Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Rest of the Trip

Halfway through my post yesterday, I realized I hadn't downloaded the rest of the pictures from Jason and Linda's visit. So, in the words of the late Paul Harvey, "Here's the rest of the story".

I think I left off on Sunday. We were so pleased to introduce L&J to our church here in Henderson. Jim and I have been made to feel so welcome here, and we are so fond of the pastor. As usual, the service was a blessing and Jason and Linda seemed to enjoy it. As is our habit, we went to the Original Pancake House for breakfast/lunch/dinner.

After a brief afternoon rest, we decided to venture to The Strip to see the beautiful spring flowers in the atrium at the Bellagio.

Oh yes, they also have a greenhouse just filled with butterflies.

We also took a little trip to the Flamingo Hotel to see their animal habitat.

The flamingos are absolutely fascinating. I could stand and watch them all day. What unique and beautiful creatures they are. We went back to the Bellagio to see the fountains and were treated by seven different performances. They are just breathtaking.

Monday we met Brian and Gretchen for lunch at Sweet Tomatoes which is a salad bar. Jim and Jason can't figure how they ever make any money. The price is really reasonable and the food is plenteous. We had enough lunch to hold us until ...

after the show. Remember, Monday night was Jersey Boys. Oh What a Night! It was an outstanding show. Linda and I wanted to see it all over again. It was all the tunes we remember from our youth with the Four Seasons. Of course, the music was fabulous, but the acting and the voices were also amazing. What a wonderful show. I highly recommend it. If there was a negative, it was some of the language which was pretty rough. I know they were pretty tough kids and probably talked like that, but it still burned my ears.

Although we thought we would never eat again after Sweet Tomatoes, by the time the show was over, we were hungry. We had a really nice meal (with warm chocolate chip cookies for dessert) at the Grand Lux Cafe just outside the theatre.

And then it was Tuesday, how did that happen? Jim and Jason had been chomping at the bit to get out to Hoover Dam and see the progress on the new road that will bypass (actually go over) the dam. So they were off to the dam while Linda and I went shopping and out to lunch with Gretchen. Gretch was so happy to have some time to catch up with Linda. We have always been so close to each other's children. It was a real treat for both L&G.

So, that was it. We spent a quiet evening together and by 9 P.M. we were off to the airport. It's quiet here and a little lonely now that they are gone. But, we have some great pictures and wonderful memories as well as plans for what we might do next winter. Of course, there is also all the time in between when we will have lots of fun and make many memories. Aren't we blessed?

~Hippo Hugs~


pam said...

What a beautiful spot with all those flowers. The food sounds so wonderful as well. You sound a little sad, but you are right, you have some great memories and pictures. Keep well!

Renie Burghardt said...

OOOOHHH! The flowers are beautiful. I love the pink tulips and the hyacinths, and the butterflies!

What wonderful memories of a wonderful time with your friends. I enjoyed reading all about it.

Happy spring, Pam!



Monogram Queen said...

You are having such a lovely time! I love reading and "experiencing" your adventures right along with you!

Cheryl Wray said...


I love those flower pictures!!!

Diane said...

Enjoying your trip along with you! The photos are beautiful. You are making some wonderful memories...

Nancy said...

Sounds like fun...expecially the Animal Habitat! Nice to be able share so much with good friends like that. Getting close to coming home now, though...but it will be Spring and so much to do outside for you with flowers and such.

I, for one, have certainly enjoyed your posts and pics from Vegas! It's been fun! Gee, Gretchen looks just like her mom!!!

Have a great week!

((( HUGS )))

Laura said...

Special times with special friends! I love it! God is so good to provide us with sweet fellowship and friendships!

Pam, now I don't feel so bad about not having a vacuum! LOL! You are just as bad as I am...letting your hubby do all the "hard" work! LOL!

Those flowers at the Bellagio are beautiful and I am so glad that you enjoyed the show!

And as far as loosing the weight by July, I think you oughta go for it!! I'll support you all the way!