Monday, July 13, 2009

4th of July

Dan and I were able to take a quick little getaway trip to Las Vegas and St. George, UT for the 4th of July weekend. We left Friday night and drove to Mesa where we dropped our dogs off at my mom's and stayed the night with Dan's grandma.

Saturday morning (July 4th) we got up early and started our drive. We left around 7am and drove to Kingman where we ate lunch at the traditional Wendy's. (We couldn't imagine going anywhere else)

Then we got back on the road and drove to Las Vegas, only taking us about 20 minutes at Hoover Dam. We parked at the MGM and walked all around the strip. We wanted to try to go see the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, as neither of us have ever seen it with all the times we've been to Vegas. So we thought we'd walk down there so we could take pictures, etc. Not the best it was over 100 degrees and this was around 2pm...we were both sweating like pigs by the time we got to Mandalay Bay, so we decided to can the idea and take the tram back to the Excaliber. We went over to the Coca Cola world to sit and rest with an ice cold Coke, and then walked over to the M&M world to look around.

We started running short on time, so we went back to the car and drove over to the temple to take a few more pictures.

We left then, and drove to St. George, UT. We have only been there once since we've been married (which was the only time I'd ever been) and probably our closest friends Wes & Tiff Webster live there and have come here to see us a ton of times...needless to say, we owed them big time.

We stopped on our way in to take a few pictures of the temple at sunset. Wes called just as we were leaving the temple wondering where we were; when I told him "we stopped by the temple on our way in" he responded with "yeah, that's what I thought..." lol He knows us too well and our love for taking pictures of temples.

We went to The Pizza Factory for dinner, as recommended by everyone who lives in St. George. It was fantastic! We went to watch the 2 fireworks shows that were battling each other before going back to Wes & Tiff's.

The rest of the time we really just relaxed with the Websters, caught up with each other, and played the Totally Insane Card Game.

We left Monday morning to come home, this time getting stuck for an hour and a half at Hoover Dam...we were backed up in traffic 4 miles before we even got into the dam. But then we went on to Kingman, where we stopped again at Wendy's for lunch. We reminiced about almost exactly 2 years prior when we hit the coyote just south of Kingman, on our way home from St. George the first time. That turn of events that ended in our Trailblazer being in the mechanic shop for over 2 months, Dan's mom being in what could have been a very serious tragic car accident in OUR Trailblazer, and Dan's grandfather passing away. All within the first 2 months of our was fun to reflect back on that time in our life and how we got through it and grew so much together because of it all.

(Where our trailblazer finally died and we were stranded for hours after hitting the coyote and having no cell phone reception at 3am)

We were able to stop by my grandparents' house in Surprise, AZ on our way back into Phoenix. It was very fun to sit for a few minutes and visit with them, as we never go out there and Dan had never been to their house. We only ever get to see them at my mom's on holidays.

We picked up our dogs in Mesa around 8pm on Monday evening and started the very familiar drive back home. It was overall a very relaxing and much needed trip. Although it was quick, and we wished we could have stayed longer, we were very grateful for the ability we had to getaway for a few days and spend some time with our friends.

Next trip...Minneapolis, MN in's coming quick!


*Becky* said...

what a fun trip!! enjoy all those trips while you can. It's not as easy to do when you add a child into the mix

Jill Bienz said...

That's a big reason why we travel so much now. A lot of people are like "how can you travel so much? How can you afford all those trips?" and it is tight sometimes with all the traveling we do; but we love it and know that as soon as we have kids it won't be like it is now. We'll have more than just the 2 of us to worry and think about.