Monday, October 09, 2006






WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS STAYS IN VEGAS
I am off to Sin City with my buddy Toni. She owns a Scrapbooking store in Redding, Ca. and goes to a scrapbooking tradeshow every year in Las Vegas and this year I'm going along for the fun and the chance to spend time with her. We became friends about 23 years ago when they lived in McKinleyville. We used to spend tons of time together. We'd even do all our major grocery shopping together. I remember piling our kids into one vehicle and then going to the Bakery Thrift Shop, Canned Food Outlet and Mark and Save grocery store. It made the dreaded job of grocery shopping bearable and actually fun. She moved to Redding in 1989 but luckily our friendship survived the move. Through the years we've gone on a few trips together, met at the lake or gone to one another's homes. I've never met any other person I can enjoy so much or feel so comfortable around besides family. One of the greatest things has been the development of Alex's friendship with Shelby (and Whitney). It has been so fun to see our friendship passed onto the next generation. Alex just wishes Shelby were older so she could be with her at Provo right now.

Well I didn't finish this post before I got there and I was way too busy in Vegas to do it! We had a great time-who knew a scrapbooking tradeshow could be so much fun!! There were tons of companies with exhibits offering samples, food (the best was one who had homemade caramels!) and make and takes -where you make a little album, card, frame, etc using their goods. We also got some freebies from different companies. The tradeshow was held at the Sands Convention Center and we parked at the Venetian (http://www.Venetian.com) and had to walk through it to get to the tradeshow. It is an amazing hotel-they have done a great job of recreating Venice.
We had a great dinner there the last night at Wolfgang Puck's restaurant Postrio.
The night before we went and saw Mama Mia at the Mandalay Bay Resort. http://www.mama-mia.com . We ate at another Wolfgang Puck restaurant Trattoria del Lupa. The musical and the dinner were great! The first night we ate at PF Chang's so needless to say, we enjoyed our dinners plus Haagen Daas and many other treats. We had so much fun together we decided this will be an annual trip-Viva Las Vegas!!

10 comments:

Lindsey said...

Looks like you two had a great time. I'm so glad. The Berry's are great family friends. I remember visiting their place and the swimming pool. Fun times.

Alex said...

That sounds like sooo much fun. I wish that I could've come and seen mama mia with you guys..I want to see it soooo bad! I am so glad that you and Toni are such good friends! I love her and her family. I do wish that Shelby was older and here with me! I am glad you guys had fun.

seanandkadi said...

That sounds like a fun little getaway! I've been wanting to see mama mia too- it looks so good. Tamra saw it and really liked it. what a fun time!
ps. I really liked the comment on my blog about you all moving to Colorado!!

Sarah said...

CRAZY that you were in Las Vegas!! I wish i would have read this sooner because Jake's parents do the 7gypsies booth every year. It's the company they started a few years back. Last year I made some pages for their memory trends booth, it was fun but stressful. It's great you had fun at the show, every time I hear about it from them, it's how STRESSFUL it was and how glad they are that it's over :)

Kasey said...

Looks like a fun time! I bet you and Toni had a blast! I know you always do when you're together and I bet being in Vegas just magnified the fun. How fun to make it an annual thing.

Kasey said...

I just reread that and realized I said the word "fun" way too many times. I promise I do know variations of the word and I would have used them, had I been able to concentrate a little more on what I was writing and not keeping Sienna occupied on my lap. Love you!

Kelly said...

I am still so jealous! I look forward to the day when I can go on trips with friends.

Pam said...

sarah-
We loved the 7gypsies booth-made the cutest bracelets there!!!

Kalie said...

Sounds like you guys had a blast! I can't wait for the day to travel.

Aubree said...

Toni is the best! I am glad that you guys have stayed friends too, it has been fun meeting you and your family since Tyler and I have been married! Glad you had fun! Sorry Hailee screamed a little in the car! She screamed when Toni left too! :)