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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

What Happens In Vegas...

What do an Elvis Impersonator,

Gold Lame` is hawt!






A mysterious bruise,
Totally *not* from falling luggage






Bonus: Perky voices sang lovely songs in Japanese.
     And light up bridal bouquet have in common?





















WEDDING IN VEGAS, BABY!!

Not mine, of course!  I've been happily married to Hot Builder for twelve years, and the one time we went to Las Vegas, well...



She's almost eight now.
                       



Now I'm not going to spill all the deets on what happened when I flew out there to celebrate my sister's wedding--I might not be let back in for breaking The Cardinal Rule of Las Vegas: What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas.  And there might also be some other incentive to keep mum.



What my sister threatened to do to me if I revealed all.




However, I will share how a little bit of Vegas magic  transformed a soldier into a princess bride:




Action Figure not sold in stores




Isn't she lovely?

My sister and her fiance were given the three sacred rules that all marriages must uphold by Elvis:

  1. They have to love each other's hound dogs--even if they're cryin' all the time. Invest in earplugs; got it!
  2. Never leave blue suede shoes out in the rain. Obviously, Elvis doesn't know my sister wears combat boots.
  3. They can never go to bed without giving each other some hunka,hunka burning love. Ouch!
The almost newlyweds eagerly agreed and were pronounced husband and wife as Elvis serenaded (and celebrated) their love with a song.

The Carters

Have you ever been to Vegas? And if you have, spill the details. I promise I won't tell anyone!
























28 comments:

  1. Marquita,

    Congratulations to your sister and her new hubby. She looked gorgeous! What a lovely souvenir you and Hot Builder brought back from Vegas 8 years ago. I usually opt for a t-shirt. ;)

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    1. LOL! My favorite souvenir from a trip evah. :)

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  2. What a beautiful bride! :)

    I haven't been to Las Vegas yet. Atlantic City is a quick drive for me, so when anyone gets a hankering to give some money to a casino, that's where we usually go.

    Atlantic City doesn't have the same kind of "leave it all here" reputation though. I think it's because the drive to a major city isn't as long as it is from Las Vegas to civilization. Not as much time to think of ways to forget/conceal.

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    1. I've never been to Atlantic City, Marnee. Sounds like it would make a fun "girls' trip" though.

      Yeah, I had to really think about how much I wanted to share with the world. The looong flight back helped. :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Hilarious (as always!) and adorable, Marquita. Your sister was a beautiful bride. And your Vegas souvenir years ago... priceless! :) I drove through Vegas once on my way to LA. Does that count? I remember an enormous billboard of Rick Springfield (who I loved and always will love), and a vaguely pyramid-like building. It sounds like you, on the other hand, had the whole Vegas-Elvis experience. I'm glad you had fun!

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    1. Thanks, Katharine! She really was gorgeous, and her groom was very dapper.

      Didn't Rick Springfield sing Jesse's Girl? I love that song and they performed it on Glee (much to Hot Builder's never ending disgust... although he feels that way about *every* song they remake). And I would say that driving though it counts.;)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I have not been to Vegas, but I heard somewhere that it was fun, so maybe someday. ;)
    Your sister made a beautiful bride!

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    1. Maybe we can petition RWA to hold their annual conference there? Can you imagine all the fun (and trouble) that would be for 2000+ romance writers?!?

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. It will be no surprise to anyone who knows me that I love Vegas. I've been with friends, as a couple, spent my brother's lat b-day there and even went by myself once. I would go on a whim with a stranger. So much to do and get into. I have, nor will I ever stand before the alter of Elvis, however.

    You sister was beautiful. Army chicks rock. Gotta love a girl who can carry off an M16 and a light up butterfly with equal awesomeness.

    I will leave most my Vegas stories tucked in the back of the tequila soaked area of my brain where they reside happily along with high school memories. You know, the vague and fuzzy ones. The kind that are more amusing when told around campfires or girl's nights.

    Glad you had a good trip.
    ~Mari

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    1. The Viva Las Vegas Chapel was really cool, though. You could ride in a pink cadillac and everything.:)

      Sounds like another girls' night is in order, hee!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. One of these days, I *will* make it to Vegas! I had actually planned to go for my 30th b-day, but then we found a travel deal so that it was the same price to go to Rome instead, sooo...Ciao, Vegas!

    Anyway, its one my bucket list, and hopefully I'll make it before retirement, lol. Your sister looked gorgeous, btw! Glad you guys had fun :)

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    1. I woudl have picked Rome, too! Although there is the Venitian, not Rome, but there *are* gondola rides. ;)

      Maybe we should plan a HCRW Vegas trip?

