Because of snow make-up days, the last day of school was not until June 12th. We let all three skip the last 2 days though because we already had other plans.
Emma's last day of first grade:
Brendan and Jackson (last day of 8th & 6th grades):
Instead of going to school the next to last day, we all headed to Winthrop University where Brendan played in a showcase tournament for rising Freshmen.
In this photo, Brendan is behind the plate. He was on the blue team.
Here are some of the Canes that participated.
We spent the night in Charlotte that night and got up the next morning to fly to Las Vegas for a family vacation.
We stayed at the Signature in a connecting 2 room suite. It was very nice and away from the mainstream.
There are moving sidewalks which connect The Signature with MGM Grand though.
Our first night we enjoyed some pool time and then had dinner at Maggiano's. It was delicious.
The next day we spent at the pool and then headed to the Forum shops to have dinner at The Cheesecake Factory and to shop at the Nike store.
Emma was in heaven in the Nike store since the Women's World Cup was going on...Emma talked her dad into a new US Women's replica jersey and a new pair of cleats for her upcoming soccer season.
After dinner we went the Bellagio to walk through the Conservatory. I never come to LV and not walk through the Conservatory. It is one of my favorite things to do there.
This summer they were doing an Under the Sea theme. It wasn't my favorite, but it was still very beautiful, and I was happy to share that with the kids.
After the Conservatory, we went to see "O" at the Bellagio. Everyone LOVED it. JC and I had seen it years before, but we went to the 10pm PST show, and we fell asleep in the middle of it.
The next day we had to get up pretty early because we took a private tour of the Hoover Dam. As many times as JC and I have been out to LV, we have never been to the Hoover Dam. It was also amazing.
Emma decided to wear her new US Women's jersey.
We went with a company that does tours in Hummers. It was really funny seeing that big thing drive up and us all get in.
Our guide was so awesome though, and spouted information the entire time.
We started inside the dam hundreds of feet down...that was kind of frightening. Think Vegas Vacation...
Then we got to walk around to take photos. It was about 110 degrees that day so we didn't spend too much time outside.
A new bridge was built a couple of years ago to route traffic around the dam for national security reasons. It is also a spectacular sight to see.
In the middle of the river is the state line. It is marked by this plaque. Pretty cool to be standing on a bridge with your feet in two different states.
Our last day we spent more time at the pool during the day! It was hot, but so relaxing.
That night the championship game for the Stanley Cup was on so we ate at a sports bar at MGM Grand, and then we went to see David Copperfield. That is an amazing show. I am so glad that we got to see him since he actually levitated JC about 35 years ago!!!
Las Vegas was so much fun...not always the best place to have your kids, but we made the most of it.
The next to last week in June, Jackson and all his friends went to the overnight soccer camp at Wake Forest. Just like last year, they had a blast!!! Soccer all day and all night!
Jackson bought a shirt with his money. Although we are not really Wake fans, he likes it.
The last weekend in June, Brendan played in a tournament at Lenoir Rhyne University. That Friday night, JC and Jackson joined several other dads and sons for a camp out and then rafting down the Nolichucky River. They had a blast, but the weather was bad. It rained all Friday night and most of the day rafting.
We had a busy June...June is one of my favorite months. I love the time in between Memorial Day and July 4th...my favorite time of the year!!!