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’08 Senior Spring Banquet

We were privileged to attend our annual spring banquet at PBS on Friday. Mark and I along with Jillian (one of the three honored seniors) Levi, Jacob, and Jonathan enjoyed an evening at Brooks Lodge. I went home with Isaac and Hudson while April and Adam took the whole lot of them to Craig’s Cruisers in Grand Rapids after the meal. Wes was Jillian’s date for the night, a nice young man from our teen group who is also a senior.

updosThe afternoon started out with four of us going to a hair academy where April, Kayla and Jillian got the traditional up-do. We were very glad Jillian came out of there NOT looking like a moose! (That was a disaster that struck her for the ’06 Senior Banquet from which April and I had to rescue her!) Grandma Woodward made Jillian’s dress and handbag – it was amazing! It looked like the finest dressmaker had been flown in just for her senior banquet! My mom’s sewing skills are just amazing. Add to the hair and dress a tiara, scalloped crystal necklace and earrings, wrist corsage, glitter spray and light up glass slippers and you have one storybook princess. It was a magical night.

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