This year was our fourth February here, and we got the chance to go to the IAEA ball for the third time (we missed last year because we had no one to watch the boys). And, of all of our visits, this one was our best so far. I think we’re finally figuring out how to make it work. (I think the secret is a combination of good preparation, being there with great friends, and having reasonable expectations — it’s easy to get carried away when you’re going to a BALL at the PALACE.)
First, our favorite babysitter (and neighbor) came over to watch the boys. She brought games and face paints, and I don’t think the kids were the slightest bit upset that we were going out. For simplicity’s sake, I wore the same dress as last time, so there were no surprises there. And so, amid fierce lions and dragons, we got ready to go and headed out to the ball.
Once there, we knew better what to expect this time, too. We met up with friends, chatted and relaxed, and danced a bit. Then we chatted and danced some more, and then explored the palace with some of our friends. We listened to a few different bands (at least one of which was great), and danced even more.
With good friends, lots of music, and a beautiful palace as a setting, it was a fantastic evening. (This time with no dress drama or any other complications!) All in all, it was another great night at the ball!