My first thought was to enjoy the (very long) flight over to Vegas. No child in tow...of course it would be enjoyable. I bought a book (Confessions of a Shopaholic) and Shane picked me up a bag of chocolate covered bing cherries. Everything I needed for some "me" time in the air. Unfortunately, I remembered very quickly how much I hate flying. I love (love) traveling. I hate (hate) flying. The combination of motion sickness and claustrophobia make any flight over a couple hours hellish. My first transatlantic flight when I was 17 still holds a place as one of the 5 worst days of my life.
By the end of the first leg I was completely nauseated (I couldn't even open the chocolates) and I was already finished with the book. It was a fun read, but for $14 for a paperback, I had really hoped it would last me over 3 hours. I was forced to pick up a few fashion magazines which really is torture to a 7 month pregnant women on a spending freeze. I was also further nauseated as I read over and over again that colored jeans are back. Oh please, can't we learn from any fashion mistakes? Teal jeans are never okay.
By the time I arrived in Vegas, I was trashed and it was midnight my time. My sister, Abby, and I had scheduled our flights to arrive the same time. Abby was worse than me. Sick with the flu, she looked like she was knocking on death's door. We could have (should have) just gone straight to bed. However....it's Vegas. :) We decided to hit the strip for a few hours. I love Vegas. It is so completely and utterly bizarre. Some of my favorite memories are road tripping with friends to Vegas for a weekend. Even without gambling, drinking...and all the other obvious things that happen and apparently stay in Vegas, it can be a great place to just get away. And nothing is hotter than a really pregnant women walking down the Vegas strip at night....oh wait. I mean anything is hotter than that :) - Did know that Cher performs at the Colosseum? There is an entire gift shop there totally dedicated to her. I was so close to getting Shane a glitter Cher t-shirt. What a totally awesome waste of money that would have been. (I really thought Cher was in a nursing home or something. Way to go Botox.)
Somehow we got ourselves up in the morning and headed to St. George. I had no idea how beautiful the desert could be in the springtime. It was comforting to be able to actually see the land stretching before us, instead of being so closed in as the South tends to make you feel. Instead of getting several hotel rooms for my family, my parents rented this amazing house set amongst the red desert rocks. As soon as I saw it I realized that we had made a mistake of making this only a weekend trip. We were so incredibly busy with the wedding, we didn't have time to just relax and enjoy the setting. What is a family vacation without some serious downtime to play cards?
The day of the wedding, I woke up before the sun was up and went for a swim in the private pool. It was like bathwater and I watched the sun rise over the desert through the rising steam. My swollen tummy made me unbelievably buoyant, and I almost fell asleep at one point. I could feel the stress washing away in the total silence. One hour of Zen in a new place can be so incredibly invigorating.
The wedding was beautiful, as was the bride. I will post about the events next week along with some photos - once I make it though the 200 photos I snapped. I really hope I look better in the professional photos than the ones taken with my camera. I look exactly like a sack of potatoes in my brown maternity bridesmaid outfit :)
Congrats Molly and Wayne! Thanks Mom and Dad for a great weekend!
Speaking of Weddings, the winner of the "Advice to the Bride Giveaway" is The Gilbert Family who said:
"If I could change something about my wedding...it would be my mother in-law! No explanation needed :)" Awesome.
....If you haven't read the comments on that post, you are missing out. Some great (yet horrible) wedding mishapes :)
Both winners, please email me and I will get you your prizes. Come back Friday for another giveaway.