Monday, March 10, 2008

back from.....

We flew from South Bend to Cincinnati and then from Cincinnati to Las Vegas. After a 4 hour delay in Cincinnati, because of mechanical problems we were finally there!

The view from our plane.

Isabella wrote letters for us for each day we were gone. The first day the letter said....."Dear Mom & Dad, What does everything on the ground look like from the plane? I hope you arrive there safely. Thank you for helping me with my homework on Monday Mom. And thank you for bringing me on Monday Dad. That was the first time in second grade that I've been picked up by anyone. Hope you have a nice trip! Love your daughter, Isabella Rose

P.S. The people in the airplane I drew are you two."

What a pumpkin. Each day the letter was just as sweet.

Thursday night Sealed Air put on a dinner for us. It was wonderful!

My favorite part....The dessert bar.

Inside our hotel there were beautiful fresh flower arrangements everywhere. WOW!

More pictures inside the Mirage.

Again inside the hotel. Showing one of the restaurants in the background.

One of the waterfalls inside the lobby.

Our first morning there we started off site seeing with friends Travis and Kristen. This was just leaving our hotel.

more pictures of the town....

....then back to the hotel for swimming. 3 pools, and warm sunshine. I was HAPPY.

Our friends...and I wanted to show you the amazing waterfalls at the pool.

Friday night Sealed Air bought tickets for everyone to go to the Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil. It was the first show we had ever been to. It was absolutely amazing. You can watch the trailer here.

For those of you who have never been to a show in Vegas...Let me explain a little. The Love theater at The Mirage houses 6,341 speakers and 2,013 seats set around a central stage. Each seat is fitted with three speakers, including a pair in the headrest. Video images on two walls above the audience on two sides of the auditorium emphasize elements of the show and provide transitions. High-definition projectors also create enormous images on four translucent screens that can be unfurled to divide the auditorium. (that all came directly from Wikipedia....check here to see more) People were bungie jumping from the ceiling....other people were doing stunts. Everywhere you look people were doing dangerous things in cool costumes. I just can't begin to describe all of it. It was super fun to experience it. And at $130 per ticket I was super glad it was free for us.

Breakfast the next morning at the hotel. The hostess was looking for a larger group so we joined Travis and Kristen and the VP of Sealed Air (18,000 + employees) and his wife. It was fun to get to know Jim and Gail. They were super down to earth and fun to talk to.

After breakfast we started out for more site-seeing on the town, but after about a mile of walking we decided it was much to warm to waste one more minute away from the pool. I'm so glad Kristen is so like-minded with me. We joined another Sealed Air wife....Kelly.

Feeling good to be warm!!

More pictures of our friends, and I wanted to show the cute cabannas in the background. And ahhhh...palm trees.

The last night there Sealed Air transported us downtown Vegas to a Jazz Club. We had a delicious dinner that was topped off with Chocolate Mousse. The hardest part was.... hors'devours started at 7:00 with dinner at 8:00. People...there is a 3 hour difference. That means we didn't eat until dinner until 11:00 our time. I mean I am a night person...but we were flying out the next morning. However when food is involved I can make exceptions to my bed time.

After dinner we realized that we still had not purchased gifts for our kiddos so Kristen, Travis, Donovan and I found this little gift shop. We decided against the hats, but I think Travis got the sunglasses.

Krisen and I. I really think this trip would NOT have been even 1/2 as fun without this couple. I loved being in West Palm Beach with them 2 years ago...and this was even more fun. I love their sense of humor, I love how they break into song at any given moment, and I love their spontenaiety.

Yesterday on our flight home. What a Trip. What alot of pictures!! I couldn't help myself. It is such a different place. Thanks to Kristen who was such a good sport to take so many of them. I wouldn't trade my spot here in the midwest in 100 years. I love home, I love my kids, and I'm so blessed to be back home safe and sound.


Anonymous said...

heather my dear you get hotter and hotter each year~~you favorite brother-in-law~~jbw

Anonymous said...

dearest sister i am soo happy for you, you found something better than a celebrity on this trip you rediscovered wonderful travel mates that always makes the travel experience twice as nice;0)! you took such great pics its like little bits of sunshine. THANKS~~melissa gail

cheryl said...

Hey there! I'm glad you had a good time. I got my cards this afternoon. Thanks....they're very cute!

Cottonista said...

Wow! Cool. And your next trip shall be to Alabama.

Sherri said...

Heather, I was checking your blog all day yesterday and LOVED reading about your trip and seeing ALL the pictures! Glad you had such a great time. Isabella's notes were priceless!

Your hair looked awesome! =) I think I saw the hairpin I gave you in one of the pics. =)

krista said...

can't wait to see more pics! sounds like you had a great time.

heather said...

John....I might have to start deleting your comments if you keep that up. should start proof reading your husbands comments. :) Actually I didn't get a picture but Paris Hilton was at our hotel. :)

Cheryl....glad you like the cards. The soup was great thanks!!!

Joyce....Are you serious? Should we come over spring break? Your mama told me it's nice and warm there right now.

Sherri....Thanks for the compliment. Yep, that was the cute clip you got me. Love it. Thanks so much.

Krista....Yep...lots more pictures. I would love to show them to you.

Anonymous said...

Hey hotstuff! We met at the pool in Vegas, remember?! Your husband was gone! Still wanna get together or what? Remember, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas...

Holly said...

WOW!! You are so lucky to have gone to that beautiful place! You took some awesome pictures! Great photographer you are. It must be practice from all the different cool spots you take pictures like oh say the eye doctors, WAlmart reading books, you know. ;) It doesn't matter where you take the pics you are freezing a special time to share with everyone! Love ya sister! I am so glad you were able to go to Vegas! With a bonus of just you & the hubby.