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A summer jaunt to Vegas

One of our best friends, Julie, got married in July so of course we had to fly home for the big day! I know.. Vegas in the middle of summer! Crazy! We hadn’t been home to Vegas at the height of summer for a while and we were a little worried that we’ve gone soft in the colder weather of Norway, but much to our pleasure we discovered we could still handle the heat as well as anybody does in Vegas! Which, yes, basically means we lived by the pool. I think we freaked out my parents a little bit when, during the first three days, we lounged around in a next-to-vegetative stupor with little motivation to do anything besides sit quietly and zone out. Between Chris’ busy travel schedule and all the crazy hours I’d been putting into Slikkepotten… we were beat and doing absolutely NOTHING for a few days felt more wonderful that I could possibly describe! Does that mean we are getting old???

 

If it does, I don’t really care, because we sure needed it!

Julie was the last of our little childhood BFF trio to enter into holy matrimony, so of course we had to celebrate with a ladies’ night out on the town. (And when you are Mormon Vegas locals, that doesn’t mean clubbing and yard-long margaritas. It means ginormous and decadent ice cream sundaes at The Sugar Factory. Viva Las Vegas!)

And of course, lots of sexy underwear for Julie to unwrap, because that’s just the kind of friends we are. Ooooo baby!
Our waiter was clearly a pro at taking photos…
Julie was simply radiant on her wedding day! This was the first wedding between the three of us that we were all able to attend and it was very special indeed.
Very special…
And cute pregnant Jessica gave birth to the firstborn of the bunch just over 2 days later! I feel like it was a big weekend for our little group of friends :)

 

What did the fish say when it ran into the wall?

Dam!

Tee hee hee. That joke never gets old. I first heard it over the pulpit in church one Sunday when our Stake President used it as the opening of his talk. True story.

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I hadn’t been to the Hoover Dam since they built the fancy new bypass bridge, and Chris and Ryan hadn’t seen it at all… so we ventured down to explore!

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One of the best afternoon trips in the Vegas area! At least in our opinion :)

A Very Vegas New Year

After our awesome time boarding in Brianhead, we continued on down to Vegas to spend time with the Osborn side of the fam.

We rocked New Years Eve with family, friends, and games until midnight.

Bring on the New Year!!

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First family photo with us all together since 2010!

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Plus a few more that didn’t make the cut, but I still love for multiple reasons!

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La familia Grondel. It just wouldn’t be the holidays without a party with these guys!

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Amigos! (Jason, Jess, Jules, Ryan, Chelsea, Chris, and Lew)

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Bet you saw that one coming.

These next photos are probably my favorite succession of photos ever!

 

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Happy New Year from C²!

We hope your 2013 is flat out awesome!

Chris learns The Art of Shaving

I know there have been a lot of posts about Chris’ facial hair lately. As I’m sure you felt, the world pretty much ceased turning when he shaved it…so I guess it deserves at least one more post to document this momentous occasion.

As most of you know, Chris is a pretty classy fellow (as he just burps loudly at his computer next to me while I’m writing this). He takes great care in his personal style to make sure he looks gentlemanly. He has expressed interest numerous times in learning to shave with a straight razor like back in the good-old days, so for his birthday this year I gave him a Royal Shave treatment at The Art of Shaving.

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Here’s the description from their website:

 Experience the ritual of The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave performed by our expertly trained Master Barbers. This relaxing escape begins with a hot towel and a protective layer of Pre-Shave Oil to prepare your skin. Next, Shaving Cream is applied to the face in a rich, hot lather. Our skilled Master Barbers use a tradition Straight Razor with precision and mastery to shave with the grain first, and then re-lather and shave once more against the grain for closeness. A second hot towel, infused with Lemon Essential Oil, is applied and followed by the After Shave Mask, replenishing the skin’s moisture after the shave. Next, a cold towel infused with Lavender Essential Oil, provides a soothing and relaxing experience. The Perfect Shave concludes with the Hydrating Toner and the application of the After Shave Balm to hydrate the freshly shaven skin.

Pretty gentleman-ly, don’t you think?

The Before

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The After

Anyway, Chris loved it. He was a little apprehensive at first because he thought they might spend the entire time trying to push the merits of their products, but he said they mentioned it once to explain their process and then left it alone the rest of the shave. And Holy Cow it was a close shave! He had no stubble for almost 3 day and baby-soft skin to boot!

It was a great way to finally send of the beard in style :)

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A Wonderful Trip Home

I know you’ve all been just DYING to see this post. I mean…who doesn’t LOVE someone else’s extended family vacation photos??? Nobody, that’s who! I would be terrible if I kept you waiting any longer, so without further ado…here’s just a quick photo summary of our trip home this summer!!!! Yaaaaay!!!!

2 weeks in Utah and 2 weeks in Vegas resulted in about 5 bajillion photos. I know…I know…you want to see ALL of them… but for now these are just some of the highlights (mostly from Instagram and my slowly dying point-&-shoot.) I’ll probably end up posting more detailed posts as the more awesome photos from Chris’ swanky work camera get edited. Maybe. :)

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Highlights (in order of photos):

  • Getting stuck 5 extra hours on our flight to Utah (wait…that was more of a lowlight…)
  • Cafe Rio Cafe Rio Cafe Rio (one for every time we ate there)
  • New baby niece Layla! Everybody say “Awwww!”
  • Hot Air Balloons for the 4th of July
  • Stopped by the St. George temple to do a long-awaited session on our way down to Vegas.
  • Hung out with friends a ton
  • Shark Reef and Burger Bar with J² (aka the Longhursts)
  • Toured the historical houses and trains of the Clark County Museum (Way awesome btw if you ever want to do something cool WAY off the LV Strip)
  • Saw Oliver outside at Spring Mountain Ranch (complete with KFC. mmm)
Not pictured, but equally awesome highlights:
  • Family reunions galore with the Hills
  • Game Nights
  • Super awesome open house at the Hills
  • Hangin’ with friends
  • 7 Peaks Waterpark
  • Jet skis on Utah lake
  • Staycations at the pool with the Osborn side.
  • 4th of July fireworks
  • Chillin’ in Brianhead with Brian and Emma
  • Costco
There’s much more too… but I’ll save that for later posts!
Love you all! Thanks for an awesome time this summer!