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Military Ball...

Well, I survived Saturday night.
It really was a lot of fun.
This was our second year attending the military ball up in Scranton, PA.

The ball is held in the old Lackawana Train Station
that has been converted into a hotel...

University of Scranton is part of the "group" of universities
for this ROTC northeastern PA section.

The ONLY way to look out the window in our room was to 
stand on top of the desk under the window,
which is what the Colonel had to do to take the picture; 
the window is so high up.
It was quite funny, but it's a converted train station and the windows
on the top floors are small.

The view from our room...

At the cocktail party in the hotel lobby.
Drinks only, no fun food...

A display table...

Some of the cadets that are in the program with the Colonel...

An outstanding cadet, James Gonzalez...

Our table...

This picture is from last year.
There is a a restaurant in the hotel lobby where we had breakfast last year...

Beautiful stained glass...

The highlight of the evening is the Grog Bowl...

Different cadets dress up as various soldiers throughout the years
and give a little "speech" on their life in the military and add
a bottle of liquor to the big kettle on the table.

The cadets have a lot of fun acting as different soldiers 
and the costumes are crazy.  

There's plenty of music, dancing and liquor being added and then
the graduating cadets all line up and have a glass of the concoction while
the commanding officer gives a speech.

(Thankfully the Colonel will never have to be a part of this!) 

The whole night was really nice. 
I was able to meet the cadets that the Colonel teaches but more importantly,
I was able to sleep past 5:00 yesterday morning and
wake up to the lovely bell chimes from the Catholic Church
across the street from the hotel.

Please come back tomorrow for 

Enjoy your day!


  1. You both look wonderful and looks like a neat place and alot of fun!!!

  2. It looks like it was a fantastic night!

  3. Glad you had an enjoyable evening. What an interesting building!

  4. I was looking forward to hearing about the evening! I knew it would be a special time for you both. what a beautiful couple you are! :)

  5. Oooooh, the Colonel and his wife looked fabulous! You two just make such a great couple!

    Glad you had fun. Looks like a pretty nice place to stay!

  6. Well don't you two look cute as a button, all decked out in you gorgeous duds!!!

    You look radiant sweetie!

    I bet you to had a blast and a half. I haven't been to a ball since my old sorority days. 'Not a Ball to be had here on the Ponderosa! Heeheehehhee!!!

    God bless ya and have yourselves a beautiful week my friend!!! :o)

  7. Good morning! You looked sooo beautiful Lois, and you look soo happy! What a nice looking couple you make...glad you enjoyed the evening. Have a good day!

  8. How fun for you!!!! And you look beautiful.

    That old train station looks like a great place to visit. I hardly ever get to Scranton, but if I do, I plan on checking it out.

  9. What a great looking couple you are! Glad you had such a memorable night!

  10. You looked beautiful and it looked like a very lovely evening!

  11. You both looked fabulous and what a pretty place to have the ball!

    Hope you have a great day.


  12. Looks like a perfect evening and you looked incredible as always!

    The Grog bowl just turns my stomach to even think about it. lol

    And yes, I always get the organs! being a homeschooler, taking apart the heart and eyes is awesome. The tongue and liver make for yummy dog treats and the suet can be cooked down for bird feeders!

  13. You look gorgeous, Lois, you and the Colonel make a handsome couple! Glad you had a good time. Have a great day!

  14. Sounds like a fun night! Glad you had a nice time.

  15. You two make a beautiful couple! Looks like a fun evening!


  16. Thank you for sharing this post with all of us. It was fun to read. You and your husband make such a cute couple! You are beautiful! Please tell your hubby I pray for him and all of our troops. Thank him for his service. I hope you have a good week.

  17. WOW! Look at you, pretty lady!
    You and the Colonel make such a handsome couple.
    That place is amazing and I'm sure it was a wonderful night!

  18. Hi Lois,
    Looks like a nice time, and you looked beautiful, and hubby so handsome, yall make such a great pair. Now did you get to dance some??? That hotel is beautiful, and that stained glass is really something. those old train stations are really neat.
    Years ago we stayed at
    a holidome in Chattanooga Tenn. that was previously a train station too, and you could actually sleep in some of the train cars, we didn't cause we didn't know you could before we got there, but it was a neat place, our kids were younger and really got a kick out of it.
    Funny that Phil had to climb on the table to take a picture. Now that is dedication. He looks very handsome in his uniform, I can tell he is an encouraging teacher by
    seeing him in the pic with his student. Very Nice!
    Blessings and see ya tomorrow.

  19. I loved going to the Military Ball with you - I have never ever been to one or even seen one. You look beautiful with that great smile. Looked like you had fun too. I am so thrilled for you.


  20. Lois,

    I'm so glad you two had a nice time! I must admit though, I missed you posting and am selfishly glad you are back.


  21. So glad you had a wonderful time, I loved the picture of the stained glass and had to laugh at the windows being so high. hugs to you.

  22. You two look adorable all decked out for the evening!
    Looks like a fun evening and nice time for the two of you to getaway!
    What a beautiful renovation on the train station.
    Thanks again for praying for Olivia!

  23. Wow! That sounds like a lot of fun! And you looked so pretty!

  24. Sounds like such a great event and you look so pretty and he looks so handsome. I agree such a great looking couple.

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