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  7. Love her dress. She made a lovely bride.

    Yes, I've been to Vegas. Once with hubby after we were married and no surprises were had. Sorry no exciting tales from boring old me. I lost my $200 gambling limit. Not a surprise. Hubby won $140 so together we only lost $60.

    I saw Pen and Teller. Loved their show. Wasn't impressed by Blue Man Group. Liked O by Cirque du Soleil and Danny Gans (hubby got bonus points for his pick of entertainment that night)

    We went to Hover Dam and that was about the extent of my Vegas trip. It was mid-July in Vegas. Can you say HOT HOT HOT.

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    1. She really was pretty, thanks!

      It sounds like you had a fun-filled trip to Vegas with your hubby!

      I loved going to the Dam--and all the Dam jokes about the Dam traffic and the Dam people. The Dam food wasn't bad either. *snort*

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Many congrats to your lovely sister! You guys look so much alike!

    I admit, I'm wondering about that bruise! Hmmm... you got hit by an avalanche of quarters out of a slot machine? Crashed into a Romulan in the Star Trek experience? Caught a gorgeous guy as he fell from exhaustion at the poker tables? The possibilities are endless and we'll never know!

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    1. Oh she's much, much prettier, I think!


      Yep that bruise is a real mystery, ha! Maybe I'll tell you what *really* happened next time I see you. ;)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Sounds like you all had a blast! I have not (yet) been to Vegas, but I don't know that that will hold true forever.

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    1. I think everyone should go at least once. They even have penny slots for the frugal gambler. :)

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  10. LOL no, I've never been and after seeing what you brought home with you I'm not sure I should go either LOL. Three kids is enough for me LOL. Love the pics and your sister is a beautiful bride and bad @ss army chic to boot = my hero. Hoorah!

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    1. LOL, Suzie! I assure you there are plenty of people who go that DON'T bring back souvenirs like mine. So you should be safe!

      She's my hero, too! Her husband was in the Army, too. I'm thankful for them both.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Congrats to the Carters! I have been to Vegas and it was fun but I'm not much of a gambler. I liked the roller coaster, great food, and the picture that my friend and I got that makes us look like showgirls! I didn't get pregnant in Vegas though, I was already carrying a bun in the oven when I got there! We also went to Hollywood and we were on the Price is Right. That was the highlight of the trip for me.

    Thanks for sharing your Vegas adventure. I'm so glad you got to see your sister's special day, Elvis and all! : )

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    1. You were pregnant when you went to Vegas? Woah, you are the woman! :)

      That roller coaster looked way to scary for me--plus, I'm afraid of heights. And I'm so, so jealous you got to go on The Price is Right. Did you get to come on down and bid?

      I'm so thankful I got to go, too! It really was a nice birthday present from Hot Builder, and everyone survived me being gone with a little help from our favorite friends. ;)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Loved your blog as always! I can't believe you got a bruise! I am so glad you were there and I can't wait til we live closer. I love and miss you!

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    1. I was saving a poor,defenseless, elderly man from a stampede of showgirls and male strippers.

      I'm so glad that I got to share that day with you two. Can't wait until you live closer too--mostly because it means you're out of the Army and can't be deployed again. Hugs!

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  13. You completely brightened my day with this blog! I also loved that you came home with that special little supprise the first time you went. Going to a Vegas wedding was so much fun from riding in the Limo to Elvis singing. So glad you could be there thanks to my wonderful, handsome son-in-law.

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    1. YAY! And that special little surprise loves you,too!

      Vegas was a lot of fun. Your son-in-law wishes he could have come,too!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Marquita - It looks like you had a blast. Congrats to your sister and her new hubby!

    In the course of my work (and the fact that I *think* my boss should maybe join GA) I have been to Las Vegas more times than I can count. I've played in Texas Hold'em tournaments and thrown dice (not that I've put chips on the board, I'm a little too chicken for that.) BUT mainly I'm known for falling asleep in every Cirque du Soleil show on the stip. (ok - I haven't "seen* them all, but I haven't seen several and I've yet to stay awake for an entire performance.)

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    1. I really did! They were so cute and happy during the ceremony. :)

      I've only played Texas Hold 'Em for fun (as you know). I bet you would win if you did put chips on the board!

      I can't believe you've fallen asleep at those performances. But maybe the peaceful music that seems to be played at the beginning of the ones I've seen did it? hee!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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