Merry Christmas!

One of the things I love about this time of year is the going to parties and seeing friends and family.  We just had our annual Police Dance event, which is very similar in ways to a Military Ball event.

It’s a dance and it’s supposed to be for fun and entertainment, but it’s also very much a work event.  We had actually never gone before, so it was fun to read up on all the military ball etiquette advice.  It was a lot more relaxed, but the etiquette was proved to be useful just as well.

We had so much fun! 😀 ❤

Everyone there was dressed so nice, the food was amazing, and we were able to have a nice night, kid-free, to actually get out and dance.

My husband announced to me that we “have” to do this every year from now on 😀  It’s not mandatory like a lot of the Military Balls are, but still, it was very much a networking event, and a perfect “date night” to boot complete with live bands playing for music!

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My husband is not really a picture-taking person, but man he took a ton of pics and videos that night, a lot of them selfies of us together ❤  Really romantic 🙂

My only jewelry were two pearl and diamond pins in my hair, and of course, his badge necklace.

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When my husband smiles like this, I KNOW something is going right 😀 ❤ ❤ ❤

He was so happy that night.  He doesn’t drink either, and the drinks were all free!  So this was a real, natural high on the joy of the moment ❤

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A better picture of the dress I wore. It’s actually a dress from when I was 16 or 17, but it still fit and I thought it would be gown-appropriate, floor-length attire.

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Everyone’s dresses were so beautiful – I LOVED seeing all the girlfriends and wives dressed up 😀  What a nice way to celebrate together… someone remarked, “We all clean up pretty nice!”  LOL

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Merry Christmas readers!  Hope you all find joy and meaning in the spirit of Christmas this year!

Stephanie

 

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My First Love

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I’ve always loved downtown. It really doesn’t matter the city, although I love our city the best – almost any city’s downtown ambiance has captured me since I was a little girl. 

Maybe it’s because I went there so much when I was young, that downtown carries with it a sense that something magical could happen to you.  My grandparents took me there frequently – it was always magical with them. 

Or maybe it’s because I spent a couple week-nights each week, dancing when I was a pre-teen to age 18 in a place that became like a second home to me – my favorite dance studio was in the middle of downtown.  My class lasted 3 hours (it was very intense dancing – we weren’t just dancers, we performed on the weekends around and for our city), and before every class my mom and I spent precious time together shopping around downtown, looking at art downtown, eating delicious food downtown

Maybe it’s the rare experiences that come from performing in front of crowds or in parades; having had been on a stage since age 4, I took this feeling for granted. Either way, a majority of our performances were held downtown, and I still miss performing.

Or maybe it’s the beautiful history in all the buildings, that captivate me with their exhilarating stories!  My mom loved educating my brother and I on the beautiful stories about the people and the buildings – she frequently scared us by taking us on real ghost hunts – it was intense.  Oh how I wish I could go back in time and meet some the most incredible people – people that did some amazing things, accomplished such difficult tasks – in war, in politics, in love, in life.  Every city’s downtown has history, and history – knowing the truth of things that were – is beauty.  Discovering the truth, peeling back the layers of time is exhilarating.  Downtown is fascinating. 

I could go the romantic route, and reveal to you that downtown is where my husband and I had our first date – and also where he brought me back to pop the question with a gorgeous diamond ring.  Downtown brought me love, and each year we celebrate it there.

Now that I’m a mom, it is beyond description to explain to you the JOY I feel in taking my son downtown – he absolutely loves it, and we take him there fairly frequently.  It’s so wonderful for my husband and I to see his eyes light up with the sensations buzzing around him, the noises, the fragrant smells, the perfumes, the delicious foods. 

I can already see the love for downtown growing in his heart lol.  And how could it not?  He might look like a photocopy of my husband, but he’s still my son.

(Picture taken Spring 2013, of the San Antonio Riverwalk)