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AR Peeps - Vegas Style 
May 22, 2012 6:49 pm 
Updated: Jun. 1, 2012 4:50 am
Greetings everyone from an AR Peep that did it Vegas style.  Mmmmm.... I'm thinking that's not exactly the way I wanted to phrase that.  I meant I went to the 2nd Annual Vegas Blowout and let me tell you this peep is about too pooped to peep.  (Running on 2 hours sleep here.)  In a recent blog,<  - It's All About the Peeps, I mentioned that what really brings the Allrecipes site together is the peeps.  The people that meet here on-line and then meet in person.  Let me give you a little peep, I mean peek (I'm telling you I'm tired!) at some of my fellow peeps.

Saturday, the main event at mauigirl's home was a blast.  We knew eggzactly the kind of day it was going to be, starting with bd.weld's spicy pickled eggs (Ahem, did ya catch that one?) and his Jail House Dip for appetizers.  Do you think that had any correlation to the bail money?    Food served luau-style, we stuffed ourselves with delicious Shoyu Chicken, Kahlua Pork, coleslaw, Hawaiian lobster macaroni salad, fresh fruit and more, while the drinks were free flowing. 

But back to the peeps.  This year we had a couple of roosters in the hen house and we're so glad they didn't chicken out - bd.weld, Carlos (Pattycakes DH) and Howard (mauigirl's neighbor and I'm sure a soon-to-be AR member-we just dazzled him with our brilliance or maybe baffled him with our BS).

Here is the disclaimer - I am not nor have I ever tried to claim that I am a photographer.  If I manage to press the button and I actually get someone on my screen I call it good and quit while I'm ahead.  So here we go.
bd.weld & mauigirl - The apron says "All I ask is that you treat me no differently
than you would Martha."
xraybarb & Pattycakes
Baking Nana & Cathy Myers
Tabasco Mom & AR Elizabeth
DelMar Girl - another new addition to the Vegas Blowout family
Bibi & Marianne (my roomie!)
mauigirl, Noemi & Gabriela
bd.weld & beautiful wife Debi
Marianne & Howard (mauigirl's neighbor)
Note the HIS & HERS cups.  It really is "his" - those are his initials.
They swapped cups just to confuse you.
Cathy Myers - all I can think of when I see this picture is
"If you knew Susie, like I knew Susie..."  Don't get the joke?  Well you had to be there.
mauigirl's bail money - is it for her or for us?
Umm... maybe I better explain the underwear hanging from the tree in the background.
The caption?  "Go ahead and put on your big girl panties."
The meaning?  Sometimes when life happens you just need to
suck it up and put on your "big girl panties" to lighten the mood and make you smile.
(Well maybe not in the case of the roosters in the henhouse...)
Some adventuresome peeps went to a Motown tribute show, Human Nature, which was awesome. 
After, we discovered that Elvis had not left the building.
xraybarb, Cathy Myers, Magnolia Blossom (me!) & mauigirl
at Hard Rock Cafe on the strip on Monday
Gee, the last picture of the trip - can you say eye candy?
We promoted AR and he'd like to learn how to cook.
(Our waiter at Hard Rock - thank you for being such a good sport.)

Whew, now that the photo album has concluded, I just want to say thank you to mauigirl for hosting another wonderful AR get-together.  To all the peeps that I met last year, it was wonderful to see you again and get to know you even better.  To the new peeps this year, it was great to meet you and I look forward to seeing you again.
I've said it before and as always, I will say it again, if you have the chance to make it to any type of round-up, just do it or create your own round-up.  You will not regret the experience and you will make some of the most wonderful friends.  To the upcoming Ohio meet, have a great time - I wish I could come!  For those coming to the Midwest Round-up at Cat Hill's - get ready.  I will have Thelma, I mean Lady Sparkle, riding shotgun, Mrs. Mike Harvey in the back seat, and Mike will just be part of the luggage.  You just never know what might happen.
Hugs to you all!
