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Viva Las Vegas!**** CHANGED DATE TO MAY 14, 2011****** 
Sep. 29, 2010 10:38 am 
Updated: Oct. 6, 2010 12:35 pm
Sorry about the confusion...I forgot the previous date was Mother's Day weekend. I swear I could screw up a soup and sandwich LOL Hey AR Peeps....I am giving you a quick heads up so that you might attend the Las Vegas Blowout hosted by moi (Julie)  Saturday May 14, 2011  Noon-?????  EVERYONE is welcome. As a matter of fact, the more the merrier. So please start planning your visit to Sin City with a bunch of great AR members. I also have alot of info on hotels and transportation, so I will answer questions here as we go along. I will keep everyone posted , but I just wanted to plant  the seed so that we might have another chance to meet some amazing members. I tell you, I met some incredible women  at Baking Nana's So. California blowout. So come on down!!!!! 
PS Our male AR members are more than welcome too...though you might be a tad bit out numbered :)
Sep. 29, 2010 10:54 am
Hmmmm May 8th is Hubby's Birthday, wonder if he'd like a surprise trip to Vegas as a birthday pressie!! Wonder what the fares from Dublin would be to Google!!
Sep. 29, 2010 11:19 am
What would be doing in Vegas? Just curious because we don't gamble or anything.
Sep. 29, 2010 11:27 am
May is graduation month for my only child so even if I WANTED to take a vacation(and I do need one!) to Vegas.... I don't suppose you'd like to come to the absolute middle of the Midwest, say about my BD time(end of July, first of Aug.)? :)Pick up a West coaster or two along the way, maybe someone that has a BD about the same time...
Sep. 29, 2010 12:17 pm
de'Monfort, I'm hoping to go and though I do uh, like the slots, (evil vile things) if I'm going to Vegas, besides looking forward to an AR meet, up I am for sure planning on a visit to Hoover Dam. Vegas is in a beautiful part of the country so I may rent a car too sight see or just take a tour (probably safer if I don't drive) but there are other things to do for sure!!
Sep. 29, 2010 12:29 pm
I am (tentatively) in =D And SO excited!!!!!! I need to check because my "baby" is graduating - but I don't think there will be a conflict. For anyone in the So Cal area - we can set up a car pool . . . .
Sep. 29, 2010 12:32 pm
de'Monfort - there are shows, and the only other time I went (a gazillion years ago!!!) I actually did this: AND, we can EAT =D
Sep. 29, 2010 12:53 pm
wow. . . would I love to come!!! There's a ton to do in Las Vegas de. I would like to camp on Lake Mead. I don't know that it will be possible, but it's on my wish list :)
Sep. 29, 2010 12:57 pm
I just talked to Mauigirl and 5/7 is Mother's day weekend - she is moving the date to May 14, 2011
Sep. 29, 2010 1:04 pm
LS - SO hope you can make it!!!!!
Sep. 29, 2010 1:05 pm
That makes it easer, Ba'Nana! Now I don't have to feel like a lousy daughter (= Still have to check on the whole graduation thing - but seriously don't think it will be an issue . . .
Sep. 29, 2010 4:08 pm
Wow this sounds exciting....and plenty of time to save up a few bucks to go. I've never been to Vegas...i am going to Phoenix sometime next year...hmmmmm
Sep. 29, 2010 4:09 pm
You already know, barring any major natural disasters ie: Mt. St. Helens erupting, etc. that Bob and I will be there! Margaritas poolside, baby!
Sep. 29, 2010 4:16 pm
Maui, it would help to know where you lived, so we could arrange for a block of rooms somewhere.. saving money as well as the convenience factor. Ladies, there are tons of things to do in Vegas.. if you like to shop, there are the Cesar Shops or the Venetian shops, there are shows and comedy acts. As for restaurants, there are TONS of good ones and not all of them are attached to hotels. There are great buffets - the Paris has one of the better ones.
Sep. 29, 2010 4:21 pm
There is also a shuttle down the strip that you can board for free and it takes you from one end of the strip to the other - a good way to see all the big hotels and their outdoor shows - like the Pirate show at Treasure Island or the water fountain show at the Bellagio. There is even a laser light show in downtown Vegas - all for free. There is golf, swimming, helicopter flips over the Grand Canyon, we can all pitch in on a huge Limo and we can take rides all throughout the strip and in Vegas. There are museums and displays.. like the Titanic display, and even animal shows. What CAN'T you do in Vegas is more like it!!
