The girls and I had a wonderful summer together. Really truly wonderful.
It was the first time ever that I wasn't working full time and was able to stay home with my children for the summer, and we really made the best of it. One of the most wonderful things that we got to do was take a girls only trip to Las Vegas to visit my mom (aka Grannie) followed by a trip to Seattle to visit my brother (Uncle Bubba) and his fiance Christina (Tina). Poor Ronnie had to work so he couldn't come (but he was missed big time. Especially on the loooong plane rides. So was Daisy.)
That trip was perhaps a once in a lifetime experience for us and I loved having the chance to build those kinds of lasting memories with my two sweet little girls. I know we will never forget it.
During the Vegas portion of our trip we got to do all kinds of fun stuff with Grannie:
* We went to the local park real early one morning (6:45 AM) to try and beat the heat (which was around 110 the entire time). We were the only ones there (clearly the only people crazy enough to be up and at the park at 6:45 AM) and stayed for about an hour before it got too hot to be outside. The kids played in the water park for a little while and it only took them about 20 minutes to completely dry off. It was THAT hot. But it's a dry heat you know (that's what everyone who lives there tells themselves to make it seem like it really isn't that bad. But it is.)
*We ate at El Pollo Loco which was yummy but not as yummy as I remember it from growing up in Southern California.
*We went to Shirley's house (a good friend of my mom's) to go swimming one day. Shirley has the.best.pool.EVAH!!! The girls had such a good time, didn't want to leave, wanted to go BACK the next day, and still talk about swimming in that awesome pool!
*We went to Excalibur one evening and the girls saw a 3D Spongebob show, then we went to New York, New York to walk around and have a yummy Mexican dinner.
*We got dressed up and went to Mandalay Bay one evening to see The Lion King (which was A-mazing.) It was the first time the girls had ever been to see anything like that and they just sat in awe the entire time. So did I.
*Before the Lion King we went to the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef aquarium and checked out all the cool fish and animals. They had a really neat display of jellyfish that was just stunning, I could have sat and watched them swim for hours.
*We ate at Jack in the Box which was every bit as yummy as I remember it from growing up in Southern California.
On the airplane on the way to Las Vegas:
At the park:
Doing the tree pose with Grannie:
Swimming at Shirley's house:
All dressed up to go see The Lion King at Mandalay Bay:
Checking out the Excalibur and New York, New York hotels:
Next up: Seattle.