Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A Very Mini Vacation

So I am back from my sister's wedding in St. George, UT. This is only the second weekend I have spent away from Lydia, so even though I knew we were going to be crazy busy with the wedding, I wanted to squeeze in a few vacation moments all the same.

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!

Winners!
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 :)
The randomly chosen winner of the Scentsy Giveaway is...bumblebeebags! Congrats!
Both winners, please email me and I will get you your prizes. Come back Friday for another giveaway.


13 PEOPLE HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY:


ZogLady said...
This is a wonderful post! I leave Friday for Vegas with some girlfriends (oh yes! I'm leaving the Hubby and kids behind for the first holiday without them!)...... and I cannot wait! We're still in snow land here so anything above 0 is something I'm willing to put up with! *L* ;P
the undomesticated wife said...
Colored jeans are coming back?! In what cut? Boot leg/flared or the mommy-style cut that they were back in the day? Ack! LOL I hate flying too. Actually, I take that back. I don't hate flying. I hate the thought of crashing. There's just something very unnatural about being in a metal tube 30,000 feet in the air going 300 miles per hour! ;)
Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...
You and your sister look so similar. How fun is that!? Glad you had some time to yourself. Now, it's baby time.
Madeline and Family said...
Molly does make a beautiful bride doesn't she.
Eudae-Mamia said...
Arrived here to offer an official welcome to SiTS!! However, I will be sticking around because your blog has to be hands down one of the most gorgeous I have ever seen. (and I'm currently smack in the middle of spring break entertaining two little boys - I'll be back when I have time to pay due respect.) Em
Are You Serious! said...
♥ What a fun trip minus the motion sickness! :)
Chris said...
I can't wait to see more pictures. The description of you in that pool made me want to go on vacation sooo badly! Sounds awesome!
pink~leopard~print said...
Sounds like a fun vacay! P.S. Ugh colored jeans are never ok! I kid you not there was a girl at my work wearing neon yellow the other day!!
Té la mà Maria - Reus said...
very good blog, congratulations regard from Reus Catalonia thank you
Dave and Abby said...
Thanks Nat. I appreciate the "death's door" comment. :) What's great is someone said how much we look alike...
kristi lee said...
Ahhhhhhh....the teal skinny jeans WITH the yellow shirt and green cardigan. It was very Easter Eggish!
Natalie Jane said...
I'm so glad you pointed that out when you did. I was so involved with my Starbucks, I almost missed it. Thanks again for the treat!
Lora said...
Vegas is on my "must see" list, and it looks like you have photographic evidence of why :0) Visiting you from SITS. Have a wonderful day!

13 comments:

ZogLady said...

This is a wonderful post! I leave Friday for Vegas with some girlfriends (oh yes! I'm leaving the Hubby and kids behind for the first holiday without them!)...... and I cannot wait!

We're still in snow land here so anything above 0 is something I'm willing to put up with! *L* ;P

the undomesticated wife said...

Colored jeans are coming back?! In what cut? Boot leg/flared or the mommy-style cut that they were back in the day? Ack! LOL

I hate flying too. Actually, I take that back. I don't hate flying. I hate the thought of crashing.

There's just something very unnatural about being in a metal tube 30,000 feet in the air going 300 miles per hour! ;)

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

You and your sister look so similar. How fun is that!? Glad you had some time to yourself. Now, it's baby time.

Madeline and Family said...

Molly does make a beautiful bride doesn't she.

Eudae-Mamia said...

Arrived here to offer an official welcome to SiTS!!

However, I will be sticking around because your blog has to be hands down one of the most gorgeous I have ever seen.

(and I'm currently smack in the middle of spring break entertaining two little boys - I'll be back when I have time to pay due respect.) Em

Are You Serious! said...

♥ What a fun trip minus the motion sickness! :)

Chris said...

I can't wait to see more pictures. The description of you in that pool made me want to go on vacation sooo badly! Sounds awesome!

pink~leopard~print said...

Sounds like a fun vacay!

P.S. Ugh colored jeans are never ok! I kid you not there was a girl at my work wearing neon yellow the other day!!

Té la mà Maria - Reus said...

very good blog, congratulations
regard from Reus Catalonia
thank you

Dave and Abby said...

Thanks Nat. I appreciate the "death's door" comment. :) What's great is someone said how much we look alike...

kristi lee said...

Ahhhhhhh....the teal skinny jeans WITH the yellow shirt and green cardigan. It was very Easter Eggish!

Natalie Jane said...

I'm so glad you pointed that out when you did. I was so involved with my Starbucks, I almost missed it. Thanks again for the treat!

Lora said...

Vegas is on my "must see" list, and it looks like you have photographic evidence of why :0)

Visiting you from SITS. Have a wonderful day!

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