Las Vegas

Last weekend I went to Las Vegas for my cousin Laura's wedding.  Willie, Wyatt and Hank stayed home and I flew out to meet my mom, Travis, Calder and Starr.  It was such a fun vacation.  The day I left was stressful (packing, making cookies for an exchange, crying kids, messy house, etc).  After just sitting and waiting for my plane, knitting and listening to CNN, my stress lifted and I knew a weekend away would do me a lot of good.

We all shared a hotel room the first few nights, so we stayed up talking and reading.  My mom just finished the book Twilight the night I arrived and handed it over to me.  I had to put 100 years of Solitude on the backburner to check it out.  We'll after reading the whole thing in about a day or two and going to see the movie while we were there, I knew I'd never be the same.  

Here is my cousin Laura and her husband James.  They got married in the Las Vegas temple and had a reception at a beautiful golf course on the edge of the city.  Everything turned out wonderful and I loved spending time with my cousins.

Our first hotel was just off the strip and nice enough, but my mom and I stayed Sunday night at the Mirage.  It was really fun being in such a nice hotel (5 stars) and right on the strip.  We walked all round Sunday night looking at expensive shops.  I even tried on a ring at Tiffanys.  The sound of the busy streets, the smell of cigarets and all the people reminded me of London.

How could I not post a picture of Edward and Bella.  Frankly, I'd heard all the hype but I was a little hesitant to get into it.  Not because I'm a literary snob but for entirely different reasons.  I was so into Buffy the vampire Slayer, that I felt like no other vampire/mortal love story could offer me anything (I use the term mortal loosely for Buffy, she is the slayer).  I have never been so wrong.  Several times over the trip you could find me clutching the book to my heart.  I couldn't stop smiling.  It really brought out my inner school girl romantic.  I thought I could wait to see it again after it came out on DVD.  I now realize that would be impossible and I'm hoping to see it again this weekend.

Here's Travis and Calder busy texting on their iphone.  I found the iphone very handy for checking my email at a wedding reception, giving us directions and instantly googling something to satisfy curiosity or end an argument.  Willie is getting an iphone for Christmas.  It will be hard not to browse facebook at church.
Here's our fancy room at the Mirage.  Flat panel HD TV, granite countertops in the bathroom, high thread count sheets, and an ihome.  Nothing is as fun as a nice hotel for a Stratford.  It's a pivotal part of a vacation.  We even saw Giovanni Rivisi, Phoebe's brother on Friends, twice.  The second time he was with one of the Utah twins from Ocean's 11.  

Here we are at the reception.  I brought a silk shirt, knowing that I wouldn't have two kids putting sticky hands on me and rubbing snotty noses on my shoulder.  Even without my kids I managed to get two oil stains on it.

Here we are in the Parisian hotel.  In my head I'm wondering how long it will be until we find a place to sit down so I can keep reading Twilight.

Here's me reading twilight in another fancy casino while my mom is shopping. 

Even though my vacation was great, I was so glad to get home to my boys.  I started missing them all my first night.  They had so much fun while I was gone.  They went to the library, the park, a ward party, a movie, a road trip to Fruita (20 mins away), and ate cookies and candy galore.  


  1. sara said...
    i can't believe you guys took travis to twilight. i was sad because i wanted his first time to be with me. he texted me from the middle of the movie. it said: i am edward.

    he thinks he looks just like edward because he has such white skin. and they have the same jacket, but edward's was green.

    just wait until you read breaking dawn! too bad you have to read new moon and eclipse to get there. i read the whole book in about 24 hours.
    Jewel Stratford said...
    We're so glad that you could get away and have such a great time. Almost thou persuadest me to read Twilight.
    Hilma Bellessa said...
    We really had a good time didn't we? We should do it again. I also was glad to get home to my David..who loves me as much as Edward loves Bella.
    Travis said...
    Twilight moved me.
    Cynthia said...
    I'm so glad you are on the Twilight bandwagon! It took me awhile to get there too--all my friends from my ward read them way before me. But it's nice to be able to read them all at once without waiting for the next one to come out. I liked the movie, and re-read Twilight last weekend and now I want to see the movie again. It's addiciting!

    I love how Trav is holding the bouquet in the group shot. Did he catch it?
    Wendy said...
    You crack me up...about twilight. I'll be interested to see what you think of the other books. Especially #4. Happy Reading :)
    Kate said...
    You already know I'm up for the movie anytime and when it finally comes out on DVD, we will definately be having a movie night. Enjoy your reading, I feel lost now that I'm done with them.

    Oh Edward...If only there were more of him.
    Melynne said...
    loved hearing about your trip! glad you had so much fun with your mom. and i still don't wear much that is dry clean only, even when kids aren't around! so, i didn't bathe for 3 days while i read all 4 books! the suspense was too much. have fun reading and i'd love to hear your commentary along the way. you have ALWAYS been such a romantic!
    Art Boy said...
    I love how you wore a silk shirt but don't you hate it that you didn't have a kid around to blame the spills on? ;)
    Matt picked up an abandoned copy of the last Twilight book at an airport this August. We should send it to you. I haven't read the others yet. Maybe someday... :)
    love Julie
    familia Bybaran said...
    I love that your reservation about Twilight is Buffy. Perfect. I haven't read or watched it, but maybe I will. Sounds like a fun vacation.

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