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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Fun Times, Family Times...

The past week has been an especially fun one for our little family. My youngest sister Emily graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) and my nephew Finely turned 8, which means he was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. All of this meant that we got to take a little road trip up to Utah to see my family - Yay!!
The start of our roadtrip was a little rocky - Aiden got carsick, Reilly got stung by a bee, then Doug got carsick, and so forth, and so forth. The drive took a little longer than expected, causing us to miss Emily's graduation ceremony, but we finally made it safe and sound. (Here's a pic of the happy, beautiful, intelligent graduate...)
The baptism was so special, and afterward there was the bonus of getting NEW family pictures (apparently, I close my eyes a lot when I'm in front of the camera...oh well).
 
 
 
 
 
Doug and I decided to use this trip as an excuse to treat the girls to a night in Vegas. We got a great rate at the Excalibur (the pretty Castle, as the girls refer to it), partook of a buffet dinner, and enjoyed a looong walk on the strip, taking in the lights. The next morning we spent as much time as possible in the pool before we had to hop back in the car to get home.
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Before we headed home, we decided to cruise the strip so the girls could see the big hotels during daylight. Doug wanted to hit up another buffet, so we stopped at a cool little casino/hotel south of the city and were totally surprised when we walked in and saw this cool aquarium. The girls LOVED it. The buffet ended up being super crowded, and we didn't want to wait the hour to get in, so we decided to get burgers and milkshakes at Johnny Rocket's instead...it was a win-win for all!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
While it may have been a short little vacay, we sure had a great time!! Can't wait to do it again (hopefully sooner rather than later!!)

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