Garden and Dinner Parties

June 27, 2007 at 11:57 am 17 comments


The REC graduates had a Garden Party on Tuesday on the lawn of the school.  This event is held annually to give families and friends an opportunity to photograph grads in their formal attire.  It’s a good thing it didn’t rain.  Otherwise, it would have been held in the school gymnasium.  And it would just be too cramped in there.

It was a good day, but the grass was wet.  Not only were there were many people, but there were also unwelcome guests, them pesky mosquitoes.  It wasn’t too hot either but the temperature was just comfortable for the girls who wore their sleeveless gowns.  Oh how lovely they looked in their pretty dresses.  A few weeks before this day, I asked my son, Reggie, if he wanted to rent a tux or buy at least a new shirt or tie.  He said, no.  He’d just wear his suit.  The one he asked me to buy at Moore’s last November.  The same one he’s been wearing to his band concerts.  Boys are a lot easier, aren’t they?  I’m sure the parents of the girls spent a lot on their dresses.  But I think it would have been nice to buy something pretty like a fancy gown for your child.  I don’t have any girls, so I’ve never experienced shopping for pretty dresses for my children.

Well, anyway, an arc was set up at the entrance of the school.  The grads were called one by one, alphabetically, while live music played in the background.  It was already 40 minutes into the celebration when Reggie’s name was called.  He gave a piece of paper to the announcer and he added the title, Dr. Awesomeness after his name.  I know.  He calls himself awesome.  He stood up under the arc and was joined by her friend, Rachel, and they then walked on the red carpet.  Before his name was called, I squeezed my way into the front of the crowd so that I could get good shots of him.

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This event was two hours long and I mostly just followed him around and took pictures of him and his friends.  He didn’t want to be photographed under the arc, nor on the nice garden furniture, nor on the bridge, nor on the motorcycle.  We just took pictures of his friends as we came across them on the lawn.

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Before they had to leave for their dinner party, I asked if I could get a few more pictures of him and Rachel.  I took this shot. 


I wanted another one.  And then Ron Paley came by.  Reggie asked me to take his picture with him and she had to step aside.  Oh I think she felt left out.  But she didn’t mind.  Ron Paley, by the way, is the pianist for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.  The school hired him to play with the band at this event.


At around 5:00 p.m., the grads started leaving for the Dinner and Dance Party at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.  In accordance with the Safe Grad program, the students were asked not to bring liquor or cigarettes to the Dinner Party.  The Convention Centre is a no smoking facility and it is illegal for students under 18 to consume alcohol anyway. A designated driver was also asked to sign the Safe Grad Designated Driver Contract before this event.  The students were expected to depart at 2:00 a.m. with their designated driver.  The goal is to have the students have an enjoyable experience and arrive home safely.

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My husband drove Reggie and Rachel to the Convention Centre and he came back at 2:00 a.m. and drove them back home.


Reggie brought home this luggage and cooler.  He won them at a silent auction.  Lucky guy.  I never win anything at raffle draws and silent auctions like this.  He said they were given fake money and there was a casino-like thing.  He used all his fake winnings to buy tickets for the auction.  He distributed his tickets to only two items and he won both of them.  Smart guy, eh? 

Graduation’s tomorrow.  We have a big day ahead of us.


Entry filed under: Raising the 3Rs, Special Occasions.

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17 Comments Add your own

  • 1. zeroimpact  |  June 28, 2007 at 1:55 am

    Big congratulations to Reggie
    I guess by now he is a graduate already
    He is a very smart and good looking
    You must be a very proud parent

  • 2. domestic rat  |  June 28, 2007 at 2:25 am

    He’s such a fine looking young man. You must be so proud of Reggie! Congrats on his graduation.

  • 3. Tin  |  June 28, 2007 at 6:30 am

    Wow, congratz to Reggie! 🙂 The title, Dr. Awesomeness fits him.

  • 4. eric aka senor enrique  |  June 28, 2007 at 7:20 am

    Wow. Reggie is graduating.

    Congratulations on his winnings. Lucky fellow!

  • 5. Kyels  |  June 28, 2007 at 9:04 am

    Congratulations to Reggie!


  • 6. greymom  |  June 28, 2007 at 11:12 am

    Nice pics! Love the one with the wicker furniture too! You have such a good looking son. Congratulations to the both of you!

  • 7. pining  |  June 28, 2007 at 11:23 am

    I have to agree to what they have said… you’re one lucky mommy!
    you raised him well 🙂
    congratulations to Reggie!

  • 8. chase  |  June 28, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    Congrats to Reggie and a garden party is quite awesome. He looks so dashing there!

  • 9. TruBlue  |  June 28, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    Take lots of pics and video clips. I never get tired watching my
    son and daughter’s old videos of their hi-school and college graduations. It’s a treasure, so priceless.
    Well, for not having cell and car, at least you saved a lot for your
    son’s college education. I really wish him well and more success
    in the future. You too as a mother. Goodhealth.

  • 10. Gypsy  |  June 28, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    Congrats to Reggie! Wow, garden party? If you wore a hat and drank tea, you’d be really English! 😉

  • 11. bingskee  |  June 29, 2007 at 10:24 am

    congratulations to reggie! nice pics especially the one with rachel 😀

  • 12. verns  |  June 29, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    Hi Niceheart =)

    Congratulations to Reggie and to you and your hubby also! Rachel’s pretty and I love her dress 🙂

  • 13. Major Tom  |  June 29, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    Oh how grand the party was. I never thought this kind of elegance could still be had, like in a very classic way. Or just like in old classic movies.

    I especially like the sight of those very white and clean chairs on the lawn. Very dramatic and fresh to the eye.

  • 14. Ms Fair Face  |  June 29, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    aww he’s all grown up and he’s been such a great boy! 🙂

  • 15. Belle  |  June 29, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    Congratulations to Reggie! He is one handsome guy! He looked great in the suit. Just so you know, I didn’t buy gown for my daughter and she wore her sister’s graduation gown on her graduation to save some money.

    Congratulations to you too Irene for raising a wonderful son.

  • 16. Rach (Heart of Rachel)  |  June 30, 2007 at 6:09 am

    Thanks for sharing all those wonderful photos. Congratulations to Reggie. I like Reggie and Rachel’s photo on the red carpet. It’s a great milestone and I’m sure you are very proud of him.

  • 17. niceheart  |  June 30, 2007 at 9:14 am

    Thank you for all the comments, compliments, and greetings of congratulations to Reggie. Yes, I am very proud of him and I also told Rachel that I liked her dress. Very simple yet elegant. She’s very pretty, too, eh? 🙂


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