Brooke’s poker face, a mansion and a glow in the dark run.

February 22, 2013

Brooke learned how to play poker while we were in Las Vegas for a few hours yesterday.   I think she is card counting.  

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My mom picked us up from the shuttle drop-off and drove straight to the one and only.  (Do you hear angels singing when you see this picture?  I do.)

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3 months since my last Cafe Rio fix and it was better than ever.   

Brooke had to have her hand on the salad too.  

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We stopped at the store for some snacks and things to have at our hotel and then drove to where we were staying.  We thought it was a normal hotel but nooooo it is a house. It is actually my dream house, it is insane.  I will do a tour of it later because it is that awesome.  This is on the deck of our hotel (mansion and should be on MTV Cribs) that we are staying.  

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After a quick wardrobe change we went to the clubhouse where most of the retreat activities are happening.  I can honestly say that I will do everything in my power to go to every She Runs Retreat possible.  Everything has been so organized, everyone is so friendly and the activities have been incredible.

I finally was able to meet ELIZABETH! We have been blog bf’s for a while so it was so nice to finally meet her in real life.  She is incredible and SO SO SPEEDY!

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Elizabeth and I were in charge of putting the course together for the night run.    

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We placed glow sticks along the course and the group run started once it was dark.  Everyone had little flashlights and flashing rings, it was awesome to see a huge herd of bright flashing lights running at night.

It was a blast to meet and talk to so many women from all over the place.

After the run things got a little crazy with a zumba party.  I will be sore from that class.   I cannot even begin to explain how excited I got when Gangnam Style started playing… I am actually really good at that dance.

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Ever tried Zumba?  Thoughts?

Ever been to Vegas?  How many times?  

 What are your weekend plans?

Maria February 22, 2013 at 4:11 am

First…Brooke’s hair…LOVE! She is so cute! I have tried Zumba and it is so fun, like a dance party with good exercise thrown in. I used to live in AZ so I can’t count the number of times I have been to Vegas, always great people watching. Tomorrow is a 9 mile long run and probably take the toddler to the library. Enjoy your weekend! Sounds like its off to a great start already.


Beth @ Running with the Sunrise February 22, 2013 at 4:14 am

Your night run looks like a lot of fun! And the expression on Brooke’s face where she’s examining the card is priceless. I hope your mom is having a great time hanging out with her adorable granddaughter and that you’re having a great time at your conference! It looks like your “hotel” is pretty awesome–gorgeous view!


TorontoRunner February 22, 2013 at 4:21 am

awww, I LOVEEE reading Elizabeth!! nice to see you two together!

So jealous of your vegas time. It’s on my bucket list. One day, one day!

I’ve been to zumba! It’s a lot of fun and I kinda enjoy making a fool of myself..being so un coordinated and all :D


Andrea @ mainerunnergirl February 22, 2013 at 4:26 am

I took a Zumba class before with a friend and we had so much fun! I don’t think I’d like to take one by myself. This retreat looks like so much fun!!


Bri February 22, 2013 at 4:29 am

Love Zumba… if I have the right instructor, otherwise I don’t feel like I’m getting an awesome workout. I think the glow stick run sounds like SO much fun! Can’t wait to see your dream house tour!


Anne February 22, 2013 at 4:33 am

Ahhhh seeing red rock warms my heart :) !!!
So does the fact that you get to see your momma! I get to see my mom this weekend too and I just can’t wait!
I am crazy jealous of everyone who gets to attend, I can’t wait to read about the experience!


Allison February 22, 2013 at 4:41 am

I love Zumba! I have never been to Vegas, but I would absolutely love to. No crazy fun weekend plans..yours sound way better! That picture of you and Brooke with the salad is so adorable with her cute little hand up there :)


Laura @ beanstalk February 22, 2013 at 4:48 am

I love Brook’s little hand up on your salad. One of my best friends went to BYU and she always RAVES about Cafe Rio. I love me some Mexican so I need to try it!

