Wednesday, September 30, 2015

First day of school and beyond...

 Here are our two loves on their first day of school.  They were both excited and a little nervous.
 Ava was thrilled that she ended up with Ms. Riley, the teacher she was hoping for.  She was also happy to learn that all the first graders from her first/second split last year were placed in her class with her. 

 Ava is so sweet and eager to learn, I love her passion for school!  She even woke up excited to get up and go to school that whole first week!  She is still doing pretty well, but a little harder to get out of bed.

 Norah was much more nervous than Ava, which is funny because it basically the same preschool she went to last year.  Valerie did move locations but many of the same friends were there to welcome her to her first day.

 A little closer up, love her sweet smile!  She is doing great this year.
 Ava came home from school not feeling well at all  We knew she was a little sick that morning but she really didn't want to miss her first day.  She did have to stay home the second day but we took her strait to the doctors to get her all fixed up.  They put her on prednisone and she immediately started to feel better.  She only had to miss one day.

 These are all Norah's funny faces while we waited through Ava's doctors appointment.  I love to make little collages with them.  : )

Next stop Target for her prescription.  Norah loves spot.
 Ava worked hard through the Summer to complete 30 journal entries, along with tons of Moby Max, Mrs. Nelson promised her a prize if she completed all of this and I promised her a fish.  She was so excited to get that fish! 

 Norah is so pretty.
 When we were at the pet store I text this picture to John and said we decided to go with this guy over the fish, I was tempted! 
 The girls were so excited!!
 Meet Fuchsia McPufferson.  

School wise we have been off to a great start.  Sick wise, not so much.  Ava just had to take her second set of prednisone and Norah has a 102 temp and a cough.  Need to get these kids well!!  

It's about 10:15 at night as I am writing this, Ava just came out of her room and told us she read two and a half chapter books since we sent her to bed.  I love her passion for reading, wish I could get her more on board with sleep!  So my daughter...

Monday, September 28, 2015


Jessica and I had the very best time in VEGAS together.  We got to go for 5 nights!  Some people would argue that may be too long in Vegas, but I beg to differ, it was perfect.

 Jessica surprised me by upgrading us to first class!  So fun!
 According to her the drinks were too strong so she made me drink them all, I'm helpful like that.
 Our rental car,
Super awesome late night cheap breakfast right next door! 
Our yummy breakfast of champions 
We went on a healthy shopping spree.  We loved the little friendly grocery store down the street.  I was sure we would never drink all that liquor, hahahaha
The strip!!

Sister time is the best!!
Drunk shopping, so fun!
And then "home" for the main event.  We got to meet our brother, what a shocking turn of events that ended up being such a blessing.  The whole family is just so great!!  
Me, Bill, Misha, Jessica, Celeste and Josiah. Our new nieces and nephew!!
We had the best time getting to know each other, they are such lovely people!
Our brother!! 


Out to brunch / crazy time share hard sell.  Remind me to say no to these things always.  On the right is Alicia and Legend, super sweet family friends of Bill, loved them both.
Pool party at the Palms

Anthony, the family's good friend & local DJ, he was super entertaining.  

Loved the bracelet.

Ready to go out on the party bus for Jessica's birthday! 

Ran into Shirley and Jenni in the bar!!  Such a small, awesome world!
Jessica found a few other friends on the strip.

So fun!
The infamous sign, the party bus took us here for a photo between night clubs.   
Our very favorite spot to eat.  I think we ended up at this awesome sushi place 3 times! 
More fun with the family!  Their stay was short but so great!
I love coffee.  It's my no-sleep best friend.
Our "awesome buffet" we were told to "come hungry for" so tricked!  Again, no timeshare presentations please!! 
More sushi amazingness!! 
So grateful for this time with Jessica!

We went out for make overs before our show.  Here's our before & after. 

I love how we exactly switched how we were smiling in these two..

Fancy buffet! So much good food!
We went to a great show!  Jessica really spoiled me with non-stop fun!  We also saw a comedy show that was super funny!

All the desserts!
Good!  Love!  Always faithful!


What a great trip!!!  Thank you so much Jessica for making this so fun.  I am beyond grateful for all the ways you bless my life.  I will remember this trip FOREVER.  Love you.

Here are the recap notes I took on my phone on our way home on the plane, they won't make much sense but they will help me remember all the little things later I forgot to write about : )


First class first. Rental car forever
Cheap middle of the night breakfast Coronado cafe in the South point casino
Salmon poke breakfast
Grocery shopping & liquor (we will never drink all this liquor!!!) ***until we did
Got ready made, big margaritas  to go & went shopping miracle mile & mall, 
Jess won 85, mojitos, Ross  dresses
They delayed until dinner Saturday which worked out.
Dinner party & meet & greet 🎉🎉

Shots, birthday song, ginger beer strawberries yummy Mexican dinner. Read Martha's stuff, shared photos & stories & stayed up super late 4? talking. Bill stayed over & was up by 9am, brunch & timeshare BS Erika bonded with us & then called us then called us mooches when we didn't buy TS. Pool party at Palms bill, Misha & Anthony. Anthony thought he was in a music video, excited to wear no shirt, played volleyball,  Fun! Back to hotel we had salad (Celeste DJ & Josiah went home) then bill dropped us off at the Cromwell for party bus. Stared at The Bound Bar where we had really awesome gimlets & sat right next to Shirley & jenni, that was awesome. Off to Drais nightclub it was low key, ran into security guard Jessica liked, I kept dancing with the other security guard to make her laugh. Left to eat, saw the 2 guys that lifted her up. Best $20 she ever spent. Chicken fajitas & water. Got on party bus. Danced & drank went to the Las Vegas sign for a photo. Went to Bank nightclub at bellagio where Jessica found a guy to dance with & buy her a drink I stole. I wandered off but then couldn't find her. The security guards were pissing me off cause they wouldn't let me stand anywhere they kept  yelling at me to move. We left & called bill who came to get us.  Back to the room then out to late cheap breakfast with adults. 4:30 sleep. Up early 10 to hang out with peeps before they left, Misha had to get back to work. Made breakfast burritos, they all left & made scramble for us, the maid came to clean the rooms & we ran to the store. Watermelon x 3!! I got a whole hotel room to myself!! Jessica took nap, I took bath. Got ready & went to best sushi happy hour then went to sin city planet Hollywood comedy show. It was super funny!!! Hot tub drinks. Stayed up until 2.  Slept.  "Come hungry" brunch/ timeshare presentation, total joke. No food. Lies. GOALS!!   $100 cash, 2 2-night vacations & no brunch. "90 minutes" my ass. Then sushi again, amazing!!!! Well deserved. So hungry. Rest, get makeup done sephora, aria, gambled, drinks, aria buffet (delicious!! Crab legs) then Zarkana show, fun!! Bridesmaids search with Anthony no luck. Trees! Good sleep!!! Got up & went to bellagio buffet for brunch. Shopping at outlet mall. Whbm/ Kate spade then back to the room to clean up & pack. Airport