Mike and I went to church with Paul, Kathy and Elizabeth--a wonderful, young fellowship that still meets in a school.
|Paul and Kathy|
After that we moved to the hotel where her next events were to take place, the Flamingo.
Monday, July 11~ First day of Dance Educators of America National Competitions
Jimmy and Leah had arrived in the night, just in time for the big event.
|Grandpa and Mom congratulating the lovely dancer|
Kayla hadn't eaten much because she was nervous, so after her two solos, although exhausted and feeling sick, she was very happy with her two gold medals.
Tuesday, July 12th~second day of Nationals
Two more golds for group dances.
|Center Stage team with teacher, Sandra Shipley|
|Showing off their golds|
Kayla's one and only free day we took off for the Grand Canyon and had a wonderful time together admiring the beauty of the landscape.
Kayla wanted a photo doing a dance move by the canyon. She wasn't happy with this one because of a technicality--something about a droopy foot. Her mother and I were too nervous watching her close to the edge, even though she wasn't that close, so she settled for this one.
Jimmy and Kayla were like mountain goats climbing to the highest spot to look out.
I couldn't even do this:
|Kayla and Mike gazing at the depths of the canyon|
Thursday, July 14~Frist day of DEA dance workshops
We took Jimmy and Leah to the airport. They made the most of their short time in Vegas and had a great time.
We took advantage of all we could of what is good and interesting in Las Vegas. Every day we saw and experienced something new. We walked and walked and walked some more. We did things on our own in the mornings. Kayla's workshops were over by 1:30, so afternoons and evenings we went out together.
I could bore you with twenty times more photos for each day. Maybe I'll post photos during the week highlighting the various places we visited.
We ate at different places learning to be careful about prices and portion sizes. The best place for breakfast was the ubiquitous McDonald's. No matter what shape or form you can still get a senior coffee for 64 cents, and free WiFi!
In the evening we tried Planet Hollywood, delicious and plenteous. We had a free appetizer and only bought two entrees. Oops, I forgot to take pictures of the food, and it's all gone!
Someone had told me before we left that she found the restrooms in Las Vegas most interesting. I noticed this one in Planet Hollywood.
Friday, July 15
We met a very interesting man, who works at the hotel giving away specials in order to make sales. He had graduated from Grace Seminary and knew my uncle, who was the president at the time, and several professors we both had. Anyway, we did get tickets to the musical theater show we wanted to see, the Phantom of the Opera. Impressive!
Afterwards we saw the volcano erupt outside the Mirage, and watched the water symphony at the Bellagio. All amazing displays.
These do not do justice to the grand shows, so, yes, I will have to show you more throughout the week.
Saturday, July 16~last day in Vegas
Mike and I drove to Mount Charleston and hiked the Fletcher Canyon for a couple hours. I am still sore, but it was worth it. I made it to the end, felt the cold water...
Now, back to the nitty gritty of restoration, replacement, and rebuilding.