Viva Las Vegas

May 18, 2018
To celebrate knowing each other half of our lives we decided a trip to Vegas was in order.  



First day in our apartment soph year, Aug 2001. 


I was a bit overwhelmed with selling our current house, building our new house, just getting back from Washington, and dealing with everyday kid (Miles) things.  So, these amazing ladies just let me show up. 


December 2001


I planned nothing.  I made no choices (other than New York New York roller coaster).  I didn't get an uber once.  I didn't even have to drive or navigate.  They pretty much let me be dead weight and it was just what I needed.  



These are my people and I am grateful everyday I got to go through college with them.  Words can't even express what I feel for these 3 and how I will be forever grateful they were put in my path.  


April 2002



We ate amazing food and did lots of people watching.  






We sat poolside.



We hiked.  



We choose the strenuous hike for the first time in 11 years, since we didn't have kids with us. 


It was a blast.  Lots of climbing, slipping, and laughing.  We even lost the trail for awhile. 



But, we climbed to higher ground and figured it out.  We are pretty Bad-A like that. 




I never thought Las Vegas could be beautiful.  I was wrong.  


Never a dull moment with this group.  




After our hiking we got thai massages.  One of the crazier things I've done. :)  We haven't stopped laughing about it and pretty much it just bonded us even more.  



We had tickets to see Celine.  Sadly, she cancelled her show. Backstreet Boys weren't performing on the night we could go.  So, naturally we ended up at Penn and Teller.  


I still can't figure out how they did any of those tricks up on stage.  It was impressive.    


My one requested activity was to ride the New York, New York roller coaster.



So good for the soul to have a little terror mixed in with screaming and laughter with some of your favorite people.  

Here's Emily and I riding it back in 2002.  We still make the same terrified faces. 



Another throw back to mine and Emily's first time to Vegas together in February 2002 when we were 19.


Still BFF's 18 years later.  






Another highlight for me was having uninterrupted time to talk with Michelle on our drive to and from Vegas.  When we get together we usually have 4-8 children running all around us, so it's hard to get a complete sentence in.   We also got to listen to the old CD mixes we burned, on Michelle's beloved CD burner, in college.  Best of times.  





It's been 18 years.  Lots of moves between us.  Even more kids.  We've had different life experiences and we have a variety of views on a variety of topics.  Yet through it all, we have been able to remain close. 

August 2001


It's a privilege to be able to surround myself with these strong women who are passionate about the life they are living.  I pray everyday my kids make friends like these when they go to college.   

September 2011


July 2013

April 2018

CWIC4EVER!


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Debz
You guys are the best and I am so thankful that Kelsey found all of you went she went to college. Nothing better than life long friends to support you in all that you do. Love all of you girls so much!

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Disneyland

Feb 5, 2017
Because of Emily's beautiful sister law, pictured here on the left, Macey and I got to go to Disneyland again!!


Macey made us stop at The World's Tallest Thermometer, since apparently it's a tradition now.  


I got to spend 11 hours in a car with this girl.  We listened to our roadtrip playlists, Matilda, and got lots of talking in.  Made up for the crazy LA traffic in the rain.  


We thought last year was pretty perfect.  Turns out this year was actual perfection.  

And the matching fanny packs and shirts were an amazing edition. 


but seriously, the fanny pack.  Life changing.  

There were no lines.  Like, no lines.  I guess that is what happens when it's suppose to rain, but actually doesn't. 

We rode the Gadget Coaster 6 times in a row, without getting off. 


Pure joy on these girls faces.  



And we got soaked on Splash Mountain, even with our ponchos.  



The girls only wanted to do the big rides this year and multiple times at that.  Macey's favorite Disneyland ride was Thunder Mountain (I think we rode it 4x's) and her favorite Californian adventure ride was Screamin' (4x's on this one too).  



We were pretty much constantly running from ride to ride, which means Emily and I might have each inhaled a corndog in a matter of 3 minutes.  





This was Macey's 4th trip to Disneyland and the first time we have ever seen her favorite princess.  Perfection I tell you.




Next day was spent bumming around and getting to play with Emily's girls that I don't get to see as often as I would like.  




Even though it was raining we still went to the beach.  






And then Macey and I headed back to reality and the snow. 





Emily is one of those people that always leaves you feeling better about yourself than you did before you were in her presence.  I forgot how much I love that about her. 


Spending time with my bff at the happiest place on earth was good for my soul.  


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