09 May 2012

Oh, Those High School Dances! Blog Hop

Here are the rules:
1. Post pictures of your high school dances. (Make sure you tell us which one is you if they're group pictures.)
2. Share with us your high school dance story.
3. That's it!
My Senior Prom. This is as blonde as I'll ever get.
I wanted my prom night to be perfect. I spent months sweating in the gym and shopped far and wide for the perfect dress. The day of the dance it took me four hours to get ready. I had to look perfect.

The cutie in the picture is my then-boyfriend and now-husband. John graduated two years before me, but he came with me because it wouldn't have been perfect without him.

He borrowed the perfect car: a red Trans Am (at the time I thought it was the hottest car in the world). But we couldn't exceed the speed limit because we were afraid to get a ticket. Not perfect.

We had dinner at the perfect waterfront restaurant in Seattle (where I ate like a horse because I'd starved myself all day to fit into my dress). But the restaurant was busy and service was very slow. Not perfect.

At the dance we had our picture taken. But my shoe had snagged on the fabric of my perfect dress and pulled some of the beading off at the back. You probably can't see it, but I can. Not perfect.

We danced one slow song for the sake of saying we did (it was to a country song, which for this girl was definitely not perfect), then we went outside onto the balcony for fresh air. We were having a perfectly romantic gaze-into-each-other's-eyes moment when a kid threw himself against the banister beside us and hurled his dinner all over the grass below.

Ew. So NOT perfect.

John and I took that as our sign to leave. We went for ice cream (surprisingly the smell of vomit didn't lessen my appetite. Then again, it IS ice cream I'm talking about), then we watched a movie at my house until I fell asleep and he went home.

Was it the perfect evening I'd envisioned? Heck no. Prom was merely an excuse to dress up and dine out with my sweetheart. But by those standards, it was perfect.

Now it's your turn to share you pictures and stories. And remember, there are three categories to win prizes. Kelley and I will both choose a winner for:
1. Best Dressed
2. Funniest Dance Story
3. Cutest Couple

Six of you will win a choice between a three chapter critique or whatever book you desire ($10 or less).

52 comments:

twentysomethingfictionwriter said...

Excellent Emily! Good lord you looked absolutely gorgeous in your dress! And if prom was perfect you wouldn't have any funny stories to share with your kids and laugh about later. I loved hearing your story =D

Kyra Lennon said...

I think I speak for everyone when I say, even though there were a few snags, you definitely looked perfect!

Sophia Chang said...

omg!!! hahaha

I can't tell what I'm more shocked over - seeing this photo and how different you look or that you actually married your high school sweetheart.

Girl I LOVE your hair short and dark the way it is in your bio pic now!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Excellent post, Here in the UK we don't or should I say didn't have High School hops. so I can't write on the subject. Your post was great to read.

Yvonne.

Cristina said...

you looked gorgeous! wow! Seeing all you guys wearing these gorgeous dresses make me realize what a dork I was, LOL

Suze said...

It's nice that you married your high school sweetheart.

Suzi said...

You are a terrific writer. I just knew the night wasn't going to end up perfect. Good foreshadowing! :)

Beautiful dress. And at least the kid didn't throw up ON you.

Stacy S. Jensen said...

Sounds perfect to me. I kept my story down to a tweet, because I couldn't remember all the details. Did we picnic at a roadside reststop during junior prom or was that senior? One involved pizza. Both were lowkey and I recall fun.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Seeing you with all that hair threw me - I had to check whose blog this was. :) (I have very short hair now, have for years, so old pictures where my hair is long make me do a double take.)

Brinda said...

OMG! You guys look so sweet and so charming. That is too cool that you went with your future husband. :)

Richard said...

Were you "most likely to succeed" in your year book?

Like the photo: proms are happy occasions, and you seem to be happy.

E. Arroyo said...

You look so beautiful. That's what counts. =)

Amanda Olivieri said...

So pretty!!! Your dress was gorgeous. My husband graduated two years before me but came to my senior prom with me too :)

ilima said...

Holy crapsexy, Emily. You are gorgeous. And your night sounded perfect to me. :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Excellent post Emily! You look gorgeous in that picture - I can't see any missing beads. It sounds like you had a wonderful night!

BTW, I thought I had signed up for this blog hop, but just added myself to the official link list.

J. A. Bennett said...

You dress is so pretty! You look amazing, and at least you have a good story to look back on :)

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

Oh Emily I would never have been able to put cute pixie-cut brunette you with this blonde bombshell in a pink dress. Both of you are beautiful but my ability to make the two fit together is bad.

How fun that you went to prom with your husband! That is so cute. I wish I went to prom with mine but I didn't know him, he didn't go to prom, and he had a mullet so I probably wouldn't have anyways. ;)

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

Oh Emily I would never have been able to put cute pixie-cut brunette you with this blonde bombshell in a pink dress. Both of you are beautiful but my ability to make the two fit together is bad.

How fun that you went to prom with your husband! That is so cute. I wish I went to prom with mine but I didn't know him, he didn't go to prom, and he had a mullet so I probably wouldn't have anyways. ;)

Jessie Humphries said...

Sorry Im not participating in this one..l've been a little sidetracked. But seeing all you beautiful girls is so fun. Btw, you were smoking hot in your pre-pregnant form! :)

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

There is nothing in my life...no single day...or event...that I would consider "perfect". I think it's awesome that you sought perfection and got it.

