Reflections of a Mom's Life

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Our Trip Part 1: Las Vegas, NV

We left our our Anniversary Getaway on Friday morning at 6am. It was a good day of flying in the fact that we made our flight, but it was a bad day of flying in the fact that the flights were completely FULL so Anthony and I were separated. I don't do well flying when I'm pregnant so the flight into Vegas was pretty awful. But, we made it there and all the fun was able to begin! :) When we arrived it was 11:30am Vegas time (2:30pm East Coast time), so we were hungry. We got our car and went and found a place to eat at one of the malls. All of the casinos have these huge, gorgeous malls connected to them. Everything is done on such a GRAND scale so it's all very beautiful.

This is inside the mall we had lunch in. The murals on the ceilings were amazing! It actually felt like we were outside they were so believable! After we ate lunch it was about 3:00pm so we headed to our hotel, we stayed at a Residence Inn by Marriott right off of the strip. We thought about staying at one of the nice hotels but we got ours for free with our Marriott points so we just couldn't pass that up! :) It took a nap because our bodies felt like it was 6:00pm and we had been going since 4:00am. We headed back out at about 6:00pm and stayed out till 11:00pm.

Here I am waiting for the fountains to start at the Bellagio - you've probably seen this on TV before. It's incredible! It was my favorite thing we saw there. The fountains played to a Celine Dion song while we were standing there and it was truly magical!

This is a picture of the Paris Casino - absolutely beautiful!

Inside the Bellagio - these casinos were just decorated amazingly!

Inside Caesar's Palace we walked to the Forum Shops and ate an appetizer and desert at The Cheesecake Factory - Lettuce Wraps and my favorite White Chocolate Caramel Macadamia Nut Cheesecake! Yum, Yum!

Here's the "I Do Wedding Drive Thru" if you know of anyone that's interested!

The Mirage

MGM Grand

New York, New York

The Luxor

Mandalay Bay - We stopped and parked and walked around Mandalay Bay before we headed out of town. It was REALLY fun just looking and walking all around to these huge hotels that you always hear about. We just had such a good time being together! There were a few times where I would get sad in my heart for the people around us. It's a very interesting place to people watch. If you haven't been, it's a really fun place to visit! I wish we could've seen a show...that would have been a highlight for sure! I can't imagine living there, raising a family there, and so on. Such a different life and clearly exposure to many things that aren't all that great, of course. But it was fun and exciting to see! We had a BLAST! :)


Ward Blog said...

glad you had fun, we loved vegas and the grand canyon too when we went a few years back......i think we ate at the same mall that has the decor of being outside.....happy anniversary...

Jen said...

WOW - What a beautiful place on the outside - I know what you mean about the ache for the people though. Joe said he felt such a burden when he was there because of so many people longing to fill a void. Absolutely amazing colors and decor and the fountains. I can't wait to see it one day!

Jennifer said...

That looks like so much fun!!!! We're so close...we should go...

Great pictures!!!!!! Now I'm off to read part two.

Katy said...

The only thing that could have made Vegas better was if you were able to see Grissom there! :)

Vonda said...

I have never been to Las Vegas, but there looks like a lot of cool things to see there...I'm sure that fountain was cool. So glad y'all had such a great time Beth! Thanks for sharing the pixs...I feel like I've just been to Vegas! :) -V