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Thursday, August 4, 2011

When Stevie Nicks calls.....

Will you be ready with fresh and friendly banter when Stevie Nicks calls? If you are afraid of not having anything interesting to talk about I have a few suggestions...we can fill the gaps in your life with some from ours.

The other day my son and I were delivering food and I felt the need to PANIC, loudly, because we were late. Trey is great at football analogies and he calmly stated that by panicking I was not showing my best game face. He reminded me about Joe Montana and the 1989 Super Bowl against the Cincinnati Bengals. The San Francisco 49ers were down by three points with 3:20 left when Montana spotted -- no, not an open receiver -- but a personality. "Isn't that John Candy?" And then he led the 49ers 92 yards, throwing for the winning touchdown with 34 seconds left.

Calm under pressure....if I was the quarterback with 34 seconds left..I might be throwing up in the huddle....just saying. But isn't that kind of confidence inspiring?

I want that kind of confidence.....but I digress......
This next part is hard....Two weeks from today my youngest child goes off to college. On every level that is hard. And since life is just a little bit harder for me than everyone else then here goes.... I may not survive. We went "dorm shopping" the other day....I was the picture of decorum, I only cried one time...

They are oh so excited to be on their own and that triggered such interesting conversations...How does the wash work? How many blankets do I need? Can I leave my shampoo in the bathroom? She has been in charge since she was one has more confidence. I know she will be fine...I however have to face the fact that this one part of my life has changed....forever.

The good news? I can use my "7 ways to use a chicken breast" on someone who may listen.
After she leaves there will be time to adjust....but for now, she still needs me a little....

So cute!

I will be fine, but isn't it interesting that it is a lot easier to adjust to starting a family than it is to adjust to having them leave....just saying.

Now on to more fun times to tell Stevie when she calls...
Ashleigh was celebrating a birthday and wanted to go to the Wynn for their brunch buffet. Sounds civilized doesn't it? Brunch? In Las Vegas a buffet means only one thing, strap on your big eating pants and go for a ride. Because, my friend, you will have to wait for a fork lift to take you back to the car.

In the mean time we all looked fabulous....especially the birthday girl.

But first we had to find it......

Convenient that the Ferrari dealership is right outside.

Unfortunately, this is all we could afford, peaking in the window. It costs ten dollars to go in..... Just to look!

These shops are amazing.....

The shoes are a work of art.

You have to at least look, right?

A dear friend of ours is in charge of all the plants and flowers at the Wynn.
He and his staff do an incredible job.

I thought this sign was hysterical. My dad was in the gaming business his whole life, and slot machines used to be something for the wives to do while they waited for their husbands. Nickel slots and then, gasp, a quarter. Now you can sit down and play a hundred dollars at a time. Can you imagine? No skill, just sit down and put a hundred dollars in a machine, hit a button and wait for chance to occur.
At least blackjack and Craps have some skill.....even with that, it's still a strange thing to do.
It's odd that money has so little value when folks are convinced they can get something for nothing.
By the way, you can't get something for nothing.

Don't you love eating in a place that is so festive? Even though we waited in line the same amount of time we would have if we were at Disneyland. But instead of Indiana Jones at the end, we enjoyed all you could eat shrimp....amazing!

Great time, great belts.....Vegas buffets, eating for sport.

And then after brunch, all a girl needs on her birthday is a small bag from Tiffany's.

Ashleigh is absolutely amazing, I count myself blessed every day to be her mom.
Happy Birthday!!


  1. Oh yes, to me, the youngest is the hardest to let go of. Hopefully she is not going to far so she can visit. Still, it's never the same again :(

  2. We went down to visit college girl. After last year she decided not to move home for the summer.She is starting her 2nd year in a couple weeks. We bought all kinds of apartment stuff. She is totally indepent person. Well less the money. The wife is struggling with it.We still have the yr old so we wont be dealing with empty nest anytime soon.

    If God blesses you, he gives you children.
    If he really blesses you, they move out.

  3. Oh by the way. My wife's sister dated the guy in high school that caught that winning pass.

    Small world

  4. Ah, time passes and life goes on...(((sigh))) My dad had this theory that God make teenagers act so goofy so that parents are glad for them to move out. Still leaves a hole in your mama-heart though!

  5. I still have the 2 boys at home - 3 are gone and it was a heartbreaker each time. I cannot even fathom sending that last one off!! You are brave and wonderful.

    I LOVE seeing a picture of you with your daughter - You are so gorgeous and you have a beautiful family.

    And, seriously, only in Vegas (or New York) does a girl go home with a Tiffany's bag - How fantastic could that be!!!!

  6. Wow, the youngest heading off to college is gonna be tough! Your girls are beautiful, and I am sure you have taught them well and prepared them to be independent. Best wishes.

    ps I love Stevie!

  7. I know exactly how you feel - it's so fun to pick out all of the things for the college experience. Until you realize they're going to be having the experience without you. WAAAH! You'll cry, you'll sit in their room/shrine missing them and then, inexplicably, you'll be fine.
    You have such a beautiful family - brunch at the Wynn sounds perfect! And who doesn't love to peek into the Chanel shop? (and dream a little...)

  8. I found it insanely difficult when my youngest left. I even got a job to sort of get me over the hump, then ended up staying there seven years before I realized I didn't need it anymore.

    Now hubby and I are enjoying the visits...AND the farewells.

    It's kinda perfect.


  9. Happy Birthday Ashleigh! It looks like you had a wonderful day with your sweet family. Blessings to you all!

    Best wishes for a beautiful week,

    You must be so proud of your amazing family, Donna. What a wonderful mother you are. xo

  10. Isn't writing and sharing cathartic? I have so appreciated everyone's comments and love....

  11. Too true - it is much harder to have them leave than it was to raise them in the first place.

    Hang in there. Who knows, maybe Stevie will call tomorrow. :)

  12. Donna, I just found your blog for the first time while blog stalking from Lauren's blog. I love it! Keep up the good work.
    Anne Pipe

  13. Oh, Donna, as always, your posts are wonderful. I'll just have to direct Stevie to read your blog! LOL!

    Oh, I feel your pain. On one hand, you are so proud of them and happy that they are independent... on the other, your soul cries out for them to stay. Letting go is the hardest part of motherhood... Then letting them go from 120 miles to 1200 miles... Then letting go of the dream of having a grandbaby just down the street.

    There is no going back... but there is life after this... even though it may not feel like it for awhile. Big honkin' Texas hugs comin' your way!!

    blessings ~ tanna

    PS I'm pro-level at sport eating! LOL! Would love to have been there for that brunch! The hotels and the food are my loves in Vegas!

  14. I enjoy your blog so much I've passed on a blog award to you - it's posted on my blog. Hope you enjoy the extra recognition - I know I always love any attention I get!

  15. Hmm...Blogger at it again I suspect. I left a comment a bit ago but it never confirmed. I'm here on Karen's recommendation....ya know her...'Still Crazy After All These Years'! Glad she sent me over I'm now a follower and will be catching up with your blog. I've sent five babies off to college and it never got easier. But good news is they do come home and you get so much smarter while their off spreading their wings!


  16. My youngest is still in high school, but I'll never forget how hard it was to send my oldest off to school. What a lovely family you have- great pics!
    Shelly (La Tejana)

  17. It is really difficult to let them go...our intent all along, right? To give them wings and teach them responsibility but when they do it, it's a mixture of immense pride and a few tears. It takes awhile to adjust, however, you will...and you will love the private time.