Homecoming in Texas…

Oct 3, 2008

WARNING… very, very, very long post about 2.5 days in my life.

Centennial High School has their homecoming game tonight. If you live in Texas you know all about the MUMS! Those of you that do not, well… girls and boys wear them… girls have these big honkin things pined to their shirts that hang almost to their ankles and boys wear a smaller version around their arms attached to a garter.

Well Ansley and her boyfriend Taylor aren’t going to the dance (decided to just hang out instead) so I wasn’t really sure how all this mum stuff worked. So I asked Ansley last week to please find out for me ASAP as I needed to know the garter etiquette. Well she found out for me all right… TUESDAY night at 11! I swear my eyes nearly bugged out of my head and my heart was pounding like Stanley Ipkiss a.k.a. Jim Carrey in the 1994 movie “The Mask”.

So Wednesday I run to Michael’s call sweet daughter #1 Terri, no answer… she is in class dang can my luck get any worse? I know the school colors are blue, red and white… I grab blue and silver stuff… I’m still not sure so now I’m texting Terri who decides that as soon as she gets out of class will race to Michael’s to help pick out stuff. But lets me know upfront that she is still wearing her pj bottoms as she woke up late for class and just ran out the door… I tell her I don’t care as I look like I just rolled out of bed and basically that was the truth… no makeup and bed head oh yes I was a real winner. Anyway back to the garter mum thing… I’m worried that what is good for girls is not necessarily good for guys so I ask and find out basically anything you can stick on is fine. Slight relief to know this.

After picking out all blue and silver colors and the football stuff the lady at Michael’s says Centennial is Navy blue, Red and gold and asks if her date is in any sports… I’m thinking WHAT…. I know Terri’s Mum was blue and silver… then I remember she didn’t go to Centennial her freshman year… it was still being built. She went to the rival school Frisco High School…. oh wouldn’t that have just been great!!! Can you imagine making it in the wrong colors… anyway I say yes he is in baseball, and she says well most decorate it with their sport another WHAT went off in my head… they don’t decorate it with a football theme anymore after all it is for the football game… so I put all the football stuff back and change all the colors to red, NAVY blue and gold then start grabbing baseball stuff… 4 hours later I have everything picked out. I run home and begin to panic as I have never made anything like this before. So I get sweet daughter #1 Terri on the phone and she comes over that evening to help me put it together all the while her boyfriend Laren keeps messing with me saying things like why is the ribbon purple… it looks purple to me… are you sure you want to add that for a guy? He best be glad I love him. That’s all I’m going to say.

I now decide I need some wine and start sipping or maybe I should say gulping while Terri and I plan our course of attack on this thing. I notice that I am getting really hot and itchy. Terri looks at me and asks me why my face is all red. I am like what… so I go and look in the mirror and I am breaking out in HIVES… I have never had hives before. Again… can my luck get any worse? I know if I take a benadryl I’m so going to be knocked out. But my face is beat red and I am itching. So now I am looking for benadryl… nope not one tablet in the house. I send Alan to the store to get some, take the pill and work as fast as I can before I’m off to sleep in a benadryl haze. Terri and I get a lot done but run out of some ribbon so now I have to go back to Michael’s Thursday morning as soon as they open so I will have it finished that evening when Taylor comes to give Ansley her Mum. I am now ready to pass out in bed due to the benadryl so we wrap it up.

Yesterday I raced back to Michael’s picked up more ribbon came home and finished the garter just in the knick of time.

Grandparent’s I will post photos of Taylor and Ansley tonight when he comes to pick her up for the game.

Oh… and I am so ready for Homecoming 2009!

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