Monday, August 29, 2016

Splish Splash -- featuring Doodlebug Designs and Echo Park :)

Hi everyone :)

I wanted to share a layout I made using the "Under the Sea" collection from Doodlebug Designs and the "Let's Be Mermaids" from Echo Park -- along with some Bella Blvd. goodies :)

And for those that didn't see it on Facebook or Instagram ... I got my haircut this weekend ... like CUT! And I LOVE IT :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Surprise Visit .... aka Adam was here! :)

Hi everyone! :) 

Yes, Adam was here for a visit this past weekend :) 

My BFF informed me a few months ago that she was going to visit her Dad (who lives in Las Vegas) in mid-August! Well ... things sort of took shape from there! I told Brian I wanted to fly Adam out to Phoenix to join us when we went to visit my BFF in Las Vegas ... and then we decided to make it a surprise for Brookie and the grandparents (even though Adam ruined that part ... lol ... more on that later!) ... so, it all was SUPPOSED to be a surprise for everyone ... and in the end, at least we know Brookie was surprised!! LOL! :)

And here are some photos from our weekend :)

As soon as we picked him up from the airport, I got a selfie with him :)

He was hungry and requested "Raising Cane's" as they don't have those in Texas, and he missed it... lol :)

You've seen the video above (if you haven't, why NOT?!?! LOL!) and here are some photos from the sibling reunion ;)

Then we headed for Vegas, and stopped at a store on the way there for a photo op (and a potty :)

And here is how Adam ruined the surprise for the grandparents ... lol ... he was told NOT to do ANY social media while he was here with us .. cause we have A LOT of family members that follow us on Facebook, etc.  -- soooooo he posted photos on Facebook, blocked my Dad from seeing it -- but left Brian's cousins to see it -- so when one of Brian's cousins was at church on Sunday morning -- they mentioned to the in-laws about how excited they must be to see Adam while he was here (my in-laws don't have Facebook - so Adam thought he was safe) -- so needless to say -- he ruined the surprise for one set of grandparents ... lol :)

By the time we made it to Vegas, we were all hungry, so we checked into our hotel, unpacked and then walked over to the "Shake Shack" for dinner :)

Then we walked over to the Bellagio for their water show :)

By then, it was REALLY late, so we walked back to our hotel, but stopped at the Tropicana on the way back because Adam wanted a photo with this car in front of that hotel :)

The next morning we woke up early and headed to the Bellagio to see my 'happy place'.... aka the Bellagio's conservatory .... my parents had seen an episode of "Tanked" and had told me the theme at the conservatory during this time ... so I was already prepared to see an amazing 'Under the Sea' experience, and as usual, the Bellagio didn't disappoint :)

We found Dory ;)

And we found Nemo too ... lol ;)  (look in the upper right of the

Bellagio Selfie :)

Many of you know that I take monthly photos of me and the kids together in honor of Aleida.  I haven't had one with the 3 of us together since Adam's visit in December, so I was happy to have one again this month :)

 We headed to the end of the Bellagio and took some more photos with the Paris hotel's Eiffel Tower behind us :)

And for those that have been following my weight loss journey (74 pounds down as of Tuesday 8/23!!) -- here is a comparison photo of me from last April and  this past weekend in the same spot :)

Then we headed to Circus, Circus for a little store I wanted to get something at :)

And when we walked into Circus, Circus -- I saw one of those 'Old Time' photo places -- and if you have followed me for awhile, you will remember that I have had the kids do the old western cowboy photos before -- but haven't done it since last May, before Adam graduated and moved to Texas.  So when I saw the shop in Circus, Circus, I was like ... ummmmmm .. you kids are doing this for me... lol (no one argues with my decisions once I make up my mind about something .... lol!  ... I can hear my in-laws and my parents LAUGHING at me when reading that -- they know me well!!) ... and the kids didn't want to do the 'cowboy' theme this time ... they wanted to be MOBSTERS (you know ... Las Vegas style of course! lol!) :)

So -- here are some of the photos from their photo shoot :)

Then we had a little surprise for Adam -- we took him to "Count Kustoms" showroom, to see his car collection -- Adam and Brian love that show and we knew Adam would love to see it :)

Then we headed over to my BFF's Dad's house (he lives in Las Vegas) for lunch and some pool time  with her family :)

Then we headed back to our hotel to change and recharge -- and Adam had to stop at "Hooters" hotel so Adam could get a photo with the 'Hooters Nascar' :)

Then we went to the "Fun Dungeon" at the 'Excalibur' where everyone played games to win tickets for Brookie :)

Then we headed to "Fremont Street" so Adam and my BFF's girls could ZIPLINE (yes, ZIPLINE!!!) from the "Slotzilla" ... they ziplined from the top of this -- that would make it ELEVEN STORIES UP!!!!! YIKES :)

Adam. Brookie and my BFF's girls :)

Adam, Brian, Brookie, Jessica, Amanda and my BFF Dani :)

Then Sunday morning before we headed out -- we went to the Coca-Cola store and ran into this guy :)

And Monday morning -- we took Adam to the airport -- bye Adam!! Until next time :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)