Friday, February 17, 2012


A week ago today, Josh and I were on our way to Vegas for a much needed getaway. Josh was well aware we were going to Vegas for the weekend, but what he didn't know (until he came home from work Friday) was that we were going alone. I taped a heart on the garage door that said "The Lights, The Shows and The Slot Machines Too. We're Going To Vegas, Just ME & YOU!!!" Needless to say, he had a HUGE smile on his face when he walked in the door. He had no clue at all.

My Mom stayed at our house for the weekend and took good care of our sweet girls. She said the girls were very well behaved and it went so much better than she thought it would.

We left Friday evening and got to our hotel, the Plaza, around midnight. Being the party animals were are (not) we went right to sleep. Ha! It was a long drive and we just felt blah by then time we made it to our room. We loved the hotel though. They had just completed a $35 million renovation and you can sure tell. The rooms, casino, restaurants etc. were very nice and clean and our room was nice and big too. We will definitely stay there again.

Saturday we started off the day at the Tix 4 Tonight booth on Fremont St. where we got tickets to Cirque Du Soleil- Criss Angel's Believe and also Jabbawockeez. We ate breakfast at the Fitzgerald and then walked around Fremont St. a little bit. I love that they have an ABC Store there, perfect place to buy souvenirs. Then we drove to the south end of the strip where we went to M&M World (to get Natalee a souvenir) and the Coke Store where I sipped a Coke and Josh drank a Cherry Coke Float.

We laughed at all the people dressed up lining the streets and I got my picture with Hello Kitty for Haylee girl. She was rude though and made sure she showed me her purse that read "Tips" before she would take a picture with me and even after too.
(She had me do the lame heart thing. Not sure what that was all about.)
From there we went in the huge Ross and we found Haylee a Hello Kitty shirt. By that time, we had to head back to our hotel, change, then head to Josh's Dad's house for dinner. We ate a yummy dinner (and strawberry shortcake for dessert) and then we had to head to the Luxor for the show. We saw Criss Angel's Believe that night and sadly, we were disappointed.
We chose that show because it's suppose to be a Cirque Du Soleil show and we are big Cirque fans, but this show was basically nothing more than a Criss Angel magic show. We felt very mislead. There were no fancy costumes and crazy characters like the regular Cirque Du Soliel shows, no acrobatics and no music that they are known for. For the price we paid for the tickets it was an awful experience. Whatever. That night we hung out on Fremont St. and then played some slots at our hotel. My favorite slot is Double Diamond Deluxe and they had 1 machine in our casino. Needless to say, I spent quite a bit of time there. I broke even in the end which is good for as much as I played. I love that game!
Sunday we ate donuts for breakfast and went straight to the Monte Carlo to get our tickets for that night. After that, we went to see The Vow which was super good. I cried. I love Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. I kept hoping something would happen to make things snap back into place for her and she'd regain her memory, but no such luck. Oh well, I was so excited to see it and it did not disappoint! After the movie we went back to the room to pack some of our things and get ready before heading to see Jabbawockeez. That show was much better! It was a fun, upbeat show and we had a good time.
After the show we had dinner at the Hard Rock and then headed back to Fremont St. I love Fremont St. because everything is much closer together and walking isn't as tiring. We played at a few different casinos before heading back to our casino to play my favorite slot and grab our midnight snack at McDonalds.

Monday we breakfast with Jim and Kris (and Boston) and then hit the road. We had some anxious little girls to get back to.

We had a wonderful weekend. It was nice to not have a bedtime and to be able to sleep in too. We were able to see shows and have dinner without screaming kids. We could do whatever we wanted and it was so nice. We even left the camera at home (hence the crappy phone pics).

I am so thankful my Mom keeps the girls for us so we can do these weekend getaways once a year. I've already told her next year she'll have them for a week because Josh and I are going on a cruise for our 10 year anniversary :)