Thanksgiving was different this year. Will and I traveled to Boulder City, Nevada where we planned to spend the holiday with Bill, Will's dad. Bill and I have developed a relationship over the past few months and it had been really nice getting to know my father in law. I was excited to know that I was going to see him and I could feel comfortable in knowing there wouldn't be any uncomfortable conversation because he and I had been in communication and getting to know each other on great levels leading up to our visit.
We flew out from Dallas and got to Nevada Thanksgiving morning. I say Nevada, because after my visit I realized very quickly that my husband didn't grow up in "Vegas" like I had always imagined in my mind. Yes, he was born there but it's not what I thought or maybe what you are thinking when you think Las Vegas. Not the big city of sin lights with the gambling and shows that my imagination had always wondered towards. That's not where my husband grew up until he moved to Oklahoma in the 5th grade. No, he was raised in beautiful mountains, surrounded by tall trees. It's hard to imagine until you see it in person, because I think even when I was told about it, I didn't get it until I got there and then I got it.
Once we arrived, we drove our rental to Boulder City, where we would be spending our time. The scenery is full of the tallest cacti, more pretty mountains and then we arrived to the beautiful quaint little area. Once we made it to BC, we made our way downtown, we visited the local watering holes and just played ketchup. If you are reading this and wondering what ketchup is, it's just my version of saying catch up. You're welcome.
Our time in Boulder City was spent antique shopping, frequenting the World Famous Coffee Cup and spending time with Bill at his local favorite spots. One of his favorite places is called Jack's, it's just like Louie's, Will and I thought this was really funny because Will and I love Louie's and this place felt just like it. I always say Louie's is our Cheers bar & grill, and that everyone should have a Cheers. If you don't know what I'm referencing, then do yourself a favor and look it up on Netflix or your fancy fire stick and get to watching a show called Cheers. Anyway, I think if you are person who likes to partake in drinking a cocktail every now and then, I think you should find your cheers. Somewhere everyone knows your name. Jack's is Bill's place.
One day we went to the Hemenway Park, this place it truly a must see if you are ever in the area. This is a park like none of the ones you went to as a child, unless of course you grew up in this area. Yes, it had all the slides, the swings, etc. But it also had a horseshoe pit set up and then the best part, Rams from the mountains come down to this park and just hang out. They just chill while you chill. It was so interesting and really cool.
Speaking of horseshoes, we spent thanksgiving at Russ's house - this is one of Bill's closest friends. His family was so sweet, they can COOK. The food and conversation was great. The guys played a few games of horseshoes, while the women talked about all kinds of things, from family to spiritual beliefs. It was nice to feel surrounded by family and friends, to see and meet who Bill surrounds himself with. All of friends are funny just like him, and kind, very kind.
I would say my favorite time there was the day we spent in Mt. Charleston. It's hard to imagine such a beautiful place like this in the midst of where your mind goes when you think Las Vegas, but if you ever get the chance to go here, GO. I urge you take that day trip. Bill & Will and took the time to stop and show me different landmarks that brought back memories. We drove by the fire station his dad worked at for years, even the plot of land where their old house once stood. Will & I took a hike through the mountains to the lodge, funny, once dusk was upon us and we had been heading back, Will's dad was beginning to get worried so he just yelled loudly, his voice echoed through the mountains. Will said he used to do this when he was younger too. I would love to grow up in a place filled with so much nature and beauty, and the way to be called home was just yelling across the mountains.
The last night we were in town, we decided to get a room on the strip, we thought we were going to go all out. Will would have steak & lobster, I would find some delicious pasta and red wine. This is not how it really went haha. We actually got to our hotel, found the closest CVS, got some mucinex and got in bed. We did get up the next day to do a little Black Friday shopping and we had a delicious burger at Wahlburgers, not gonna lie, I was hoping to see Donny, big blue bloods fans over here - no luck, maybe next time.
As we flew home, I realized I have so much to be thankful for, of course my husband, but also my budding relationship with my father in law and Will's continuing relationship with his dad. Will & I both hope to go back soon to visit him and I think we will. I sure hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Here are some photos of our trip, we had a great time, thanks Bill for being the host with the most :)