Never been to Vegas… Never done Zumba… Sounds like I’m totally missing out! Enjoy your weekend!


Linda February 22, 2013 at 4:50 am

I’ve been to Vegas 8 times and was married at the Mandalay Bay in 2009. My husband and I play poker (he is really good and I try my best) and I always fit in a spa treatment or two :-). I like staying at the Monte Carlo because the gym is free! Enjoy the retreat!


Kari @ Running Ricig February 22, 2013 at 4:52 am

There should definitely be a video of you doing the gangham style dance.


Wendy @ New Moms Talk February 22, 2013 at 4:54 am

I was only in Las Vegas as a tiny baby, and I tried to get the hub to stop back soon after he presents at a conference in Reno. He politely declined, but liked the idea of a post-conference side trip to Lake Tahoe. That’s what I define as success!


Rachel @ Operation Rosebud February 22, 2013 at 4:59 am

I LOVE Vegas! When Mr J and I first got married, I was sent to LA with the Air Force and he stayed in Provo to finish at BYU. We met in Vegas many times. Then we continued to go for vacations! Also– LOVE Zumba. My first class was with a Master Teacher– so I got pretty spoiled. I still cannot find a good class here in England, but will continue to look. Glad that you got some Cafe Rio! Mr J will be jealous– I made the knock-off recipes from Pinterest for him, but he said they weren’t really the same. Enjoy your retreat!!


Julie @ Sweetly Balanced February 22, 2013 at 4:59 am

I have never tried Zumba, but my brother lives in Vegas so I go there often to visit him and I just LOVE it!! I also love that pic of Brooke grabbing onto that salad! So cute!


Chelsea @ LittleOneRuns February 22, 2013 at 5:02 am

never tried zumba but want to!! it looks like so much fun!! have a late vday date with my bf :) we celebrate almost every holiday weeks later than everyone else because of the distance between us lol and can’t forget the long run planned for saturday :)


Sarah @PickyRunner February 22, 2013 at 5:08 am

First of all, Brooke’s face. She’s a smart cookie. You HAVE to be planning it every time she poses for these pictures!! They’re so perfect. Also, I want to come party with you and elizabeth running with glow sticks at night and having a zumba party. Zumba is almost my favorite thing ever besides running and it would be even better if it was glow in the dark!


Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles February 22, 2013 at 5:08 am

I have never tried Zumba but it does look like fun!
We have been to Vegas too many times. Just got back from there on Monday actually.
Weekend plans are to look at some houses, be race support and go out to breakfast.

The Kidless Kronicles

Reply February 22, 2013 at 5:09 am

I’ve never done a retreat.. it looks like so much fun!!! I want to go! Lucky Girl!


Karen @ Runner Girl Eats February 22, 2013 at 5:20 am

I’ve never tried Zumba or gone a retreat but both seem fun! Have a great weekend:) my plans involve a mini roadtrip to Orlando to see family!


Amy @ Writing While Running February 22, 2013 at 5:26 am

How fun! And how awesome Brooke is learning some poker. She’s gonna be a heart-breaker, that one :)


Erica February 22, 2013 at 5:26 am

Looks like so much fun! Wish I was there!!!!
Keep having an amazing time.
Nothing major on the weekend, so I am going to live vicariously through your blog.


Mallory @ ifgravityhappens February 22, 2013 at 5:28 am

I enjoy zumba but would REALLY enjoy it in the dark when no one can witness how uncoordinated i am when it comes to dance moves!!! haha looks like fun! :) Elizabeth seems pretty awesome! Glad you guys got to meet and spend some time together!!


Megan February 22, 2013 at 5:30 am

Have a blast!!!


Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 22, 2013 at 5:30 am

Ahhh what a cool event! So jealous! And my gym recently started offering free zumba classes so I’ve been going every week! It is SO MUCH FUN! And I don’t even feel like I’m working out!


