Monday, July 31, 2006

Vegas Or Bust!!

Here it is folks...the first of two, maybe even three Vegas posts! I know you have all been waiting for it, so here we go! Girls, if I leave anything out I am really sorry....It is just that so much happened it is nearly impossible to remember all of it!

We started the trip really early. Our flight left at six, so we all had to meet up at the airport at 5am! Sweet Charing started the trip off in a slight panic by not waking up until 5am. Nobody could blame her though...she was up until two thirty! We had a complete plan to have her on the next flight if she didn't make it in time, but there were no worries, she made it with time to spare! Of course the Shepherd sisters all got stopped at the stupid will be a theme through all of the airports. Our bracelets are so great....but clearly made of metal.

We had a quick layover in Dallas so we had just enough time to grab breakfast for the plane, get caught in security again, nearly have my skirt blown off by some new high tech security machine, and jump on the plane to Vegas! We killed some food on the flight (mind you this is our second breakfast....of course we ate at home as well) then decided it was high time for some bloody Mary' was 9am, but we had been going strong for four hours and it was a Bachelorette Party! We were all a little surprised when Liz suggested we shoot the second half of our Vodka bottles straight (refer back to the time) but nobody put up a fight! It was the perfect start to the trip!

We arrived in Vegas at 9am Vegas time (gotta love the time change) grabbed our bags, grabbed our night club passes (greatest invention ever!) and headed out to catch a ride. We talked about looking for a shuttle to New York, New York, I know they had one...talked about grabbing a cab...clearly an option...but in the end decided to ride in style in a limo. Amazingly enough the night club passes came with a "Vegas nights" cd, so we put it in and had the greatest trip possible from the airport to the hotel!!

Once we got to the hotel, we checked our bags, but had to wait a bit for the rooms. We decided to grab some breakfast at an Italian place in NYNY. That's was breakfast number three. We had amazing omelets and even better Mimosas!

Next we did a little exploring of the hotel. We rode the roller coaster and I got to enjoy the complete shock on Candice's face as we pulled out onto the track and she turned to me and said. " umm....this doesn't like go upside down or anything, right?" ....right. Actually it goes upside down twice, has a huge hill...they aren't playing around when they call it a roller coaster! Next we did a little gambling and had some free drinks.

Once we got into the room we decided it was time to head down to the pool! We all got our suits on and Candice had her first experience being around a large group of naked girls....she handled it well! The pool was really nice. There was an edge about a foot into the water you could sit on so you could get sun, but still stay cool. We had some frozen drinks (Charings suggestion to make sure we stayed know...cuz they have ice in them and all...) and got some sun. It was wonderful!

After the pool we grabbed some lunch at Nathan's and then headed to the room for a nap...shame on us for sleeping in Vegas, but in our defense it was less than two hours! Charing, not believing in naps, went down to gamble while the rest of us tried to catch some sleep. We all got up, got ourselves ready and headed out to dinner!

Thanks to Boo, who is a genius, we had reservations at Emeril's New Orleans House in the MGM. Candice and Missy went light on food and ordered an appetizer so they could party all night, but the rest of us went all out and got the Chef's tasting. Liz was so wonderful and got my dinner. It was seriously one of the best meals of my life. Six courses of pure heaven!

While at Emeril's we had our Vegas celebrity run in...I mean, there are always famous people in Vegas, so we were bound to run into someone, right? Missy was the first to spot him, but as soon as she let us know there was an A-list celebrity in the room, we all found him quickly. Liz and Charing really though about taking to him about the boy's and everything, but we decided to play it cool and only snap about a thousand pictures of him as discreetly as possible, then one all out blatant pic....see of you can tell who he is!

After the wonderful meal , we headed to Taboo for our first drinks. We walked in and the bar tender gave us a table! An amazing thing in Vegas since you usually have to order drinks by the bottle (around $200) in order to have such an honor!

After Taboo we headed to Studio 54! This was when our night club passes really paid off! We got to skip the huge line and the huge cover! The bar was really amazing. There were dancers on boxes, but then there were dancers that also came down from the ceiling...looked frightening to me! We had a blast! We did some drinking and some serious dancing.

Eventually we decided to move on to NYNY and go to Coyote Ugly. It was totally different, but really fun. They had a call for people to get up on the bar and Liz and I got on up! Thats right. When we got down, Boo, Missy and Charing all had to have their turn on the bar! Candice was feeling a little to exposed in her skit for bar dancing, but that will change!

Once we were done with coyote ugly we headed back up to the room to drop Liz off, who was exhausted and let Candice change from her skirt and shoes. Then back out we went! Next we headed over to Mandalay Bay and went to 40 deuce. We had the time of our lives! The bar was small and packed with people...there was a had Missy was up there in a flash. The rest of the group quickly decided we needed to join her! By the time we got down there were applause and everything!

We were all winding down at this point (I think it was about three am....of course we are now on Vegas time) We jumped on the Monorail to get back to our hotel and that is where we met Simon and Chris. They found out we were a bachelorette party so they decided to dance for us! thats right folks. there was no music, just two drunk guys dancing on a monorail! They told us they were high rollers and what not and wanted to show us how it was done. Who are we to argue? We went to Excaliber, found a roulette table and started to play. I won a little, as did boo, but our poor high rollers picked missy to be thier lucky charms, and...well...she just wasn't lucky. I would say she lost them about $250 and they were done! So were we. By this point it was past four and we had been up for 27 hours(and Charing clearly needed to pump!!)! Now that is a first day in Las Vegas! I know the post is crazy long, but I make no prepared because the next one is even better and may or may not include a bar will have to wait and see!

