My parents are in Canada at the moment, about to embark on an Alaskan cruise, so they're missing out on various key events - i.e. my niece's pre-ball festivities last Saturday, and my sister's fiftieth birthday yesterday. (Her bitter words of wisdom for my brother and me: "It'll be your turn soon!) The following pictures are for them. If you're not a member of our family, please come back another time.
The first picture is the gathering glamorous hordes; the second of Rebecca and one of her friends, Ryan; the next is of some of the gaggle of boys lurking in the dining room, waiting for more girls to make grand entrances. Jack, Rebecca's date, is the one with the long hair. The pic is of everyone assembled just before they left for Eden Park, where the ball was held. What you can't see in the photo is the dozen or so parents drinking wine and snapping pictures.
Of course, I think my niece looked absolutely gorgeous, but she has informed me I'm a very biased observer. Just because I think she is the most beautiful and intelligent girl in the Southern Hemisphere! I'll write more about school balls later, in one of my "How Times Have Changed" posts, but to keep on-message, here are some photos of us all at Sal Rose restaurant in Mt Albert last night. Certain family members are acting the goat. My sister's big party is on Saturday, and will be lavish. Last night was pizza and silliness.
That's my brother and sister; my sister and niece; and my nephew and brother-in-law. Afterwards, we went back to the house in Mt Albert to eat apple strudel, sing "Happy Birthday," and watch - once again - the video of Christian the lion's 1972 reunion with his former owners.
Addemdum: thanks to my friend Emily Simpson for lending Rebecca a pair of chic Kathryn Wilson shoes for the ball.