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Viva Las Vegas Blowout! Two weeks and counting....... 
Apr. 29, 2011 7:54 am 
Updated: May 6, 2011 4:19 pm
Aloha Peeps,

We are down to two weeks and a few hours till we have our Las Vegas meetup. I can hardly wait. But, I have to admit I am having those anxiety moments (mostly in the middle of the night) when I think of something I need to do in preparation  for the big event. Baking Nana has been my go to for guidance and of course all the members have been supportive and excited to attend.

Peeps are flying and driving in from points near and far. Some are coming in on Wednesday and most are coming in on Friday. We have not nailed down our events yet, but some of us will have dinner on the strip and possibly a show that night too. We also have the opportunity to take advantage of some discount tickets to a few different cirque du soleil shows. I hope to confirm those plans soon.  The "big event" will be at my house on Saturday, May 14th at three o'clock. I am hoping the wind cooperates and we can have our Hawaii themed buffet by the pool.

Because of the logistics and travel involved, I will prepare the food with the help of Baking Nana & Ladysparkle and probably ALL the other attendees :) It's so nice to have so much AR talent to help out.

The guest list so far.......

Candice & guest
AR Elizabeth & guest
xraybarb & guest
Cathy Myers
Chef Luigi

If you think that you can make it, I would love to have you. I have met many of the attendees and I love them. I know you will too. Please contact me at and I can give you details and help with the logistics. Come on down. We are going to have us some fun!

