|This is Gene's idea of a picture of me with the full bar, hahahahaha. Bless his heart!|
We were also rather impressed by the favors! It just isn't a Navy Ball without some kind of drinking receptacle. Birthday ball mugs, wine glasses, pilsner glasses, beer steins (but cheap ones, not fancy ones), one year we even got a stainless steel water bottle. For the love of God, birthday ball planners, nobody keeps all those glasses! This year, we didn't get another set of glasses I'd feel bad about tossing before our next PCS! We were gifted etched chopsticks! Pretty sweet for being in Okinawa! We'll keep those!
As for the professional pictures? They were fabulous! A very awesome husband and wife photography duo was on hand to take the pictures for us! Of course they wanted everyone to do the good old prom pose where they guy stand behind the gal, and hugs her waist and she puts her hand on his to show off her corsage. This is a Navy Ball, not Prom 2014. Gene didn't get me a corsage and I'm too fat for him to actually put his arm around me and not look like we're showing off a baby bump, so we politely declined that pose. We know what works for us: