One of the blessings of taking on a foster child is that we can set another plate at the table this Thanksgiving. In past years, we’ve agonized over being so far away from our family since moving to take a job that uprooted us from the East coast and plopped us down on the West eight years ago, but we’ve learned to adjust to all that California sunshine and sold the snow mobile on eBay.
We won’t be going home to join in the traditional family Thanksgiving meal. A nightmarish plane ride that left us stranded for days last year put a stop to that. But we are looking forward to starting a new tradition. Going to Las Vegas! Now you might not think of Las Vegas as a destination for the holidays, but the people who live in Nevada celebrate Thanksgiving just like the rest of us. Packing might be a challenge because the weather can be all over the map, but we plan to go well prepared. And love knowing there’s no way we will get snowed in at the airport.
Speaking of well prepared, we got the best deal by planning our trip using Groupon coupons to save money. Use Groupons for vegas.com and you can save as much as 20% off a stay at the Venetian or Planet Hollywood and even 40% off air and hotel packages. And the coupon codes are easy to use and the hotel really appreciate the business, even if it is discounted.
I’ve never had children of my own, so taking in a foster child has been rewarding beyond measure. I had a lot of experience raising children so it’s not like I didn’t know what I was getting into. I’m one of five, and I’ve helped raise nieces and nephews and it was actually this experience that led me to take in six-year-old Seth. He’s a real charmer and this will be our first holiday season together so I’m looking forward to taking him out on the town. A friend told me about using Groupons to save money on name brand children’s clothes and sure enough, when I perused the site I found tons of coupons I could use.
So Seth will definitely be outfitted in his hip kid clothing this year. And I will use the money I saved to (fingers crossed) strike it rich!