The 237th Marine Corps Birthday Ball

Yesterday, we celebrated Mark's 5th, and the Marine Corps 237th, birthday. The ball was so rich with tradition, as always, and I was even able to go to my first "Marine Corps Birthday Pageant" on Friday.

The pageant is a showcase of all of the former and present-day uniforms within the Marine Corps. It was really cool because they didn't just show the uniform. They also told a brief history about each time period that correlated with each uniform. The high school kids were the "models" and they did a fantastic job! I was really impressed by how professional they were and how serious they took it. I'm kicking myself because I forgot my camera, but I was able to snag a picture from Facebook.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Anne K. Henry/Released via III MEF Facebook page

On Saturday, we had a super busy day! First of all, our car was in the shop so one of us needed to go pick it up. Well, Mark needed to study for his diving course (he's getting certified... more on that later) and wasn't going to have time. That left me! Hooray! Ugh.. lol

I picked up the car and went directly over to the Jones household. Alisha had graciously offered to do my hair for the ball and we decided we'd just get ready together completely. So, John got ready at our house and we met them once we were ready. It was fun to have some girl time with makeup everywhere and hairspray galore. Ha!

We also had some surprises happening. It was Mark & John's birthday, afterall! First up, Alisha baked their favorite pie... her apple pie. It's currently sitting on our dining room table tempting me to eat it, but no one has had the chance to cut into it yet and I think that John or Mark needs to be the first. Secondly, we got them handmade dragon mugs from Yomitan Pottery Village. We spotted them back on our first trip there (her birthday) and knew they needed them at some point. Alisha also found an awesome Marine Corps picture frame and we printed a cheesy picture from our "Picnic Thursdays" of the two of them.

As always, I got Mark a cutesy Happy Birthday card from the kids section. It the little things that matter the most and I think that this has become a tradition. They really enjoyed all of their gifts and when I asked Mark if he liked his mug he, enthusiastically, said, "I LOVE IT!" Success!

Handsome little devils (dogs), aren't they!?

The ball was a lot of fun and the food was good, too! A guy that Mark works with organized the event and I think that he did a fantastic job. The guest speaker was funny, which I loved, and the photographer was so painless! No line, walked in, took photo, out! Less than 5 minutes. It was amazing!! We don't get the professional pictures back for a little while, but here are some of my favorites from the night....

Yes, I'm wearing heels...

 I love that I got a photo of a woman in a formal kimono & hair while the Marine read the scroll.

The bagpiper was really good! I'm working on how to use aperture. I ended up making the piper really blurry and the lady taking the picture in focus, but I think it looks neat! 

 I hate that this picture came out blurry, but it was too cute not to share.

 I'm mad that I smashed his eye in this picture. Whoops! It would have been a really nice picture!

It wouldn't be normal if we were serious the whole time.

Alisha showing off how tiny she is. Ha! She calls us her parents because we had plotted to adopt her so that she could be with John in Okinawa.

"The flash is too bright!!"

Today is Veteran's Day and I am so thankful for all of my friends and family that serve. I hope you know how appreciated you all are! 

 Beautiful centerpieces from the ball! They let us take them, which was awesome!!


  1. Looks like you are having a great time and really enjoying the military experience. I miss it sometimes.

  2. WOW - most excellent mug gift. ;)


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