Wednesday, August 25, 2010

1st Day of School and a 25 yr old Dress

Paige started school for the very first time Monday... she is in KINDERGARTEN! I cannot believe it!
She is such a big girl now.  She is so excited about going to school and she loves her new teacher, Mrs. Parker.
 After school, I made her a special treat to celebrate her first big day!  CUPCAKES!
 Or, as Matthew calls them.. "Puccakes".  Matthew is doing well without having his sister as a playmate all day, however he is very excited when it is time to go pick Paige up from school.
Okay... now, I have to tell this story.  This beautiful dress that Paige wore on her first day of school was made by my very talented mother.  It is a BRAND NEW 25 year old dress.  How can that be??? This was the dress that I was suppose to wear on my first day of Kindergarten 25 years ago. You see... my mom started making this dress before I started school in 1985.  She did all the hand smocking and added all the teenie tiny pearls at every cross-section and then stopped.  You all know how this story goes... You start a project... set it down.. forget about it... and then 20 years later when your daughter has a baby girl... she remembers THE dress. 
{5 years ago - Paige is born}
Me: "Mom... you remember that dress you were going to make for my first day of Kindergarten?"
Mom: "Y-E-S?"
Me: "Well... you think you can finish it for Paige for her 1st day of Kindergarten."
Mom: "I think so... I have 5 years to get it finished."

{2 months before Paige starts school}
Me: "Mom... you have 2 months to get that dress done... Paige really wants to wear it on her first day of school." {Yes, I know I pulled the granddaughter card.}

{August 22, 2010 - The Sunday night before the 1st day of School}
Me: "Well... Paige starts school in the morning."
Mom: "I know! She is such a big girl!"
Me: "Did you get the dress done?"
Mom: "CRAP!"
Me: "It's okay... she can wear it to her first day of Sunday School."

{August 23, 2010 - 6:20am - 1st day of School}
Knock at the door... my dad is standing at our front door with THE dress FINISHED!  WOO HOO!
My mom stayed up till about midnight the night before and finished the dress that I was to wear on my first day of Kindergarten so my daughter could wear it on her first day of Kindergarten.  I was sooo excited.  IT is BEAUTIFUL!  I love it and so does Paige.  She wanted to wear it to bed Monday night. 
 Thanks Granny!  You're the best!

42 comments:

  1. Beautiful dress & wonderful story!

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  2. I love the dress! I have a dress that is just a little older than that, that my mom made for me. When I had my daughter I made her wear it! I loved reading your story, it totally brought tears to my eyes! That is one special dress!

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  3. What a cute story! And it goes to show UFOs can get finished, even if it is 25 years later :)

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  4. What a great story...and a beautiful dress!

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  5. Absolutely wonderful story :) That dress sure is beautiful and special. Soo happy Paige loves school!

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  6. Gorgeous dress... well done Granny!
    Hugs x x

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  7. What a gorgeous dress. And what a lovely story. I can imagine she'll treasure this dress!

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  8. Thanks for sharing that cute and funny story. The dress is so pretty with all the details.

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  9. that is a wonderful story. your mom rocks!

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  10. What a neat story, thank you for sharing! The dress is beautiful, your daughter, more so.

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  11. What an awesome story! And Paige will be able to tell her daughter about her wonderful grandma and mom!
    I love the dress!

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  12. What a great story!! It brought tears to my eyes! Kudos! to grandma now the dress is extra special.
    Nadine

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  13. Your Mom is awesome indeed and the dress is beautiful!

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  14. She looks so big! It's cool that you have such an awesome mom, cause that means I have an awesome mom-in-law! ;-)

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  15. That is so sweet, and they look beautiful!

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  16. Wow...that is pretty cool! Your mom does ROCK! The dress is so pretty!

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  17. why is that making me tear up?! Im such a sap!
    probably because it sounds JUST like a convo between me and my Mom!

    The dress is beautiful!

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  18. It's beautiful! There's nothing like a deadline to help get a project finished! That's awesome!
    What a great mom!

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  19. OMG Angela! That was so sweet! It brought tears to my eyes. It is a beautiful dress! Congrats Paige!! Jenn

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  20. That sounds like my future! :) I love the dress... kudos to your mom. She does beautiful work.

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  21. wow, love the pearl detail! I clicked over after posting on my blog about a dress my mom made and smocked. Talk about crazy! That is so special, I am so glad your mom finished it in time!

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  22. Awww Angela, that is a GREAT story! So funny. The dress is totally adorable, and suits Paige beautifully. All good things come to those who wait, so they say! Congratulations to sweet Paige on her first day of school, and to your Mum for giving us all a good laugh!

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  23. What a wonderful story... and a beautiful dress!

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  24. What a lovely and tender story....it has touched my heart so much. XXX

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  25. Beautiful dress. This is the kind of dress that my mom used to make for me when I was little too. I tried to learn how to make this for my little princess (she's 2) but I still can't figure it out.

    Paige's Granny is great! Hugs & kisses her while you can, dear!!!

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  26. What a sweet story! The dress is beautiful! How fun!

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  27. you made me cry, with joy of course. My granny used to make us girls each a new "outfit" for school, My daughter starts school this coming Monday. It's Friday...I feel my granny's spirit telling me to get off the laptop and onto a cute little 1st Dress...thank you

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  28. I love the dress and the story. You make me miss my mother. Paige will very happy when she can read this post.

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  29. I really love the dress, and what a lovely story! :)

    Katie will be wearing the dress I wore on my first day of Kindergarten, when she starts in two years. It has a pinafore and little bear buttons. I think it might be pretty out of style... but we will see! :)

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  30. What a beautiful dress, beautiful little kindergarten girl and beautiful story. Mom's are the best!

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  31. The dress is beautiful and was worth the wait!

    Thank you for sharing a wonderful story :)

    SheilaC

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  32. Your children are just precious. The dress looks so beautiful on your daughter. And how special the story behind it is. Perhaps your granddaughter will wear it as well if there is one. Great blog.

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  33. That is the sweetest story, and a fantastic dress - I know you will all treasure it always! Loved reading this.
    Polly

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  34. What a great story! It is a beautiful dress!

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  35. OMG I love that story!!!! And the dress (of course); and your daughter looks fabulous.
    I have a blog about growing up called Dysfunctional Beginnings. May I post this up on my blog?? It seems perfect for it.
    Let me know!!! Wow so great.

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  36. I love your story! I'll so be that Granny yelling Oh Crap! whenever my girls finally start having children:0) So tell your mom that there are others of us out there with life stories that fall along the same line lol, Sarah

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  37. Or, as Matthew calls them.. "Puccakes". Matthew is doing well without having his sister as a playmate all day, however he is very excited when it is time to go pick Paige up from school.

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  38. What a beautiful dress and such a lovely story. I just showed the dress to my 3yo daughter Layla and she keeps saying "can i play with her, she could come over for party cakes here" lol

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  39. This is almost the same story I have of a blanket I started for my daughter so when she went to college she would have it, well she went to college then got her masters, then her phd got married and then the baby came. 19yrs. later when the baby was here I finished her blanket and unbelivable made like 4 quilts and whole lots of more stuff for the baby. Needless to say she was very surprised that I could finish so many things for the baby, LOL.

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