Sunday, July 31, 2011

Back To Texas...but first

With three days behind us, and three ahead of us, the fun in Vegas continued.  I mean after all, we are in the city that never sleeps.  So, what's the hold up.  Come on girls...


you look great!

We were off for another day of shopping.  This time we


shopped until we almost dropped.  The girls found lots of bargains including these


great shoes.

With no time to waste, we headed back to the


room, made some sandwiches, and regrouped.  Then, it was off to


Circus Circus and The Adventure Dome.  While the


big kids were way up in the air going round and round, Caden


was sizing himself up for some


rides and


jumping of his own.

When everyone was completely worn out, it was time for some



Again, after a little sleep, we headed out for our last full day of fun.  We still needed to make stops at the


M&M Store, the


Coca Cola Store, and don't forget the


gondola ride at the Venetian.

I hope you are tired yet, because our day, which has now turned into afternoon has just begun.  We still needed to see


the beautiful fountain inside the Palazzo,


kiss some frogs,


indulge in some dinner and say


"no thanks", to dessert.

Then, it was off the


highlight of the night.  Sorry, wish I could have taken just one picture inside the show.  Just believe me when I say it was awesome!

Again, after just a little sleep, we are to our final day and Jennifer still had just a couple of items left on her to do list.  We packed up and checked out of


our condo by 10:00.  We made our way to see the


Shark Reef at


Mandalay Bay.

The kids had a great time


petting the


sting rays.  Then we were off to ride the monorail to see a couple more of the hotels.

But, too was time to


say good-bye to the city that never sleeps.

After lunch, we returned the car, took the bus to the airport, rode the tram to our gate and before we knew it...we were


off to Texas.

What a great week!  Thanks kids for including Poppa and I in all the fun!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Non-Stop Days

When we arrived home last Thursday, we had just a couple of days of lots to do before our next departure.  On Friday, we cleaned the motor home and got all the laundry done and errands run.

On Friday evening, we picked up Mark's mom and met his cousins and aunt for dinner and some great visiting.

Saturday, I took care of a few more errands and did some sorting and little packing for our Vegas trip.  Scott, Jennifer and the kids came by to show us their new Jeep.  It was really nice.  Scott mentioned that they had one coming in that he thought we might be interested in.  This is something we have been considering, but, we hoped to get a few more months out of our Jeep Liberty.  However, once we saw Scott's, we decided to go and take a look.  The salesman actually gave us a more than fair trade price, so we decided to


drive it home.  I think we might have some great day trips coming up.

On Sunday, I picked up Mom for church and lunch.  Afterwards, I headed home to finish our packing for Vegas.  Then, it was early to bed and early to rise for our trip to DFW airport on Monday morning.

We checked in and wiggled through security, found a place for breakfast and then we


patiently waited for the airplane to be ready.

Once we were loaded and ready, we found that it was


a beautiful day for flying high above the clouds.

After a great flight, and shortly before landing, we got a great view of


Lake Mead and soon the


Vegas Strip was in sight.

We unloaded from the plane, caught the tram to baggage claim.  From there, we caught the bus to the car rental facility, picked up our car, and headed just down the street to our hotel.  We found that we were too early to check in, so we pre-registered and were informed that we could check in by 4:00 p.m.  So, with some 3 hours or so, we headed without hesitation to



From lunch, we headed to find a place to park and take in a few sights.  We decided on the MGM.  We walked through the hotel and casino until we found


the lions and the


new baby.

Next, on the list was a trip across the street to


New York New York.

Lauren couldn't resist a pose with


Miss Liberty...this one made of all jelly beans.

Andrew found a


a box of Nerds, just his size and


Caden found a giant Tootsie Roll Pop.



the roller coaster was the main attraction.  Jennifer, Lauren, Andrew, and I, had a great time, while Scott, Caden, and Poppa waited for us in the game room.

A little more sight seeing, it was time to return to Tahiti Village for our check in.  We had booked two rooms with kitchen, washer and dryer, etc.  We arrived in our rooms in Tower 1 and found that we didn't have the promised washer/dryer.  After, checking, we could move rooms, but, they were located in another tower.  Glad we hadn't unpacked.  So, we loaded up our luggage and moved.  By this time, it was getting to be dinner time.   We chose to stay on-site and use our pizza coupon for Tahiti Joe's.  After dinner, Mark and Scott kept the kids while Jennifer and I went out to find the local grocery.

Gosh, we are just at the end of the first day...

Yesterday, we were up early and after breakfast, we were ready to head out for day of shopping.  Lauren's destination was the


where the shopping


went on and on.  Her favorite store being the


Juicy Couture Store.

Andrew found the Oakley Store and purchased himself  some new lens for his sunglasses.

Little Man was just entertained on the


playgrounds and


indulging in a very large piece of pizza!

After shopping until we almost dropped we headed back to the resort and spent the rest of the afternoon in the lazy river and the pool.  After a refreshing time in the pool, we grabbed a snack, jumped in the car and made our way to Freemont Street.  We watched the


overhead laser light show and were entertained by


a magician.

Caden took on


Darth Vader and posed with


Sponge Bob.

Again, it was early to bed and early to rise.  And, today, on day 3 in Vegas, we decided to head over to Hoover Dam where we drove across the


newly constructed bridge, turned around and came back to the dam for


our tour.  We also collected a cancellation stamp here and one at Lake Mead Recreational Area in Boulder City.

This evening, we had dinner reservations at Cabo Wabo's on the Strip.  We shopped and watched the


dancing fountains at the Bellagio.

Even though the days seem to be non-stop, the memories are priceless! And, just to think...we have 3 more days to go...