Friday, July 28, 2006

Take Note

Yes, yes....this is another post that has nothing to do with Vegas, but I wanted to point out that the Weekly Poll has been removed from the site because...well, does anybody even remember the last poll I posted? If you miss it terribly I will put it back and not change the question for another three months!

In it's place is now the ZPO calendar! Hooray!!!! Thanks so much to Liz for finding this for us. We have been looking for one like this since we got the website rolling. This is mainly just for the ZPO's to know what each other is doing, but anyone who finds it interesting can take a look! It might still have some changes, but that is the best I can do with it for now. Hope you all enjoy it!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Promises and Updates

Sorry there has been so long between posts. The ZPO's (minus Rhi, who was missed terribly) have been having the time of their lives in Sin City! I have a huge post in the works (which could very well be 2-3 posts) but I am still collecting pictures and all that jazz. I promise it will be up in the next few days!

Rhi is on her way to Chicago right now and since we all just got back Monday night, we didn't even get to see her before she left! I just wanted to say we all hope she has a great time visiting her family! Rhi, we will miss you and cannot wait to see you when you come home!

In other up coming events, Liz and Cory are having friends from Wisconsin coming in for Cory's birthday this weekend, and we are all going out Saturday night. Candice and I also have family coming into town...they are always on the same schedule! Charing and the family are packing up and heading to New York this weekend as well....nobody can ever say the ZPO's don't stay busy!

That's it for now, but I really do promise I will have a new post up soon!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

The 4th of July

This might be a little late...and it is unfortunate that this party's name proves how late the post actually is, but I do not care. With some events I would have just let them slide...allowing them to always be a post that just never got written...but not the 4th!! We had way to great of a time!

We started the celebration on the 3rd. Nick and I had our annual cookout. We really have the perfect yard for a summer party! We had tons of great food! Me, Boo, Nick and Chris provided a couple of side dishes, the hot dogs and all the beer, but of course all of the wonderful ZPOs helped out and brought extra sides and deserts!!! Everything was really perfect.

Carter and Wes had their first 4th with us too! They were so perfect! Both of the boys stayed outside with us and enjoyed the cookout the entire time. They got to hang out on the tractor and they even like the fireworks...okay, so it was a little scary when they got loud, but they still really seemed to enjoy the night!

We had a great group of people. It seemed like everyone was able to make it (except for Candice who was in G-burg for Davis's birthday...we missed you!) There was a lot of sitting around talking, playing some corn hole, drinking some beer...the regular 4th deal. Once it got dark we set off a bunch of fireworks. The party was able to last until late in the night because most people were off on the was perfect!

On the actual 4th the ZPOs were not all together, but we did all have fun! Rhi spent time with Josh, who had to leave the next day. Liz and Cory stayed home and had a relaxing 4th with Wes, Candice was still in Gatlinburg, and me, Nick, Boo, Chris, Missy, Charing, Scott and Patrick all went to Tarp's big fourth party. He has a really amazing house downtown with a great view of the fireworks! We had such a blast! All in all it was a wonderful 4th of July!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Happy Birthday Candice!!

Our Candice is really growing up...she is now 24! Sorry I don't have a picture of her, but I am posting this from work. Also sorry I still don't have the 4th of July post up....between the wedding and Vegas planning...ONE WEEK AWAY!!!!!... I have no free time! I promise it is coming soon!

Anyways, lots of us got to celebrate her birthday last Saturday. We all (all being me, Nick, Boo, Chris, Rhi, Patrick, Trent, Davis and of course the birthday girl herself) met up at her new place to see how great it is, had a couple of drinks and headed down to the Dame. We had so much fun!! There were two really great groups that played, and that always helps in making something fun! They also have a new hot dog vender right across the street...GENIUS!!! Between all of us we ate about a dozen hot dogs. Tarp met up with us, along with a couple other of Candice's friends. The night was a HUGE success!!

Tonight the birthday girl will be down at Redmon's with Davis and Lauren. I know they will have a blast! Candice, we all hope this is your very best birthday ever...that is, until next year!

Friday, July 07, 2006

If It Ain't Broke...

That's right folks...for the June meeting of ZPO the girls gathered once again at the Kelsey household. Let me tell you, there is no place we would rather all come together! We met last Friday for dinner and drinks and it was wonderful! We did miss Candice and Missy who both had to work late!

Boo, Liz(not pictured...oh NOOOO! Sorry Liz, I will do better next time!) and Rhi all arrived a little earlier that me due to the fact that we were working hard on the back yard to get it ready for the 4th of July party (another HUGE post....but I thought this one should come first since it was back in June and the next ZPO meeting is tomorrow!) By the time I arrived they had made their way through a fair amount of wine and food! Of course we were also joined by our junior member, who is always great to have around! We were going to order Jimmy John's, but it turned out that Charing made enough appetizers to fill us up!

We had a wonderful time sitting on the deck until late laughing and talking. Eventually we made it in for some desert....which was by far Carter's favorite part of the evening! His official first word (according to the ZPO's) is Mmmmmmm......any time you give him something sweet he nearly yells it! It is so cute(yea...can you tell I like to take his picture??)! On top of that, he is crawling around like a mad child! Can you believe how big he is?? Now...Carter says Goodbye to all of you ZPO I guess that is all for now!(really I need to get into bed for the yard sale in the morning!!)

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy 4th of July!!

Well, I am here at work (poor me) and thought I would do a quick post wishing everyone a great 4th. We actually had a cookout at our house last night and there will be a post about that as soon as I have time (plus a post about the June meeting). I will say it was a great party and we all had a blast! Anyways, I know the ZPO's all have different plans for the day, but I hope whatever you are doing you are having wonderful time!! Happy Independence Day ZPO's (and fan's of the ZPO's)!!