at the end of september, cade's work sent him to las vegas for a trade show. you better believe i jumped at the chance to get away for a little while with my sweeties. it turned out to be a great time...even though i swear violet was the only baby in all of las vegas.
to start, once cade got home from work, we drove down to gran and bob's house in laverkin to see them and their house. we had never been there before and this was violet's first meeting for them. it was sweet. gran had everything ready for us including a warm reception, warm pie, and a warm bed. we chatted well into the night with gran and bob about all sorts of things. i was sure to ask gran to tell me stories of her childhood and stories about my dad when he was growing up. i love hearing these stories- especially about characters like gran and dad. it explains so much...
in the morning gran and bob made a great breakfast and we said our goodbyes. i wish we could have stayed longer!
then it was onto vegas...
we stayed in the hotel where everybody loved violet. i am not kidding. even the nuns loved her.
everywhere we walked, you could hear faint whispers of people- "look at the baby..." sweet, little thing..." she was very loved... except for one woman who said "oh good, you did her hair like a dog" i didn't really like that comment.
anyway, cade had strange hours that he worked at the convention so it left plenty of time for vi and i to hit the pool, make some friends and do some serious shopping. we even got to visit him at his booth.
i met up with my high school friend, dawn, and her THREE little girls. she had just had a baby, little liberty, a couple weeks before i got there - but true to dawn- she was ready to get out. we braved a trip to h&m where things were going great at first with the four kids. suddenly, that luck turned on us and dawn beelined it to the exit while i grabbed as many h&m goodies i could fit in my fists. i love seeing dawn. she is such a fun person and truly the type of mother i hope to be.
at nights, we would walk the strip and eat out. i was nervous to take vi to benihana but she did great. she loved watching the chef cook all the food but towards the end of the meal, she was all tuckered out. she fell asleep in my arms and we called it a night. the next night we went to serendipity and loved us some frozen hot chocolate and a great meal. we walked the strip- which is odd to do with a baby. those "hot babes direct to you" guys don't count ANYBODY out. cade would be holding violet and they would still try to put a flyer in his hands or pockets. when he wouldn't take one, they would move on to me. does this small little family look like it wants a hot babe directed to us? sorry. we don't.
it was fun to see the new hotel. we walked all the way over there... and then i didn't really want to walk all the way back... but we still did, of course.
after the convention, we decided to leave that night to get back for some plans we had the next day. the only problem with this plan was the byu/utah state football game was on. we LOVE cheering on the aggies. so, before we left, cade wanted to watch the opening drive of the game. we had already checked out of our hotel room so we went to the sports area where they have a gazillion huge tvs and all sports playing on them. it wasn't smokey and there were little chairs for us to sit on. i realize this wasn't the smartest move, but we were only planning on watching a few minutes of the game. anyway, it wasn't long before we were asked to leave... "you can't have a baby here." so, we jumped into the car, drove to st. george and watched the second half of the game from chilis- where babies are ALWAYS welcome.
all the fun left us pretty pooped, but it was a fun little getaway.