February 12th, News and Las Vegas!!

I know our last post said we would post more and that was a month ago, but anyone who has been involved in the adoption process knows you have ups and downs! We have definitely had some downs in the last month and were told we couldn't adopt our little Miss M but didn't want to give up, so after a few agency changes, emails and phone calls all over the world, plus some days of doubt, we are pretty confident it is back on!! We can't list any specific details about our little one or post any pictures of her on the blog(although I do have some on my FB page and will continue to post some info there, email us if you don't know what FB is!)

So what have we done over the last month? Well since we were depressed and thought we were possibly done with this adoption, we did what anyone else would do....booked a last minute trip to Las Vegas...just the two of us! Finally after 11 years of marriage we had our honeymoon(we got married in Vegas) other than our Ukraine trip, Sheila and I have never been away from our kids since Michael was born(yes even when we got married, he was with us on our first honeymoon!) so this was unusual for us, we love our children dearly and never really wanted to be away from them, but this last six months has been a rollercoaster, so the time was right! And with the help of Granpa Hurley who took the girls and Michael for the week(thank you, thank you ,thank you! I have the best father in law in the world!!) Off we went hand in hand...the flight isn't too long so that was a breeze, especially compared to the crazy long flights to Ukraine we took last year, we left Minneapolis at a warm -5 degrees and landed to a balmy 50, it was t-shirt weather for us! The rental car set up was super easy and the car we got was pretty decent, a Chrysler Sebring I think it was, we're not used to anything smaller than the mini van or my truck, but it was sporty and we were in Vegas!

We stayed at the Four Queens on Fremont street which was a pretty nice hotel, not the fanciest place but very comfortable and clean. Our room was on the 7th floor which worried us at first because we were basically even with the Fremont experience which if you've never been to Vegas is a several block long 10 story structure that covers Fremont street and basically does a really cool overhead sound and light show, it's awesome to see, but kind of scary when you realize there are giant speakers right outside your hotel window. The shows run from about 6 PM to midnight so we were worried the sound would keep us up....ha...we were in Vegas!! Who goes to bed before midnight!?!?!?! Certainly not us on this trip...I think the earliest we went to bed was maybe one, so we didn't have to bother requesting a new room. The majority of our trip was spent wandering through all the casinos that have been built in the 11 years since we were there last and of course returning to the scene of the crim....er I mean our wedding :) We got married at the Rivera hotel and casino, so we had to tour the place. We had contemplated renewing our vows, but really wanted to save that for a time when the kids could be with us.

We did do a more traditional tourist activity and went to the Hoover dam our second day there. It's a must see if your in Vegas...man that thing is big! The water level when we were there 11 years ago was the highest ever, my how things have changed....judging by the pictures we took, it's lower than it has been in years, you can see the white on the cliffs around Lake Mead, that is the water level from 1997 so you can see how far down it has come. It's always kind of cool to see something that is so iconic and a marvel of engineering. Although I will say the art deco bathrooms were kind of weird, the urinals were....um....rather toilet looking and did not offer a whole lot of privacy if you happen to be in there while someone else is.

The highlight of the trip, besides the 3 foot tall daquri we shared on night 3, was Sheila hitting a Royal Flush on the video poker machine, so a $1.25 bet paid her a cool $1000.00, which of course she needed to compensate for her husbands ability to make money disappear into various slot machines and black jack tables....a real Clark Griswold I was on this trip, if you've seen Vegas Vacation, you'll totally get the reference, I don't think I could have won at rock, paper, scissors on this trip!! But she hit a hand that statistically speaking you might hit every 40,000 tries! it was very cool and we managed to snag a few pics of something we may not see again for along time!

The trip was great, we ate a lot, walked a lot, enjoyed summer like weather and got to hang out a lot, just the 2 of us and kind of recharge for another run at making this adoption happen. We were overjoyed to get home and see the kids though, even though it was only a 4 day trip, we were missing them like crazy by the end of it.....more to come...soon!!


Leah said...

Hey! I wondered what happened to you guys! I'm glad you were able to get away and take a little break. Everyone needs a breather once in awhile. Dean and I are about due! Hey, Can you friend me on FB so I can keep up with the adoption stuff? Leah Spring

schoolmother said...

I'm glad you guys got a chance to run away by yourselves. And I do hope things become more clear on the adoption front. I am so sorry for all the uncertainty.