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.
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.
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.
I recently made this Crunchy Taco Ring recipe for my family. It is very similar to another family favorite, The Cheeseburger Ring. Which I’ll post that recipe later. I figured I would give it a try. Overall it was tasty. The family enjoyed eating it and it was great as a left over for lunch the next day.
Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Crunchy Taco Ring
1 pound ground meat
1 packet taco seasoning mix
1 cup crushed corn chips
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar plus , 1/2 cup cheese to top ring
2 tubes of Crescent rolls
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Brown ground meat and drain
3. Stir in taco seasoning and water. Cook for several minutes to incorporate and thicken
4. Make crescent roll ring
5. Add corn chips and cheese to meat combine well
6. Put mixture on crescent roll ring
7. Fold points over mixture to create ring
8. Bake for 18-20 minutes on middle rack
9. Let sit a minute or two before cutting. Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese over ring
10. Serve with guacamole, sour cream, salsa, and lettuce
I made a salad for a side item with the shredded lettuce.Until next time keep up with me on Instagram @beinglaurakmarshall
We’ve made some big life moves in the last several months to get to where we are now. It’s been crazy, stressful but totally worth it.
Several months ago my father asked us if we were willing to move in with him. My mother passed away in July 2018 and living alone with just the dog was lonely.
After much consideration and conversation my husband and I agreed. In really we agreed right away but how we were going to make it happen took a bit to coordinate. We needed to sell our house and build an addition on his. And that’s just the short version of all the things we needed to do.
We moved in over spring break, which has been about a month ago now. Our house is in contract and will be closing soon, fingers crossed. And the plans for the addition will be going to the county this upcoming week. To say that my shoulders are a bit tense would be an understatement. Don’t worry, I’m getting a message this week to release the stress. So there will be room for the new stress.
There is still a lot going on but it’s all worth it. We’re all together as a family. We’re all settling in to our new routines. Our cats still don’t know what to think of the dog but they are getting used to each other.
Updates about the addition build will come over the next several months. It should be an interesting process.
As you can see from the totally serious picture above I’m still working at the school district. The hat, by the way, was a big hit with the kids. Totally worth the purchase.
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When I was in middle school I read a collection of stories about people who gave up all their worldly possessions to live a simple life. That simple life was in different forms. I remember thinking who in the world would do that? All of their stuff. Only crazy people do that.
Well call me crazy but I’ve been purging a lot of stuff lately. Car loads of stuff to our local charity. And I was reminded of those stories. My life had been taken over by stuff. And most of that stuff didn’t have any meaning for me. The thought of having meaningless stuff just hanging around, weighing me down, was a horrible feeling. That’s when I started going through everything.
I’ve gotten rid of a lot of things and I don’t even miss the stuff. Which I thought I would, but I’m loving the feeling of being free from stuff. A weight has truly been lifted. Believe me I still have a lot of things, but I’m going through them. I have a goal of once a week to make a drop off trip to the charity. The charity also does pickups so I’ll be using that as well.
When I’m deciding if an item will stay or go I ask myself a few questions.
Have I used this lately
Does it give me joy
Is it meaningful
It’s been hard for some items and to be honest, there are items that have made it through a few rounds because I can’t seem to let them go. And there were others that were really easy to say good-bye to. But oh what a feeling of knowing others will enjoy and benefit from the items. That makes me feel good.
Have any of you gone through this or are currently purging stuff out of your life? I would love to hear about it.
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Well hello happy people. I know July is almost over but it’s never too late to let you know about a book sale.
Every year Smashwords hosts a very large sale on books. Books are up to 75% off and some are even free. Can’t beat free with a stick people. The author’s who participate in this sale do so voluntarily with the hopes their stories and their voice will be read by those who may not have considered their work in the past.
I have several books for 75% off and some free ones as well in the sale.
If your interested in checking out some of my work or the work of other authors please head on over to Smashwords. You can search me Laura K Marshall or LKMarshall to find my full catalog of work.
Hope you all are having a wonderful day and as always follow me on Instagram for updates on being me. Search beinglaurakmarshall to follow.