Thanksgiving 2009 - Truly a Blessing!!!

My nephew Benjamin and I

Thanksgiving this year was truly a blessing! I have been in Las Vegas for one year and one month! It has been that long since I have been home! Holidays are VERY important to me and being a part of big family get togethers was always a family tradition for me!

This year, it was just Doug and I........BUT THEN - My little Sister-In-Law, her hubby & our beautiful new nephew drove up from AZ. They spent almost 2 weeks with us! Our Thanksgiving dinner was fabulous. Everything was delicious. We had my husbands best friend (from childhood) & his girlfriend as well as Rebecca and Kiel, our friends from the Wynn join us.
We had cocktails, then a fabulous dinner. After dinner we actually went swimming and ended up in the jacuzzi. Then it was video games and Christmas movies.

It honestly was a day that I felt incredibly grateful. That's all I could think of all day! I had my brand new nephew and my baby sister-in-law with me as well as everyone else important that joined us. I was able to provide a wonderful dinner and cocktails & I had a beautiful home to host it in.

I truly am blessed. God is good and I am grateful each and every second of everyday for what I have. I love my family and the family we are creating out west! :-)


Dad's 50th Birthday

My father truly is the worlds most incredible father. I am truly blessed to have him as not only my father BUT now as my bestest friend. Growing up, dad was far from being my "friend." He was a father and a STRICT one at that! I can't even count how many times I spoke the infamous teenager phrase "I hate you!" and scampered off! LOL.........
Then I grew up.
In 2005, my father and I survived a near-fatal car crash. He pulled my lifeless body from the car - he sat in shock on the side of the road as I laid there not responding to him.
That moment has forever changed who we are and what we want out of life. A bond of father & daughter was created like no other. In a split second, we both thought it was going to be our last breath, for a moment, my father thought I was dead. That definitely created a bond that I will be forever grateful for. He is a man that I trust and love. A man that had given me my work ethic as well as great morals and values. I am proud to say he is my father. I am proud to say I am just like him.

I am so grateful that I can finally call him my friend.

Happy 50th Birthday Dad, I am so blessed that you were born!