Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I Heart Las Vegas!

Those of you who know me well know that I masquerade as a very adventerous person, but I really am the most content in the comfort of my own home. I usually think I like to travel, but when I travel, I am usually missing home. This is NEVER the case with Las Vegas. I love the hundreds of restaurants to eat at within a mile. I love the lights, the shows, the days you can spend walking around the casinos and still have never run out of things to see! I love the over-the-top glamour. The overdone casinos. The quarter Roulette machines. I love it all!

Tommy and I arrived late on Wednesday night. (Love the direct flight from Des Moines to Vegas on Allegiant Sure its annoying not having a reserved seat and paying $2 for a can of coke on your flight, but you cannot beat the $109 direct flight price). We visited with his parents before heading to bed. We stayed at the MGM Signature. It was a great hotel to stay at. Seriously, how many hotels do you know that come with a Chinese Baby Gender Predictor? That's what I thought!!

On Thursday, we wondered around for awhile. You would hardly know it was Thanksgiving Day because EVERYTHING was open. The only sign of a Holiday was that the Mexican dudes that hand out the prostitution cards on the side of the street were not there on Thursday. I thought it was nice they spent the holiday with their families.

We ate at the Bellagio Buffet for Lunch/Dinner. I say Lunch because we got in line at lunch time but did not actually eat until dinner time. Yes, it was about a three hour wait to eat, but it is like a once in a lifetime opportunity, right?

The food was fantastic. I actually took time to take some pictures of the food (well, of two of the probably six plates I had). We had prime rib, turkey, beef wellington, crab legs, sushi, potatoes, yams, stuffing, more prime rib and more crab legs. Oh, and did I mention I had eight different types of dessert? I know that seems excessive, but they had over 30 to choose from!

Officially I am telling people the baby grew a lot while in Vegas. Unofficially I think I ate too much!

Note to Self: Do not wear maternity clothes to buffet!!

On Friday Tommy and I went shopping early. We really did not find much for ourselves (other than what we had already purchased online). We did find some great things for BGT including a purple tutu skirt and some cozy jammies! Isn't amazing how different your life is with kids? We do not even have our child yet, and even our shopping habits have changed. We are now most excited to go to the Children's Place and Baby Gap!

On Saturday we saw the show, Le Reve. Amazing!!!! It is from the same producer of Cirque du Soleil, but a million times better than the Cirque show we saw in April. The seats were amazing (there is not a bad one in the theatre), the performance was fantastic. I highly recommend this show to anybody!! I am not a typical show person, but Tommy and his parents wanted to see something, and I was blown away! The theatre is built around the circular stage. The stage is basically a pool that ranges in depth throughout the performance from one to twenty-six feet. The performers are all scuba certified. They did high flips, dives, synchronized swimming, the works. I am not doing this show justice with my explanation. It was simply just Amazing!!! At one point in the show I thought "Wow, I wish I could take the baby out so she could see the show too!"

Saturday morning Tommy and I had breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi, which is a restaurant in front of the Paris Hotel which over looks the Bellagio Fountains. The food was amazing. As I sat there and enjoyed my hubby's company, I couldn't help but savor the moment as one of our last vacations together before we become a family of 3!! (Note: Even though Tommy and I were in Vegas in April, I wanted to go back so soon again because it did not strike me as a place I wanted to bring young kids. While in Vegas I was stunned at not only  how many people brought there young kids with them to Vegas (think age 3 and under) but how late they were out, how they had them in the smoke filled casino, and help them while they gambled. I'm still not convinced Vegas is a kid friendly vacation city, but it appears most visitors would disagree). 

On Sunday we rented a car and did a day trip to Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon. I'll post about that later. Notice how there is nobody by this famous sign but Tommy and I? That is what happens when you leave for a road trip at 6am! Brilliant!

On Monday afternoon we headed back to Iowa. I was disappointed to come home. Vacation went too fast. It was just not enough time with my husband. And as Tommy says, only nine more weeks until BGT is here and that is just too soon! I'm very excited for BGT's arrival but am savoring these last days of our "easy" life.

I am just not sure I have ever had this much to be thankful for...

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