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Celebrating a DECADE!

21 Jan

I met the man I would marry 11 years ago. I married him the next year. We are celebrating TEN YEARS! of marriage this month.

Joe’s work schedule has been crazy. We only had a 4 day weekend to celebrate, thinking we might go somewhere more special later in the year. Our friends overheard us talking about this 4 days free, and where we might go. They decided to plan a weekend with us, and before I ever knew it, we were suddenly planning a trip to VEGAS  – with 6 of our “closest friends”! This was definitely not the trip I had in mind for my tenth wedding anniversary, but I have to admit it was the most fun trip I have ever been on.

The group had a blast. We partied – hard – like we were 20. But this time we had more money, so we also had more fun. We purchased a table at a super top secret bar, and we went to fancy shows and restaurants. We rode in a limo on the strip, stopping at In-and-out burger and Pawn Stars. We saw the fountains at Bellagio and ate at the restaurant at the top of the building. We shopped at high end boutiques and I even brought home Louis Vuitton sunglasses. We gambled – black jack and craps – and we all brought home extra money in our pockets.

The day and night of our anniversary was ours alone. The group went to zipline on the red rocks. Joe and I took a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon, which neither of us had ever seen. It was a whole day trip and it was AMAZING. Here we are in the little area where we landed in the canyon.

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Hoover Dam

That night we had special reservations at a secret restaurant. It was by chef Jose Andres and only allowed 8 people per evening!  We had to order tickets for dinner weeks and weeks before we left. The golden ticket arrive in the mail and was our pass to get inside.

Once we were seated at the 8 person table, the chefs prepared a very extensive menu for us, bordering on art and chemistry combined.

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They worked so hard on every little detail. Each course was tiny, just a few bites at most, but there were probably 23 courses in all!  Each was presented in an amazing artful fashion. These flowers were edible:

Part of our dinner!

These little bites were bubbles with food inside. They were prepared right in front of our eyes.

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This is us, back at Aria, dressed for dinner.

Our date night at Aria

 

Vegas will always bring me memories of fun and friends. Happy ten years!  Here is to many more!

 

It really was the perfect Christmas

25 Dec

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Glory to God in the highest.

And to earth, peace, goodwill toward men.

 

Halloween

31 Oct

This year it was Disney themed costumes…for the girls…

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but because we have a little boy interested in Colonial history, we had a soldier on the loose…

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oh, wait.

Yes, do wait for it.

Make that TWO soldiers.

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Halloween: Tate Farms AND Disney World

21 Oct

By now you must know our Halloween traditions include our favorite places!

This year was no different! We went to the pumpkin patch. Oh, yes, we did.

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And we went to Disney World. Oh, yes, we did.

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This year we added a twist. We went on a Disney Cruise. Oh yes, we did.

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It took us to the Bahamas. Oh yes! It did!

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We had a great time again. Oh yes, we did!

14 Apr

I love seeing them in their Easter finest.

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But seeing them in their Easter FUNNEST is pretty great too.

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Our nation’s capital

25 Mar

Spring Break was spent seeing some of the most famous monuments at our nation’s capital.

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Some of these moments were very serious.

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Others…not so much.

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We also got to meet cousins some of us hadn’t ever seen before.

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Just kidding.

That’s George Washington and HIS family. We went to his house too.

Here is OUR family:

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Thanks for hosting us! We’ll be back!

S-N-O-W!!!

8 Jan

We just THOUGHT we knew snow when we had a White Christmas!

J2 went to Arizona for the National Championship football game and missed the biggest snow our city has ever seen! (At least it is the biggest snow WE have ever seen in our city!)

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That’s right!  6 inches!

Sledding!

Enough for sledding!

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Couldn’t even see the roads.

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After a hard day’s work we’d made a whole FAMILY of snowmen!

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This was a snow to remember!

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