Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada | The Urban Pig

For Connor’s birthday, we celebrated in Las Vegas this last weekend. We had a ton of fun walking the strip (with blisters and aching bodies to prove it), shopping, people-watching, and even got to experience Fremont Street, Cirque du Soleil’s “O” and met Siegfried in his Secret Garden at the Mirage. It was hot, in the 90’s and 100’s the whole time, so I am definitely appreciating the slightly cooler weather back here at home. Here are some pictures of our trip:

Las Vegas, Nevada | The Urban Pig

Las Vegas, Nevada | The Urban Pig

Las Vegas, Nevada | The Urban Pig

Las Vegas, Nevada | The Urban Pig

Las Vegas, Nevada | The Urban Pig

Las Vegas, Nevada | The Urban Pig

Las Vegas, Nevada | The Urban Pig

Las Vegas, Nevada | The Urban Pig

Las Vegas, Nevada | The Urban Pig

Las Vegas, Nevada | The Urban Pig

Las Vegas, Nevada | The Urban Pig

Las Vegas, Nevada | The Urban Pig

Las Vegas, Nevada | The Urban Pig

Las Vegas, Nevada | The Urban Pig

Las Vegas, Nevada | The Urban Pig

Las Vegas, Nevada | The Urban Pig

Las Vegas, Nevada | The Urban Pig

Las Vegas, Nevada | The Urban Pig

Las Vegas, Nevada | The Urban Pig

Las Vegas, Nevada | The Urban Pig

Las Vegas, Nevada | The Urban Pig

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Since Last Sunday

Since Last Sunday | The Urban PigRemember at the beginning of the week how I wrote about Moving Forward and making changes in life to the things I am unsatisfied with? I have been thinking a lot more about this idea. I started by writing a list (oh, lists) of things I want to change and things I want to do, and for each item, I brainstormed ways of making it happen. It provided a lot of clarity on the specific things causing me stress, unhappiness, etc. It allowed me to pinpoint these items exactly and focus on ways in my power that I can do to make them better. Since writing this list, I have started making those changes, and although it still takes some patience for each aspect to work itself out, I feel more in control of each situation (which always helps) and it feels nice going back to the goal-setting and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Example A: This whole home-buying thing. Totally stressing me out. Mainly because we aren’t finding our dream home. Typical first-time home buyers, I know. So this morning, we re-organized priorities and really talked each thing out. We came up with this awesome idea of a weighted point system, so when we see a house we like, we can basically “score” it according to our criteria we came up with, and it will help us be a little more objective on such an emotional process. I get attached to things too quickly, so this is what I need to guide us in our decisions. I might share this rubric we created at a later time. We will see how it works, first!

Anyway, looking at each item in my life individually rather than being stressed out about life as a whole has helped so much. I just wanted to update you all on that, and maybe you will find it helpful to break things down and build them up as well. In the meantime, we stopped yesterday to celebrate Connor’s birthday at Dave and Busters. He was so excited to have not just one, but two in Colorado, especially coming from a town where they played the commercials, but didn’t have a location anywhere near us. He wants to make it a birthday tradition. Even I will admit, it was a pretty fun place. Good food, fun games, good service. Can’t be beat!

Anthropologie Goodies

Anthropologie Goodies | The Urban Pig

I have been wanting to share some of the fun things I got for my “birthday.” Technically, I had already gotten my birthday present (Connor took me to IKEA where I got a large art print, Euro pillows and covers, and a small rug with a promise that I would throw away the ones he hates). We were shopping at the Park Meadows mall in Centennial and I was so thrilled that they had an Anthropologie store, and I found these amazing things, but I felt really guilty buying them until Connor convinced me again that I could have them for my birthday. I had to go with it, because the goodies I found just spoke to me! Anyway, on to the goods…

Anthropologie Goodies | The Urban Pig

This book first caught my eye in the store with its pretty colors on the cover, and I continued to see the attractive photography and layouts as I flipped through the the pages. I have already read over half, and I am excited to read it again once we move into our own place. This is my second book from Anthropologie, and I have been overly pleased with both.

