It’s Vegas Baby!

Coke Museum and Store, Vegas Baby! With my husband

It had been twenty years since I had last been in Vegas and my husband was experiencing it for the first time this last October. We both were wowing at the sights for very different reasons. I was amazed at how much it had changed but some aspects had stayed the same. My husband couldn’t believe all that was going on.

The great thing about Vegas is that it’s ever changing. New improvements to the guest experience. Need a new hotel and casino, build one. If there isn’t space, implode an old one. I was amazed at how many more things had been crammed into the stripe. In the 90’s the casinos had grand sweeping pieces of real-estate that guests had to travel through to get to the casino. It was all part of the experience. Now that real-estate has other small hotels on it, or retail shops and drink carts to get your adult beverage as you walk the strip.

Jason’s first pull on a slot machine

Walking the strip has become a lot easier. I love the pedestrian bridges that are at almost every intersection.Now you don’t have to worry, as much, by getting hit by a car when crossing the street. You just take a bridge over. Even on street level there is a barrier between the side walks and the street. Depending on the time of day there are still a ton of people walking and that makes it a challenge to walk around but over all a lot easier to explore.

My husband and I had a great time walking the strip. We wondered in and out of casinos, played the slots, ate and drank. It was a fun experience. Every once and a while we would get behind some one who was smoking pot, which is legal in Nevada. That wasn’t a pleasant experience but there was always room to get around them or just pop into a casino.

If you haven’t been to Vegas in a while, or have never been, take a trip and experience it. It’s like no other place. It’s Vegas Baby.

Until next time.

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Our arrival at the Vegas Airport

Gingerbread Adventures

Recently the family and I visited OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) for two different exhibits taking place. The big featured exhibit was Exquisite Creatures and the second was Gingerbread Adventures. Gingerbread adventures was more than a gingerbread building contest, it was also a look at the science behind gingerbread houses and other creations. Using the current Exquisites Creatures exhibits as inspiration four local teams of expert bakers, architects, designers, and construction firms worked together to make these holiday treats. Except for the bases and structural supports, each sculpture was built with edible materials.

Let’s dive in to the competitors entries. The entrants will be reviewed in the order they were presented.

First up is Holiday on the Bayou by SFA Design and Safeway. The birds, snakes, frogs, turtles, and dragonflies are excited to share their holiday cheer. The alligator is covered in pear jellybeans. Little Beatles work to decorate their home on the Bayou. I enjoyed the detail given to the bugs and amphibians that live in the bayou.

Second up is Life in Contrast by WRK Engineers, Ankrom Moisa Architects and Zest Bakery. A veiled chameleon attempts to bring down a dragonfly for dinner. Butterflies rise from light to dark. I was drawn to the colorful chameleon covered in sweet tarts and skittles. It’s tongue is made from sour stripes. I then saw the massive dragonfly followed by the butterflies.

Third up is Jingle in the Jungle by Scott Edwards Architecture and Sugar Cubed Cakes. Gillian Gecko is throwing a party and were all invited. Detail is everywhere in this display. From the animals, bugs, lizards, and frogs, to the furniture and landscaping. There is even an Exquisite Creatures gallery in a log with mini artwork. Absolutely amazing.

Fourth and final entrant is Arborvitae by LRS Architects and New Seasons Market. The tree of life. From gingerbread sand to lofty branches this tree gives life and protection to the animals that depend on it.

After viewing all four displays we were invited to vote for our favorite. I voted for Jingle in the Jungle. There was so much to look at from every angle. While voting I opted in for an email to tell me the winner of the contest. We’ll find out the winner at the beginning of January. Good luck to all the entrants.

This exhibit runs until January 2nd, 2020.

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Until next time.

Wild West History, Guns and Gruncles

The boys got a real treat learning about Wild West weapons, specifically handguns and riffles. My uncle, their gruncle (great uncle), is an expert on Wild West history and weapons. My husband and father were also swept up in to the learning adventure. My aunts and I were having a blast watching this group of men so excited and animated over all these guns.

The boys learned about gun safety, how to handle a gun and the history of the guns and gun maker. My uncle let them put on leather gun belts with holsters and try his array of cowboy hats. They were over the moon. My oldest, Parker, loves guns and is fascinated by how they work. He was smiling ear to ear the entire time.

My uncle has, along with his gun and riffle collection, an extensive western wear and mementos collection. The guys tried on all types of cowboy hats and vests. My dad was in on the action and found a nice hat that fit perfectly. They were all having so much fun. My dad wore the hat all day. In the evening when we were about to head out for dinner my uncle gifted the hat to my dad. My dad felt very honored by that.

The whole experience was fun to watch and experience, but more than that, the boys were able to connect with a part of our family on a much deeper level. That to me is a priceless experience that we’ll all treasure.

That’s all for our family adventure for now. Follow me on Instagram for more.

The guys looking very Wild West
Aiden with a riffle
Aiden’s ready for anything
They’re ready for action
Parker grinning ear to ear
Parker, Grandpa, and Aiden
Uncle Ron teaching them a few things