Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Jet Lagged Or Not...Here We Come! (sigh...)

After that whirlwind of a trip to Vegas BOY WAS I TIRED (yawn...).  But jet lagged or not, the end of the school year was pushing ahead full force!  The morning after arriving home I was at Parker Ann's school at 8 a.m. for her end of the year program.

  Each child had a letter of the alphabet to present by singing a solo.  Parker Ann's was the letter "D".
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                                I LOVE this and think she did FANTASTIC for her first solo!
After the program I took a few snapshots.  This is Parker with her teacher.  I actually taught at Parker's school with her teacher once.  We love Mrs. Neal and had a wonderful year with her.
Of course, I had to get a photo of Little Miss Priss and me.  Just look at that smile...What a doll she is!


This program was just so precious and I would not have missed it for anything in the world...including jet lag!  Sleep could wait a few more hours.  Or days as things would eventually turn out (yawn...).


The rest of the week and the following one continued to be just as busy with Parker Ann's Field Day and dance recital.
When I arrived for Field Day, the kids were out on the tennis court playing in the bouncer and on the water slides.
                             They moved from there to get tattoos and have some ice cream!

The action then turned to the gym, where they played with balls, nets and hula hoops while some pretty hopping music played on the loud speakers...


Go forward a few more days and it was dance recital time.  I love dance recital because it just brings back so many memories of when Caitlin was younger and took dance lessons.  Parker Ann is taking from the same studio that Aunt CaCa did!
                                 She did two dances this year; in the first dance she was a ladybug!
                                            In the second one she was a beautiful butterfly.

Parker Ann did a great job at her dance recital and I enjoyed being in the audience once more, watching the magical world of dance.  After the recital we went back to Justin and Sarah's house, where we ate an early dinner...and took a few more photographs!


As I reflected on the day later, I wondered where the time had gone.  We all know that time waits for no one, but WOW, it seemed as though Parker Ann was just a baby yesterday and next year she will be entering Kindergarten.  I'm so glad that I live close to her and get to see her often.  How lucky I am to be this little girl's YaYa...


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mother's Day in Vegas

Now typically I would not be spending Mother's Day in Vegas.  This year, however, almost everyone seemed to have something going on so Hubs booked this little weekend getaway for our anniversary.  I'll have to admit it was sorta weird not being around my kids this year but every single one of them called and texted me that day so it was still special, just in a different kinda way.

I slept in that morning and when I awoke, Hubby had already been out for a walk and scoped some things out for us to do.  First on the agenda was brunch.  We walked to the beautiful Wynn Hotel, where we opted not to eat the popular Mother's Day Brunch Buffet but instead we visited another restaurant there for a sit down meal that was just as lovely.


After brunch, we started our walk back and noticed that it had warmed up considerably since the day we arrived and people at the Wynn were starting to gather around the pool.  We decided we would head back to the Venetian and do the same.
                                                       Pretty awesome pool area, huh?!

After spending a couple of hours by the pool, we decided to do some walking around town.  Look what caught our eye!
                                                                        Serendipity!
             Of course, Hubby had to have their famous Frozen Hot Chocolate...YUMMY!!!


After getting that little "pick-me-up", we shopped around a bit at Caesar's Palace shopping center and then at the Venetian.  I think every hotel now has its own shopping center and in all reality, with all of the restaurants, shopping, spas and pools, one might never even leave where they are staying.


This was a whirlwind of a trip but OH SO MUCH FUN!  33 years and counting...Life with this guy is WONDERFUL!

Friday, May 22, 2015

In Honor of Memorial Day Weekend I'm Doing Another REEBOK SPARTAN RACE GIVE-AWAY!!!

Last minute deals are the BEST!  I told you to watch for it and HERE IT IS...Another REEBOK SPARTAN RACE GIVE-AWAY!

If you have been planning on entering another race or have always wanted to enter one, NOW is the time to take advantage of this DOUBLE GIVE-AWAY I have.  The first, is a DISCOUNT CODE I am offering for a MEMORIAL DAY RACE.  If you don't already have anything fun planned for the weekend and want to enter, just click HERE to grab your CODE for:
                                        $20 Off Sprint
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And if that isn't enough, I have another FREE ENTRY to GIVE-AWAY!!!  Read below for all of the details to be entered into the drawing for this.

1.  You MUST "Join" my blog as a follower.  It is very simple, just scroll down my page and click
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3.  SHARE this post with as many people as you know who might be interested in the Reebok
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                                                 GOOD LUCK and RACE AWAY!!!


