Flash Back Friday: 6 Years

Of my blog, the post that has the most views by FAR is one that I wrote on 2/23/2009!  Ben and I started Facebook chatting in January 2009, and in February I flew down to meet him by my lonely self.  I wrote this post about that weekend and probably because it mentions VEGAS, and people search that a lot, it has twice as many views as the next most viewed post.  

So as part of a reminiscent time that this time of year is for us, six years, one wedding, four moves, one baby later, here is that post! 


Vegas was so awesome!! I give all the credit to the wonderful Ben for making my vacation one of a kind. The way everything has worked out for the past few weeks has been bizarre, yet awesome. It still makes me sit and think...how the crap...?

But first I must warn you never to take a connecting flight to Vegas even if it saves you $100+ bucks. Also, do not fly United. Ever. I could post an entire post about my flights alone. I got to Vegas hours late and we were late for our dinner reservations, and then coming home was a nightmare when my first flight was delayed causing me to miss my connection! I got stuck in San Francisco!! It took me 13 hours total to get home? Ridiculous!! I would have rather got stuck in Vegas. Not to mention both ways my luggage didn't make it. A direct flight is 55 minutes. That'll be the plan next time.

Not to mention I have gotten so much crap for being so cheap and booking connections to Vegas, but hey... I would rather go shopping with that 100+ bucks. Ha! I'll never live this down!! :) Never!! Haha.

But moving onto the important stuff. Vegas!!

Friday night Ben had dinner reservations at Social House...

A sushi bar right next to Treasure Island, or "TI." Though we were rushed getting there (thanks United), it was fun to put on a dress and get dolled up (in about five/ten minutes) and go out to eat together.

After dinner guess where he took me!?

To see O at the Bellagio!!! It was an awesome show and I can't believe some of the things they did. It's impossible to put into words. Those people are talented!! And we had front and center seats. He spoiled me so much. Thanks Ben!

After we saw O, we headed to dance at the Moon up top of the Palms where Ben had put us on the list (wow how things are so different than in Utah). The ceiling opens up and you get to dance under the sky. Plus you get to look off the top of the building on the deck and it's really neat. A perfect night!!

We ended the night by going to get tacos at I think it was called "Three Amigos." I finally checked in to my hotel at about 4:30a.m. :) What a night!!

Saturday we spent most of the day on the strip since I haven't been to Vegas in years. I made Ben take me to the M&M store hehe. We got pink, purple, silver, and black M&Ms. Love it.

We headed up to the top of the Statosphere to ride the freaky rides like this one that hangs off the side and spins...

And this one on the very top that's similar to the Re-Entry/Blast-Off (The Rocket) from good ole Lagoon...

The rides took longer than anticipated so we pushed our dinner reservations back an hour. We went and got ready really quickly and then we were still late. :) I can't remember the name but it was really good sushi!!! I wish I could remember the name... dangit.

After dinner we had tickets to see Mystere at TI!!!

And after that we went to Tryst, at the Wynn, to dance!! It had a huge waterfall and outdoorsy area...

(It's just a Redbull folks. Haha)

After all was said and done, we talked until close to six in the morning. When the alarm went off at 8:20am, I was so not wanting to wake up! Let alone go home!! :( Little did I know what United Airlines had waiting for me that day ha.

I was only there for 36 hours (and didn't take enough pictures!) but Ben had arranged to have so many things in that amount of time. I feel so incredibly spoiled, and very appreciative, for everything! We had actually never met before (it's a story if ya ever heard one haha) but things went great! Funny enough, his roommate is Greg/Lori Sanders' nephew (my neighbors/awesome people). Small world.

Anyways, he's coming up this weekend! And next weekend I'm, uh, headed back to Vegas? Thank you Ben!!


We have made some wonderful memories these past six years.  Thank goodness I at least took some pictures and documented many of them.

Have a nice weekend!  It's the Superbowl and the Phoenix Open, and it's literally a torrential downpour out there.  What are the chances!?

Hot Air Balloon Festival

Earlier this month I saw ads for the hot air balloon festival in Phoenix. I decided we should totally go!! Invite my brother and make it a family affair!! We see a lot of hot air balloons around where we live, but this had TONS of them and something about hot air balloons is so fascinating.

Saturday, as we got closer to the festival grounds, we got a little concerned that we didn't see millions of hot air balloons in the sky! Hum.

Then we pulled up and not only did we not see millions, we didn't even see ONE.  lol

We all bought tickets on Groupon, so we had to at least go investigate, and we found out the balloons came out in the morning and then again at dusk. Soooooooo we went to Cane's Chicken, drove by the super bowl stadium, and eventually made our way back!

Re-entry to the park wasn't free so we just pulled off afar.

I'm rusty on the jumping poses.

The schedule said the balloons would illuminate the sky! Illuminate they did, and it was pretty cool! However, after an hour of waiting, we realized they weren't going to actually go up in the sky as they started to deflate. Hahaha

We basically dedicated our entire day to seeing the image above. But at least we got to hang out with my brother and friend, Maria!

Lit up balloons at night are kind of fun. Even on the ground. But...you know...balloons in the sky would be even better.

Sorry James.  lol

Home for the Holidays

Christmas 2014!

Better late than never, right?  This is a semi-photo dump post.

My mom's tree was a little prettier than ours, I'll admit.  Christmas Eve looked a lot like the above.  

And also as fuzzily below...

Sorry baby boy!

We drove ten hours on Christmas Eve.  Rykar has had the center seat for 10 years of his life.

There was a blizzard on its way to northern Utah and we wanted to miss it, so we hit the road at 7:00am and no snow!  SUCCESS.  (My sister, not so lucky.)

Just can't wait to get on the road again.

I rode in back with the baby, dog, and pump-in-style.  B slept the ENTIRE WAY.  Then he zonked back out at bedtime.  Hoo-freakin-rah!!  First road trip for the win.

Wouldn't be a Christmas trip without a stop in good ole Kingman, Arizona.

Also St. George, Utah.

Grams was pretty excited to see our little Christmas elf.

I was up very first on Christmas and had to capture lil B's first Christmas morning.

He didn't have much interest this year.  =]

The snow arrived that morning and it really didn't stop much our entire trip.  A pretty winter wonderland.

One of my New Year's resolutions is to carry my Nikon around and use it so I have better quality pictures like I used to do.

The one (cell phone) family pic from Christmas day we have...


We didn't get to Skype Elder Hales this Christmas because he has a new mission president who only allowed phone calls.  It was a bummer because of the four times we have been able to talk with him the past two years, this was the one time I really wanted to Skype so he could meet his first nephew.  Thank goodness his two years are up next week!

So this is how we do.  Gather around the phone.

James is the dawgy whisperer.

We started Christmas in Pleasant Grove, had the afternoon in Layton, and ended up in Logan.  All on a slow commute of a blizzardy day.  Needless to say, I never had time to get ready.  What a Christmas crisis.

That was our Christmas!  Well a part of it at least.

I hope you had a Merry Christmas [a month ago]!