Here’s a fun fact about me no one wanted: I am not a party person. I like dancing and music and all that, but in small doses earlier in the night than 10 pm. I also don’t particularly like drinking, as having a slew of alcoholic family members often does to ya. I’m the kind of person who loves sitting around, or walking around, and talking. I know, the lady who blogs about herself likes talking in real life too?! Unbelievable. But it’s true. All this is to say, I never thought I’d like a city like Las Vegas. Man, was I wrong!
Buckle up y’all for the next installment of: NEW EXPERIENCES!
Let’s start with the beautiful part of this experience. My dad has been seeing this amazing woman for the last few years. She pretty much instantly became part of the family, we all loved her and her three kids, who all just happen to be the same age as my dad’s three kids. Well, this past weekend, they finally tied the knot! We are not just family now, we are OFFICIAL. Like, in the law and everything! They decided to do their wedding in Las Vegas because they like it there and knew their friends and family would have a fun weekend together.
Watching my dad marry the woman he loves, who has been such an amazing force in all our lives, was magical. The love was practically palpable as my dad’s family and my stepmother’s all sat in the open Nevada air, watching them make google-eyes at each other as the pastor married them.
After the ceremony and the official pictures, I snagged my stepmother, who looked beautiful in her “mermaid” style wedding gown, and took the obligatory wedding selfie. We shared a hug after that honestly felt like something so much more emotional and connective. I’ll be the first to tell anyone that my family life growing up was weird as fuck and not always in a good way (usually not in a good way) and I’m a little messed up because of it. But in that moment, I knew that she loved me and that I had gained so much today, too. We both left the embrace on the edge of tears.
The rest of the weekend, while not the same level of magical, was incredibly fun. Here’s the thing no one told me about Vegas: you don’t actually have to party like that. There’s so many other things to do. The walking and window shopping alone is so incredible and fun, and you know ya girl loves to walk and window shop! Walking the strip and Fremont street was way more fun than I had anticipated, especially surrounded by my beloved family who I don’t see often. We don’t all live near each other, you see.
I especially liked Fremont street, which my dad told me used to be the strip in the old days, but when the strip moved, it got outfitted to be a little different. Above the street, there is what they claim is the largest video screen, and it played graphics and music videos and ads and had me lookin’ up the whole time. We saw street performers, and not just mostly naked ones! We got to see a magician give a little street performance that turned out to be pretty mind blowing. His final trick was to take a crowd member’s $20 bill, and make it disappear. He then did a whole act about materializing a lemon out of nothing, and then…..THE TWENTY WAS IN THE LEMON. It was awesome. It was also awesome watching my little brother and stepbrothers flip out when he did the big reveal. IT WAS IN THE LEMON became the catchphrase of the night.
I got to bond with my sister, her boyfriend, my brother, my (official now!!) stepbrothers, my auntie, my Nana, and even got to meet other family I hadn’t met before! Oh wait, that’s even another new experience! This weekend was jam-packed with them!
More and more new experiences, and a bigger, fuller heart. Happy April, everybody.
Oh, and here's a few pics of me in Vegas, for ya.