Meagan @ Managing Meagan February 22, 2013 at 5:31 am

Aw! Looks super fun!! Enjoy your weekend and time with your mom!!! :)


Sarah February 22, 2013 at 5:34 am

The retreat sounds great! I have never tried Zumba… too uncoordinated and too scared to attempt it! I’ve also never been to Vegas but have no desire to go, either, even though my husband assures me it is the perfect and most romantic place where we should spend our anniversary this year (ha, not happening). This weekend is my birthday weekend so I will be celebrating! :) Have a great weekend!


Emily N February 22, 2013 at 5:36 am

I have been to Vegas, a lot. I love it there!


Jessica R @ fromthekitchentotheroad February 22, 2013 at 5:36 am

It looks beautiful where you are. I’ve never done Zumba and I don’t have a huge desire to either. People love it but for some reason I am not interested. I probably shiuld at least try it one day. I’ve been to Las Vegas a few times. The most recent time was this past August when my sister got married.


Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 22, 2013 at 5:39 am

This sounds like such a fun girls’ weekend! Glad you and Elizabeth got to meet – love her! :) Enjoy!


Amanda @ Romancing the Unusual February 22, 2013 at 5:52 am

Looks like an amazing retreat! You’ll have the best weekend. Mine will be spent lounging around, hopefully!


Pam February 22, 2013 at 5:58 am

Sooo fun!! have a wonderful weekend my friend! :)

I would’ve been right there with you on Gagnum Style. The kids & I got that down pat!! :)

I’ve never tried Zumba ‘cuz I’m scurred I’ll be 86’d off the premises of LA fitness. Seriously…someone may get hurt!! :/ luv ya!!! xo


Gracie (Complicated Day) February 22, 2013 at 6:01 am

I bet in the next picture Brooke is totally eating that card! ;)


Deana February 22, 2013 at 6:04 am

Oh man this looks like so much fun!

I have no local running buddies and activities like this are complete reasons I need to place more money in my running budget!


Rachel @ RachelRuns29.11 February 22, 2013 at 6:24 am

The retreat looks incredible! I love Vegas but have only run there once in the summer and it was brutally hot. It’s also a desert so I don’t know why I was expecting that it wouldn’t be:)

Have an amazing time with your mom!


Traci February 22, 2013 at 6:27 am

I bet the glow run was sooo fun!! I LOVE Vegas! We’ve been twice, the last time in Oct. It’s just so fun! I didn’t run but we did go to Zion National Park & hiked. Beautiful!!! Have fun!!


Megan D February 22, 2013 at 6:33 am

Oh how I love those red rocks. I miss them dearly. The only thing that makes reading this post remotely tolerable (because I am super bummed I am not there too) is that I will be down there next weekend. That run sounds super fun. I have done Zumba before. I have loved and hated it – it totally depends on the intructor and the music (for me anyway).

My freshman year of college I think I went to Vegas every other weekend. That is what happens when you live in St George. I got burned out though and I think I went 3 times total my next year at Dixie.

I am hoping we will get to (finally) pick up our car this weekend – 3weeks is how long we have been using 1 car. And I have a ‘favorite things’ party Saturday night with some friends.

That picture of Brooke is beyond adorable – as usual. I hope you have fun this weekend. Remember, if you go to Bear Paw – get a #8 (with the creme brulee in the middle) with homestyle fries. And a Bear Paw muffin to go. Ok. Good. :)


Christine February 22, 2013 at 6:37 am

Zumba is lots of fun! I love it. I go to a place that only offers Zumba, so much fun. No big plans for the weekend. We got a good amount of snow yesterday, so playing in it with the kids is about all I have on my list for the weekend.


Heidi February 22, 2013 at 6:38 am

Brooke’s pigtails are pretty much the cutest things ever!


Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More February 22, 2013 at 6:44 am

The retreat sounds awesome! I have been eyeing it since last year. Maybe next year I will get to go!

I have never tried Zumba. It scares me because I am completely uncoordinated.

I have been to Vegas three times now. It’s been almost six years since the last time. It’s fun with a group and for a long weekend trip. A few days there is more than enough.

