Pictures we sent for the kids - we got chocolates at an airport store
airport pics - we thought Natalie would like the lizard
from inside the taxi "hi guys!!"
Vegas is crazy. Definitely not my cup o' tea - Austin and I felt like the only ones without party clothes and a frozen margarita in our hands. It was fun to walk around and see the sights, but now that I've seen them once I don't think I ever need to go back.
The view from our balcony
Our hotel was unbelievably luxurious. It hurt to think of how much money went into the construction etc, and how much money is spent there every day! The parking garage had glittery floors, no joke, everything was new and sparkly and over the top. It was fun to feel so fancy for a little bit, but I prefer comfort to glitz any day.
I want a bench in my granite shower someday
a little bag for the extra TP? doesn't get fancier than that
even the restroom icons are svelte
|the picture by our elevator, ha|
|see? glittery road!|
|EVERY time we entered the conference room the staff was lined|
up in a GIANT 300-person clap line. Austin hated it but I thought
it was awesome!
|this is what the general sessions looked like - 3200 people|
(we were sitting in the front half here, the room was enormous)
We left with lots of swag - new jackets, notebooks, bags, pens, some techie stuff, etc. They fed us SO well, and had snacks in between each meal. The Starkey staff was super friendly and obviously excited for us to be there and see what's been going on in the company.
Mostly though it was just fun to be together. We loved just hanging out in the hotel room - call us boring, but we needed that relaxation time together! When Austin had classes in the afternoon I worked on church stuff in our room or actually READ, which felt so nice! So much reading time. The best. We ate at P.F. Changs two nights in a row, ha, and went to bed early. Austin watched basketball to his heart's content. We were gone Wednesday afternoon - Sunday afternoon, which was a long time away from our children! It was a relief to be back with them but we did very much enjoy our break. THANKS, Plumbs and Poulsens!
Austin doing homework, my view from the couch
The other fun part about the trip was seeing Makenzie/Kevin and Anthony/Afton! A/A drove up Friday night from Panaca, NV and got Changs with us and slept over, and then M/K came the next morning from St. George, UT. It was great having a chance to hang out together and get burgers and walk the strip and play cards. We are SO excited that A/A's baby is coming in April! Ahhhh! Cousins for our children, and we get to be an Aunt/Uncle!!!!
|family!!! (and boyfriend, ha)|
|card games, soda courtesy of Starkey (srsly, what's better than free soda?)|
They were in great hands!
Happy vacation conference to us! Maybe we'll get away again in another 4 years : )