I put Maddie down for a nap and then put my makeup on and tried on three different dresses once more so I could be sure the one I had decided to wear was the right choice. I then put on jeans and finished getting ready and getting all of my accessories together.
Once Anna arrived, I left the kids and went to my friend's house. She needed a curling iron and hairspray, so I was to the rescue (I usually don't have hairspray, so I was proud I had it on hand). I decided to go ahead and get into my dress at her house and we helped each other out with opinions of what to wear and not wear. I loved this, because last year I had to wing it alone, and as any girl knows, it's so much more fun getting dressed with someone else.
I left her house and departed for another friend's house. When I arrived she was still getting ready and I made a few last minute touchups to my makeup. Once her date arrived, we drank some champagne, toasted to the night, admired her patio, and then made our way to the hotel where the ball was being hosted.
Once we arrived, we checked our coats and bags and I found my Marine in the receiving line. I said hello (as did he) and I gave all of the Marines a hug as I was greeted. I then found my way around the room to say hello to various friends. It was so nice seeing everyone all dressed up. We have such a good group of friends here - I'm definitely going to miss it when we leave!
We eventually made our way to our tables and the ceremony began. The birthday message was played, and then Daniel was up on the stage along with the narrator. I didn't get to spend much time with him, but that was expected. I ate dinner, took pictures with the Marines, and then made my way to the dance floor to the 70s, 80s, and 90s music. We had so much fun dancing. I haven't done that in so long and I needed it. Before I knew it, it was well after midnight and time to find my way home.
We had such a great night and it was so much fun hanging out with our State Department friends celebrating the Marines who guard our post. Happy 240th birthday, Marines! Semper Fi!!