Last night we attended the 239th Marine Corps Ball! For my non-military friends, this is a big event every year in the Marines to celebrate the birthday of the Marine Corps. Every unit in the Marine Corps has one. For the last several years we attended the ball in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Wilmington, North Carolina with his old unit 2nd Battalion 8th Marines. But this year his ball was with his EOD School and took place at a resort in Sandestin, Florida! It honestly felt more like we were celebrating the end of school since Steve is officially done with all his tests and is just waiting to graduate this week.
It might have been my favorite ball yet, even though it was completely different from any ball we’ve been to before. Honestly, it was kind of an afterthought… we’re in the middle of a move with all our stuff in boxes, Steve is done with school and starting to checkout of school, and my mother-in-law just got to town! We planned on going – as in we bought tickets – but I just pulled out a bargain dress I’d had sitting in our closet for awhile and an old pair of flats two days earlier when the movers packed up all our clothes. [It may or may not have been a bit short with the baby bump]. Steve’s dress pants got a quick iron with my hair straightener before we left for the evening because we don’t have an iron either. Luckily, my mother-in-law was here to watch Mitchell in our packed up house and we got to have our adult-only night!
We made a pitstop on the way at one of my favorite picture spots, which is always empty. Wanting nice pictures and having no one to take them, I pulled out my old friend Mr. Tripod and we got a few pre-ball snaps. Time to replace all those outdated frames filled with ball pictures from two years ago! Have I told you lately how much I love you?
My hot date 😉
What do you do when your best friend’s Marine Corps ball is on the same night in a different state? Trade getting ready disappointed ‘I miss you’ selfies of course.
This was our view out the car window on the drive there. Not too bad of a duty station if I do say so myself 🙂 Definitely going to miss this.
We made it to the resort, and took a mini-bus from the parking area. Which I found so funny since it’s the same way we arrived to our high school prom. Oh, sweet high school memories.
Steve and a friend from his old unit, who decided to leave the infantry and play with bombs when they were in Afghanistan last year. And now they’re in school together!
There were actually two balls at the venue that night. Upstairs, it was the much tamer, wayyyyy smaller EOD ball with about half active Marines and half retirees. We enjoyed the ceremony and the dinner, but left shortly after.
Downstairs, however, was all of the Marines from the school on Naval Air Station Pensacola… and it was a P.A.R.T.Y. It was a huge ball with a really good DJ, so naturally we couldn’t resist crashing for a few minutes. After all, we were wearing the right clothes and we fit in. I was a little disappointed I wasn’t able to snag a piece of cake from downstairs to taste, but we were definitely entertained for a bit.
We both left talking about how much fun we had. We weren’t really counting on it since I can count on one finger the number of people I knew going into it. But we were completely surprised, and we’re one big event closer to Julia! Here’s an updated countdown for all you who have been following along lately… I can barely contain my excitement!
5 days until Steve’s EOD Graduation…
6 days until we MOVE to the North Carolina!
16 days until we leave to spend Thanksgiving in California…
46 days until Christmas…
50 days until my birthday…
63 days until Julia’s due date!