I want to start out by saying how I had an amazing time at the ball. If you have been to a military ball before, you probably know the general gist of the evening, but here's my official rundown of the night...
6 pm Cocktail / Social Hour
6:40 pm (about) door open to the ballroom
6:45pm promptly the bar closes in the lobby (this will be important later)
7 pm Introductions and beginning of the dinner
So now that you know that the even began at 6 pm here, I'm sure you will find it strange that J and I began getting ready at 2 pm! Yes, we started getting ready super early. We were completely ready by 3:15 pm and just sat (or stood to be more accurate) around waiting for his friend to come over and take pictures at 4!
We took quite a few pictures before the ball but almost none during, so...here you go...
So we took a few normal ones, then we got a little creative just to make some fun memories...
Because you know, who doesn't think it's fun to hang around the front wheels and propellers of a plane?! Then J's friends joined us who were also going to the ball and we got another "serious" picture with them...
Finally we were off to the ball. We got there around 5:50 pm so we were a little early. We walked around and talked to people. I got to meet one of J's Sergeants that he golfs with. He was very nice.
Because we had a friend drive us (and come to pick us up) we got a few glasses of wine. The white zinfandel was the best and J ended up drinking his glass and finishing mine. When we got into the ballroom he asked if I wanted another glass of wine. It was 6:50 pm and the bar had already closed in the lobby. It opened up again at 7:20 in the ballroom but by that time we were too consumed with dinner and talking with our new friends.
I became friends with Kim and Brian at the ball. Kim and I wanted to go dance to the electric slide but J and Brian were being wallflowers. Eventually Kim and I talked them into joining us. J and I actually danced to 3 dances this year. I'm moving up in the world.
J ran into one of his superiors who he really looked up to. We stood there talking with him and his wife for a long time. His wife gave me great advice for being an Air Force wife. I was so glad we ran into them and got to talk. She was the first "seasoned" wife that I had met that actually seemed approachable and easy to talk to. All the other wives seemed bored and didn't want to be there. I hope that I will always enjoy going with J to his formal events no matter how many we attend per year!
We took one final photo while waiting for our ride to arrive. We had an absolutely amazing night. It felt so good to meet J's coworkers and superiors.