May 22, 2012 7:08 pm
Photos say a million words, MB! But I would say that your interpretations of those photos say a billion! Oh, my gosh! That is just too great. I LOVE this! Thank you for your GREAT blog! Love it! Love it!
May 22, 2012 7:13 pm
Magnolia Blossom, a Rose could not be as sweet! Lovely blog, great pictures, memories to last a lifetime! Seems like it was only a couple of days ago--but wait, it was!
May 22, 2012 7:20 pm
That's a good one, Bibi. It was so very wonderful to meet you! And I will again, soon!
May 22, 2012 7:22 pm
Gosh, it looks like you all had a wonderful time! Great pictures of beautiful people!
May 22, 2012 7:22 pm
Marianne, I think sleep deprivation has kicked in. Can you tell? Thanks for stopping in. I loved YOUR blog! It was awesome.
May 22, 2012 7:24 pm
Bibi, it was so wonderful to meet you and Tabasco Mom. A couple of Texas roses without the thorns!
May 22, 2012 7:26 pm
Hi Toni Jo - they are incredibly beautiful people, inside and out.
May 22, 2012 7:26 pm
I can't believe it is over.... WAIT - COME BACK, I am not done having fun! What a beautiful and renewing weekend we had. This kind of friendship, trust and love - through thick and thin, the AR gang came through. Gosh - how blessed we are!
May 22, 2012 7:28 pm
So glad that you had a wonderful time. I want to win the lottery so that I can come to all of the roundups. Everyone has so much fun and so many special memories. Great blog
May 22, 2012 7:28 pm
I know BN, that's why I stayed until Monday. Could have gotten a cheaper flight returning on Sunday and used less vacation time, but I just didn't want to miss a darn thing!
May 22, 2012 7:29 pm
I know pelicangal! That last incredibly huge powerball lottery? The first thing I thought of was how many AR peeps I could meet with unlimited travel funds. Thanks for stopping in.
May 22, 2012 7:30 pm
Don't you just love how bd.weld says something so low key that you just have to stop for just a second to get the smile that follows right after?
May 22, 2012 7:31 pm
OK, I've got that Motown soundtrack playing over and over in my head and I CAN'T SHUT IT OFF! It's great and I played it full blast when driving, but now I'm on sensory overload. Sheesh!
May 22, 2012 7:32 pm
LOVE this Lora. Do you know I didn't get one single photo? I am so tickled that you did. BTW Are u in for Maui 2013? I sure hope so. Got to have my Magnolia Blossom fix. See u in Seattle roomie! PS Back to the strip tonight....I am exhausted but my Maui gfs are here and oh well....zzzzzzz
May 22, 2012 7:33 pm
Finally, more details :) Sounds like you all had a great time. Some day I'm going to get to go to one of these!
May 22, 2012 7:35 pm
MG - Are you kidding? Gotta get my hula skirt! I will be sending you a CD with the pics. I actually got some pretty good food pics (for me that is...).
May 22, 2012 7:37 pm
Hehe, probably more details than you wanted Paula. We did have a great time. Gotta come to one or start one in your area. You don't have to host at your house. I know there have been several at restaurants that can accommodate a group.
May 22, 2012 7:44 pm
Aww, such beautiful ladies and handsome bd ;-) I miss you guys. Glad everyone had a blast. I totally kept busy myself ;-) Hugs.
May 22, 2012 7:50 pm
We missed you mis7up! See you in Seattle!
May 22, 2012 7:58 pm
Well done. But did you really have to put some young guys in here? LOL, really makes me look my age. It was such an honor to meet all of you.
May 22, 2012 8:16 pm
The more the merrier (young guys, that is). It was great meeting you and your wife. Glad you had a good time.
May 22, 2012 8:50 pm
The beautiful smiles all around show how well everyone has bonded. Great photos.
May 22, 2012 9:02 pm
Thank you Marie C. They actually are some of my better pics.
