What an amazing weekend! I'd been feeling guilty for not going home to see my mom this weekend, being Easter and all, but I really think that it couldn't have been better. Within a 26 hour period I drove ~400 miles, went horseback riding, attended a Navy Ball, danced the night away, spent a night on the beach, and watched the sunrise over the ocean.
Friday night, one of my good guy friends was in town, so we made dinner plans. While I was getting ready for him to show up, one of my Navy friends messaged me. "Want to go to the Navy Ball tomorrow night?" Heck yeah! I proceeded to scour my closet for dress options, discovering in the process that I can actually fit into my senior prom dress again!! It was a little tight in the bust, but fit pretty well.
I really wanted to wear my recent bridesmaid dress though b/c it is gorgeous and much more spring-y, but it had some spots on it :-( I decided to try and take it in to the cleaners 1st thing in the morning, before going horseback riding. Sadly, they couldn't get it back to me until Monday, but when the lady looked at it, she said that they were probably water spots, and that if it were her dress, she'd try to wash it in Woolite and hang dry it.
I took the dress and put it in the car, and headed to riding. It was a PERFECT day to ride too! We did a couple hours of work, per usual, before going for a lovely trail ride. In the process of pitching some leftover hay bales, we disturbed a colony of the cutest mice I've ever seen. Sadly we uncovered a litter too, but we moved them aside so they wouldn't get trampled, and recovered them. Hopefully we didn't cause their death :-(
Then we raced back home, grabbed a quick sandwich, and washed the chiffon layer of the dress. winds_requiem
was a dear and worked on drying the dress with my hair dryer while I showered. It worked! I was able to shower, put on full make-up, fix my hair, dress, and was out the door in 30 minutes flat! We made it to the Navy Ball right on time.
The food was good, the company was good, the speech was good (albeit long), and then there was the dancing! I met Navy boy M through swing dancing, so I knew that I had a good partner. The band, Hot Sauce, was just amazing. We were on the dance floor at the 1st song, which bled into the 2nd, and 3rd, and ... I think we danced 5-7 songs in a row! I was worried about my dress getting tangled, because it had at the wedding I went to, but it moved beautifully. Sometimes I'd look down at it in a spin, and it reminded me of own of those gowns that ballroom dancers wear for the Waltz!
After the dance, M offered to go to the beach with me, because I really wanted to see the sunrise. When he was back at the base changing, he ran into Navy boy E, who decided to join us as well. We had a fantastic time at the beach. It was a good bit chilly, but we waded in the water for a while anyway. Had it been warmer, I would have gone swimming, and we decided that we have to go back again when it's warm enough for that.
Shortly before dawn, when it got the coldest, we huddled together in our "foxholes" that the Navy had dug for us. Why we didn't do that sooner, I have no idea, since everyone (meaning the guys) kept complaining about the cold. I found this hilarious because they are both from cold climates (Alaska and Colorado), and I'm from nice, warm South Carolina and was taking it in stride. The sunrise was just gorgeous. There were enough clouds to make the whole sky into a giant rainbow, and then the sun itself was a brilliant orange as it rose.
We packed it up and headed home. I made it back at about 9ish and promptly passed out in my bed. Luckily, I did find an evening service for Easter, as I slept right through the morning. I felt like I had a good sunrise service of my own though, because I did sing the Easter hymns that I could remember on the beach and in the car on the way home. Sadly, there was no communion though. I really just don't understand why any service on Easter would not include communion.