Sep. 29, 2010 4:21 pm
For a great reference site on what to do in Vegas, go to
Sep. 29, 2010 5:35 pm
BellesAZ I live in Summerlin near Red Rock State Park which is the west side of the city.(a 15-20 minute drive from the strip and about a 10 to 15 minute drive to downtown. I will figure out the logistics of getting everyone one out here as we get a better handle on how many might show up. If I have to rent a shuttle bus...I will:)
Sep. 29, 2010 5:36 pm
D'Monfort- My goodness kid...there is so much more than gambling here. We RARELY gamble and it's pennies when we do :) It really is an exciting city to visit. Hope you can make it.
Sep. 29, 2010 8:12 pm
helzbelz I hope you make it here. WW I would come up and kick your rear end all the way down here if you didn't show up. Those So Cal ladies want to meet you!
Sep. 29, 2010 8:16 pm
BellesAZ The closest hotel/casinos to me are the Red Rock Resort & Spa, SunCoast and the Rampart. The big problem is that they are inconvenient for folks who want to explore the strip or downtown. As we get a better grasp on this, I will figure out a way to get everyone out to my neighborhood. With this group....everything is possible :)
Sep. 29, 2010 9:51 pm
Well this looks like a tentative negative. Dang. It's college graduation weekend up here and also College softball world series tournament time. Not to count our chickens before they are hatched or anything, but we are a favorite this year to go on and play deep. I would love to come for that great time, but for right now, I can't commit. I do love Vegas I might be tempted.
Sep. 30, 2010 8:32 am will be missing a bunch of great people if you don't make it to LV :) Come on down!
Sep. 30, 2010 6:49 pm
Well, I was hoping to come and meet some of you, but now I won't be able to. I'm bummed.
Sep. 30, 2010 7:27 pm
Hey cupcake.....why not?
Sep. 30, 2010 7:30 pm
Hey cupcake.....why not?
Oct. 1, 2010 5:03 pm
Its on the calendar! My fiance just laughed when I told him the reason for going. He asked if he would actually have to go to the get together (hes a little shy) and I said NO but plan on spending the better part of the day by yourself! ha ha ha ha Hey maybe we can get married while we're there! Just mom would kill me! Barring any unforseen issues with wedding planning I will be there! Thank you Mauigirl...not only for being a doll but carrying on this new AR tradition!
Oct. 1, 2010 5:16 pm
BTW I just had the chance to read your comment on Patty Cakes blog and what a sweet person you are. I am not offended in the least and take it as a great compliment! The glow I see you gals talking must be credited to my love....he makes me so happy I can't help but share it with everyone! Oh these darn all are so wonderful! :*)
Oct. 1, 2010 7:07 pm
K-Dub what a fun year you are going to have. I don't know how you have the energy. There are a lot of things to entertain your beloved here in Vegas. Viva Las Vegas!
Oct. 1, 2010 9:15 pm
Just wanted to say that I have been talking Very early in the morning 3ish, when Honey gets home and he is not saying No. I say we could drive to Laughlin and then drive into Vegas on Saturday. He says we could just Drive to Vegas and does a shrug.Hope you all have a great weekend. Love, Patty
Oct. 1, 2010 9:21 pm
Sorry, had another thought. I was in the shower and was wondering how/what we would eat? I know it's way too early to ask, this just thought I would ask anywho.We could all chip in from a restaurant maybe. IDK {Shrugging}Well, thanks for listening to me Mauigirl.
Oct. 2, 2010 7:31 am
Like Cat Hill suggested, I was thinking I would just barbecue or maybe a couple of slow cooker kalua pigs. If I could get a few of my Cal friends to bring salads, breads or desserts, I think we would have it solved. Witchy Woman will be here to help me too so the two of us can get a head start. What do you think?
Oct. 2, 2010 7:32 am
Sorry that was for Patty Cakes, but if anyone else has some ideas, I am all ears. TIA
Oct. 2, 2010 7:44 am
PattyCakes, Why not a Hawaiian themed menu since it is my other home?????
Oct. 2, 2010 5:36 pm
Oh Julie, I think the Hawaiian theme would be terrific! I will bring a dish too! I'll run by the store and assemble it at your house! B/C I also got a definite/confirmed YES!!! We can GO!!! YYYYIIPPEE
Oct. 3, 2010 7:07 pm
Yippee! Viva Las Vegas!
