What a weekend

Last weekend was a pretty busy one for us, shopping for Christmas presents and a new washing machine, a big birthday celebration and an even bigger storm due to hit London and the South East. At least the clocks went back so we got an extra hour in bed which was rather nice.

Saturday was my nephew George's 18th birthday, I can't believe that my little boy is all grown up and is now officially an adult. I have so many wonderful memories that I have shared over the years with him, and I am so glad that my scrapbooking has preserved some of those memories for George to keep and share with his friends(and hopefully his own family one day). We popped into see him Saturday morning and hand over his presents (we got him a watch), he chose to spend the day at home and then go out with his friends in the evening, the family celebration would take place the next day. The picture below is of him and Scarlett (his sister/my adorable niece), I love these two kids more than words can ever say and I am blessed to be their Auntie.

After our visit to the birthday boy we headed down to Ashford and then Bluewater to start our Christmas shopping. We managed to get a few presents and a few new bits for ourselves. I got a pair of Sketchers to wear to and from work and a couple of new Abercrombie & Fitch t-shirts. I also got some new Yankee candles to add to my candle collection, I got Christmas Rose and Cranberry Ice medium housewarmer jars and a whole load of the wax melts (used to be called tarts). I do love a candle, I have them lit all year round but at this time of year they really do add a lovely scented warmth to a home. I am currently burning a Yankee one called Lake Sunset and a RHS one called Fig and Cassis.

On Sunday we went out for 'the' birthday meal, venue of choice by George was Frankie and Bennys. It was a lovely fun filled evening and a great way to end the weekend. George chose his own birthday cake, a Winnie the Pooh one as this was what he had at his first birthday party!!

The drive home on Sunday evening was a very wet one, the rain was lashing down and it was a little windy. The weathermen had predicted that a big storm, like the one in 1987 was due to hit the Southern part of the UK Sunday night but luckily for us it didnt arrive in London till around 6am Monday morning and when it did arrive, it passed pretty quickly with very little damage to our surrounding area.

Thanks for stopping by my little blog. Love and hugs, Jane

Vegas Baby...

I cant believe that I am writing this post, our Las Vegas holiday is now a dim and distant memory...all that time planning, saving and getting excited is over and we are now onto planning for the next trip which is currently set for 2015.

As most of you know we are pretty much Vegas veterans now, this was our 5th trip there and we just cant seem to get enough of it. Even though we have just come back I could quite happily hop on a plane and spend a few more days(weeks, months..ha, ha.I cant explain why or what it is that draws us back time after time, Vegas is just a very addictive place and has so much more to offer than just the gambling (although a flutter on the slots or tables has to be done).

This year we chose to stay in The Mirage, a hotel that we had never stayed in before...

We usually like to stay in Caesars but this time round it was far too expensive for us so we read the reviews for the hotels within our budget and picked the Mirage. We opted to upgrade our room and we went for a Resort Tower Deluxe Room which was on the 25th Floor of the hotel with a view of the Strip and the Pools. The room was lovely, it was clean, comfy and very well maintained and unlike the more basic rooms it had a bathroom with a seperate shower and a jacuzzi tub - something that is very much needed after a hard day walking the Strip or visiting the shops!!

We had a pretty relaxing trip this time round but we still did all the usual stuff we do when in Vegas. We shopped at the Outlet Village, at Caesars Forum (my most fave shopping mall in the world!!) and at some craft shops. We sat by the pool and drank cocktails and we had some fab meals, the best meal of the holiday being the one we had in Buddy V's which is located inside the Venetian and is run by the Cake Boss himself, Mr Buddy Valestro. The great man was even kind enough to come and pose for a photo with us...!!

We took a trip to the top of the Stratosphere this year, the views were pretty amazing and spectacular, you could see so far and it really made Vegas look quite small. We didn't do any of the roller coaster rides though, neither of us are big thrill seekers so we just enjoyed watching other people being swung off the top of the building. Other things we did this year included Freemont Street, Siegfried and Roy's Secret Gardens (where the Dolphin, Lions and White Tigers are) and the David Copperfield Magic show, oh and Tom got drunk one night, VERY drunk!!

So here we are back at home and back to normal with just our memories and pictures to keep us going until next time. I need to get some of the pictures printed off so I can scrap them and I also need to update Project Life. Its safe to say that as Winter starts to descend I will probably be spending a fair bit of time in my Craft room so watch this space as I will be sharing my creations with you.

Thanks for stopping and hope I havent bored you too much with all my talk of Vegas!! Please leave me a comment and a link to your blog (if you have one) and I will be sure to stop by and leave a comment for you.

Love and hugs..