I stayed with Alicia in Anaheim Friday and Saturday. We went to sushi and to CA Adventure where we enjoyed all that the Disneyland resort had to offer. Sunday I enjoyed dinner with half of my family (the other half being out of town). We went swimming and my sweet Isaac made me a cake. Monday Holli, Lance, Logan and Chris celebrated with me--love them.
I apologize for any spelling errors that there might be in this post. I also ask that if you have something rude or scathing to say you call me directly 760-917-9527 and let me know instead of hiding behind the anonymity of the internet. Maybe then you could speak with me like an adult and find out what is new in my life.
Anyway, I thought I'd let "you" know your pleasant remarks succeeded in making me feel pretty crappy; thanks for that.
Before I say anything else, I want to know why the HECK (!) anyone would ever settle (let alone build up) a place like Las Vegas, Nevada. It was so dang frickin' hot all the dang time! It was brown and bleak. The city itself is like a concrete waste land in the middle of a miserable, swealtering sand box. It is literally 1oo degrees at night. You step outside and you're like "Why?! Tell me WHY?!" However, Vegas did have it's good points, namely Brit and Camille.Look how cute! We had tons o' fun. The occasion for our meeting up in Sin City was their neice's first brithday. I simply hitched a ride to town like before and joined in all of the fun. We, of course, spent the weekend celebrating Maddie, but in between we visited the outlet mall (pictured above), had an unforgetable Mexican dining experience, and enjoyed a hillarious scavenger hunt on the strip. More than anything, it was nice just to get away. It's been a long, hard summer. Health scares, money troubles, work stress, car problems, and school upsets among other things have created a summer vacation that is only one name. I cannot express how wonderful it was to forget everything and just enjoy being with my friends again. Baby kisses, late night conversations and laughing fits make it so much easire to remember that the summer won't last forever and that trials are not the reasons for our existance.Even more important, this weekend was a little reminder to how much of a gift the gospel is in my life. Not to get all gooshy, but seeing the thousands of "lost" people flocking to Vegas searching for fleeting pleasure and instant gratification made me so appreciative of the perspective I have on life. How empty so many of those people must feel. Hooray for knowledge! That's for sure.