I love my family. {Vegas Edition}

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

For many reasons, I am a lucky, lucky lady. There is no bigger result of my luck than my lovely, silly family. As a unit, we've been through a lot. Losing my father broke all of our hearts and secretly I worried we'd never find the joy we once knew. However, somehow over the years, although there is never a day we don't miss him, we found our way back to happiness. Where there was once love..., it has remained. It has grown stronger and more resilient while our family has shifted and changed. Where my father once was, there are now two little boys. Where there were tears, there still sometimes are, but there is laughter and there is fun.

Moving to Las Vegas has been wonderful, but being separated from my family has been really, really hard on me. Want to know the upside? Missing them has just made me appreciate and adore them all the more. Proof? The night before they flew into town the week before last, I couldn't sleep. The excitement usually reserved for Christmas Eve is now saved for seeing my family. I can't help but think that's pretty cool.

This trip consisted of eating, drinking, telling stories, swimming, loving, laughing and being together. We took my nephews to Circus Circus where Max was crowned the big winner of the day and we watched a circus act or two... We went to The Excalibur and saw the Knights at the Round Table. It was too much fun and the boys were amazed... We celebrated my sister's birthday, went to the Bellagio for a champagne buffet brunch (hellooo, tipsy before noon) and to the art museum... We went out to dinner, walked up and down Fremont Street and went out with Jenner.

After seeing this tree at the Bellagio, Max said, "I'm allergic to talking trees."

I'm sorry Mom, but I think this is the funniest picture in the world.

I think it's safe to assume Jenner and my sister get along.

This trip was f.a.n.t.a.s.t.i.c. and I was devastated when my family had to leave, especially Jude and Las Vegas's biggest new fan, *Max. At one point, he looked at me and said, "Auntie, Las Vegas is a lot more fun-ner than Seattle." True that, kid. True that. When you throw the Bailey clan together in this city (with a couple of handsome fellers with different last names), good times will be had. It's that simple. (*Max also basically learned to read on this trip. What did he read? The word jail. His father spelled it out while telling a story and Max said, "Does that spell jail? I noticed that j-a-i-l spells jail, Dad." Um, wow.)

So, just one more time, I am a lucky lady. Thank you, family, for this trip, for our enduring love through everything and for all the laughs. I love you.


  1. You have such a beautiful family. I'm glad you got to spend time with them.

  2. Its good to have a cozy and great relationship with your family!

    Cute family :)

  3. Love all the pictures!!
    Looks and sounds like it was a great time with your family.
    You guys all look so happy.
    YaY vegas life.

  4. time with family is so special! I love that you shared your photos with us!

  5. This is wonderful. As a girl who is equally close with her family, I have such an appreciation for this post! They look like awesomely fun people. So glad they got to visit you and see your new digs!

  6. I remember what a treat it was when my Mom would come to visit when I lived away. Just like looking forward to Christmas! Perfectly put. Looks like you all are an incredibly fun brood!

  7. this is so cool, and i am so glad your family came to visit you! you know they can't wait to come back!

    i live about 6 hours from my parents. i LOVE that, as they can't pop in, and when i visit they are excited. and so am i. this is a good thing! :)

  8. Yay for your awesome family! And oh my goodness, those little nephews of yours are too adorable.