Who would have thought Vegas would have been so much fun?

A view from atop the High Roller ferris wheel....over 500 feet up...
A view from atop the High Roller Ferris Wheel....over 500 feet up...

Oh, I know....lots of people...but I really didn't.  I knew it would be nice to get away....and be with my husband - which is why I went along with it.  But THIS IS GREAT!

For those that are new and have no idea what I'm speaking of.....  I've gone along on a conference trip with my husband to Las Vegas.  We came out two days before the conference one day for traveling, getting the rental car and getting acquainted with the area, one day for just the two of us to sightsee and relax, three days for the conference (poor husband has to attend lectures which I guess is okay - for HIM - But I get to hang out in the room or by poolside with my books, paper and pencils to read and write to my heart's content ALL DAY LONG without interruption!), three evenings of shows, dinners and time together - ALONE- uninterrupted!!!- and another day for travel....

While I'm busy writing future posts, editing and writing picture book manuscripts, critiquing for friends, and reading all sorts of things - I thought I'd drop a few pictures here to let you see some of what we've been up to!  I hope you enjoy 🙂

There's someone in a parachute here.... really, there is!  We saw a group of about 7 or 8 of them gliding down... it was very hard to get a good picture though.
There's someone in a parachute here.... really, there is! We saw a group of about 7 or 8 of them gliding down... it was very hard to get a good picture though.
We have a thing about taking pictures of signs....  I longed to spot a Bighorn but the signs were all we saw on this trip.
We have a thing about taking pictures of signs.... I longed to spot a Bighorn but the signs were all we saw on this trip.
My sweetheart and I on the way to the Hoover Dam - stopped by Lake Meade- which I learned was created during the building of the dam.
My sweetheart and I on the way to the Hoover Dam - stopped by Lake Mead- which I learned had been created during the building of the dam.

 

The scenery in the desert between Arizona and Nevada.
The scenery in the desert between Arizona and Nevada.
My sweetheart overlooking the dam.... he's a lot braver than I.
My sweetheart overlooking the dam.... he's a lot braver than I.
Overlook from the Dam....and yes, we crossed that bridge!
Overlook from the Dam....and yes, we crossed that bridge!
On the way back, we came upon this sign....  It made us laugh.  I thought there would be more ways to get to Vegas---but apparently there's just this one.  Maybe that's why it's said that the things that happen in Vegas, STAY in Vegas....
On the way back, we came upon this sign.... It made us laugh. I thought there would be more ways to get to Vegas---but apparently there's just this one. Maybe that's why it's said that the things that happen in Vegas, STAY in Vegas....

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I am .

I'm going to Vegas.

It's not my ideal vision of a grand vacation, but you know what?  I am really excited.  Not because it's Vegas though, but because I'm getting away with my husband!  He is after all, number one in my life after God and we deserve some time together. Needless to say, I'm also wrapped up in guilt at the thought of leaving the kids for several days - but they will be well taken care of by very loving people whom we trust - so I'm trying desperately NOT to let my 'mother brain' take over my 'I gotta get away with you NOW brain'!

We can do/afford Vegas because my husband is attending a conference there.  Now before you go and say, "well what kind of vacation is that if your husband is going to be at a conference half the days?" let me remind you I am a stay-at- home, homeschool mom who wants to be is a writer!!!!  This is a dream! 

Not only am I going to be able to spend the weekend with him uninterrupted, but I get to spend several days curled up in a hotel room by myself with a book, paper and lots of sharpened pencils and my computer to just READ READ READ and WRITE WRITE WRITE !  AND  I get to spend the evenings with the man of my dreams!  It doesn't get better than that.... I'll TAKE IT!  (although a nice sandy beach on a tropical island or a cabin deep in the woods might be a better selection for next time-just a little hint and a wink to that sweet man).

And if that isn't enough - that man of my dreams is fulfilling a childhood dream as well.  He's bought us tickets to go see Donny and Marie Osmond while we are there.  Wow!  I know, some of you may think - "Really?" - But yeah....  I totally fell in love with Donny and Marie Osmond back in 1976.  I was in second grade.  I LOVED that show.  I still remember the pure excitement I had in just receiving a Donny and Marie T-shirt for Christmas one year....and the horrors of it turning green in the wash....  🙁    I actually met Marie Osmond and her brother Jay - in a Pizza Hut of all places in Provo Utah (I actually lived in Heber City Utah for a couple of years as a child).  I was thrilled to get her autograph (Jays too although at the time I had no idea who he was...lol).  I lost the autograph.  🙁   And I never got the chance to see the show live though I lived rather close.  But now I DO get to see them!!!!  I'm so excited.  And so appreciative because I know only my husband would really get that this makes me so happy and love me enough to do it!  (Love you sweetheart!!)

I'm not sure what else we'll do in Vegas.  We're not the gambling type but we may go wild and spend $10 on a slot machine.  LOL

We are considering renting a car and going to see the Hoover Dam .

As I searched Bing and Google for a picture I could share, I noticed the bridge and now I'm thinking, "Do I have to cross THAT thing??"..... yikes.  My older kids, if they know about this, are probably taking bets on whether I'll chicken out or not....  yeah - my kids - they love to remind me how far up we are when I'm going over a bridge - they apparently like the color of snow white on my skin.....   what love.

I'm not sure what else we will do in the Vegas area or where we will eat!  Not only do we need to find Paleo, but remember, we can't do the artificial stuff and I'm nervous that some restaurants may understand Paleo but that doesn't mean they won't add any artificial stuff that would cause reactions....  but it's Vegas, right?  Surely we can at least find a nice steak and a baked potato and plain salad if nothing else, right?  Are their Chipotle's out there?  I know there's a Whole Foods...several in fact, in the city.  So we will find something!  But if any of my Paleo readers have been there and want to give hints, I'm all ears!

Well, it's time to start thinking about what to pack - clothes and also food for the plane.  If I recall - we can do snacks as long as they are wrapped in store-bought wrappers....like RX bars, beef jerky, Lara bars.... because I'm sure we can't eat what's on the plane and it will be a long journey (6 hours plus a layover...somewhere?)

I'll be sure to post all about the trip when it happens!