After a small pow wow with my sis in law we were very aware that we needed to plan a ‘getaway’ for the girls.  It’s tough being a mom as anybody who’s a mom knows and something like this makes all the difference in the world.  So we started planning.  Vegas was the destination.  March 27th was the date.  It was marked on all our calendars and we maybe (in my case) not so patiently awaited the day where we could lovingly leave our kiddos behind with their respective babysitters and our hubbies and go leave it all in Vegas!  Wahoo!

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David drove me down to Ogden where I got onto the Frontrunner train and rode it down to South Jordan.  I love the train and enjoyed the scenery and people watching.  Natalie picked me up in South Jordan and we were off!!  We stopped in St. George to pick up Chelsea and continued onward!  IMG_1811

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We stayed at the Luxor hotel which is the big pyramid on the strip which was kinda cool and fun but we’re pretty sure we’d never stay there again.  Riding the elevator up to the 18th floor felt and sounded like something out of a horror movie but good memories right?  Once we checked in we decided to take a taxi to the Town Square shopping center and do some serious e-commerce.  We relished in the beauty that is Victoria’s Secret and their amazing bras and so much more.  When my mom finally reached town she met us at a yummy Italian restaurant for dinner and we again indulged.

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Earlier that evening Chelsea made the brilliant suggestion that we go to a club that night and dance!  We then brooded over the idea for several hours laughing and joking and wondering if we really could bring ourselves to do it.  After dinner and after we were back in our hotel we found out the price and the time and just did it!   We got as dolled up as we could and knew that we were going to stick out of the crowd like a sore thumb. Oh well!  We didn’t care!  But we certainly did.

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I’m certain we were the only ones there that were REALLY dancing and the only ones there that weren’t drunk.  Weird eh?  But SO MUCH FUN!  There is something about letting all your inhibitions go and being free that is really liberating!  You’ve gotta try it.  Wish I had a camera that night but it probably would have been too dark anyway.  We all saw something in each other that we’ve never seen before and man it was fun.  Did I already say that?

We stayed a lot longer than we thought but eventually we decided to go to sleep.  The next morning we ate breakfast and headed out to the pool.  We stayed in the ‘paid access area’ which had padded lounges and umbrellas and man we were happy with that decision, thanks mom! It was spring break and very crowded by noon.  We must have lay there for about 5 hours just relaxing, reading, listening to music, swimming and visiting. Dreamy!  But what to do next but more shopping!  This time is was Fashion Show mall on the strip.

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Parking is always a nightmare but count on my mom to improvise! I was ready  to pay for valet parking when she decided she could fit in this teeny space between the support and where the parking actually started.  Well she did! And we didn’t get in trouble! Whew!

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This shopping adventure was especially fun.  Sometimes (most times) it’s difficult to get my dear mom in the mood for shopping.  She rarely if ever buys things for herself. Well that changed today.  It took a minute but she eventually let go and had a blast trying on new things and beautiful things.  She’d model for us and all the sales ladies and in the end came out with a load of new beautiful well deserved clothes! Go mom!!

Oh shopping.  Why are you so addicting and fun.  I usually don’t like the sales people in Buckle and how pushy they are but this particular day as I walked in a young man came straight up to me and said, try these on! It was day of saying yes so I did!  And I was so glad! It was just what I was looking for and better!

We probably would have shopped for a couple more hours but we were pushing the time limits of getting to our show on time! My mom and I being absolute Michael Jackson freaks of course had to see his show!  It was INCREDIBLE.  I can’t say much about it cause it would never do it justice but it exceeded my expectations and made me choke up at one point.  It was beautiful.

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I can’t wait to take David to see it.  And Ben someday. 🙂  I didn’t have time to go home and shower after a day of sitting by the pool and shopping so I looked nasty.  But at the time I really didn’t care! I was so excited! Here is a preview but just keep in mind it doesn’t do it an ounce of justice.

When it was tragically over we walked back to our hotel in awe and wonder and went to bed dreaming of moon walks and beautiful flying people.  Or amazing pole dancers….

The next day was check out day, we got ready and packed up and made our way out to track down the Hash House which was supposed to be this amazing place.  Well apparently we were right.  There was a 2 hour wait when we got there…packed!!  We put our name on the list and went out to the plaza to get something to tide us over and of course shop a little more.  Well when it was our time we weren’t regretting our  decision.  This place was incredible.  Here is our meals.

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This was our last hoorah I guess.  From here we walked back to the car and drove home to St. George.

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This was the LinQ High Roller Ferris Wheel thing we walked by on the way to the car.  It was Gi-normous!!  Just gotta love Vegas!!!  It was kinda hard going home but we we all missed our little ones of course.

When I got to South Jordan I was 45 mins early for the train and since I had made a mini goal to talk to people on the train instead of have my head down and ears plugged like everyone else I had a nice chat with Tony!  He was from San Francisco and had just moved to Utah for work.  He had dreadlocks and baggy pants and thought I was 20 years old bless his freaking heart.  We even exchanged numbers and if he’s ever in Logan he’s going to call me so I can make him dinner (I was reading my new cook book when he walked up).  How fun right?  Then when I was on the train I talked to some cute young girls who had gone to Salt lake to shop for the afternoon.  I just really love that train.  I love the weekend and memories that I made with my sis in laws and my mom.  It really was a weekend to remember forever.