This weekend we will be digging out of the foot of snow we received yesterday before we get hit with another storm on Monday. Fun, fun.


Julia B. February 22, 2013 at 7:02 am

I’ve never tried Zumba but I took a hip hop dance class once. I made sure to stay in the back corner. It was not pretty. I get to go to Vegas in May! It will be my first trip there. My husband has to go for work so I guess I’ll go and take advantage of the free hotel….


Becky February 22, 2013 at 7:05 am

I’ve never done Zumba, but I really want to try it. I love dancing so I think I would have lots of fun.

I’ve been to Vegas four times now. Such a fun city.


Lauren @ Eat Like An Elephant February 22, 2013 at 7:06 am

Girly time starting today with massages and shopping with mom!


kaelin February 22, 2013 at 7:22 am

Brooke is the cutest….. :)

I signed up for The Glow Run in April. I am excited to see what its all about it! A little nervous to run at 8:30 PM though…

I have never tried Zumba, but I usually love any kind of dance cardio class!! Fun times :)


Katie February 22, 2013 at 7:42 am

Never tried Zumba, never been to Vegas. How boring! But it looks absolutely gorgeous! This weekend holds a long run and some friend time :)


Ashley February 22, 2013 at 7:55 am

I’m way too self conscious to try Zumba- I don’t think I’d be able to get a good workout in because I would be too focused on how ridiculous I thought I looked.

My weekend is full of the usual (cardio, cook, clean, couch time, haha) but I’m so in need of it! This day can’t end soon enough!

The glow in the dark run looks so much fun! There is something similar to that coming to my city this spring but it’s pretty expensive for a 5K (like $50?) so I don’t think I’ll be doing it. Maybe I can convince my sisters to wear glow necklaces and carry flashlights and run with me one night. No one would find that weird, right?


Suzanne @ Fit Minded Mom February 22, 2013 at 7:59 am

Zumba is one of my favorite workouts simply because it feels more like a night out than exercise. I have a dancing bug though…. I am always doing it!!

As for Vegas, looooove it!!! It might have something to do with getting married there! :-)


Amy N. February 22, 2013 at 7:59 am

Cafe Rio – I’m drooling. I miss it SO MUCH!!!

Gorgeous views from your hotel! Sounds like a perfect retreat from winter weather (Not that you need it from where you live!)

I’ve never tried zumba, but I think I would love! Though after years of classical ballet and ballroom I’m always hesitant to try a dance class. (Weird I know.)


Molly@This Life Is Sparkling February 22, 2013 at 8:11 am

I love your sweatshirt! That color is so pretty.


kendra @ February 22, 2013 at 8:13 am

Oooo that neon lights run looks so fun! excited to see more pics of the retreat. LOVE zumba even though i can’t dance to save my life:)


Kate @ So Cal Runner Gal February 22, 2013 at 8:47 am

Janae! This retreat looks AMAZING!! I wish I lived closer and could have gone! I’d be in heaven. I’m excited to check out Elizabeth’s blog.

Your pictures of Brooke seriously make my day … every day. I thought you should know!


Amanda February 22, 2013 at 8:52 am

I lived in Vegas for 4 years while I was going to college…it’s definitely an interesting place to live. Sounds like the retreat is a ton of fun!


michelle kim February 22, 2013 at 8:54 am

I’ve been to Vegas three times and all the experiences were so fun!
The most recent one was great because we got a huge suite for FREE (from playing a Facebook game! haha).


Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom February 22, 2013 at 8:55 am

I used to do Zumba all of the time, but I hardly ever do it now :( I should start up again! I’ve never been to Vegas, but I would love to go! I’m running my fort half this weekend and I’m spending the weekend in Disney world, so my weekend is pretty exciting!! Enjoy the rest of your retreat!


Blaire @ Just Been Running February 22, 2013 at 8:56 am

I’ve been to Vegas when I was younger! I sort of remember it, but it was a really long time ago!

