A blog today? Some people may be confused receiving a blog from me today as today is not Friday nor is it Saturday. Last week I posted on my Facebook page I was going through a personal milestone and needed an extra day to finalise my usual ‘Friday Round Up’ blog. I am not going to apologise for being later than expected because life, actually my life and my family life, got in the way and for that I will never apologise. First and foremost I am a mother and wife and no matter what, I believe, personal milestones and life moments must come before work.
Last week was a whirl-wind of emotions as our beautiful and talented daughter graduated from Year 12. Graduating high school finishes one chapter of her life and starts the next; ready and willing to explore the ‘real’ world. Wednesday was her graduation ceremony and even though we attended with camera in hand in the end it was all about her and just how proud we are to see her on stage, shining brightly with that sense of accomplishment.
Friday was her formal, I took the day off from work to spend the day with her and enjoy each moment as it happened. She arrived home from her farewell ceremony from school with her white school shirt covered in writing with messages of luck, goodbyes and love – this took me back to my childhood and the day where I did the exact same thing, memories you treasure forever.
Next thing you know it is time to get her hair and makeup done, Caitlin’s chosen make up artist is Morgan from Morgan Leigh Makeup Artistry, who has worked with some of my clients in the past. First came the hair in hot rollers (of course I had to Instagram the whole experience) then makeup, eyes, blush, lips etc. I watched as Morgan transformed my beautiful girl into a beautiful, all grown up, woman. This transformation of my baby (yes I will always call her that 🙂 ) into a woman is one of those life moments ‘milestones’ I am grateful to be here for, standing proudly by her side.
Once the hair and makeup are complete, it’s time to get dressed. The dress is a stunning navy blue dress that we drove all the way to Brisbane to find and when she put it on it fitted her perfectly, as though it was made only for her. By now the emotions I am feeling, as a mother, are a jumbled mixture of love, pride, overwhelm, happiness, joy and even a twinge of sadness (my baby is growing up so fast). My emotions overwhelm me, mostly in a perfectly good way, however it is because of my emotions that I knew I would want to ‘be in the moment’ and to enjoy the whole experience so I chose not to photograph her. I asked one of my best friends, Sheryn of Live in Love Photography, to capture the photos including a special one of Mother and Daughter that I will proudly display, in print, on my wall, for many years to come.
Would you believe this day keeps getting better. Caitlin is dressed and ready, the professional photos have been taken and we are now about to head into the Marriott. One of my very generous friends has allowed me to borrow her convertible BMW to drive my baby into the Marriott. Caitlin wanted to arrive with her best friend so after a few more quick photos, off we go, us in the BMW and Tylah and her date in a blue hot rod behind us. It goes without saying, of course we went ‘topless’ in the “B-Ma”, the girls taking selfies and laughing the entire trip in (and of course, by topless, we do mean we had the top down in the convertible!) Oh and if the truth be told, Caitlin and I were laughing because the indicator was on the wrong side of the car (compared to mine) and every time I needed to indicate I activated the windscreen wipers, with no idea how to switch them off! Honestly, this was one of the best times of my life with my daughter and hopefully something that every mother gets to experience within their lifetime.
Now to wrap this up I must also tell you that after the formal came the ‘after party’ and now we are in the middle of ‘schoolies’… Oh My Goodness, our 18 year old is really out in the world and these emotions are a whole new ballgame, one I didn’t expect to play; the worry, panic and general feelings of knowing she is finally free and out doing her own thing, not having to come home or fully check in – this was something I was not prepared for. I know now that I do owe my own mother an apology – you really don’t know how much a mother worries until you are in that position yourself. Let me tell you, letting go that first time is not for the faint hearted!
I hope the ramblings of a mother have explained why it’s taken me a little longer than expected to sit down and put my emotions into words and at the same time I hope I’ve given you a laugh or two. Thank you for indulging me as I share my personal life moment milestone.
My Beautiful and Talented Daughter
A very Proud Mum, existing in photos
This Friday I will be back to share with you my recent photography creative shoot.