my 10 year class reunion was saturday night!
a small group of us met up downtown at coco's for dinner and drinks and a chance to catch up and tell stories on each other...to meet spouses and dote on pictures of our little ones.
there was a moment while we were all sitting together eating that i looked around and really realized that we were in the same room again...these beautifully familiar faces that have barely changed yet are so new all at the same time.
we're married, engaged, divorced, parents, pregnant, doctors, artists, professionals...spread out and planted all over the place.
that's a strange thing to grasp when you forever remember each other being 5 in a tiny country town.
and really one of the gifts of growing up in a small town...of graduating with 45 people that most you've known since kindergarten...is that they become family.
so saturday was really more like a long lost family reunion...a chance to be around just a handful of the ones that really and truly know why you are the way you are...the ones that get your roots because they are their own.
 the ones that saw you fall down the stairs at the assembly in jr high, taught you how to kiss behind the shelter house, know why you were in marching band, saw you through your sweat suit phase, danced with you at homecoming because you didn't have a date...the ones that lived life with you.
it was a measuring stick kind of night...how far we've come and where we're going and who has saw you all along the way.

i have more photos on my facebook...
here's your chance to see a rare glimpse of bar-hopping katie cut loose with her shirely temple!


  1. I though my class of 113 was small! My 25th reunion is coming up in October. For the past year or so I have been getting together with my closest friends from HS and it has been wonderful to reconnect. It looks like you had a lot of fun.

  2. What an awesome night! I came from a small school, too and since moving back to my hometown get to see so many of my old classmates. It's pretty awesome when we are at our kids' school and get to see each other, all grown up. You look so beautiful, as always!

  3. yay for marching band :) I don't think I would attend my reunion. partly because I wasn't that close to anyone in my class, and the people i was close with I still hang out with.
    You look like you had a fun night! It's always fun to see how people change over time.

  4. You are one of my favorite bloggers, please keep being awesome forever! :)
    <3 danielle

  5. aww that sounds really nice! Yea, I thought my class of 200 was small too! You look gorgeous, I absolutely love your dress! :) -Lo

  6. I too came from a very small town on the cusp of a larger area. There were 100 people in my class, and I honestly cannot wait for my 10 year reunion... next year! :)

  7. I love your dress! Where did you get it?

  8. That is so adorable! My high school was gigantic, and I'm only still close with a handful of high school friends. I love that you guys stayed so close over the years, it's really sweet!

  9. you are stunning in that striped dress!

  10. this is wonderful as always... small town love from milton to newton :)

  11. ohhhh i love coco's so much. it never dissapoints!
    you look amazing btw :)

  12. This is so beautifully written, sounds like you had a wonderful time. We had our 5 year reunion last year and it was so much fun but I think 10 will be even better.

  13. This made me shivery with goose bumps. The way you talk about our growing up years is so, so, so, so right. What a gift it was, no?

  14. Your reunion looks like a lot more fun that mine would be! Your description and photos made me wish mine would actually be fun.