May 22, 2012 9:18 pm
What a beautiful group of "peeps!" Those smiles say it all. It just down right looks like you all had a good time. And, hey... how'd you get my panties? Naw, just kidding. But, I love the analogy. Cathy Myers looks simply giddy standing there next to the young hottie. Great blog Lora! The pics looks good too.
May 22, 2012 9:55 pm
BRAVVVVOOOOO!!!!!!!!! It was such a Pleasure to meet you MG:):) I will see you in Maui! Oh Love Love your Blog!! I'm saving all of them!
May 23, 2012 3:35 am
Candice, we missed you and Christine. But I'm looking forward to seeing you at the Midwest Round-up. We had a great time!
May 23, 2012 3:36 am
Patty Cakes, it was so great to meet you. How did your lunch ladies like the ink?
May 23, 2012 4:26 am
Wish I had been there to meet all those lovelies so glad you shared your visit! :) I knew you all would have a blast! 17 days till I get to see you. Again this year we will have new faces and alumns to renew old friendships and build new ones. Can't wait!!
May 23, 2012 5:10 am
Wished everybody could go! Looking forward to seeing you. Pushing aside the snow shovel in the trunk to make room for Mike Harvey.
May 23, 2012 5:43 am
Love the pics! Glad to see some new peeps taking the plunge to come in and meet some of the crew. As always, looks like a good time was had by everyone!
May 23, 2012 5:52 am
LMAO, what can I say? YOu all look beautiful. I am not sure the big girl panty carries over south of the border......they can be skimpy panties, at least they were not plain white:P They can be a little er, um, smaller, save some material and make several pairs? Meant to be put on a big girl attitude:) loved it!!!!!
May 23, 2012 5:54 am
....oh and the hottey at the end, is he a part time, volunteer fireman, did anyone check?
May 23, 2012 5:56 am I had to go find this and add, too funny
May 23, 2012 7:28 am
Oh Mike you ARE PRICELESS! OTFLMAO! Yes Bibi, the Ladies loved it!
May 23, 2012 7:29 am
Redneck gramma, love that: "Big Girl Panties for a Big Girl Attitude!" I'm stealing that line.
May 23, 2012 7:42 am
Thanks Magnolia for sharing. Sounds like loads of fun and such wonderful times enjoyed by all. It is nice to put faces with all the people who are here on AR. I would love to come to one of these great AR Roundups. Maybe someday......
May 23, 2012 8:39 am
Hi Magnolia Blossom...My heart goes out to you! I can only imagine how pooped you are, but it was so worth it! I would not miss out on a chance to get together with this group for anything. It was so great to meet you, Bibi and Tabasco Mom. I am always so amazed that it feels like we are seeing long lost friends. Try and get some rest! You deserve it! ;)
May 23, 2012 9:27 am
hmmmmmm not sure I would put the big girl panties and "pooped" in the same thread LOLLOLLOL
May 23, 2012 10:16 am
Sassy, we had a great time indeed. Thanks for stopping in.
May 23, 2012 10:19 am
RNG, he'd look great on a calendar, wouldn't he? Maybe we should have our very own hairy leg pin-up calendar for a charity fundraiser.
May 23, 2012 10:20 am
Well if Mike's going to start unbuttoning his shirt, I think he could be Mr. January on the calendar. Might even get him out of the trunk.
May 23, 2012 10:22 am
Lela, thank you for stopping in. We truly had the most amazing time.
Deb C 
May 23, 2012 10:22 am
Sounds like you all had a fabulous time. The pictures are great Blossom! I wish I could have been there!
May 23, 2012 10:23 am
Noemi, I finally got some shut-eye, now I'm ready & raring to go. It was certainly a pleasure to meet you and your sister.
May 23, 2012 10:23 am
mauigirl, you're probably right. Ewww...
May 23, 2012 10:25 am
Thanks Deb C! If you ever get a chance to go, you'll have a blast.
May 23, 2012 10:40 am
What a great blog and pictures! So sad that I missed this one. Next year for sure. Can't wait to see you guys in a couple weeks! Kansas City here we come.
