Thursday, March 31, 2011

Monster Jam in Vegas

The trip to Vegas seemed to take forever to get here and then before we knew it, our vacation was over. We do get to keep all of the fabulous memories that came with it though.
Our good friends Jon and Meagan invited us to join them for the Monster Jam World Finals.  A few pictures, ok a lot of pictures, of our fun time together in Vegas.

Hot Wheels Cars

One of Elyssa's favorite trucks. The other one is Monster Mutt. 

The "girls" with Madusa.

Justin's pick "The Avenger"

Ashton's pick "Grave Digger"

Back in our room after the day in the pits, 
we were resting up before dinner and the monster truck show. 

The show was at the Sam Boyd UNLV arena.

We were not disappointed!

Monster Mutt

Day 2 in Vegas found us at the Harley dealership.
We could not leave with out a t-shirt.

Next stop The Strip. 
We needed to make a stop at the M&M store,
 and the Coke Cola store.

Early dinner was found at Caesar's Palace, they have a Cheesecake Factory.
Justin needed to leave Vegas to go back to St. George,
 because he had to work the next morning.  

I stayed one more night at Sam's Town with the kids. Jon and Meagan drove us back to St. George the next day on their way back to Salt Lake. 
This very last picture was taken before Justin left. Then his camera died or I would have kept it to take more photos.  

After dinner Justin and Jon took the monorail back to the vehicles. Justin left Vegas and John picked us up at the Flamingo. We went to the Treasure Island Show but it was awful. It was a little too grown up for the kids. Too many girls dancing with too little clothes on. If you know what I mean. 
Next up was a trip to  Circus Circus. It has to be the dirtiest place on the strip, but it has the best midway for the kids. And They have a Krispy Kreme donuts, McDonald's and loads of gift shops inside. We were so exhausted when we finally headed back to our rooms around 10pm. That was just under 12 hours of walking on the strip. 
The next morning we had breakfast and checked out of our rooms. We were fortunate enough to have a room right next to Jon and Meagan. That was very convenient!
We loaded up and headed back to Utah. A quick stop in Mesquite and then a short drive to St. George and we were home. Jon and Meagan traveled on to SLC. It was awesome being able to hang out with them.  We had so much fun and it was much needed.  

Friday, March 25, 2011

DIXIE Rock Hiking

Elyssa caught this lizard. It was gently released back into a protected area away from the hikers

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Las Palmas......Enjoying the Outdoors

A Picture Post

I didn't know that Palm Trees have teeth, Some might cal them thorns or defense mechanisms, but the only way I can describe them is to say they have TEETH! have a look...

They finally heated the outdoor pools for the weekends so we have been spending some quality time there. Just working on our tans.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Crochet CrAzY!!!

When we made our way to St. George, I knew I neeeded to have a portable easy craft/hobby to keep me busy. So I started making cotton dish cloths. I have made so many.  I am still messing around with the size shape and borders to see what I like the best.  

Twelve of them are pictured here. I sent 3 more to my apron swap partner, gave 2 away to my sister in law, and made 3 miniature ones for  baby wash cloths and gave them away as a gift this past weekend. I have made 2 more that are not pictured here. 

They are a fairly generous size.

My favorite is the orange one with the red and blue stripe, pictured in one of the photos above. When I completed it I thought of a certain Mrs. Charlotte B. Christensen. If she sends me her address I will send it to her!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Hot Mama Apron Swap Chickens

My apron swap package arrived in this Very Lovely box. 

Inside I was treated to some spectacular goodies, including but not shown, Lindt chocolate chicks, and some chocolate eggs. (I had already eaten them and shared them with the kids) 
My Partner Kerry, sent me some pot holders with recipes printed on the back, chicken napkins, chicken embroidery transfers along with the floss and some needles, a chicken pin cushion, an egg timer for hard boiled eggs, an egg flipper, a cute card, 

AND MY APRON! I just love the bright autumn colors and the green. 

Thanks Kerry!