Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Viva Las Vegas!

Finally I am getting around to posting this. I started it quite awhile ago but life is busy as we all know. Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to head to Vegas with a few friends I studied in China with. We rarely all get to get together at the same time so we were pretty pumped to all see each other again.

Lenore had some airline vouchers she needed to use so our round trip tickets were dirt cheap ($59 for Lenore and I, $5 for Melissa!!). Lenore and I headed out on Wednesday afternoon...I had to get one last picture with my girl before leaving her for a few days!We stayed at the Trump Hotel. It is pretty new and we pricelined a room for $130 a night. We were there for 3 nights, there were 3 of us so that meant we had one dirt cheap vacation! The trump was very nice, it doesn't have a casino or anything so if you are going and looking for something to have a good time but also a little peace and quiet this is the place.Thursday was just Lenore and I. Melissa didn't get in until that night. We both were away from our little ones for the first time so we spent the morning relaxing. That afternoon we went shopping-where we pretty much only bought stuff for our little ones. And that evening we headed out to downtown Las Vegas to enjoy Fremont Street. Fremont Street was an absolute blast. By far my favorite part of Vegas. We gambled a bit and I just couldn't resist this Wizard of Oz slot machine! We spent the entire evening having a ball down there. This is maybe my favorite picture of the trip...I mean seriously...we even match!Thursday night Melissa got in pretty late so we all stayed up talking and catching up. We planned to go to the pool the next morning because the pool deck was awesome and I LOVE to swim! We had a fantastic time enjoying the hot sun and the cool pool.After breakfast down by the pool we got ready for our day. We planned on heading to the strip and making our way down. Here we are just getting started on our journey. We are by Treasure Island.Inside Caesar's Palace posing with some costumed folk. I definitely got the hot one...haha! You could completely get lost inside the places...they are so huge! It was a hotel, mall, casino, convention complex, gardens, grounds and more. We felt like we had walked MILES and came out 1/2 a block down the street! Here Melissa and I are outside Caesar's Palace and across from Paris. Probably my favorite thing of the day was heading down to the famous Las Vegas sign. We bought a bus pass and hopped on because we definitely needed a break from walking. We knew if we rode it to the end we would find the sign and sure enough we did! What a blast! I forgot to put the picture of all 3 of us by the sign but it will have to wait until another day because I have got to get this posted already!We took the bus back and encountered a fight between the bus driver and a lady who wanted her and her son to ride with out paying. The driver told her she had to get off if she wasn't going to pay or wait in line like everyone else...she responds by saying "you don't tell me what to do." in a spanish accent. She told him "If I find money, then I pay you, if not...oh well!". It just kept escalating and we all had a good laugh. Her poor son must have been so embarrassed. When we got off we spent some time visiting the M&M shop.The shop had a background for picture so here we all are.Before we knew it it was dark and the city has a whole different look at night. It was very fun.We went up in the Eiffel Tower. The view was pretty nice and we got to watch the Bellagio fountains from in the air.When we left Paris we decided to head across the street to see the fountains up close. Melissa was so jealous of our pics with Elvis from the night before she had to get our picture taken with this Elvis. He was creepy and made her pay him (which I's his job, but he is one crappy Elvis!). We did get to watch the fountains and they were awesome. If I think of it later I will post a video.We BARELY made it back to the hotel our feet hurt so stinking bad but all in all it was a great trip. I hated to leave my friends but I was MORE THAN READY to get back to my girl and my husband too!!! Saying good-bye to Vegas....

I have to say, my husband was totally awesome while I was gone. He texted me all kinds of pictures of Charlotte and kept me all up to date on what she was doing. He made sure to call and let me know all about her days and even in the middle of the night he would text me to let me know she was breathing (a small obsession of mine). He was amazing. He then also greeted me at the airport with Charlotte, a welcome home balloon, and flowers. Yep...he's pretty cool.


DeVore Family said...

I am so jealous of your trip! It sounds so awesome! I'm glad you had fun!

mom said...

What a fun trip and what a great homecoming! You're right...your "Jimmy" is pretty darn awesome.
Love, Mom

joy said...

Great pics of Vegas Mandy. Glad you got to go. An awesome trip. Glad you're back too!