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.
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.
We ate amazing food and did lots of people watching.
We sat poolside.
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.
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.
The best thing about this month was the sun started shinning! If the sun was out, so were we.
I also fell in love, again, with our tiny backyard. If it isn't raining or snowing Crew is happily playing basketball or just making a mess back there. I love knowing he can't get into any real trouble and I can actually get things done without having to watch him.
I finally got to go for walks. The gym and I haven't liked each other very much lately, so it was a nice change. I was even nice one day and walked to the park with a friend to let the kids play. No jackets required.
Crew is still trying to remember how to properly enter and exit the cars, though. It was a long winter.
Shockingly, my desire to move has greatly lessened. :)
Holly and I even took a break from our normal Friday Dinosaur Museum outing and took the boys to Farm Country. Everyone was happy for the change. Plus, Crew greatly increased his vocabulary after our visit. He now says horse, cow, moo, and neigh.
Miles has been really good at making sure we do his Talking Time (his speech preschool) homework. He really has improved so much and said the "k" sound for the first time
last week. His speech teacher was screaming and hugging him and I had to work very hard to hold the tears back. He is so proud of himself too and has been showing off his new found skill to everyone.
We took a quick trip to Vegas to meet up with the Bartlett's. I was dying to meet Maybelle and she lived up to her pictures...cutest and best baby around.
We enjoyed the sun and the company. Although, I always question why in the world I want to travel with 3 crazy kids during the trip, but, afterwards, no regrets. :)
We took the kids to Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. It's the only predatory based aquarium, so naturally Miles was in heaven. It was the highlight of the trip for everyone. *Not pictured, we met up with our old college friends Rich and Jeanine. So fun to catch up after 10 years.
We finally took the kids to Classic Skating for Maceys school's family night. I loved watching Macey hang out with all her friends, first graders are just too cute.
Holly and I did Macey's Class Valentine Party. Planning these parties has been one of my favorite things about this year.
This kid got a haircut. They cut off way more than I told them too, but I love it and have no fear about it growing back curly and crazy.
We still think Crew is the cutest kid around, even when he is constantly getting into trouble. Nothing is safe anymore.
Crew is also working on becoming Paul's favorite child. He is the only one that likes hamburgers, he's obsessed with basketball, and video games. Crew can often be found turning on the espn app on the apple tv and then sitting back and watching a little basketball. I always know when he's done this because I hear him screaming "ball! ball! ball!".
This month's goal was getting my books out of boxes and finding homes for them all. Goal accomplished, although I still haven't figured out what to do with them in the boy's room.
We went to our last BYU homegame of the season. While I will miss the games, I am looking forward to doing something else with my Saturday nights. Pregnancy Update:
This time last pregnancy I was on bedrest and had been to the hospital about a dozen times already. This time everything is looking great, what a difference it makes!
I am still nauseous and throwing up, but am able to accomplish what needs to get done, nothing extra though. :)
Besides, cleaning bathrooms beats bedrest most days.
And the crockpot usually ends up in the garage by the end of the day.
I'm still struggling with the no Dr. Pepper
thing. And the fact that my throat is still
bleeding just as much as it was before, hasn't helped. We will see if I can keep it up. My throat really won't get a chance to heal until this is all over anyways and some days are just hard.
Other proof I am feeling slightly better...Michelle and I took our kids out in public. Usually on our playdates, I lay on the couch while the kids run around crazy.
There was only one mishap, where Crew ran behind the counter to see what the workers were doing. Other than that, they were perfect angels.
Here's hoping for one more snow and then lots of sunshine in March!