Thursday, October 5, 2017

My Vegas

Vegas.

Las Vegas holds a very special place in my heart because it’s the very first place that Brian and I ever travelled to together.  As a matter of fact, the first time we went, we went with a group of friends and we weren’t even dating yet.  Well, just a few short weeks after that trip (or maybe even in Vegas) we fell in love with each other and we also fell in love with Vegas.  We went every single year after that for eight years straight, only discontinuing our trips after the birth of Jacob.  Ironically, the last time we were there was to attend a concert at Mandalay Bay

Vegas has always been our favorite vacation destination and our annual trip was always one of the most anticipated events of the entire year for us.  So many wonderful memories were made in that city, and to see it in this new light this week is just heartbreaking.  My Vegas was never supposed to be a city where bullets rained down on innocent concert goers.  My Vegas was never supposed to be a city that will forever be remembered as the city where the biggest mass shooting in America took place.


My Vegas is a city where you go to treat yourself to some of the best meals you’ve ever had in your life and you don’t even think twice when you get the bill.

My Vegas is a city where you sit down in the casinos and trade in dollar chips for whiskey sours as you play Betty Boop nickel slots and you FLIP OUT when you win $20.

My Vegas is a city where you and your husband laugh hysterically in every parking garage because you lose your rental car every. single. time. because there are just so many of them and they all look alike with their California license plates.

My Vegas is a city where you stay up ‘til 6 in the morning playing Texas Hold ‘em and you watch the sun rise as you head back to your hotel room.

My Vegas is a city where you go to have a honeymoon redo because your first honeymoon sucked and you know Vegas would never let you down.

My Vegas is a city where you walk and walk and walk and try to soak up as many of the sights as you possibly can before each day is over.

My Vegas is a city where you head to the top of Stratosphere tower just before sunset so you can see the city lights come on in all their glory while the dusk fades to black.

My Vegas is a city where you dress to the nines, walk around in stiletto heels all evening, and walk barefoot back to your hotel room at the end of the night while alternately hitching rides on your husband’s back because you know your feet are going to be SO GROSS if you don’t.

My Vegas is a city where you go to see incredible shows that transport you to other places and times and you watch each scene breathlessly eager to see what happens next.

My Vegas is a city where you go to cruise the strip and belt out Rob Thomas songs at the top of your lungs because it seems like they play his music everywhere there. 

My Vegas is a city where you stand hand-in-hand with your husband and gaze dreamily at the gorgeous Bellagio fountains as they dance to the sweet sound of Andrea Bocelli’s voice.  You might even tear up a little.

My Vegas is a city that you are heartbroken to leave, but you don’t cry because you know you’ll be back again soon.

My Vegas is a city that you visit to laugh, to feel glamorous, and to fall in love, but most importantly, my Vegas is a city that you visit to make memories that will last a lifetime.

That is my Vegas.

We love Vegas, we’re praying for all of the people’s lives who were touched last Sunday in this tragic event, and we are looking forward to the day that we make it back there. 

Because we surely aren’t going to let the evil in the world stop us from doing the things we love.


Viva Las Vegas.


*Linking up with Sparkles and Lattes for Confessional Thursday and Home of Malones for Thoughts for Thursday.

21 comments:

  1. Love > Hate....and we have to keep living to prove it! So much healing needs to happen in this world.

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  2. Love this. What a devastating week.

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  3. I love this post. My heart has been hurting all week.

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  4. This made me cry since Vegas is like a second home to me. We go all the time for work and we have so many family and friends there. I am going there in a couple weeks and Rory is there today. We are even spending Thanksgiving there. You captured Vegas beautifully.

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  5. What a sweet tribute. It's been a crazy week and I just am so thankful that there are always people willing and ready to help in a crisis. There is good in the world even in the hate. Thank God for that! xoxo ERIN

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  6. Love this post! Ben and I went to Vegas about 8 years ago! It was a BLAST! My heart has been so heavy all week.
    We heart Vegas~

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  7. Such a sweet post in such a dark time.

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  8. Such a beautiful post! I have never been to Vegas, but have always wanted to go. You are absolutely right, we can't let hate and fear win. We will continue to do the things we love because love will always win. XO Erin

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    1. Thank you, Erin. I hope you get to make it there someday. <3

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  9. This is so well said, Lindsay! I have never been here but I'd love to visit some day. The victims have been in my prayers all week.

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    1. Thanks, Brandi! You should plan a trip someday! I hope you love it as much as we do.

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  10. What a sweet and meaningful post!! I've never been to LV but Dustin has and that's a place we want to visit someday together!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  11. Aw this was so well said. I thought of your love for Vegas when I heard about the tragedy. It's just so sad. It's great that you have all of these memories that you hold so close because you can remember the good things and good times. Sending prayers for all of the victims and their families. It just doesn't make sense.

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  12. This is a beautiful tribute to a city that you love. And you're right, we can't let evil stop us from living and doing what we love!

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  13. Vegas is my happy place too and what happened is just so devastating

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  14. Finally getting around to reading this. Such a good post.

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