Evan Rolls Over

Today, while getting ready to take a nap, little mister Evan decided to try something new. He was laying on his tummy and rolled over to his back! This is something he’s been trying to do for a few days now (ever since the doctor asked if he could, it’s like he knew he was supposed to be somewhere along that development line and he faced a challenge to do it), so it’s awesome to see that he’s finally taken it the whole way! When Greg realized what had happened, E looked up at him like, “What? Yep, I did that.” Taking after his sister already, awesome. 😉

Once he starts doing this more on the regular, we’ll have to capture a video so you can see it too. What a great start to the weekend!

God Bless the U.S.A.!

If you are “Proud to be an American” or are just downright happy that justice was served last night, you probably feel a lot like I do tonight. There are many things still standing in our way to pure freedom from terrorists, but now we can rest a little more easy knowing “Public Enemy #1” is gone.

I invite you to take a listen to a song I am sure many of you are familiar with, along with excellent video recalling scenes from 9/11/01. America, we will never forget, and last night proved that.

(Video courtesy of littlebrat672 on YouTube.)

If you are interested in reading my first post about the events of last night, click over here. Stay safe and free, friends!

Las Vegas: Day 2 (Part 2)

…or the one also known as “Dinner and a Show”.

A trip to Vegas really wouldn’t be a trip to Vegas without taking in a show. Personally, I am not a fan of all the “Cirque” shows–I am really afraid of clowns, thus in turn, I take issue with the faces on the Cirque artists. When we started talking about what show we wanted to see, Mr. Burgher and I were a bit perplexed. We knew we “had” to do a show, but what one would we find worth our time and money? Our traveling group offered a few choices, and for Mr. Burgher and I, we think the final one was the best. We went to see Recycled Percussion, a “stomp-esque” group that plays instruments made out of recycled materials. The show was very interactive (you got your own instrument to play along with the show), and the guys were all high-energy and entertaining. Doesn’t hurt that they have a great taste in music!

Here is a slideshow of photos from our dinner at Gallagher’s (a very tasty steakhouse in NYNY), a stop at the M&M’s store, and Recycled Percussion.

Scent

On one of my crazy coupon runs, I got a free bag of Jelly Beans. It was the first time I had ate Jelly Beans (not Jelly Bellies or Starburst version) in a very long time. As soon as I tore the bag open, there it was, the smell of spiced jelly beans. I grabbed a handful and started to savor each bite. Thinking back, I don’t know that I have ever ate anything as slowly as I ate that handful of jelly beans. You see, each bite let off that scent again and again. I cozied into the couch and my mind took me away from the busy world. I was in another place and time, years ago with my Great Grandma Yute. I cannot completely describe the moment or the jelly bean connection; however, I do know that those jelly beans had some significance in my memory of her. Although I may never know, now I have a “place” I can go to be calm and just enjoy life–provided a bag of spiced jelly beans is around.

Las Vegas: Day 2 (Part I)

Our second day in Las Vegas also happened to be Mr. Burgher’s birthday. We woke up early (technically late Pittsburgh time), and took a cab into town (because it was too early for our hotel shuttle). When we read the Vegas books, we had a mindset to “see the world” of Vegas in a day; however, on our first night we took a long walk through town and basically saw the outside of many of the hotels on the south strip. We changed our plans and allowed for some extra time at some of the hotels for Mr. Burgher to take (1000s of) photos.


Our Vegas Rule #10: Do the Free! Our morning and early afternoon consisted of roaming the hotels and casinos in the middle of the strip doing mostly free activities. This helped us figure out places we might like to dine, stay, or play on a future trip. It also provided for some interesting photo opportunities to fill up our hard drives.

Our Vegas Rule #11: The best is at the back! We found that the best experiences were always at the back of the hotels (like the monorail stops). Obviously, the casino builders are smart–the more you walk through them, the more you are going to see and do. One of my favorite experiences was Siegfried and Roy’s Dolphin Habitat and Secret Garden where we got to watch dolphins, lions, tigers, and jaguars. It was a very serene location and you forgot that you were in the middle of a desert city.

Our Vegas Rule #12: Kiddos, stay home. While we were at the Dolphin Habitat, we felt like it was something that would be really cool for our kids to see; however, we made the immediate decision that we’d never bring the kids there. They can save up and come out when they are 21. Seriously, there were kids of all ages walking around town. Yeah, I understand families vacation together and there is plenty for the under 21/non-drinkers/non-gamblers; however, there is too much “trouble” that we don’t want our kids to see. It just is a decision that makes sense for our family.

Our Vegas Rule #13: Easy Walking One thing you have to really think about while in Vegas is how you are going to get around. The best way to get from one place to the other (for free) is to walk. Unless you need to be on the (west?) side of the strip (Caesar’s, TI, Bellagio, New York New York are some of the properties on that side), the easiest side to walk on is the (east?). There are a lot of steps and escalators to get you across streets on the (west) side. You can pretty much cross every street without going up and down on the other side.

Our Vegas Rule #14: Snack! There are plenty of great places to stop and smell the roses (so many great floral arrangements inside and outside the properties), but there are even more great places to grab a snack! I was lucky to find my favorite candy, Cinnamon Gummy Bears, at “It’s Sugar” in NYNY. We also found Godiva in the Venetian…hence the amazing chocolate strawberry banana kabob. Yum.

Our Vegas Rule #15: Take it in! Our absolute favorite part of the trip was our gondola ride in the Venetian. We got to sit back and just look at everything along the route. Our gondalier sang three songs plus Happy Birthday in Italian. Truly a special moment, one we are glad that we stopped to take time to do.

A Happy (Birth)Day

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This morning I woke up praising God for yet another year my family has been blessed to have my cousin Aaron! I’m a believer in miracles, and today am reminded that they exist. In May, we will celebrate another year (big) Ari is CANCER FREE!!! Happy Birthday to one of the funniest, kindest, strongest men I know, my (favorite) cousin Aaron!

(Here he is two years ago meeting lil miss A who I named in his honor. I had to share a fabulous oldie of her today.) 😉