May 23, 2012 10:43 am
Woohoo, can't wait Christine! Hugs to you & Mom!
May 23, 2012 11:21 am
Great photos MB! Sure looks like everyone had a great time, would have loved to join you all. I can't wait for the Southern RU now after seeing all these pictures...thanks for posting them.
May 23, 2012 11:34 am
I'm so bummed I missed out on this year's blow-out, but I definitely plan on attending the 2013 bash in Hawaii!! I'm glad you all had such a great time! I'm also really glad you explained about the underwear...I had been wondering about that when I saw it in one or two pictures prior to the one where you explained :)
May 23, 2012 11:35 am
Great blog MB! And the pictures say it all. Everyone's having a blast, no doubt about it! It takes a little effort to go to a round-up, but it's oh so worth it! So glad you all had such a great time!!!
May 23, 2012 12:29 pm
Oh wow, the pictures say a 1,0000 words. What a wonderful time you guys must have had.One of these times I am so hopeful to be able to attend. Until then I will just enjoy the pictures.
May 23, 2012 1:41 pm
LOL! Those underwear have a bit more of a back story than MB shared here. Kind of like the sisterhood of the traveling jeans and she started it. So far those underwear have been to MO and off to Vegas. I still feel so blessed that she co-hosted the first roundup with me and became my friend. Glad you got some sleep MB :)(:
May 23, 2012 2:02 pm
MB, you took great photos! And your blog is just so bubbly and happy, it makes me smile to read it. I'm glad you all had another wonderful bash.
May 23, 2012 3:12 pm
Thanks Sherri! I would love to go to the Southern Round-up, but I just don't think it's in the budget. I'm sure you'll have a great time.
May 23, 2012 3:13 pm
Keri - sorry you didn't make it. Yep, Hawaii next year! Get your hula skirt ready. Yeah, I figured I had better explain the underwear tree.
May 23, 2012 3:13 pm
bellepepper, have a great time at YOUR round-up!
May 23, 2012 3:14 pm
Char, we will continue to post our pics and our memories to share with all the rest of our AR family. Thank you!
May 23, 2012 3:15 pm
Cat, I think it'll really hit me tonight. I was just too darn wired last night (plus still be-bopping to Motown hits in my head).
May 23, 2012 3:17 pm
BSM, that is usually my goal-to make everyone smile a little. And we definitely had a bubbly and happy time.
May 23, 2012 3:20 pm
Oh good grief, I just went over the pictures again. Good thing I did explain the undies. They were in 2 other pics before mauigirl's bail money pic. Sheesh!
May 23, 2012 4:14 pm
Way too much fun !!! Love reading about everyone's great time , and seeing all the photos ! The panties were a huge hoot , and loved seeing BD in his apron . Great job Mag. Felt like I was there . One of these days.... :)
May 23, 2012 7:25 pm
Great blog MB! LOVE the pics, thanks! See you SOOOOON!!! YAY! :)
May 23, 2012 7:32 pm
Oh heavens, you are right they are in several photos. How did I miss that? Right there on that lemon tree, did you know I had one too :) A lemon tree that is. Don't think I ever hung the undies on it though :)(:
May 23, 2012 8:20 pm
Hi lumpygravy (love that name). Yeah, the panties made for a good laugh.
May 23, 2012 8:20 pm
Sparkle Britches, I'm getting ready for you! Woohoo!
May 23, 2012 8:21 pm
Cat, how could you miss such an opportunity?
May 24, 2012 9:20 am
So happy for everyone....looks like a great time was had by all! Your pictures are great MB!
May 24, 2012 10:43 am
I don't know. I do know the DH knew better than to tell me to take them off my office wall :)
May 24, 2012 1:03 pm
Your pictures are wonderful - I "stole" them all! [Advantage of having a Mac!] I can't wait to share the pic with "my boyfriend" with my kids! And to show my daughter the picture of Andrew - just so she believes me when I tell her that he was our waiter this trip, too! I was so nervous about taking mauigirl to the Hard Rock! I'm so glad we had such a wonderful lunch Monday before heading home! Words just cannot express what a great weekend this was and how much it meant to me to be there!
