Sort of last minute we decided to head to Vegas for our holiday weekend. Andrea, Paul, Kasey & Erin were all going as well. Nathan's mom had borrowed some jet skis from a lady in their ward so we all met up at a nice little lake about an hour and a half from their home. It was a smaller, less popular lake than Lake Mead and we all had a great time there! The water was really clear and the perfect temperature. And although it was a boiling 115 degrees outside, we all managed to stay cool either in the shade or in the water. Even Violet enjoyed a nice spritzing of water from the spray bottle every five minutes. Sawyer loved playing on the beach and in the water. He was excited about the jet ski for the first 10 minutes as we slowly idled out of the 'no wake' zone...as soon as Nathan hit the gas even a little bit it was all downhill. He was NOT having it. Oh well...maybe next year. And another sad little story from the day...I realized about 2 seconds too late that Sawyer had discovered a block of wood with about 6 nails sticking over an inch out of it. That's right--he totally stepped on one of the nails. Poor guy. He was pretty shaken up for a bit, but overall he handled it REALLY well. There was a paramedic on site who cleaned it off for us (with sterile water--what the heck, where was the alcohol or iodine?!) and gave him a bandaid. In that moment I was very grateful that Sawyer was up to date on all his vaccinations so that we didn't have to worry about tetanus. Yikes. Within 10 minutes or so Sawyer was back to playing in the water and other than walking around on his tip-toes for the past week it hasn't seemed to bother him too much. I'm grateful it all turned out so well.
We spent Sunday trying to recover from Saturday--we were all exhausted! And on Monday we hit up a breakfast buffet at a casino before heading home. It was a great trip and we had a blast hanging out with everyone.