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Vegas Vacation

Things were a little quiet around here last week (on the blog, that is).  That’s because I was in Vegas!

For the first time, I actually gave myself time to enjoy the trip.  My usual trips to Vegas last a day or two, and I’m gone as quickly as I appear.  Inevitably, those short trips always left me feeling guilty — there was always someone I didn’t spend enough time with (or didn’t see at all).

Did I mention that I’m originally from Vegas?  Yeah, I grew up there.  So this wasn’t some crazy, binge-drinking week of partying.  It was a trip to visit friends and family.

Given our impending move to Seattle and the fact that Seattle is way further from Vegas than Pasadena (where I live now), I decided to take a slightly longer trip than my usual.  I drove up on Tuesday and left on Friday.

As I tend to forget to use my camera whenever I go to Vegas, I made a point to take pictures this time.  I did pretty well, with a few unfortunate exceptions.  For instance, I stayed with my grandparents during my visit.  And, wouldn’t you know?  I didn’t take any pictures with them (or of them).  I’m really disappointed about that.  Oh well, I suppose that gives me another excuse to go back soon.

I spent the week visiting with my brother, my sister-in-law, my grandparents, a few awesome friends and, of course, my absolute favorite niece and nephew in the world.

I still don’t feel like I spent enough time there.  I suppose when you grow up in a place, there are always people you wish you could hang out with more.  That said, the trip was still great!  (I miss you all already.)

Below is a collage of some of my favorite pics from the trip.  If you’d like to see a larger view, click on the photo.

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Vegas, Baby!

No, I wasn’t I wasn’t in Vegas drinking and gambling (though I’ve always wondered how different the place would be if I were a tourist).

I went to Las Vegas this weekend to visit my family – I grew up there. Even though I live fairly close, the drive sucks. I don’t visit as often as I should (or would like), so I took advantage of some free time this weekend and headed out. The weekend flew by, and it was a fun couple of days! (Though I wish I’d had more time to see everyone.)

I headed out on Saturday morning and arrived at my grandparent’s house around noon. I chatted and caught up with them the next few hours, then headed over to my sister-in-law’s house for some girl talk and appetizers. I took a moment to raid her closet and admire her burgeoning shoe collection. I even walked away with a fabulous new pair of my own – super cute, peep toe, patent leather, wedge Mary Jane’s. You’ve got to love ’em!

After a full dose of girl talk, I headed to my brother’s house to hang out with him and his girlfriend – and my absolute favorite niece and nephew in the world. (Okay, so they’re my only niece and nephew, but even if they weren’t, they would still be my favorites!) You have to agree; they are adorable. We played golf (or something like it) in the backyard, then headed to Buffalo Wild Wings for what else…but wings. Okay, I actually had a veggie burger, but everyone else had wings. The kids serenaded me with their rendition of “Low” (Flow Rida featuring T-Pain).

Apparently, these eight and four year olds keep up with their hip-hop. We went back to their house for ice cream cones before the kids were off to bed. I chatted with Trevor and Brandy for a while, then realized I was late to meet my friend, Lisa, for her celebration of returning to singlehood. I threw on something other than my blue velour sweats and rushed off to meet her.

When I arrived at the bar, Lisa was d-runk. It was fabulous and too funny, and we had a great time catching up. After Dick’s we headed to Susan’s house and spent the rest of the night chatting. I got back to my grandparent’s house way late and crashed in bed after tip-toeing into the house in an attempt not to wake anyone up (I don’t think I succeeded).

Sunday morning I spent talking with my grandparents. I don’t get to talk with them near enough, and it was great to catch up. I was supposed to visit my friend, Carrie, but the time flew by, and before I knew it, it was time to drive home. (Carrie, I promise to make this up to you next time!)

I was so tired when I got home, I nearly fell asleep waiting in line at the grocery store.  What a busy but fabulous weekend!

photo credit: James Marvin Phelps

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