The program was kept pretty short - just brief introductions, POW/MIA table, don't drink and drive stuff, and a message from Dr. Stewart (Chancellor of AFIT). Dinner was served, a bar stocked for drink purchases, there was a DJ with a dance floor, a photographer available for pictures, and a table of raffle prizes that were given away at the end of the evening.
Getting ready was entertaining. I got my hair and makeup complete, put on my jewelry and stepped into my shape wear. Lana then tells me I look very pretty in my swim suit (darling girl, I was not wearing a swimsuit). I had borrowed a formal dress from a friend and when I put it on I realized it was MUCH too big! Crap! I figured if I shrunk in size a little bit my other formal dress might fit!
|I forgot to take a pic of my hair before I left so this is after we came home and my curls had relaxed. Lana called this hair clip my "princess crown"|
|William told me I looked very pretty and he liked my "sparkles" and Lana said I was wearing a princess dress|
Ryan also looked super handsome in his mess dress. I love a man in uniform! He thankfully still fit into it and the only thing required to have it ready was get his shirt laundered, update his medals, and press his pants.
|Allyssa and I|
|With friend Bekah|
|Me with Christy and Diana|
|Cindy and I|
|My neighbors Maggie and Mark. Their baby is due in about a month.|
She is active duty and Mark is former military.
The next day I commented to Ryan that the AFIT Holiday Ball was one of the "classier" events we had attended. The formal aspect I'm sure helped… but we didn't see the embarrassing drunk behavior often observed, there were no punches thrown (yes, we've seen that at military functions before), everyone presented themselves in a professional manner but at the same time we were all friendly and had fun. Ryan said it was probably because everyone present is an officer or NCO (no very young, immature, or irresponsible personnel) and with the responsibility of being in AFIT surrounded by faculty and leadership, people were probably on their best behavior. I think he was probably right.