What woman doesn't want to find her knight in shinning armor? In my case, it's body armor, but not matter what time I am living in, a man in uniform fighting for a cause is still pretty darn hot!
However, I have to say that one of my most favorite parts of being the wife of a soldier is the Military Ball.
I don't know what it is like in other social circles and in other parts of the world, but here in Utah there aren't a whole lot of formal occasions. After high school, the next time most of us are in a formal is at our weddings. And now that I am entering my 30's, formals seem a thing of the past. Until Ben joined the Military. I felt like I was a teenager again, totally NOT acting my age! I started saving my pennies as soon as Ben enlisted.... and I was going to get a great dress for the Military Ball!
See, I never had much luck in high school when it came to dating and getting asked to prom and all that. I went to Jr. Prom... and that the was the extent of my high school formals. I always kind of regretted that -- but it wasn't like I could FORCE a guy to take me...
So I felt like this was a second chance for me.
But a year and half latter when the Military Ball came around, I was 6 months pregnant. For those of you who read me back then you may remember the fiasco of finding a dress and all that. If not, you can read here, and then here) It was super hard to find a maternity formal. So I settled for a little black number that cost me like $20... I was going to keep saving my money for the real thing when I wasn't pregnant. Here we are last year:
The ROTC Military Ball is this coming Saturday, and guess what? I found the PERFECT dress! It is so ME! AND it's a formal that doesn't look like a prom dress, a bride's maid gown, OR a wedding dress. And you don't get to see it until then.... Mwahahaha!
This year I am not pregnant. I have lost most of my baby weight (I have a bit more to go). AND my hair is looking super awesome these days, I do have to say. (Thanks to my mom the retired hairdresser, a good diet and awesome product).
I am totally pumped to go this year. Who cares if I am like the oldest woman there (except for the cadre's wives). With my new dress, handsome man and cool hair I may just be the princess of the ball.
Now if only I can stop feeling total anxiety about leaving my baby with a babysitter for the first time!! I am determined to have a blast!