Meeting the Blended Bloggers

As I mentioned on Monday, the trip to Vegas had a two-fold purpose. The Blended Bloggers were itching to meet in real life and this convention was the catalyst for that to happen.

Sheila and Sarah
Sheila and Sarah driving around and around the airport!

I was the first one to arrive. I got my rental car, stopped off at a grocery store and oh look! There’s a Marshall’s! Killed a little time there (yep, found some cute stuff!) until Sarah from Cali texted to say she was at the hotel. I met up with her at the Venetian. After hugs and a few squeals we tried to check in but could not as the reservation was in Lana’s name. We then drove over to the airport and circled around a few times. We were too busy talking to pay attention to where we were going so we kept missing our turns! We finally met up with Carrie and Lana and headed back to the hotel. After checking in, we headed to dinner. The Venetian has a TON of restaurants so we just picked one and sat down. The waiter was kind enough to snap our picture!

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Our first dinner together!

Later the rest of the troops arrived: Shaunacey, Deena and finally Alison.

So here’s my impression of everyone:

Sarah

Sarah looks so sweet from her pictures and her huge smile but she was sweeter than I could have imagined. I don’t think she has any enemies. At all. She easily makes friends and it feels like you’ve known her forever. Check out her impression of the meet up here.

Carrie

Carrie is much tinier than I imagined her to be. In her pictures she appears to be tall but in reality she is about my height but teeny tiny! But she is strong and as beautiful in real life as she is in her pictures. Check out her impression of the meet up here.

Lana

Lana was tall. She looks tall (everyone looks tall to me) but then again Carrie looks tall. No she really is. She is also very sweet and easy to talk to. Check out her impression of the meet up here.

Shaunacey Deena

Shaunacey and Deena made me smile with their Canadianisms. I tried not to comment on their accent but we all laughed at Shaunacey’s “eh?s. I love how their inflections go up when the talk. They were both hilarious and you’d never know that they had just met that day. They seemed to be old pals from way back. Check out Shaunacey’s impression of the meet up here. And Deena’s here.

Sarah and Alison

Alison was the baby of the group. She is also really tall (about Lana’s height) and she is so laid back as I picture midwesterners to be. She did not attend the conference but went sightseeing on her own during the day and then hung out with us at night. Check out her impression of the meet up here.

the gang

It was amazing how well everyone got along and how much we talked. At dinner the second night we went around the table sharing how we’d met our husbands and how they proposed. So fun to get a little more insight into each individual.

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I did not love Las Vegas. I was impressed by the architecture but the whole ambiance of the place was unsettling. The casinos open 24 hours with people in them at all hours, women walking around over halfway undressed…it felt like I was walking around Gomorrah. Yuck.

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The hallway leading to the Casino.
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The Rialto bridge and the tower in St. Mark’s square.
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The bridge of sighs.

But the Venetian was really impressive. How they recreated the alleys, bridges and canals of Venice INDOORS to seem like we were outdoors was really impressive.

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This canal, shops, bridge and gonola were all INDOORS!
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That sky? Yeah, indoors.

I left early on Sunday so I missed the shopping day with the gals. It looked like they had a lot of fun and came home with some treasures to boot! I will treasure this time together.

shopping

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About Sheila @ Making the Most of Every Day

I’m a wife, mom, and a homeschool teacher. I’m always behind on housework and paper pile sorting. I’m fond of this crazy life but not of melted cheese. I want to follow hard after God, making each day really count. I like to run, read, cook (and eat!). Thanks for joining along on my journey!

22 thoughts on “Meeting the Blended Bloggers

  1. I love that you included those beautiful pictures that Sarah took in our descriptions. So nice meeting you, wish I could have had more time with you!

  2. Great recap!! I had NO idea I said ‘eh’ that much lol. Good thing no one seems to notice here… maybe I need to work on that lol.
    I loved the hotel too, it was so gorgeous and so much to do! Where else can you shop at Banana Republic until 12am!?

  3. Yours is the first blog of TBB that I’ve visited today! I’m hoping everyone did something similar because it’s really fun to get your impressions of the other ladies! Now I’m curious just HOW small Carrie is 🙂

  4. It was such a great weekend – wish we could do it all over again! I’m so glad to have met you, and next time hopefully we’ll have more opportunity to talk.

  5. Aww, I’m so happy that we were the first to meet, you made my nerves just melt away! And it really didn’t feel like we had all just met that day! Excited for our next adventure together and what the Blended Blog has in store for us!

  6. I wondered what you thought of Las Vegas. My first visit was in October 2014, so pretty recently, and I did not love it either, for exactly the reasons you said. It was interesting, but, yeah, very unsettling. I guess they call it “Sin City” for a reason, huh? Not a place I would choose to go “just for fun.”

  7. Such a good recap for those of us TBBers who weren’t along for the meet up. Since I am the grandma of the group, I wonder how I would have kept up and fit in. The Venetian is an amazement. Glad you enjoyed your trip.

  8. Sheila, your photos of the conference and Las Vegas are beautiful. Through them, I feel a little like I was there with all of you. Our blog names are so similar and some day I really hope we meet.

  9. Sheila,
    I had such a blast reading your blog post and everyone elses too!! You all did such a great job describing eachother. I am so glad you all had such a great trip! I can’t wait to hear more stories,
    Denise

  10. I loved how you gave your impression of everyone – I feel like I know each of them a little better know. also, I think we would be great friends – I am with you on the “things I would not like to see” in Vegas. Those things really sadden me.

    Lisa
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