Wednesday, December 12, 2012

We had a "Ball"

This years Army Ball was another success!
We enjoyed many a toast, applauded rewards, and caught up with friends we hadn't seen in awhile.
That's one of the wonderful things about the Army. You're given opportunities to make friends from all over. While you leave them after just a few years or only get a weekend to get to know them, they are your friends and a part of your Army story and when reunited, it's always so memorable.

The weekend of course had it's share of training. In fact, poor hubby trained right up to the last half hour before we were to leave the hotel for the ball. Thank God that 30 minute "get ready" restriction was on him and not me. It took me almost 30 minutes to secure two bobby pins in my hair! I've come to the conclusion that bobby pins don't like my fine hair. Anyways, he had a smile regardless of the time constraints and off we wait on others who were late! que the motto: hurry up and wait.

I've never been one to say...'oh, a man in uniform'...was never that girl, but he has changed that!

My gowns of past years were of the classic kind, long and flowy, this one is no different! It always seems a safe bet to choose this style. Curves are beautiful but when picking which to show...always remember your smile is the best one. Especially when surrounded by like, ohhh, 300 men!

The Ball was held on post this year! Oh-Mee-Gosh. Seriously. These kind of changes make it obvious that the Army is making it's cuts wherever possible. So be it. I made cuts too. My dress was only 19.99.

The rest of our time was spent at the Marriott in Oyster's Point area. Gorgeous spot. Travel tip for military families...always check out the area's Marriott. We stayed in one in Columbia, SC over the summer, the discount they give to military families is more than generous and we've never been disappointed in their accommodations. Ever.

I'm sorry. I have way too much with Pic Monkey. Moving on....

Back to this past weekend instead of the photo bomb from the past summer.

We had training on Friday and the rest of the weekend's training was optional for spouses. For the first time in 4 years I did not participate in Saturday or Sundays training classes. A little shamed to say so, but I just felt the need to take advantage of being alone, sleeping in and staying out late. Somehow my husband can do all of this without the sleep in part. I can't. Plus the view from our hotel room was a nice change.

I should have packed my running shoes! The area had beautiful paths...meant for running.

When the guys weren't training...they were eating. Around the fountain pond was a spot we claimed for two nights. The Toby Keith Bar. I liked that bar. I know, lame cliche and annoying song. But that man supports the troops, we were welcomed there and the enlisted got dinner on the house.

Life really is what you make of it. And while there were moments during this weekend to cause panic or distress we didn't let any of that happen! We kept our smiles and enjoyed our time together. And our time with friends. We worried over the boys back at home and called Grandma frequently, she always said, 'everyone's fine'! Music to a worried mom and dads ear.

It's not often that we get away and like any day in our lives, we made the best of it!

P.S. I really, really appreciate everyone's comments on my other post! I was a bit nervous to bring all this into my blogspace...unsure of how many of you would enjoy it or appreciate it. I should of known better! You all are too fun :)

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I've linked up with What I Wore Wednesday hosted by The Pleated Poppy!
And partied with Shanna for another fun Random Wednesday link up! Be sure to hop over, her randomness today is stylish, funny, and includes a few unique stocking stuffer ideas! And Wednesday Walkabout hosted by some wonderful ladies! And A Lovely Blog Hop hosted by Rekita at A Lovely Army Wife. Go check them out!!!

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Jamie said...

You looked sooo pretty!

Ashlyn said...

Girl, you look gorgeous! I love those black wedges you wore cute. I'm glad you had such a good time :)

Unknown said...

Ahh, Your blue dress looks stunning!! I love the ruching at the waste, and the color just looks flawless on you! Also really obsessing over those black and cork looking wedges you have on :) Great post, so glad to hear the night and wekeend went well :)
XO Angela

Janna Renee said...

Aww! We haven't been to any Balls, but I hope hubby decides he wants to go to one soon! This looks like so much fun, and you looked BEAUTIFUL!

Blue Dog Belle said...

YOU looked stunning! That dress is your color!

xo, Emily

Beth Boone said...

Looks like you had a great time!! I struggle with my fine hair too, on a daily basis!! Any stragies, I welcome!! :)

Beth @ Clothes & Cocktails

Kristine -Heart Shaped Sweat said...

Thanks girl! and those black favorite find of last summer!

Kristine -Heart Shaped Sweat said...

Thanks Angela :) The ruching def made the dress!
Ah, those wedges make me wish for summer again!

Kristine -Heart Shaped Sweat said...

Start "working" him now! It's such a nice change of pace from the regular routine. And girl, you're gorgeous in'd be stunning in a gown!

Jen said...

You look so beautiful! :)

Wine and Summer said...

Looks like you had a great time! Your dress was gorgeous!

Kelly said...

Gorgeous pics! That color looks great on you :) The Navy Christmas Ball that we attended this year was over-the-top, we had a great time! I'll definitely have to keep that Marriott discount in mind, we are always looking for great travel deals!


Unknown said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time! You are a beautiful couple!

Anonymous said...

Your dress is beautiful! And mmmm, men in uniform :)

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Harley said...

you look amazing!

madeleine said...

it looks like y'all had a great time! Military Balls are the best!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

$19.99! That is an amazing dress!

Because Shanna Said So said...

Um, can you two be anymore FREAKING adorable????? Melt my heart! And you my dear, looked ravishing at the event!! WOWZZERS!!! And I LOVE me some PicMonkey!! It's so fun! Thank you for linking up!!

Emily Devine said...

I love your blog! And that blue dress is gorgeous! I can't believe you got it for under $20, that's amazing.

Stopping by from the blog hop!

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