"Life is not measured by the number of memories, but the moments that make the memories" unknown.
This is a very special weekend for a family gathering in Las Vegas to celebrate Kerry's Birthday. A chance to meet some of his family and they ours. In all there will be around 24 in attendance. Darin and Kerry did a great job in planning the weekend.
Everyone will be staying at New York, New York hotel. Of course we will be in the campground at Nellis AFB and in charge of the airport shuttling of our five kids.
|New York,New York Hotel|
We all met for dinner hosted by Darin and Kerry at Grimaldi's Pizza in the Palazzo Hotel. Must say the pizza was best we have experienced. Service was superb and we had a private area. Did manage to get a group picture and only several missing who will arrive tomorrow. Weather was very rainy and cool, but who cares. Oh yes, when we were in the NYNY casino, John was propositioned by what he described as a very attractive woman. Prostitution is illegal in Vegas, but happens anyway. I mentioned that I never get approached and we had a good laugh.
|With Son Darin|
|Darin & Kerry with Kerry's Family|
|Mostly Our Family|
|Some of Kerry's Family|
|Eric with wife Cindy, Daughter Liz and Darin|
|Son in lawShawn, Amy, Hope, John,Cindy,Liz & Eric|
|Most of the families after Pizza Dinner|
Weather is clearing today and we have another airport run to pickup daughter Christine. The airport here is like a zoo. So much bigger than the last time we flew in here back in the 90's. I think the last time we flew was in 2006 for John's 50th HS reunion in Falls Church, VA. Don't miss it at all. But I digress..back to events of the day.
The room reserved for the dinner tonight was perfection in all ways from location to table settings. Darin and Kerry sure know how to plan with every detail.
After cocktails and appetizers, we were gathered for a formal announcement of their declaration of union and love for each other.
|Time for Appetizers|
|Announcement of Vows|
This was a pleasant surprise and we welcome Kerry into our family and wish them many years of happiness. Shawn gave the invitation to family to join them in their vows and commitment to each other and the exchange of rings followed by their own vows to each other. We then congratulated them with a champagne toast.
|Shawn Reading Vows|
|Exchange of Rings|
The dinner consisted of 3 entree choices, salad and wine as noted on menu below.
|Hope, Shawn, Kerry's sister Rosine & wife Myra|
|Kerry, Darin, Kerry's Aunt Rosine & Husband Swen|
|Kerry & Darin in Deep Conversation|
|Enjoying Dinner & Conversation|
|Kerry,Liz, Darin, Cindy & Eric|
|Smile for the Camera|
|This was decadent|
|Champagne & Cake|
|Kerry and Darin|
|Cutting of the Cake|
John and I talked on the way back how fortunate we are to have such a blessed family.
|Christine,Moi,John & Liz|
|Between my Guys|
|John & Daughters|
|John,Liz,Chris,Eric,Hope,Darin & Me|
|Children & Spouses|
|Kerry with brothers, sister & Aunt|
|Kerry,Darin,Hope,Shawn,Cindy,Eric,Dan & Loretta|
|Kerry,Sherman & Darin|
|Liz,Kerry,Darin & Christine|
|Family Group Photo|
Today we say goodby to family and shuttle kids to airport. May they all have a safe trip home. We love you all. Thank you Darin and Kerry for making this a wonderful weekend.