Day 1 we hung out at my Grandma's looking through old pictures of my Grandpa as a baby and child. I even snapped this phone pic of my great-grandmother Amy Christina Bortz who I am named after (on the right). I LOVED going through and seeing all the pictures of my family. It was awesome!
We finished our evening eating BBQ with the extended family that had made it to town.
Day 2 was the viewing and was a difficult day. We went for a really long, late lunch and buried our emotions in rich, velvety cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory. What is it about death, funerals and eating. It is out of control! I know I look ridiculous--but I think I cried off all of my makeup that day.
My brother Bryan and my dad
Isabella (my half-sister), me and my sis Heather
My aunt Lisa and adorable Grandma
Some of the gang at Cheesecake Factory
(my step-cousin, Marv & Deanne, and Kirsti & my dad's twin Dennis)
We went back and napped after the eating fest, woke up late and headed for the strip around 8. Loved seeing the new casinos and as always, the Bellagio fountains.
Outside the new Encore casino
The conservatory at the Bellagio--AMAZING!!
My favorite thing in Vegas. I could watch all night.
The preggers girls at the new Cosmopolitan casino
Ending our night at the Venetian---then we picked up In & Out for a little midnight snack
Day 3 was the funeral which was a beautiful tribute to his life and a wonderful service. My dad and his twin brother gave the eulogy which was tough to get through but I really appreciated the words and experiences they shared. We then had a reception and headed back to the hotel where we crashed and just sat in bed playing words with friends on our iphones/ipads together. Finally rolled out of bed for a late dinner at a delicious Vegas buffet. Glad I got one of those in...
My dad, Isabella, and my stepmom Mona
Heather, Me, My grandma, Isabella & Bryan at the reception
It was hard to say goodbye to everyone. I am so grateful that I was able to fly over there and spend time with my family during this time.