The All Academies Military Ball

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Every year since my brother attended the academy, we would go to the All Academies Military Ball.

My brother is a senior now. Being as it was the last ball we would attend, I begrudgingly drug my vlogging camera (the one I was swearing I wouldn’t touch until next vlogmas) along with me to capture special little clips of the night’s events.

And I’m glad I did.

Memorial Day — Not A Normal Post

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I’m not going to write a normal post today.

I can’t.

It’s Memorial Day. A day that should be spent with your families, not reading blog posts online.

Memorial Day, for Americans, is a special day, dedicated to those who have given their lives, serving this country. It’s a day to be revered and respected.

Have a moment of silence for those who have passed. Take the time to walk up to veterans and soldiers and thank them for their services.

I learned a lot about the military, being a Sea Cadet. And this is important.

We’re lucky to have the freedom we have. We should be grateful and respectful.

Thank you to those who give of their lives, serving and protecting this country. Thank you for the sacrifices you make every day.

If you’ve lost a loved one, I want to thank you, too. Honestly. I have the highest regard for you. You were a part of someone’s life who was special, committed, and a fighter.

Thank you, all.

And please, for the rest of us, even though this will be a day spent with families and barbecue (which is all great!), please don’t forget the real reason of Memorial Day.

Remember, respect, and be thankful.

Military Ball 2014 Part #2

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I left off Part #1 on Monday with Chris and I leaving the hotel room to pick up my brother’s girlfriend. (A lot of you have pestered me about not writing my part #2 sooner, which is really flattering. Blogmas has spoiled us all, but I’m back to my Mon-Wed-Fri schedule, with special posts in between.)

Now, why were we picking her up, and not him? See we ran into a small wardrobe malfunction on our way to the hotel.

The Military Ball 2014, Part #1 — Get Ready With Me

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Some of you may remember the Military Ball from last year. If you do, you’re my favorite.

In case you aren’t filled in, every year there is a Military Ball. My older brother is a merchant marine. Thus, he is invited to these military balls, providing us with the opportunity to spend a lot of money and join him. So we do.

Last year, it was just my brother and I. This year, we both had dates.

Ah yes, moving up in the world.

The Military Ball 2013

The Military Ball was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Cerritos, CA. I had been there once before, when I stayed the night with my family after my Junior Prom 2012, which was held at the Performing Arts Centre just across the little square, behind the hotel.

My parents wanted to be as CLOSE to my prom as possible, so they could be there to pick me up the second they kicked us out at midnight.

Oh the memories.

Well, this event was even closer, being just downstairs in the hotel. And I was with my brother, so my family was very much asleep by the time we busted in at twelve in the morning. It was an experience though.

The Military Ball 2013: Get Ready With Me

So my brother finally sent me the rest of the pictures of the military ball. I’ve been having a lot of problems with my phone constantly dying on me, which is what happened AT the event, so I “borrowed” his while he was in the bathroom and took pictures with that all night.But then, he and his phone went back to school in New York and didn’t send me the pictures until now.

Technology (and brothers): Are they on our side?

This post was meant to be a “Get Ready With Me” post, so who cares it’s really late? Let’s get into it!

I started by washing and blow drying my hair with mousse, the main goal being volume.