Anthropologie Goodies | The Urban Pig

Anthropologie Goodies | The Urban Pig

This page totally gave me Autumn fever. This week I was also told about a place you can go in the Fall and bike ride through beautiful trails with colorful leaves surrounding you the whole way. Definitely going to find this place!

Anthropologie Goodies | The Urban Pig

I found this little brass bunny door knocker with all of the door knobs, they also had an adorable Octopus coat hanger. But I had to fall in love with the bunny, of course because Connor calls me “bunny” because of the way I twitch my nose, but also I love bunnies. I had one as a child, and I want one again! I can’t wait to hang this guy up on our front door when we buy a house!

Anthropologie Goodies | The Urban Pig

Anthropologie Goodies | The Urban Pig

So the best part of all of this was when I went to check out. I knew the items were a bit of a splurge compared to my normal shopping, but because it was the month of my birthday, when I signed up for one of their store cards, I got 15% off. Score! It was meant to be! On another note, I also got a sewing machine from Connor’s mom, and I am dying to start a project. Any tips on easy projects for beginners?

Since Last Sunday

Since Last Sunday | The Urban PigWell, as of yesterday, I’m 22 now. Dang! People are going to laugh and be like, “you are still so young!” Of course, I always have been the baby of my friends, up until I met Connor. Always the youngest in school, last to get my license, all that stuff. But now, I feel so stinkin’ old. Time is catching up to me. My youth is getting further and further away. My young and reckless years have faded. Every day behind me is a thing of the past. Every day in front of me is my future, and as one of my supervisors told me, “youthfulness is in your head.” It’s true. I do adult things, like the process we are going through to buy a house, I work each day to make money, I pay bills. But, despite feeling older by numbers, I still feel young at heart. I still have such a strong desire to adventure, to play, to make changes in my life. I don’t see myself being a person that says, “I wish I could have done this or that.” Connor and I tend to act on our dreams, and I think anyone can do these things, no matter their age or stage in life. So my question to you is not, “what would you have done differently,” but rather, “will you choose to act on your dreams and wishes?

Since Last Sunday

Since Last Sunday - Wyoming | The Urban PigWednesday morning we left Yellowstone National Park and drove through the Grand Tetons and all through the Wyoming wilderness. It took us much longer than expected due to road construction but we got to see some pretty amazing things along the way. The best part was the short distance between Dubois and Crowheart, where large red mountains sprawled across the land. Other than that, there wasn’t much. We made it to Cheyenne, Wyoming at about 8pm, where we grabbed a hotel and finally got a shower and some sleep.

The next day, we drove the rest of the way to Denver, got lost around the city, then retreated to a family friend’s home in Castle Rock. It is so nice to have some familiar faces in an otherwise big and unfamiliar city! We are getting the hang of things, though. Connor and I have been job hunting like crazy, and our luck has been pretty good so far. So, even though much of my extended family does not know, it is kind of official that we are moving here. Things happened extremely fast, so I feel bad for not even having time to tell it to our families. Seriously, who am I?! Flying by the seat of our pants over here.

So far, we haven’t had any problems with altitude sickness, like I had on previous visits to Colorado. We are very lucky that we made the trip to Yellowstone before, where some areas get up to 10,000 feet above sea level. We did have some sleepy days there. Where we are staying now, the elevation ranges from 6,000-7,000 feet. We have mostly been trying to stay hydrated and keep our skin moisturized. Each night we have had some pretty cool lightning storms to watch, too. I dig it!

ALSO, happy birthday to my daddy! He is getting up there in age (49 today) but still has so much youth in his heart! I had such a good time adventuring with him in Yellowstone. He is an animal and nature lover, so it was fun to see him in his element while we were there. Dad, I hope you have an amazing day!

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