Jun 1, 2011

Hey, Baby, Let's Go to Vegas

In mid-May, Damon had a business trip that took him to fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. Luckily, his boss is a compassionate soul who obviously remembers what it is like to be the mother of young children, and she asked if I would like to go, too. Girls, when you are reading this as adults, if you have long-term abandonment issues it might be because your dad and I left you for three days in 2011 to take a trip to Sin City. I want you to remember one day when you are parents that it is important to take time out away from the kids to appreciate your spouse as your spouse and not just as "Daddy."  We love you both very much, but we also had a great time playing in Vegas.  This is the view that greeted us upon arrival in our room...
Our first full day consisted of an awesome breakfast together (and with Joseph!) at the hotel, followed by a day full of lawyer sessions for Damon and an invigorating jog down the strip and relaxing lounge by the pool for me.  That night we got VIP tickets to Absinthe.  (We all know Damon is a sucker for anything that says "VIP")  The VIP access basically meant that you entered an outdoor lounge pre-show through a creepy green phone booth and you got priority seating.  This is the interior of the lounge, so that you can feel like a VIP yourself...
And by priority seating, I mean super-close to the tiny stage.  We were literally on the first row, which was good and bad.  It was good because all of the death defying stunts that are attempted during the show are even more exciting because if someone slips they will be landing in your lap and quite possibly injuring you beyond repair, but bad because pretty much the entire front row becomes a target for the emcee's comedy routine.  Somehow we were able to fly under the radar and escape being made fun of, but pretty much everyone you can see sitting on the front row in this picture was brutally ridiculed as part of the show...
The view from our 59th floor room during the day...
And the view of our hotel from the street...
I love the gondolas at the Venetian.  It reminds me of our gondola ride with the South African couple in the real Venice...
The Mirage is basically the first thing I ever heard of in Vegas.  My grandma had a matchbook in her collection from this place...
He's ALIVE!  Seriously...
Anybody for crepes chocolat?
I had to take a picture of the Aria because it looks so fun on the commercials.  We also went to see Viva Elvis! here.  The show was great, but we both ended up dozing off because we had squeezed in too much fun and not enough rest...
Britney Spears was going to be at the MGM the next weekend...(that's for you, Jen)
There was a really cool display around the fake Statue of Liberty made up of the dirty t-shirts of rescue workers at the Twin Towers on 9/11.  Unfortunately, I only took this picture...
While stumbling around looking for an air-conditioned path to the monorail following my Mafia Experience, I discovered that the MGM actually houses real lions!  Who knew?
You can walk right underneath them!
While Damon was learning as much as he could about the ins and outs of asbestos litigation, I tore up the mall and this delicious cup of gelato...
I also ran across this guy in the street charging people to take pictures with his snakes.  Gross...
Damon and I had a great time getting away from it all and reconnecting as a couple in Vegas.  We missed our little girls, but we really needed some couple time.  A great big THANK-YOU to Julie and to the BEST IN-LAWS/BABYSITTERS ON THE PLANET!

2 comments :

Our Life Version 4.0 said...

I loved your sentence about appreciating your spouse for your spouse and not just as daddy. It is indeed so important! What a great trip! Glad you two got to get away!

rmbmajor said...

Very cool! Richard and I are taking a parent's only trip to Vegas later this month, and we can't wait! He's been there a few times with work, but I've never been. Your pictures make me more excited! :)