June 23, 2009

Home Sweet Home!

I'm back!
 Did you know that I left?

 I feel like it has been forever since I have posted something new and enjoyed spending my time looking at my favorite blogs! Lot's to catch up on, I missed you all! Does that mean I am a blogging addict? I love every minute of it! So, where have I "been", you ask? On a road trip, for our "family vacation". The kind of vacation you say at the end, "I think I need a vacation from my vacation!" You know the kind that all you hear is..."are we there yet?", "I have to go to the bathroom!" (20 mins. from the last stop) "I'm claustrophobic...I need space!", "MOM, so and so just hit me!" (not my angels...) "I'm hungry!" (every fast food sign they see)...yes, that kind of trip. Even with all the whining, complaining, fighting...we really did have a great time!

We started out in New Mexico on to Las Vegas for our first stop. There we were able to stay with my sister and her family. We enjoyed getting to spend time with all the nieces, nephews and seeing how big they have all gotten. My parents even stopped in and spent some time from their vacation too. Very rare for our family to be in one place at the same time. It was fun. Of course living in Vegas where it is very hot my sister has a pool. My boys were happy and became fish. Surfacing to the top for meals and then back to the water. Hard to keep them out. Even with lots of spf 50 sunscreen, there were a couple of sunburns. It was great though to see them being active and not inside mesmerized by some video game!

While there, we did go one night to see some of the downtown Vegas life. Not the night life that many might think of when they hear Vegas, but some good wholesome family fun. We went to Fremont street to see the big overhead show. That started out well enough, until my lil' bug started crying from how loud it was. So we left and went on to see the "Dancing Waters" at the Bellagio. If you have never seen these, it is a must for when you visit. There is a different show about every 30 mins. and the water dances to music. It is a wonderful show. We then went inside the Bellagio. Let me just say...I love the inside of this hotel! From the moment you open the doors it tantalizes your senses. Amazing! I told Mr. Wonderful, the next trip we take to Las Vegas, we are staying there without kids for a couple of nights. Just beautiful!! Here are a few pictures of the things I loved...

Walking into the lobby you will see this amazing
display of 2,000 hand blown glass flowers! I was in love with this!!

The Botanical gardens show a different
display for every season.

This ferris wheel had sunflowers in every seat...so pretty!

Rose covered snail.

These flower displays were amazing to see and smell!!

Love this frog!

Papa and baby bear "gone fishing".

This chocolate fountain was incredible! There was chocolate flowing down from the ceiling!
 This was so beautiful to look at and I can only imagine how good it tasted! 
White, dark and milk chocolate heaven!

The glass and cake displays are breathtaking!

After visiting Las Vegas, we were on our way to Utah. We used to live there and have lots of friends we wanted to see. We had even planned an ice cream social in the park, but we were welcomed with lots of rain instead of sunshine! We were only there for a couple of days, but had fun seeing some of our friends. I was also able to visit with one of my best friends! We used to see each other almost everyday and our kids are close in age. It was great to see them! They had us over for dinner and made us yummy bbq chicken on the grill (her husband is an amazing cook ) and she makes the best tasting potato salad I have ever had! Seriously...it was that good!! Her birthday had been the day before, so I had made her a birthday present. A fun half apron. Here she is modeling it.

She looked so sassy and cute in this! She loves Mary Engelbreit, so I made her a reversible apron with Whimsy pockets and cute eyelet trim. This was my first half apron design, I will be making some for my Etsy shop.

The last part of our road trip was on to Colorado Springs. We will be moving soon and wanted to look at areas we would like to live in. I am just so ready to find a place to plant some roots! We have decided to wait on buying for at least two more years. My husband has one more assignment to retirement with the Air Force, so we are hoping to stay in this area.

Here are a couple more pictures of our trip, only through the eyes of my daughter. She was taking photos as we drove down the interstate. I love this beautiful world we live in!

Maybe another photographer in our family?!

Over all it was a lot of fun! Any road trips in your plans this summer?

Oh, before I go. An exciting thing is going to be happening here. Starting next Wednesday July 1st I am going to be hosting a "Whimsy Spotlight Wednesday"! I will be spotlighting a blog, website or Etsy shop that will also do a GIVEAWAY for you all! How exciting is that? Every Wednesday! Make sure to be following so you don't miss out! I have a bunch of goodies already lined up for you and it is going to be worth your time. Can't wait to show you!

Hugs to you!


  1. It is great to have you back to blogging!!! I missed your posts!!! Your road trip, despite the stops and questions :-) sounds amazing!!! I love Vegas!!! It is so dazzling!!! And someday I hope to visit the other destinations you went to. Such a beautiful part of our country!!! And now I am looking forward to Whimsy Spotlight Wednesday!!! How fun!!! :-)

  2. Lovely! It's great to have you back!!
    Love that apron!!!

    Many Blessings~ Jen

  3. Fun trip!! You made LasVegas look fun! We might have to get there soon.

    Hope you enjoyed Utah RAIN AND ALL!!!!! It's warm now. You were probably here just as we were floating away.

    Glad you're back.

  4. Glad you are back! I missed your fun posts. Awesome pics, and I esp. love the one of the blown glass flowers! How did I miss those when I was in Vegas??! The apron is absolutely adorable!! :) Aprons are on my list of things to learn how to sew. Excited about your giveaway! :)

  5. You mean you weren't able to try any of the chocolate from the fountain? Sad.
    Darling apron. Fun pictures. Welcome back.

  6. Good question Connie! I am not sure if it is only for display or they actually use it? By the time we saw this all the kids were getting tired. The prices for chocolates in the shop were very pricey!! I know that it was designed by Chef Jean-Phillipe Maury a World Pastry Champion. It is gorgeous though! Thanks for the welcome back! :)

  7. Nice to have you back, but nice that you had a fun time.

    And we live in Ft. Collins...about 3 hrs north of CS...hint, hint.

  8. What a trip! We just got back from a 9 day trip to Utah, and I felt like a needed a vacation from my vacation. We had lots of rain and wonderful cool weather while we were there. All the natives were complaining about it, but i LOVED it. Mostly because I knew what I'd come home to...temperatures in the high 90's with 100% humidity. Yucky.Sticky.Hot.Mess.

    Glad you're back!

  9. Hello my adorable friend! In my muddled mind I kept thinking that I needed to write to you and tell you just how much I LOVE my cupcake. It is all perfect goodness and sweetness.

    It will make its blogging debut on July 6th.

    You are a doll~thank you!


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