Saturday, August 15, 2009

We survived the heat - Vegas 09'

Gabe and I met my parents and brother and his wife for a few days in Vegas. We had such a great time eating tasty food, walking the strip together, and I even learned to gamble. I am really conservative and don't enjoy losing money, but I am so proud of myself for playing at the $5 blackjack table .... can't get better than having my Dad and husband as a teacher!

Here are a few (actually A LOT) from the trip. Sorry, too many to choose from.

Getting to our hotel - Paris - and dying from the serious heat. I am use to the evenings cooling off dramatically in Seattle, which did not happen in Vegas!

Day 1: Mom found the best breakfast place, La Salsa Cantina, for $3.99!!

The adventure began as we walked in and out of each hotel on the strip.

We stopped in for a treat at the M&M store

I look over to the guys getting into trouble .... and at least five people taking their picture!!

MGM Grand and the lions

I learned slots are actually fun depending on the machine.
My Grandmother wanted us to play the 25 cent slots, using 3 credits, and see if we could win big with her $20. After picking the perfect machines, we turned her money into $100 and had a blast.

105 was wayyyy too hot - gotta love the "Cool Zone" that had a mister built into the fan.

The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden

We went to see the Cirque du Soleil show "Ka" - maybe I should be an acrobatist in my next life.
It was amazing, but "O" is hands down my favorite show.

Day 2: Mom and I shopping and looking over at the guys on their blackberrys :)

After playing craps and blackjack, we made our rounds and played roulette next.
We found this electronic version that was entertaining, but I have come to the conclusion that roulette is kind of lame.

After a day of staying in doors, we went out on the town for dinner and fun.

Dinner with the fam at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville.
This place had delicious food and a cool atmosphere with loud music. Our only disappointment was them not playing 100% Buffet, which would have put Gabe in his "happy" place! I was looking forward to him proving he knows the lyrics to all 50 albums!

I have this same picture with Gabe when we were dating and went to the Jimmy Buffet's in Orlando!

at The Mirage watching the volcano show

Last evening together!

I was amazed by the people gambling their life savings away, and the willingness of others to share that they were $7,000 poorer. We were also entertained by the clumps of people stumbling into the hotel at 4am while we were waiting on our shuttle to the airport. I am definitely too old to function off of no sleep and still playing catch up from only two hours the night before. Vegas is a special place that's for sure!

It was so nice to get to spend time with my family since I don't get to see them as often living on the other side of the country. Thanks for such a pleasant trip together, lets do it again soon.


Jen said...

Looks like a great trip! Love the M&M factory ones!
We're planning a trip for next year some time-can't wait :)

Carol said...

Looks like you guys had such a great time! I am NOT a gambler either and totally don't understand how people can lose that much money in one night!

Kickin' Kari said...

HA! you were worried about your hair looking "rough". You looked fantastic! I wish I could go to Vegas...maybe one day!

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Looks like you guys had so much fun!

Heather said...

SO fun! I love your dresses and outfits. So cute!

Abby Kreck said...

Did you master the game of blackjack? This maybe where we should celebrate our 25ths together?? Margaritaville is my fav! Best pina coladas ever! My favorite outfit I have ever seen you in is the dark jeans, white sandals and blouse. Seriously, too cute. Where'd your butt go?! Crossfit is taking it away from you...tear *

Anonymous said...

your husband looks like brett favre! :)

From Marriage to Motherhood said...

Cute blog you have here! Vegas is so much fun :)

Kelsey Smith said...

Ah, my first anonymous comment. I am not sure he has ever been told that, but I won't complain about it!

OK to VA said...

Great pics! We're going to Vegas over Labor Day weekend and I can't wait!

Cute blog two are so cute ;-)

Amber said...

It's my goal to eat at La Salsa Cantina at least once on our trip! Thanks for the tip and for answering my maxi dress question!

Melissa said...

Haha! I love the M&M store pictures!

Jill said...

you always wear the cutest clothes! i'm going to need that pinkish floral number with the ruffled neckline. mmmk? thanks!

Morgan said...

you and your husband are adorable!

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