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Vegas Day 2: Canyon Ranch Spa, Britney Spears and Buddy V's!

When we arrived in Vegas it was clear that some sort of cool front had moved through.  The temperatures were in the 60's so it was quite chilly and I was glad that I had thrown a sweater in my suitcase, flimsy as it was.  Hubby and I had talked about possibly basking around the pool but today was not to be the day for that.  Instead after breakfast we took a little walk down to the spa.  OH.  MY  GOSH!

Have you ever heard of Canyon Ranch?  After spending an afternoon at the one at the Venetian, I put visiting Canyon Ranch in Arizona on my "Bucket List"!  As I said, it was too chilly to lay around the pool so we spent the entire afternoon in the spa.  It started with pedicures and then a nice little lunch, followed by spending some time in the salt room and other areas of the spa,  drinking coffee or tea and eating fruit provided.  We were then taken in for exfoliating scrubs, showers, a whirlpool bath and then massages.  WOW!  What a way to relax, unwind and spend the afternoon.

After being relaxed from head to toe,  we got dressed and went to dinner in our hotel at Buddy V's Ristorante.  This is Buddy Valastro's restaurant.  You know,  from "The Cake Boss".  I was starving to death and Italian food sounded wonderful.  I don't eat past but was hoping they had eggplant Parmigiano on the menu.  I was in luck...they did! 
                                   These meatballs we had as an appetizer were AMAZING!
                                   
                                                                  Eggplant Parmigiana
                                                                   Veal Parmigiana 

Of course, there was this yummy looking cheesy bread that Hubby ate and our tummies were definitely satisfied when we left this meal.  Which meant that we were set for the rest of our evening...The Britney Spears Piece of Me Concert!

Hubs was able to get us front row seats, with standing only in front of us.  I was SO excited!!!  When we got there I wasn't even aware that she had been forced to cancel a few concert due to injuring her ankle in one of the performances.  That night would be her first time back on stage after that injury.  WOW...She was AWESOME!  Everything from the music selection, special effects, lighting, costumes and dancers DID NOT DISAPPOINT!  This Louisiana girl can definitely put on a show.
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This was shaping up to be one of the more fun trips I had taken in a while.  OK...so I say that about EVERY trip I take.  Because it IS the most fun thing I am doing at the moment.  But sneaking away for just a weekend to celebrate our 33rd anniversary...to Vegas...to pamper ourselves with a spa day, delicious food AND a Britney Spears concerts?!  Come on now, THAT'S pretty FUN!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Surprise Anniversary Trip to Vegas! (Day 1)

When I walked in from Miami,  Hubby informed me that we were going on a trip to celebrate our 33rd anniversary...in TWO DAYS!  I was super excited but wow was I going to have to get into high gear to get ready to go in that short amount of time.

Mother's Day was that weekend so the first thing I had to do was get down to the store and buy Mother's Day presents and get them to our moms, wash the dirty clothes in my suitcase, repack and head to Natchitoches to spend the night at our lake house so we could leave for the airport in Shreveport Friday (whew!).  Somehow I managed to get everything done and we got off to Vegas!

It had been many years since we had been to Vegas and we were SO EXCITED to be going there for our 33rd anniversary...even if we would pay for it later in the form of pretty bad jet lag.  Hubby really outdid himself this time by making a reservation at the The Venetian!  Decorated in the theme of Italy it was a wonderful place to stay...
I have to admit...Vegas knows how to do it right.  Everything at the Venetian was absolutely gorgeous!
And this is a mere sampling of what The Venetian looks like.  Our room, a suite, was just as beautiful and comfy too...


I have to say that I was pretty tired by the time we arrived, not having time to adjust from flying in from Miami and then turning around and traveling west but I pepped up, got dressed and we headed out for our anniversary dinner at The Eiffel Tower Restaurant.  We had a table with a window view so we were able to look down on the strip and see all of the lights and also the fountain show at the Bellagio.
Dinner was absolutely delicious and we enjoyed it while reminiscing about the past 33 years and how lucky we were to have each other.

                                                                                Soup
                                                                          Salad.
                                                                         Tartar.
                                                                                  Fish.

                                                                         Lamb Chops.
                                                                      Chocolate Souffle.
                  And this cute little dessert they brought us to share at the end of our meal!
                               
                                                                         This was then.
                                                                      And this is now.

We went back to our hotel after dinner and fell out , exhausted after such a long day.  I looked at the clock and, although it said midnight I was thinking..."It's really only 10 0'clock" or wait..."Is it 9 o'clock?"  Oh my goodness was I ever going to be screwed up after this weekend was over.