I can get close to perfection, but never perfect. I always fall short.

Cassie Mae said...

Your boobs look amazing in that! Holy crap!!!

And it sounds like your imperfect perfect night was just so awesome! Poor kid who barfed. :( At least it was all over you, right?

Angela Cothran said...

It took me a second to recognize that was you. LOL! The blond highlights threw me off. I LOVE that you went to the Prom with your hubby. It sounds perfect to me :)

Jenny Morris said...

Wow you look SO different. Really. You guys look so cute. And it was never going to be perfect. Glad you had fun though.

Samantha said...

Oh my gosh you look amazing!! And I am beyond happy about the fact that you actually married your prom date :D

Emily R. King said...

Victoria, thanks! You're right. It's memorable because it wasn't perfect.

Jaye Robin, sure thing!

Suze, I think so. :)

Madeline, I know! I love my short hair.

Richard, I wasn't anything in my yearbook. But my husband was voted most likely to be the next Bill Gates. :)

Ilima, thanks! It was a fun night.

Samantha, I am too. It's a fun pic to show the kids. :)

Theresa Milstein said...

Holy Moses! You look like you should be walking on the red carpet. Seriously! Joan Rivers would have NOTHING bad to say about you.

Meredith said...

Aw, how sweet! You look incredible! And even though everything wasn't perfect, sounds like such a fun night. :)

Kelley Lynn said...

Oh my gosh that dress is AMAZING!!! You pull off that color SO well.

And you're right. You were with your man all dressed up. That's perfection right there ;)

elizabeth seckman said...

No, I couldn't see the flaws in the dress.
I'm not a country song kind of girl, either.
Marrying your prom sweetie...that is perfect!

Hope Roberson said...

Wow! Your picture is stunning! And how sweet he came back to a high school dance with you :) I'm wondering what restaurant in Seattle you went to, could have been one I went to on one my prom adventures... minus the puke thankfully :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

If life were perfect it would get really boring.
Fun blogfest, Emily. Some of the entries have been great.

Kelley said...

Just popping in to say I missed your blog! I hate being busy. Best of luck with the hop :)

Donna K. Weaver said...

You identified the right items, imho. So it was perfect in that sense. What a babe you were! Great dress.

Peaches Ledwidge said...

Emily, you looked so fine.

A beautiful picture, a beautiful dress, a beautiful love/prom story and a handsome husband.

Melodie Wright said...

Wow! Love the picture. You look gorgeous.
And so glad you had a great time at Storymakers.

Lara Schiffbauer said...

That is the sweetest story, and you are amazing in that dress! I have dress envy...

Trisha said...

The spew part is gross, yeah, but the rest of it doesn't sound too awful. Except maybe the country music...haha

You look amazing!

Tara Tyler said...

i hope he knows how lucky he is! you were way out of his league, gorgeous!

sweet story! (minus the spew!)

Carrie Butler said...

Looks like you were rockin' the cleavage, too, Empress King! ;) You and hubs look perfect together. Glad you didn't let a little vomit (eww) ruin your night!

Leslie Rose said...

I want to go back in time and be able to rock a dress like that. And speaking of rocks - the painted stone pathway is my favorite part of the picture "scene." LOVE this blog hop.

Rebecca Kiel said...

First off, great dress. Second, how adorable your senior prom date is now your husband!

Shiela Calderón Blankemeier said...

It sounds pretty darn perfect to me! You look gorgeous!! There have been a number of prom dates on the hop that ended up in marriage - so cool and sweet. I love it :)

Mark Noce said...

Great pic! My high school years weren't as cool as my college years...that's when I met my wife:)

Candylynn Fite said...

Super story, Emily! And, omg your picture is beautiful!! I'm a sunset kinda gal. New follower!

Emily R. King said...

Peaches, thanks for all the compliments!

Lara, it's a pageant dress. LOL!

Trisha, thanks! It wasn't too awful at all. :)

Tara, he knows he's lucky. :)

Carrie, your cleavage was better.

Mark, college is a great time to meet that special someone.

Kate Coursey said...

Sounds like fun! And your dress is sooo pretty...I always went for simple when it came to dances, but sometimes I wish i had gone all-out.

Coleen Patrick said...

You look so glamorous!
And I don't think I've heard many prom stories that don't include vomit at some point :)

The Golden Eagle said...

That's a wonderful picture! :) You look amazing.

Deana said...

I can't believe I missed this blogfest:)
I love your picture though. You with long and slightly blonde hair totally threw me off. You are beautiful either way. And WOW, what a story. The dude just had to puke right next to you:)

i'm erin. said...

Holy freaking HOTNESS! I love your picture. You're a babe. I can't even speak or type I'm so blinded by your gorgeousness. No, I will not be posting prom pics. I looked wretched.

I loved seeing you at LDS. I want to hang out again. When I go to WA this summer maybe we can all meet up!

tfwalsh said...

What a cute couple... your dress is pretty awesome. You looks stunning:)

Amy L. Sonnichsen said...

Country music wouldn't be my ideal, either! LOL! I'm sorry I was so late to comment, but you look gorgeous! What a cute couple! Your husband looks delighted to be with you, too. :) I love when not-perfect evenings still turn out to be perfect. :)

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