Monday, March 18, 2013

The Belle of the Ball

Okay, not really but I like the title!

Let me just say that I woke up in a terrible mood on Saturday morning and was super stressed. Did I have good reason to be? No. Just was and I couldn't shake it. :(

I had to search a lot to find a dress for this event because I was looking for something long and formal. Long dresses and I don't go together very well due to my by height. I found a dress I fell in love with but it was so long.....  I ended up paying to rush alterations on it and when I picked it up two days before the event it wasn't right. :( At this point I was almost $200.00 into a dress I will probably only wear once (hopefully not, though!) Luckily, she fixed it just in time. Crisis averted ;)

I had my hair and makeup done too on Saturday and was really running behind. I had been rushing and rushing all day and when I finally made it home I had to pretty much just send the kids out the door with the grandparents. Somehow, I forgot to pack a coat or any type of sweater, socks or even a brush for myself. Oops!

Once we finally got settled into our hotel I was able to finally breath and relax and get excited for the night to come.

You guys, our room was amazing! It had a jacuzzi and fire place in the room and view of the marina. We are already trying to come up with a time we can go back and actually spend some time in the room.

showing off the jacuzzi! You better believe that I used this when we got back, even though it was 1 am!

We met up with some other couples for appetizers and drinks in one of the rooms and then all took a shuttle over to the event. It was so nice because someone had volunteered their time and vehicle to shuttle people back and forth so we didn't have to worry about paying for and waiting for taxis.

My handsome hubby! Wish he would wear his uniform more often.
Since none of us had never been before we didn't know what to expect. It was quite crowded but so fun. There was a separate room set up for a silent auction. This event was put on  by a local fire department to benefit the Burn Camp. It is such a great cause and one that we have been supporting for years. I was happy to get the bidding started on some items. We ended up winning a family pass to Jump Zone, which is a fun center filled with bouncy houses, mazes and slides. We have been wanting to go and now we have excuse!

It took people awhile to get out on the dance floor. I don't know why, because the band was great and played a great variety! We spent most of our night on the dance floor. Brandon and I have no rhythm so it made it interesting but oh, so fun!

There was a photographer taking portraits and we ordered one! I can not wait to see how it turned out. There may have been a group photo taken as well but my memory got a bit foggy at one point. :)

 I don't know why we haven't done this before! We had so much fun and plan to make it an annual event!

After leaving the dance we went back to the hotel and played catch phrase and had some snacks.

We finally made it bed around 2 am. Brandon was up at 7 and couldn't go back to sleep.

He threw back the blinds to let the sun in and I may have yelled some choice words at him and kicked him out of our room! I can not be held responsible for words spoken while tired!

We  checked out by ten and found a great little restaurant for brunch. After the most delicious eggs benedict ever (seriously!) we stopped at Trader Joe's and then headed home.


  1. BEAUTIFUL, ashley! i love your dress...the lace sleeves are so pretty! (as is your hair and makeup)!! i'm so glad they got it altered in time for ya! a jacuzzi and a fireplace sound amazing - i would have done the same thing and took a dunk in it at 1 am. so happy you and brandon had a fabulous time together...i hope you get to go again and enjoy another awesome night!!
    wishing you a great day! xoxox

  2. Sounds like you had an amazing time! And you looked great. Just gorgeous!

  3. I love your dress Ashley so you are going to have to find an excuse to wear it again!! The sleeves are so pretty :) Sounds like a lovely hotel and such a fun night. I can only imagine what the bright sun shining through the window with a hangover felt like (oh you didn't mention hangover lol, I am assuming haha).
    So glad to hear you had a great time and let your hair down...xoxo

  4. I loved seeing all your photos on IG...and looked like you had amazing you in that dress!

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  6. You looked stunning! That dress was gorgeous!

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