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Monday, September 29, 2008

Mon Ami...Mom.

I got to go home to Las Vegas a couple weeks ago for a quick weekend trip with some close friends! We were there less than 48 hours (Friday night to early Sunday morning...phew!), but it was SO fun.

It was my birthday (-ish. 22 is a big deal, I'm a woman now), so the one day I was there, we had a total girls day-- best thing ever! If you haven't had one in a while, take one. It makes you a new person. Anyway, my mom and sister slept in, got our nails done, and then ate chocolate cake all day. No really, all day.

Later that night we went to one of my favorite restaurants EVER. If you haven't been, you need to go to Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris hotel. It's so cute (and yummy!!)...it's just out on the patio across the street from the Belagio, so you just get to watch the fountains while you eat amazing food.


Taken by a not-so-sober tourist turned family-friendly,artsy photographer. He sat down right in the valet to get this shot. Haha





What made the night even more fun is that my mom and I matched!







They serve you this great bread. I went with a bunch of girlfriends a couple years ago...luckily our server understood our fanatical love of it.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

My Tutu 22 Birthday!!





I can't get rid of that giant space about this. BUT...

I turned 22 on the 10th! Can you believe that? I am so old now. Anyway, for my birthday a bunch of my girlfriends went with me to dinner. We wore tutus because I am "two-two"...get it? Tutu, two two (a boy told me I sound like a choo choo train when I was telling him this). Haha It was SO much fun. Dressing up really never gets old.


We walked into the restaurant and just happened to be sitting in this big banquet room alongside a big group of dad-age men, which made the whole thing even better. They didn't say anything, just looked at us...but they couldn't fool us. That blank stare couldn't mask their barely-restrainable jealousy in wishing they had a tutu too...I mean, also. I DO sound like a train now.

Some pics from the night:






I really loved my whole tutu entourage.












I am SO lucky to have some of the greatest friends in the world. We're at this weird age when we're all trying to figure out life and make big decisions, and it's tough...but I don't know where I would be without so many of them right with me. I also went down to Las Vegas this weekend and was reminded how blessed I am to have such an amazing family. Where would I be without them? I have such incredible people all around me!

Sorry to get mushy, but ever since I turned 22 I have this infinite amount of wisdom. Lots to say when you're old and wise, you know? I should start writing my memoirs.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Wait...what happened to summer?

That's it? It's over? Sheesh. Well I guess the summer was great, but I'm having a hard time realizing it is pretty much done! It just started...right? I'm now back up in Utah at UVU for my last semester of classes before student teaching. I'm taking 18 credits...a big back-to-school slap in the face if I've ever had one! I'm just trying to smash everything in so I can graduate in April, but the past week I have been questioning my sanity.




I have to say, I am very impressed with UVU now! This summer it changed from Utah Valley State College to Utah Valley UNIVERSITY...prestigious, I know. They made several changes and additions to the school, and it is really nice! I love it! Our new library is basically all glass and overlooks the lake. I know I sound nerdy, but it really is pretty, and with 4 literature classes on my plate, I'm sure I'll be spending plenty of quality time there!


I finally have some pictures to post from when a group of my girlfriends and I went to Disneyland. Sure, it was in April, but hey.