A little about my schooling growing up - I didn't move around, so I went to elementary (Lowery), junior high (Labay) and high school (Langham Creek) with many of the same people, so roots run deep and memories are plenty! In high school, I graduated with 650+ people, I was in choir all four years, boys' varsity basketball manager for two years in order to avoid taking any form of PE, I was sophomore class president (but I ran unopposed - wink!), NHS public relations historian, I sang in the worship band for my youth group...so basically I was very, very cool (not really) but somehow I beat the odds as far as girly insecurity goes, and I had a BLAST with everything in which I was involved. I tended to have lots of different friends from lots of different groups, and it was all around a fun time.
While I look back at awkward things I did (and there are plenty to choose from, such as dressing up as Raphael the Ninja Turtle for celebrity day of Homecoming week)with a little confusion, all in all, no real regrets. Back to the reunion. Anyway, I was so excited about it. Unfortunately some friends I really wanted to see couldn't make it (moved away from Houston, impending babies, etc.) but I did get to see a ton of people I wanted to see.
My dear friend Allison Bing (since kindergarten girl scout days, all the way through!) drove in from Austin and stayed with us to go to the party. She was the band to my choir, lived around the corner, I had a crush on a guy for two years (the drama of unrequited junior high love...sigh) and she ended up dating him for eight years (we are all still friends!), we went to many a youth group retreat together, went to San Francisco our sophomore year of high school, I pretended to be a priest in elementary school to preside over the wedding of her dog and another friend's dog...the memories abound. :) Here's Bing and Deily at prom:
Bing, Alexis, Lauren and I - I've known A & L since junior high days.
Shannon, Molly, Krysta and I - Shannon was also in our girl scout troop, and she was a fellow finalist for commencement address. She beat me. No hard feelings though. Haha - she is now the mama to three boys - the younger two are twins! Molly and I were closest in junior high. She was days away from having her third boy as well - baby Finn! Krysta, now mama to sweet Audrey, and I go way back to junior high show choir - we were in choir together alllll along and have so many fun memories.
Oh these guys - Chris, BJ and Joey...so Chris and Krysta got married, and he was in choir with us too, but this is a basketball pic. BJ and I were managers together and Joey was on the team with Chris.
Sam and Daniel! I have known Daniel since kindergarten. We were in the same first grade class together, and I tested for G/T about a year ahead of him. His favorite thing to gripe about is that I got to sit in the back of the classroom and read a chapter book by myself while he was forced to group read a simpler book with the rest of the class. I know he is much, much smarter than me, so that's why it's one of our running jokes...has been since 1991. ;) Sam and I didn't meet until junior high, but I had countless classes with these guys. Small world - they are on the board of an organization that Community Cloth has been partnering with this fall, so that has been really fun!
Krysta, Bing and I again...
And finally, this is one of my favorite pictures - Bing, me, Shannon and Danielle. We were all in girl scout troop 5773. Our troop broke up after 5th grade, but we had so many fun memories of camping trips and such.
What a fun night! I loved seeing everyone, reminiscing as music popular from 1998-2002 played in the background...already looking forward to the 20 year - but don't tell Cason. ;) He was already such a trooper to go to this one!