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.
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!
Later the rest of the troops arrived: Shaunacey, Deena and finally Alison.
So here’s my impression of everyone:
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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