This year our ball was actually held on base. Most people I talked to went to Greenville or Myrtle Beach, but due to some of the regiment being in 29 Palms and then a rifle range, ours was a little later than everyone else's and close to home. There are perks, like a shorter drive to and from, but it would have been nice to walk up to a hotel room and crash instead of just going home... or to a friend's house for a sweatpants party like we did!
My friend Lacey, from The Mousetrap, came over and did my hair and make up for me. I was so grateful as I am very cosmetically challenged! I think she did a wonderful job and it was nice to hang out with her while we got ready. She even drove us to the ball in Ryan's truck and dropped us off before returning to our house to get her car! It definitely saved us a lot of trouble getting cabs or returning for a car the next day.
|The hair and make up|
|Waiting for the ceremony to start. Luckily we had decent seats and I could actually see what was going on this year!|
|Ryan and I at dinner|
|My good friend Chelsea and I|
|Outside by the river... it was chilly!|
|The four of us|
|One of my favorites|
|I realized I never saw the back of my hairstyle so Chelsea took this for me! I love how it came out!|
After the pictures and a small break we went back into the ballroom for the guest speaker. Sgt Major Featherstone is now retired and working at the Pentagon. He was an extremely motivated speaker and definitely exemplified "Once a Marine, Always a Marine" quote... both in person and in his speech. I enjoyed listening to him and the room was ringing with OOHRAHs!
Happy Birthday Marines! Thank you for giving my husband and I an amazing and meaningful night together.