Vegas, forests, and winners, oh my!

It has been an eventful few weeks and I am so excited to share it with y'all! We had an amazing vacation! I have never been out west so this was really exciting for me.

Hubs and I, his brother and sister, her boyfriend, our college friend, and their cousin all stayed on the strip in Vegas for 3 days and nights. It was our first experience and we had an amazing time! We didn't eat or sleep a lot, but we sure enjoyed ourselves! We were awake for 28 straight hours when we first got there... needless to say, my body is still recovering! Haha! We stayed at the Monte Carlo which we absolutely loved. The hotel and pools were amazing.. and it was mostly within walking distance of the places we wanted to go to, so that  was really nice.
{Plane ride there.. so excited!}
{Blue man group!}
{First night out}
{Hubs and I}
{Looking from the Bellagio towards Paris}
{Inside the Bellagio}
{Is this the real Caesar's Palace... like did Caesar really live here?}

After our adventures on the strip, we headed to Lake Las Vegas, a hotel, casino, and resort a few miles out. We spent 3 much needed relaxing days here, and visiting Joe's family that live in Henderson. AND his family from Cali drove up. We had a delicious and hilarious Christmas in June/July celebration!
{The view out our room}
{Visiting the Hoover Dam}

{Mount Charleston, the top is 8800 miles up and we hiked the 1.5 miles up!}

{About halfway up!}
{The Capotosta Clan... we made it!}

{Our Christmas in July gift.. sparkly mini Vegas flasks!}

{Italian Christmas... pasta, fish, and broccoli!}

{One of the funniest moments when Great Uncle Bob, whose 85, randomly comes out in this with music playing and dances for about 10 minutes! HILARIOUS! Nearly pee'd my pants laughing so hard!}

{At the Fremont Experience, which is "old Vegas"... let me tell you, it was definitely an experience with the people watching there!}

{At the top of Moro Rock at Sequoia National Park, 800 feet in the air.. breathtaking views and windy!}

{Sequoia trees are so cool!}

{Another big tree!}

{Sis and I inside one!}

{The pine cones were HUGE!}

{Looking over Kings Canyon before we left!}

It was an AMAZING week! I feel so blessed to have experienced it, and I HIGHLY recommend a trip out that way if you haven't already! The 126 degree heat was definitely something, but surprisingly better than our 85 and humid heat! We are happy to be back in Ohio with lots of green grass and trees, though :)

Hope you enjoyed the glimpse into our vacation :)

Now I want to thank all of you SO MUCH for following me on Bloglovin'! I had some serious anxiety when I found out Google Reader would be gone, and I am so thankful that you all made the switch so we can stay bloggy buddies! 

As promised, these two Rafflecopter winners can choose ANY two items from my TPT store for free!

And the winners are...
These two lovely ladies will be receiving an email soon to claim their goodies! Congrats, girls :)

Lastly, I JUST UPLOADED my new classroom decor pack!!! YAY!! This is the same pack I use in my own classroom and I LOVE it :)
Guess what is great?!?! If you are a night blog reader, and you're reading this.. you can get this FOR FREE until 12am EST. That's right... my 186 page pack FOR free! Click here to download! If you like it, leave me some love.. and THANK YOU for reading :)

Linking up with this fun linky... :)


  1. I love Vegas! But I've only done the Strip things. The hiking looks so awesome! Glad you had fun and so happy that I'm a night time blogger! Thanks for the freebie!


    KS and her Kids

    1. It was definitely a fun experience! Glad you got the freebie!! :)

  2. {HA HA I totally just posted this comment on the wrong post! Don't know how that happened!}
    I love your blog design! It looks fabulous!! I've been living in Vegas for a year and haven't done some of the things you did! Definitely going to check them out! Thank you for the freebie, it's amazing! I did want to let you know on page 131 the number 20 isn't together. I love the colors and fonts you used on it! Thank you again for the freebie!

    Jungle Learners

    1. Awe, thank you! I loveee the design, too! You totally should, very fun things!! I just changed the 20.. thank you for letting me know!! :) Glad you got to pick it up!

  3. Those are some great pictures. You can tell you all had a great time! I went to Vegas years ago but it was just a stop over on our way to California. We stayed in the Excaliber. It was pretty cool.
    Thanks so much for the free pack. Finally me being a night owl has payed off. lol

  4. So much fun! We are headed there next week! Thank you for the freebie!

    1. Ooooh! I hope you have a blast :) You're welcome... enjoy!!!

  5. Your blog is super cute!! I found you on Saturday Snapshot! It looks like your trip was a blast! Thanks for sharing!

    Miss, Hey Miss!

  6. It looks like your trip was AMAZING! All of those photos are awesome! You have inspired me to take a trip (and not just for the casinos, which would entice my husband!) :O)

    So glad you had a great trip!
    Collaboration Cuties

  7. I hope you got a sig on your beeper and didn't need any pay phones in Caesar's. :)
    Looks like you had so much fun! Thanks for sharing your pictures.

  8. Looks like you had an amazing vacation!

  9. So fun! Looks like you all had a BLAST in Vegas. Thanks for linking up.

  10. Great shots of your vacation! Love the picture of Great Uncle Bob!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  11. Amelia, your pictures are really good! Vegas looks like it was so much fun. I spent a little time looking around your blog. It is adorable! I love Bird In Hand Designs. :)

    I'm your newest follower. :)

    Read With Me ABC

  12. Love the Vegas pics. I'm going next summer with my beastie to celebrate our 30th bdays! I also can't believe I won! I haven't seen an email from you. I hope I didn't delete it!!!! I chose two products I can't wait to use. I'd love to use the figurative language/poetry pack and the prefix/suffix pack in my classroom next year. Thanks so much! Jacque Cunningham

  13. Hey Amelia! I just found your blog through Megan's site and it looks adorable! Super creative mix of jungle and girly glitter! Vegas and your vacay looked like it was amazingggg! I have one week left of school and then it's time for a little R&R for this girl! There's a lot of fun energy on this blog! I'm looking forward to seeing the fun ideas you share here!

    Kdot’s Learning Spot