I hope you have the best time ever there and Brooke looks adorable as usual!!


Cori @ olive to run February 22, 2013 at 8:57 am

I’ve always wanted to go disco and do a night run! That looks like so much fun :)

Zumba isn’t my thing… but only because rhythm is absent from my life.


Sue J. February 22, 2013 at 9:12 am

It looks like you may be staying at the Inn at Entrada! And I may DIE with envy. We had a family reunion last year and stayed in the Johnny Miller “Suite” (aka the most perfect house on Earth). I have been plotting and planning ever since to return to St George to stay there again. It was AMAZING!!! If that is in fact where you are staying, I am SO looking forward to the tour. Jealous!

P.S. Brooke’s hair is adorable! I love baby pigtails. So cute.


Stephanie February 22, 2013 at 9:50 am

What a view!!

I am so jealous of your retreat. have fun!!! not like you wouldn’t…


Katie February 22, 2013 at 10:05 am

Okay, California needs to get a Cafe Rio, STAT. I’m sick of seeing this pictures always and not getting to taste it!



MILF Runner February 22, 2013 at 10:12 am

I’ve been to Vegas once – the notorious Bad Water RnR Event of 2011. It was fun to run The Strip at night. Not so much the middle ghetto part of the race. And I got the water sickness. The view from that deck is lovely. And I have to say I am glad to see your “travel self” :) Your relatability even though you’re 20+ years younger than I am really makes me LOVE your blog :)


Ashley February 22, 2013 at 10:35 am

Brooke is absolutely adorable. Looks like you’re having a great time in St. George! I plan on attending the San Diego retreat, since we live there! Can’t wait to see updates from your weekend!


Cori @ olive to run February 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

I don’t know if you are connected to I <3 to run on facebook but they have this event that is right up my alley and I thought you may like it as well:


Fizz @fizzsbizz February 22, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Glow in the dark run sounds amazing!! That would have looked so cool. I hope someone was snapping pictures!
I love Zumba but I totally depends on the instructor! They need to be high energy and make it lots of fun. I really got into it for a while a home by myself with my Zumba sticks, it was a good time!


Annette@FitnessPerks February 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm


I love cafe rio!! YUMMM.

I teach Zumba and we’ve done Gangham Style too–sooo fun!


jan J February 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Fun fun retreat! Just may have to plan to go to one with the gals.

I’ve been to Vegas so many times I’ve count. Fun escape from cold utah winters (just don’t make me stay too long!). I did Ragnar L.V. a few years go. Did you know there a LOTS of tarantulas all around the Vegas desert? I didn’t’t realize there were so many til the Ragnar.


Tammy February 22, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I’ve been to Vegas 2x and love it. Hiking the red canyons is super fun. Which blog does Elizabeth have, it looks like you guys are having a blast. My best friend teaches Zumba and I used to take my daughter once a week, she is better than most women in the class and this was at age 7…lol


Stacey@Derunningmom February 22, 2013 at 5:32 pm

I WISH I WAS THERE!!! have a blast!


Brittney @teaberrytrails February 22, 2013 at 6:51 pm

The glow run looks like SO much fun…especially in Vegas =) I’ve only had a layover in Vegas before heading to Phoenix to visit some family! Would love to actually go one day!


Debbie @ Deb Runs February 22, 2013 at 7:38 pm

A bunch of girls running at night with glow sticks sounds like so much fun! In fact your entire weekend sounds delightful… Enjoy!


Lauren February 22, 2013 at 8:56 pm

I’ve done Zumba, but maybe because I was a dancer for so many years, I found it too repetitious and boring. It also wasn’t as much of a work-out as going to the regular gym.

PS. I’ve been reading your blog for a long time; I started because I also enjoying working-out and you are/were also a high school teacher (..I am at that point in the year where I need it to be OVER!). Anyway, it has been really exciting to see your life evolve. And your little one is super cute!


Kay February 24, 2013 at 7:42 am

Omg what a fun day!!!


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