Military Celebrations-Happy 240th Birthday Marines!

10:12 PM

Three important celebrations have come and gone one after the other this week!

⚓️The Marine Corps Birthday Ball
Jason's TBS Graduation
Veteran's Day (Revealing Our Duty Station)

I'll cover them in three posts so they don't get too lengthy. :)


⚓️The Marine Corps Birthday Ball

Saturday morning, anticipation filled the air. Jason and I enjoyed a nice breakfast and finished packing up hair supplies, makeup, our formal wear, and accessories for getting ready. That afternoon we drove to Jason's brother's house, dodging thick traffic headed south and down pouring rain, making it a half an hour later than scheduled. My lady friends arrived throughout the afternoon and we set to work primping, curling, straightening, pinning, and painting our faces with the new makeup techniques we had learned. It was the day of the ball!

It was so nice getting ready together so we could help each other out when things were going wrong. An eyelet hook missing. Hair falling out of bobby pin buns. Forgotten makeup. There were plenty of moments where we had to readjust and share our resources and talents. We found it time effective to have a three way hair styling party. :D
It's a wonder with the little time we had that we actually finished! I even managed to scarf down a Bojangle's biscuit Jason cleverly purchased while waiting for us. :P (Bojangle's is the best chicken ever fast food chain. Think Popeye's on steroids with a kick!)

Once ready our dapper gentlemen escorted us to the vehicles waiting in the steady rain and off we went to the prom I never had! 

Walking into the convention center was a little overwhelming. We were immediately sucked into a vortex of ladies at the arms of their men in their dress blues. Their various sparkly, long, elegant gowns sweeping the floor as we walked down a hallway till we entered the ballroom itself. My first recollection of everything, was how LOUD it was. So many people talking at once and squeezing into whatever space they could find as they waited for the main space to open up. Being short, I struggled seeing much above the tall heads in front of me. Short woman syndrome...

I was relieved that after our arrival they opened up the space and allowed us to find our assigned tables. I can't remember the actual count, but it's safe to say there were thousands of Marines and their dates there. Many many rows of round tables with coordinating Marine Corps colored napkins and several quadrants surrounded a large dance floor. 

After sitting and chatting a spell with our friends there, the ceremony opened up with a history of uniforms over the years. Fascinating! The Marine Corps band was featured and they performed the traditional cake cutting ceremony. All of this was on a big screen since the actual stage wasn't visible from where we were sitting. Something I learned is that in the tradition of serving cake to the oldest and youngest Marines first, Jason actually was the youngest Marine 7 years ago at his second ball! So yes he was a happy Marine being served cake then haha...

For what we paid for this event, the food could have been better. I didn't bother taking pictures of my half dried out chicken breast and browning salad. Nooo thank you. I'm not a fan of chicken breast anyway. Jason liked it. The vegetables weren't as bad. The only thing that impressed me food wise though was the CHEESECAKE. I am not a regular cake fan, but whenever there is CHEESECAKE, it deserves a mention. ;)

I'm thankful that for my first ball I was able to be there with friends and recognizing faces from the last six months. I even got to meet in person some ladies I had been corresponding with who hadn't arrived to our base yet! Throughout the evening I also met several new spouses, some with Jason's MOS and others whose husbands I had been introduced to as well. 

When dancing time came, Jason and I hit that floor with our swinging, cha cha, salsa (Attempted it lol!), and line dances. The last time Jason and I danced was at the gala in PA so it was lovely to get to do that again and WITH NEW FRIENDS. The only thing I wasn't too happy about was when a person with a little too much party juice spilled their beer on my dress. I think it came out? :|

At the end of the evening we just had to have a good photo shoot to preserve the memories. The lighting was better out in the lobby so we captured some photos there.

New Friends
Jason's  6th Platoon

These ladies have been a rock and spiritual support through this tough time of TBS. There's nothing like good friends to be there for you in tough times and who you can love and support as well. I doubt we will lose touch over the years even as we are parting ways. Each one of them is unique and special in their own way and have taught me so much while here. I am grateful to have met them and thankful for them being there for me through everything I've been going through this year. God knew who I needed in my life in this season. Their husbands have been awesome friends for Jason too and they've gotten along well! We will miss them all!







More than anything doing life with this man is more than I ever imagined. I'm proud to be there for him, support him, and privileged to be the one beside him through this journey. 

We've made our first one together a good one and I look forward to many more years of these with my handsome Marine. :)



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