Oct. 3, 2010 11:29 pm
Like I told Ba'Nana, I am always good for desserts (= I've invited my best friend and my son's girl friend (=
Oct. 4, 2010 8:07 am
xraybarb...the more the merrier :)
Oct. 4, 2010 8:11 am
I might be able to make that!! Vegas is my BF's favourite city, I can definitely convince him we should take a trip in May :) Keep us posted!
Oct. 4, 2010 8:52 am
Come on down PolkaDot. i will be posting a few times a month to try to get it out there.
Oct. 4, 2010 11:16 am
Would love to go and see everyone, but baby #2 is due May 19 and I live in NC. So that's a little too close to my due date. Have fun everyone!!! (I am getting excited thinking of all the good food that everyone is going to eat.)
Oct. 4, 2010 1:46 pm
Just reading through the comments - exciting! I know this is a ways off but I am already plotting and planning what to bring. :)
Oct. 5, 2010 1:15 am
Marking my calendar! Fingers crossed for a good summer! I need to visit the sibs in CA and could eailyt tack on a NV trip. OMG! What a goal I've set!
Oct. 5, 2010 6:01 am
mauigirl, we Midwesterners have been inspired to have a roundup! First one will be near the Kansas City area and at my house!! I'm so excited! Unfortunately ;), there will have to be several in the Midwest cause not everyone can make this one. Vacation destinations-AR Roundups!!! What fun!!!
Oct. 5, 2010 7:20 am
Good EatNZ - praying for a "great" summer season for you! I sure hope to meet you in Vegas!
Oct. 5, 2010 8:11 am
Good EatNZ...I sure hope you can make it. Viva Las Vegas!
Oct. 5, 2010 8:13 am
Cat Hill...I have been watching the midwest round up shape up. Wow, I so want to show up for that one too. With never know?????
Oct. 5, 2010 10:10 am
Maui, I'm only 6 hours away. If I decide to come, I'll certainly be happy to bring what is needed as well. I didn't realize you were out in Summerlin. If I drive, I can take 4 additional passengers. If others from So Cal came, they can also take passengers. We could get a booking at a downtown hotel (far cheaper than the strip!) and we could carpool to your place for the day and then drive back that evening for a night of fun! We can do the same thing if we decide to go out to a buffet or other restaurant as a group. Best to take a cab from downtown to the strip though.. driving is a bear and parking is even worse. I just check the dates for downtown.. for some reason, that weekend is very expensive. Could be something going on.
Oct. 5, 2010 11:43 am
Wow! here's another one I could go to! However its right at graduation and my godsons confirmation....AND my anniversay...:( We need one in Phoenix!
Oct. 5, 2010 4:11 pm
ValleyGirl - BevF wanted to plan a southwest get-together...maybe we could help her get it going? We are only 7-8 hours from Phoenix. Or everyone can come to Las Cruces!
Oct. 5, 2010 4:51 pm
I'm in Phoenix too!
Oct. 5, 2010 6:11 pm
mauigirl,don't forget there will be a 50th BD party at the end of July so you might make that :)
Oct. 6, 2010 8:10 am
Cat Hill, 50 huh...I vaguely remember that age :) BTW I looked at hotel prices at the Golden Nugget if anyone was inclined to stay downtown. (the Golden Nugget is a very nice property in the downtown/Fremont street area) The weekend (fri & sat) were $109 but the weekdays leading up to or following the 14th were $59. Many may find an even better rate in a package deal depending on where they are flying from. Unless someone can come up with a killer deal right now, I would be inclined to wait till after the first of the year to find some promotions. Viva Las Vegas!
Oct. 6, 2010 11:04 am
Out of curiousity.... why May? I forgot to ask that earlier.. LOL
Oct. 6, 2010 12:22 pm
BellesAZ. May was chosen because it is far out enough for folks to save their bucks. Many will have to plan their vacation schedules well in advance also. Before I retired, I had to submit my annual vacation requests in January and I am sure there are others that have to do something like that too. I also chose May because it is past Spring Break and it is the vacation "shoulder" season. Another reason is because I have a very small house and at that time of year it should be conducive to indoor/outdoor entertaining. Hope that all makes sense:)
Oct. 6, 2010 12:23 pm
Belles I note that you folks in the southwest may soon be getting together. Great!
Oct. 6, 2010 12:35 pm
Ahhh... that makes sense. Thanks for that. I was thinking it had some special meaning in terms of a date.. like a birthday celebration or other. Umm.. I'm not aware of a SW get together, but will keep my eyes open.
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