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VACATION!

We’re not going to the beach this time, but this picture just screams VACATION!

I can’t believe it’s finally VACATION time!  It’s tricky to plan vacation when you’re a lawyer, because you’re responsible for projects and deadlines and you can’t just hand things off to other people.  You have to carefully carve out time, get things done ahead of time, and hope to heck things don’t blow up in your absence (thank goodness for a diligent secretary!)  I think things are going to be OK, and even though it’s inevitable that the first few days back in the office will be kookoobananas, I’m hoping that things will go smoothly in my week of absence.

Mr. Beez and I leave for Vancouver tomorrow morning! Our flight ridiculously leaves at 5:43 am, with a 2 hour layover in Chicago…but I just got a text message that our flight is delayed an hour so now I’m a nervous wreck that it will be delayed MORE and ruin our vacation :/
Happy thoughts, happy thoughts, happy thoughts.

Do you have any idea how EASY it is to pack luggage when you don’t have to pack up for a kid? Hoo boy, it took me like 8.35 seconds and I had everything packed away. Easy peasy.  The ease of walking through an airport tomorrow without a screaming beastie is going to blow my mind.

Now I’ve got to go download a couple more books on my kindle for the trip, and get a couple hours of shuteye, before waking up at 3am. Yikes

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FOUR more days

I leave for vacation on FRIDAY.  This is going to be the worlds longest 4 day week.  Of course, it could be worse…I could be spending Tuesday and Wednesday taking the bar exam.  Best of luck to all of yinz, but boy oh boy, I’m glad I’m not in your shoes!

So until Friday, I’m grouchy that it’s not Friday YET.  I’ve got several things I need to wrap up before then, so I’ve got plenty of stuff to keep me busy, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it!

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A Weekend in the Wilderness

This weekend, our family took a camping trip with my friend Sandy’s family at Bear Run Campground in Butler County.  We got a “deluxe” cabin, which meant it had a little bathroom, a fridge, and some air conditioning.  It was no means luxurious, but the water pressure was minimal and we did have to clean up the cabin as we left, so that gave the trip the “roughing it” feel.  Mr. Beez, Baby Beez and I arrived on Friday night, and our friends arrived on Saturday.  We returned home today.  The trip was long enough to get a taste of the outdoors, but was short enough that we all had fun and did not get sick of each other.

The cabin had a nice little porch, where the kidlets could eat their breakfasts (without destroying the inside of the cabin), and where we grown ups spent some time relaxing and sipping whine while the kiddies napped.

We visited the campgrounds playground and pool, but this is also the week of the Big Butler Fair, which is one of my favorite events every summer!  We adventured with the kiddos to the fair in the early but HOT afternoon.  I had my corn dog and fried veggies.  We rode some rides and played some games! From the heat and carrying around small children, we quickly became tired, and returned back to camp after a couple hours for more rest.

Like maaaaaaa-ma like daughter! The animals are one of my favorite things about the fair, and Baby Beez loves them just as much as I do! She gleefully ran into each pen in the petting zoo, and enthusiastically pet the animals (sometimes too enthusiastically, but the animals were fine with it).

We also rode a few rides.  Baby Beez loves the carousel, but the Tilt-A-Whirl was a little too zoomy for her taste.

Baby Beez even had some fun with carnival games!

Later in the evening, we had a grand campfire! Mr. Beez and I had tried to light a fire on Friday night, but instead unsuccessfully spent the evening lighting a roll of paper towels on fire.  On Saturday night, however, Ben came to the rescue and successfully got the fire going!  Hooray for the campfire! Time for s’mores!!

One weekend was just enough time for camping, but I still feel like I need a “real” vacation (it’s coming up at the end of the month!  So close, yet so far away!)


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Gone camping

I didn’t post yesterday, and don’t have the patience to post much today because I’m posting from my phone. We are camping this weekend– good food! Good friends! Good fun! A recap awaits when I rejoin civilization.

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Weekend away in Las Vegas

I’m always telling people that Las Vegas is good for a long weekend, but it gets boring to stay there much longer.  This trip, I think I could have done well with an extra day or two.  Mr. Beez and I really wanted to have a night out on the town and visit a bar or restaurants at one of the fancy new hotels.  Unfortunately, I got sick while we were there, so while we did get to wander around Fremont Street in a jet lagged haze on Saturday night, Sunday night was spent having an early dinner followed by me crashing into bed around 8pm with the Grammy’s on TV.

Getting sick was a minor hiccup in an otherwise lovely trip.  We got to see my mom and visit some family friends.  We got to do most of the things we wanted, but also managed to avoid overscheduling.

Mr. Beez bravely (?) jumped from the 108th floor of the Stratosphere with the SkyJump Las Vegas.

I have to admit, that I was nervous about this endeavor, and I made sure Mr. Beez gave Baby Beez a kiss goodbye before heading up to leap off that platform.

Suited up for the jump.

Here he is, safe and sound on the ground.  I couldn’t get a picture of him during the jump itself, but he looked something like this:

We also took a visit up to the observation deck of the Stratosphere.

Mr. Beez rode the X-Scream rollercoaster, which is a car on a short track, and the track tips forward and sends the car hurtling over the edge of the tower, where it abruptly stops and no one dies.  We went outside to watch Mr. Beez enjoy this madness.  Some of the other passengers were screaming on the rollercoaster, and Baby Beez did not understand what was going on.  She could see daddy up there, and she started FREAKING OUT and screaming and yelling “BYE BYE!”  Poor little bug was terrified.

Once Mr. Beez got off the ride and calmed her down, we took Baby Beez to a ride that was more of her liking.

Afterward we went back to the hotel to rest (this was a tiring trip…Baby Beez doesn’t understand time zones, so she woke up at 4 am every morning).  I went to the spa and had a hot stone massage.  Going to the spa is the key difference between taking a trip and having a VACATION.

We also spent some time the following day wandering around the new City Center complex.  The Aria resort is so chic and lovely, and the Cosmopolitan is swanky.  I wasn’t sure if I was cool enough to be hanging out around that part of town.

I would have loved to spend an evening sipping drinks at the the Cosmopolitan’s chandelier bar!

The flight back to Pittsburgh was nearly as difficult as the trip there.  After flying to Orlando and Myrtle Beach this summer, I thought I had things figured out for keeping Baby Beez entertained and well behaved.  I was wrong wrong wrong.  She’s so little and changing so fast, and the success of any child-wrangling is short lived.  The difficulties of the flights didn’t ruin our trip.  I really needed to get out of town and relax, and in our trip to Las Vegas I did just that.