Viva Las Vegas!
Julie  aka Mauigirl
Apr. 29, 2011 8:32 am
Sounds like a terrific time in Vegas! Wish I was going as I'd love to meet you folks in person. Have a fantastic time and don't forget to take some photos for us non-attendees.
Apr. 29, 2011 11:00 am
I wish I could come but I'm afraid I will have to settle for wishing everyone safe travels and a fantastic time!! Viva Las Vegas!!
Apr. 29, 2011 1:09 pm
Sure would like to meet all of you but I still have to ironout a couple of things before I can make a lengthy trip. Deignate someone to be the photographer and get some photos captioned and posted, please.
Apr. 29, 2011 2:14 pm
I can't wait! I'm so excited...and I sure hope someone will take advantage of the Cirque du Soleil ticket special with me so we can go see Zumanity!! I'll be arriving in Vegas on Friday afternoon/early evening, so be sure to let me know if any of the attendees make plans for that evening. I'd love to join in!
Apr. 29, 2011 3:50 pm
This is going to be so much fun! Thanks for hosting Julie!
Apr. 29, 2011 3:59 pm
I will be coming in early on Saturday morning and will go straight to my destination. Since I will be probably way too early to check in, I will bring my book to read. When mauigirl wakes up, maybe she'll give me a call and I can make the trek over there! Looking forward to this get-together!
Apr. 29, 2011 4:22 pm
Julie, no worries. We love you and thank you for hosting our LV Round Up. We are all so comfortable with each other on line and in person so we are sure to have a BLAST! Randy and I will be driving in on Saturday. He will drop me off at your house and then on to our friends across town. I'll be sure that he comes in to say hello. He really supports my posting with all of our friends on the Buzz and needless to say, I'm a better cook because of all of you. He reaps the rewards!
Apr. 29, 2011 6:00 pm
Don't be stressin! It's going to be a BLAST!! ♥
Apr. 29, 2011 6:30 pm
WWWOOOHHHOOOO I send all of my LOVE to all my AR family!! Julie, Breath and someone open the wine Asap! Oh, give Julie a glass too! LOL We can swap photos. I cannot Wait to show you how terrific Tina will look in her Prom dress! Julie, in all seriousness, I want to Thank you from the bottom of my heart for hosting this celebration of friends and family! We had such a Great time at Baking Nana's, your is sure to be just as successful:) Adios, ♥ Patty ♥
Apr. 29, 2011 6:42 pm
One more thing, Please, everyone drive/fly safely!! I don't have to tell you it is a long hot drive and you gotta watch out for the Other drivers. Geez I sure am a mama of a 19 yo driver.I just care about all of you and only want the best for you! Love and God Bless.:):)
Apr. 29, 2011 7:50 pm
Marianne, what time are you coming in? Lady Sparkle & I will already be situated in our accommodations and you could come be with us until you are able to check in. My email is if you want to chat further about it. Aloha!
Apr. 29, 2011 8:10 pm
Patty Cakes - thanks for the safe wishes! I just have to avoid all the nuts on the way to the airport.
Apr. 29, 2011 8:19 pm
Lace...would love to meet you. Maybe someday soon. I will def sign someone up for photo duty. I am a lousy photographer as you can see in my profile pix:)
Apr. 29, 2011 8:21 pm
Cathill.....I am so sad you can't come. I think I will be working on Maui during your birthday to boot. DARN! I am going to get to you one of these days. I will, I will, I will!
Apr. 29, 2011 8:23 pm
Mike Harvey, I do hope you and your beloved can make it here one day. We would love to entertain you. It would have been so nice to have a man from our ranks. Swiss Phil tried, but he couldn't make it either:(
Apr. 29, 2011 8:25 pm
Keri, No one but you has answered back regarding any of the cirque shows. Stay tuned kid.....
Apr. 29, 2011 8:25 pm
Baking Nana, You da bomb kid. Thanks for all your suggestions and the calm voice of reason :)
Apr. 29, 2011 8:27 pm
Marianne, You can come out anytime. Do you need me to pick you up from the airport? I think most of the crew will be here on Friday at the strip or downtown.
Apr. 29, 2011 8:29 pm
CathyMeyers, Can't wait to see you again. Your joie de vivre is contagious! Can't wait to eet the man behind this great woman:)
Apr. 29, 2011 8:30 pm
Lady Sparkle, I can't wait till you get here. Hopefully I won't work you too hard. We will def get some play in.
Apr. 29, 2011 8:31 pm
Patty Cakes, I am so sad you can't make it, but I def want to see pix of your beautiful daughter in her prom dress. We will all share a toast in your honor!
Apr. 29, 2011 8:32 pm
MagnoliaBlossom, I am so tickled you are coming all this way to meet us. We are all going to have such a good time:)
Apr. 29, 2011 8:46 pm
I'm coming!!! Just trying to nail down a really good travel time. But don't worry, I'll get a good one.
Apr. 30, 2011 7:07 am
Mis7up is coming! As BakingNana would say.....WOOT WOOT!
Apr. 30, 2011 8:45 am
WAAAAAAHHHHH......I can't come and I wanna........WWWWAAAAAHHHHH..... :(
Apr. 30, 2011 8:58 am
Yes I am for sure my flights booked this morning!!! And I'm bring a small guest, Chef Fatioli to meet Chef Luigi. ;-)
Apr. 30, 2011 10:09 am
LOL. My friend gave me a chef to keep Chef Luigi company too. Love it! Send me your itinerary kid. So tickled that you are coming.
Apr. 30, 2011 8:07 pm
Great I sure will...I'll email you....
May 1, 2011 6:03 am
awesome! So glad you are coming mis7up
May 1, 2011 9:32 am
MG and Friends: Hope everyone has a wonderful time! I will be anxiously awaiting the photos.
May 1, 2011 10:01 pm
bikerfamily, I am going to try to get someone in the group to be the photographer and blogger. For the life of me, I cannot take decent photos let alone attach them to my blogs:(
May 2, 2011 11:47 am
Soooo jealous!!! I hope you all have a wonderful time and please eat an extra dish for me. My fiance and I are moving into our new place the weekend you are all in Vegas and boy would I rather be with you guys! ha ha ha ha Can't wait to see all the pics and I hope someone wins big! Sending all my love, luck and appetite!!!!
May 2, 2011 2:12 pm
Hey K-Dub, Good luck with that move. We must have timed this event perfectly:) Will see you sometime soon I hope.
May 2, 2011 5:36 pm
I've got the lower lip out but you guys are going to have such a great time!!! Again safe travels to everyone and don't forget to get a good night's sleep, you all will need it :)(:
May 2, 2011 7:02 pm
Oh how exciting! I cannot wait to hear all about it!
May 2, 2011 11:37 pm
hmmm, I'm bringing my camera...dang thing trails around my neck where ever I go....hehehe and my laptop. I'm soo excited!!!
May 3, 2011 9:14 am
CatHill, There is no such thing as a good nights sleep in Vegas:)
May 3, 2011 9:15 am
SoupLoving Nicole, Hope to see you one of thee days.
May 3, 2011 9:16 am
miss7up, I like how you think. Laurrie said I should round you up:)
May 3, 2011 3:26 pm
I'll be with you in spirit. Have fun. Remember what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Unless somebody Facebooks the pics. :-D
May 4, 2011 7:36 am
ChopSuey, We are just a few hours from you. Come over and play:)
May 4, 2011 4:58 pm
hahaha right Chop Suey, my mom said that same thing about pictures when she was in the hospital and I told her, no one took photos...I was wrong my dad did and posted her photo on FB... the nut! Well I totally will bring my camera MG, totally. ;-)
May 5, 2011 12:19 am
Have fun, everyone! Sounds like it will be a blast. Take lots of photos!! :o)
May 5, 2011 10:37 am
Dagnabbit, wish I could come! But I'm going to Disneyland (!!!) so you-all have a terrific time! I love Vegas! Don't miss my favorite JELLO SHOTS bar at the MGM, right at the entrance to the walk-over to the New York hotel....have a couple for me!!! Post Pics!!!
May 6, 2011 4:18 pm
Kristen B. Wish you could be here. The more the merrier:)
May 6, 2011 4:19 pm
Msntnkrbel.....Oh i know you would be LOTS of fun if you like jello shots:)
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