May 24, 2012 1:07 pm
[Btw, thank you, again, for the offer to burn that cd for us! Cathy did not know yet that she had it - I hid it in her bag when I parked the car (= She and I had a fun moment at the M&M Store after lunch - we bought matching aprons - for each other! lol! She ran up as the cashier was ringing up my order and said, "Do NOT sell that to her!" I asked why, and she pulled one out of her basket and said she was buying it for me! I told the (poor, frightened!) girl to go ahead and ring it up. Then when we got back to the car, we exchanged bags and had a good laugh (= I'm still not sure why you thought we knew each other before AR - LOL!]
May 24, 2012 1:08 pm
Btw, I am SO glad we got a picture of Julie sitting in front of her Big Girl Panties =D [Though in my house, we call them "chonies" (=]
May 24, 2012 1:10 pm
[Is the image of Cathy dancing playing with the Motown soundtrack? =D]
May 24, 2012 1:32 pm
What fantastic photos ~ looks like you had a blast. Hope I get to meet some of you in seattle!
May 24, 2012 2:38 pm
WD, thank you!
May 24, 2012 2:40 pm
Barb, we had such a great time the entire weekend and especially at the Hard Rock. And you & Cathy make quite the dynamic duo!
May 24, 2012 2:40 pm
Thanks for stopping in apple.strudel. Next stop-Kansas City... Then on to Seattle.
May 24, 2012 6:19 pm
Hey Mags!! Well the sun is setting a lovely shade of "green" here in Florida - green with envy that is!!! Oh how I wish I could have been there - had the ticket, bail money and raw cookie dough in hand . . . but alas, it was not to be . . I was truly heart broken. But I won't give up. . . I will try again. I'm hoping to be able to attend the Southern Round Up that GDerr is planning - - - any possibility of you making it to Florida???? I'll have extra bail money saved up by then!!! I'm glad ya'll had a good time - it looks like some of that good time could escape Vegas - LOL!
May 24, 2012 6:42 pm
applestrudel.....prepare for big ole' Maui style hug from me kid!!! were with us in spirit for sure. YOU are on my bucket list:)
May 24, 2012 7:11 pm
LOL! Magnolia Blossom! "Dynamic Duo" - that certainly sounds better than "Mutt and Jeff" (=
May 24, 2012 7:11 pm
And, I have to say that everyone who blogged about Vegas has just been so poetic and eloquent. ALL of the blogs are just lovely!
May 24, 2012 7:18 pm
hi mags! talk about fitting into a redneck round-up! oh yeah!! ya bring those big girl panties possum style down south and game gone! great pictures and better folks. best wishes for maui's son.
May 24, 2012 7:32 pm
Oh, Magnolia Blossom! Thank you for sharing! Looks like it was a great time with great people and loads of fun!
May 24, 2012 7:50 pm
luv2cook we missed you! Email me your address. I have something for you!!! Doubtful about the Southern round-up unless I win the lottery.
May 24, 2012 7:51 pm
Hey gderr - I think we'd all fit in a redneck round-up. Short of robbing a bank...
May 24, 2012 7:52 pm
mickdee - glad you enjoyed. They are such great people.
May 24, 2012 8:53 pm
Wait! Did Gary just promise to wear the Big Girl Panties? I think you need to go! I think I need to go! I want to see that!!!
May 24, 2012 8:54 pm
Oh, never mind )= I thought he said "game on" - but he said "game GONE" Darn it! lol!
May 26, 2012 7:52 am
It was so much fun meeting you MB, and these pictures say it all (well, the "all" we can share with others :-) Can't wait to celebrate with you again soon! Hugsx, DMG
May 26, 2012 8:39 am
MB...GREAT POST!! I can't wait to meet you in July!
May 26, 2012 11:12 am
DMG, can't wait to see you in Seattle!
May 26, 2012 11:13 am
Thanks WW, it'll be great to finally meet you!
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