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Being at the MGM last Saturday morning made me think about how much I’m going to miss Las Vegas. Sure, there are reasons I can’t wait to get the Hell out of here and we are obviously choosing to leave so I can’t whine too much; but I’m definitely going to miss it. A lot. Here are the major things I’ll miss about living in Las Vegas.

1. The People

We have made some excellent friends here. Even if we don’t get to hang out with them a lot, we have a lot of loved ones here. They have become our “other” family.

2. The Hustle And Bustle

There are always people here. Always. The strip and downtown are seas of humanity 100% of the time.

3. The People Watching

There are certain places you can guarantee good people watching: Walmart. The rodeo. NFL games. Flea Markets. 1980’s rock band concerts. ICP concerts… Nothing beats Vegas. Nothing. Las Vegas is the only place that you can watch all of those same people – and others you could never dream of – in one place at one time! Your head swivels so fast, your neck will actually hurt after a night on the town.

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Even Elmo is more interesting in Vegas

4. All The Pretty Lights

I can’t tell you how many times we have driven up and down the strip just to see it. Not to gamble, not to drink, not to eat… just to take in the over the top, beautiful, breathtaking lights. Inside the casinos is just as amazing as outside, displays and screens and machines and décor that leave you slack jawed and wondering how anyone has the creative ability to dream this stuff up, let alone make it a reality.

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A tiny fraction of the view from Aria

5. Shows And Events

There is always something going on. Always. A festival, a convention, a celebration, shows every single night of the week. You can see so many cool things for free too!We’ve taken it for granted. We haven’t seen nearly as much as we should have in eight years. Now, there’s not enough time to catch up.

6. Nature

So, Lake Mead kind of disappointed us but hey, this is the desert after all. Water is not the main attraction here. Mount Charleston, Red Rock Canyon, and Valley of Fire? Now that is something you can’t see in the Midwest. These places are gorgeous, intense, overwhelming and truly make you believe in a higher power.

7. The Sun

With around 300 days of sunshine a year, the weather is never the reason if you are feeling gloomy. The sky is always blue. The sun is always out. There is so much sun here, we actually get excited when it rains!

8. In N’ Out. Roberto’s. All You Can Eat Sushi.

If you don’t know… you just don’t know.

9. Proximity To The Ocean.

It has been really nice being a weekend trip away from the beach. I know there are lakes in Michigan, but nothing soothes my soul quite like the ocean. I almost passed out from huffing the salty air on our last visit, just trying to take in as much as I possibly could.

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What I call, church.

10. Southern California.

Again, being only a weekend trip away from the perfection of San Diego’s weather and beaches… I already mourn the loss. Not to mention we have very loved people there who we won’t see nearly as often any more.

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The kissing statue

11. Year Round Flip Flops

I hate socks and shoes. I love love love flip flops. I cannot wear flip flops in the snow.

12. Our Pediatrician

I’ve not had great luck with doctors in the past and I trust and love our pediatrician Dr. Perez. She is so level-headed, has zero God complex, is very understanding and not at all an alarmist which I greatly appreciate. I hate the idea of searching for a doctor and not finding one like her! Thank God my gynecologist already moved away from Las Vegas because leaving him may have made me break down. I am trying not to even think about having to find a new Gyno in Michigan… ugh, I feel nauseous…

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My beloved ObGyn Dr. King after delivering Truman 12/01/2012

13. The Spanish

I actually picked up a fair amount of Spanish living here. Don’t get me wrong, I still can’t speak it correctly and my accent is deplorable, but at least I know a tiny bit about what is going on in conversation around me. I never knew any Spanish speaking people in Michigan. I’ll probably lose all of my skills now.

14. The Slot Machines

It will be weird to not have people gambling in the grocery store. If not gambling, what do people do while hanging out at the gas station in Michigan? Wait, they don’t hang out at the gas station? Weird.

15. The Memories

I know I will have the memories in my heart and mind, but leaving the place I got engaged, married, finally achieved pregnancy and brought home my babies is painful.

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Engaged on Mt. Charleston 12/25/2007

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Married 04/25/2009

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Finally Pregnant! 04/01/2012

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Newborn Truman 12/01/2012

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Newborn Grant 11/11/2014

16. The People

I know I already said this, but I cannot stress it enough. When we moved to Las Vegas we wished that all of our loved ones would move here too. Now, I wish all of my loved ones here would move back to Michigan with us. It makes me incredibly sad to think that there are people here that I may never see again, or at least not for a very, very long time. The reality is that Detroit is not a vacation spot. While a few of our Michigan people came to visit us in Vegas, our Vegas people probably are not coming to visit Michigan, ever. It breaks my heart. I said good-bye to my monthly Bunco group last night and it was awful. How am I going to say good-bye to the women who care for my children every day? To the tons of work friends that I’ve laughed with? How can I possibly say good-bye to the guys we play poker with every single week? The friends I’ve known since the first months we lived here? The families that we knew in Michigan that ended up following us out West? And what about This Girl?

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Me kissing Rachel 2009

It is going to be a difficult couple of weeks. Las Vegas has been the starting point for some of the best times in my life. It is going to be hard to drive away from it all in three weeks, and start over again.

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