Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

The wedding my father always wanted!

I know what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, but a wedding is a wedding, even if it’s really only a vow renewal, and wedding pictures should always be shared, right?  I also know that I’m a little late in fulfilling my father’s wishes on this point.  More than 13 years late, to be exact, but I’m thinking better late than never.  Again, am I right?  I mean really — we even had Elvis perform the ceremony!  And paid for everything ourselves!  Dad didn’t have to pay a dime!  And just like our *first* wedding, I cried this time, too.  I’m such a sissy.  😉

 *I only wish I’d been wearing better shoes here.  My feet really just hurt too much to wear anything else.

**I also have about 50 pictures that the professional photographer took.  If you’d like to see those, let me know.


Shoeper Challenge 6 of 58 (Montego Bay Club/Payless)

Another Payless shoe challenge post.  Hey, I love shoes.  I never said I loved buying EXPENSIVE shoes.  A lot of times the Payless ones are more comfortable, or allow me to indulge trends that I might not otherwise be able to justify for the cost.  I packed these low-wedge heeled silver flip-flops to wear with a dress that I didn’t end up wearing, but I did end up wearing the flip-flops almost the whole time we were in Vegas.

So for this Shoeper Challenge, I’m not limiting myself to a single outfit, but rather a few of the pictures Jim took of me in Vegas, having a FANTASTIC time.  🙂

Oh, and I was so happy to see expensive (and gorgeous!) shoes, that I fainted @ the Christian Louboutin shop in The Venetian.  I’ll leave it to you to decide if I was pretending or not…

Shoeper Challenge 5 of 58 (American Eagle by Payless)

I have to (and hate to) admit, but Shoeper Challenge #4 was tougher on my feet than I expected.  The red Madeline sandal heels are one of my favorite pairs of shoes in warm weather, so I thought they’d be OK, but they were no match for all the walking that we did in Vegas.  So, for planned Shoeper Challenge #5, I brought these gorgeous shoes that I got for Christmas with this outfit planned specifically around them.  Unfortunately, my feet wouldn’t let me wear them all day, but I think getting into them for the head-to-toe photo counts anyway, and I’ll be sure to wear them again when my feet recover from their trip to Sin City.

Without keeping you in suspense, here I am, all fancy for broad daylight on a Wednesday (in Vegas):

No, I didn’t forget it’s Saturday.

After staying up (literally) ALL night packing & organizing for vacation, and leaving the house @ 4:40 a.m. for the airport to catch a 6:40 a.m. flight, I did NOT forget my weekly WI & posting obligations.  And, I’m happy to share that I lost another 1 lb. this week.  So, that’s 4 down, 50 to go.  Today was rough with travelling though.  I’m going to have to be careful all week.  The fact that Jim bought a 1 lb. bag of almond m&m’s makes it that much more challenging, but I’m taking everything one decision at a time.

We made it to Chicago safely, and as you can see from the pictures below that Jim was kind enough to take & post, we had an awesome day!  Erika, Sandi & Ev, Laura, and all their kids were all WICKED cool, and I was so happy to finally meet them all in person.  ♥

This “working mother” gig is not for sissies!

I’m having a rough Friday.  A Friday before vacation even.  It still beats most mondays, but still!

We’re supposed to be going on vacation tomorrow.  Hooray!  Exciting!  Good times ahead!  I haven’t packed yet, but what else is new?  I have a list, and that’s practically the same as being packed, I just have to put all those things into the appropriate receptacles, and we’re on our way.  Our flight leaves @ 6:00 a.m. tomorrow.

I’m trying to finish up some work deadlines before we go, and OF COURSE the software that was being difficult for me yesterday isn’t working AT ALL today.

Then Auntie Joyce called to let me know that Roni woke up @ 4:00 a.m. today complaining that she’s itchy, and reported that Roni has a sandpaper-like rash all across her chest, stomach & face.  Last time she had a sandpaper-rash on her chest, it was strep throat.  So, I’m hoping that’s not it, but I had to call, and luckily, the Dr. was able to make a 4:00 appointment for her.

Luckily, Jim’s crazy week is behind him, and he can leave work early to get her from Uncle Steve, and bring her to this 4:00 appointment.  So, even if it is strep, at least it would be treatable with antibiotics, so hopefully if she needs them, they kick in FAST, so she won’t be miserable for our flight tomorrow morning, because of course our tickets are non-refundable (who can afford refundable ones, anyway?), but I hope she’s not sick our whole trip, or worse, if we have to cancel/reschedule it.

Please keep your fingers crossed for us, but as Andrea always says, this working mom gig isn’t for sissies!  ♥

Words of Wisdom From the Back of a Truck

I saw one of these trucks on my way to work this morning.  I didn’t take this picture, but I like the message:

Be Kind

Be Careful

Be Yourself

The truck I saw actually added “Be Your Best Self” too.  Words to live by, if you ask me!  ♥



Pucker up, Buttercup!

5/1/10 — I was in Philly and Brie wasn’t feeling good, but on the 2nd day, she seemed to be feeling better & Jim sent me this picture: