at 7 Am and then all the prep for the Ball, he gave her THE PERFECT compliment. He told me that she is "Very well respected among her peers". It may seem like a simple compliment. But in this day and age where respect, specially in High School, is such a rare word, it was.......the PERFECT compliment.

The Ball is held on Base, and has all the pomp and circumstance that is the ceremonial Military.

So, we had to do this right. Including the $80.00 "up-do".
Do you have any long that took? And the hairdresser was a PSYCHO! After making us wait for an hour, she finally got her seated, then took off to wander the parking lot and chat with friends. When she was working on her hair, it took twice as long because she would not stop talking! I was STEAMED.

But all that aside, isn't she just a vision? (weeping into my iced tea).

I want my baby back!

But this vision, I can live with it. Not bad my angel. 4.0 Grade average, Flight Commander, Sweetheart, Girl of the Year, and still the sweetest kid I know. You are headed to a great future. May all your dreams come true!


Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

She looks absolutely gorgeous and she sounds like she's just as pretty on the inside as she is on the outside.

Way to go Mom!

Cheryl Wray said...

She is just BEAUTIFUL!!!! You should certainly be very proud!!!

Nancy said...

She is absolutely gorgeous!!! Her hair is beautiful!!! Love her dress, too!!! I know you are one proud mama!!! I would be, too!! The compliment was PERFECT like you said, especially in this day and age. You've done a super job, Mom!!!! Enjoy her...they grow up all too well I know.

Drop over and check out my snow pics!!! Yep, we got hit hard here Sunday night...the area was all closed up yesterday around here!

((( HUGS )))

hippo chick said...

You sure have a lot to be proud of. SHe is a real beauty. I am so impressed with you and your girls. You are a super mom and a real tough lady.

~hippo hugs~

Anonymous said...

She's beautiful! I'm sure you are so proud of her. I'm a proud Auntie--what a dress! And the hair was worth it,although it must have been unnerving at the time.

hippo chick said...

Hey Sweetie,

Where have you been? How are all of you doing? Here's a hug for a Happy Easter.

~hippo hugs~

Nancy said...

I see I already commented on this post, but did you have that first picture posted before? I don't recall that one at all! Ashley is absolutely darling!!!! What a beautiful picture under that arbor!!!

((( HUGS )))

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