i guess something they do in the military is have these formal dinner/ball-things called "dine outs." they're kinda like an army prom. there are awards and toasts and strange traditions. (grog anyone?!) mr.a and i had never been to one, but this past weekend we fixed that.
it was in the small town of denison, ia which is a couple hours away from us. we got there just in time for dinner and, i have to be honest, i was really nervous. i didn't see any of our friends when we first walked in, we didn't know where we were supposed to sit or what we were supposed to do, it kind of felt like we were crashing someone else's party. plus, i felt groggy after napping during the 2-hour drive. so, i did what any woman would--made a beeline for the bathroom to check my hair.
luckily, our friends tracked us down before too long and we ended up having a fun night with lots of laughs and shenanigans.
mr.a received an award for winning the battalion soldier of the year competition! woot!
my friend emily saved the day because, sadly, i had slipped out to use the bathroom about 30 seconds before mr.a was called up to receive said award. so, yeah. i missed the whole thing. #fail.
hey guess what? my hair is darker!
there are some pretty funny stories behind these pictures but i think there's some kind of don't ask, don't tell policy when it comes to dine-outs.