We are back!! Have ya missed me? Well... if you're my friend on Facebook, I know you haven't because you all went on vacation with us! ;) But for everyone else, I kind of just faded away for a bit. I actually took my computer with me because I had some PTA stuff and 5th grade graduation stuff that I wanted to be working on, but I never even turned it on... which is probably a good thing. (Remind me of that when I'm up late for the next 2 weeks getting everything done!) ;) Then I had a post scheduled by a guest blogger and realized today that it never posted... so I guess I'll post that later. Oops!
We had a fabulous time in Las Vegas!! We had no schedule, took detours we weren't planning on, didn't know what we were doing for the day until we got up that morning, and just... relaxed. Don't get me wrong, we had fun and I am TIRED! haha But it's a different kind of tired... it's a "I had a great time with my family who I love so much that I don't even mind doing the 10 loads of laundry we created while we were gone" kind of tired. :)
I, of course, have a bunch of pictures. There are some on Facebook but those are only the ones I took with my phone and I really DID take my real camera this time so I'll post all the pictures here over the next few days and tell you about all our adventures.
On our way to Vegas we decided to take the Southern route to avoid snow in Utah... This was good planning, trust me! So as we hit New Mexico, something rang in my memory. Ohhhh yeah. Tim's Place is here!! (If you don't know about Tim's Place, be sure to go read! I'll wait!) I looked it up online and saw that they didn't serve dinner and so we would miss it. So, we talked and decided that since we were all pretty tired and already way ahead of schedule anyway, that we would spend the night in Santa Fe (the hotel there was... um... not pretty. *sigh*) and so we got to hit up Tim's Place in Albuquerque for breakfast. :)
We got to Tim's Place around 8:30 and the waitress noticed Kennedy (and my camera) almost right away. She asked if we would like to meet Tim and we said, "Uhhh YES!" So Tim came out to say hello, saw Kennedy and got a huge smile on his face. He decided to sit and chat with us. We had lots of questions for him, of course... it's not every day you get to eat breakfast with the owner of a restaurant. Tim leads a pretty exciting life! He's been to a lot of fun places like the Bahamas (which he said he would take us to someday... I plan on holding him to that! haha) and he has a girlfriend who he plans on marrying someday. He said we can come to the wedding but he'll probably have to rent out a football stadium because so many people will be coming. I believe that!
He kept telling Kennedy that she was awesome and amazing and that she can do anything she wants to do... to which she replied, "I know." :) They talked about Facebook and friends and dance and hot chocolate and coffee and their favorite foods. They talked about school, and Kennedy told him she wants to work at Claire's... or own a flower shop (which was news to me! LOL).
Kennedy and Tim
Talking about life...
It was a great morning for all of us. Kassidy, Kameron and Keeghan thought Tim was awesome and they had a great time hanging out with him... It was great for them to see that individuals with Down syndrome really can do anything they set their mind to. I have told them for years, but it's different seeing it in action. Tim is an amazing role model for all kids - with and without Ds. :)
One last picture...
And a goodbye hug :)
We look forward to seeing Tim this Summer at the NDSC convention in Denver! I know it will be awesome! :)
More pictures later...