Here's a pic of Lauren and her boyfriend, Dan, on their way to a Charity event in Indianapolis. Looking pretty spiffy! And all grown up! This past week I went through my huge memorabilia box that had all of the cards, drawings, notes etc. that I saved over the years. I decided to sort it all into 3 boxes for each of them and I found some really cute stuff that I included below. In the meantime...
Lauren and Dan each went for a spin in a (street-legal) Indy race car. Here's Lauren being strapped in. Thanks to Dan for sending me these!
Going through the memorabilia box was a little tough and I knew it would be, so I tried to steel myself and be very business-like about the whole thing because I was afraid it would be nostalgic and sad to go through all the little kids' rememberances. I hung in there pretty well - no sniffles - but I did allow myself to laugh pretty hard at some of the funnier stuff. Apparently, as a child, Lauren sometimes had second thoughts about toughing it out in our family because I found 3 "running away" notes! It most likely arose out her not getting her way with something but I can say she never actually followed through. I followed my Mom's method of offering to help her pack and telling her how much I'd miss her - I can remember my Mom doing that with me and I made it half way down the block with my suitcase and my dog who bit me on the ankle and gave me a reason to come home. Mom was so happy to see me - big hugs etc. so I don't recall trying it again. I don't think Lauren ever left the house but she must have been torn because her plans always involved a departure sometime in the future.
I love this one! Ever organized, she put it on the calendar for the 16th!
Well, now, away she goes into the world.
Congratulations, Lauren! We love you!