I would say the worst part about the trip was that I just didn't get quite enough Puddle time. The trip was of course wonderful, but spending time with a friend that moved away reminds you just how much you wish they didn't... well, move away.
The time share we were able to use was in Las Vegas, so we ended up spending a lot of time living mostly how we would normally since there wasn't much stuff to take our 3-year-old girls to go see. But just hanging out, cooking, battling with toddler tantrums and jealousy, cleaning up after them, and being together was all I really needed anyway. The few things that we ended up doing were plenty for me. However, between the girls not wanting to fall asleep until super late and two baby boys (4 and 9 months) who would wake up and cry, none of us really got much sleep. Which made it so we were all too tired to do much as adults when the girls finally did nod off, thus limiting my Puddle time. Oh well. We can just try again, and again and again! I would love to take a trip with them every year.
Okay, so now just the fun, happy, woo hoo! kind of stuff. One of the first things we did was play at a playground at a local mall. It was actually pretty impressive. It was big and fenced in. Puddle and her husband Ryan were nice enough to watch Lila run around with their adorable daughter Brooklyn while Todd and I picked out some clothes at a nearby store for our family pictures later in the week.
Later, we went to Ceasars Palace to eat at the Bacchanal Buffet, which is supposed to be one of the best buffets in Vegas. It did not disappoint! We enjoyed quite the lengthy, delicious meal. But before that, we tried to find something for the girls. There was an "aquarium", or rather a large fish tank, with a statue show. We checked out the fish while waiting for the show to start. Turns out Lila was terrified of it and would frightfully ask "are we going to the palace with the scary show?" the rest of the trip. She didn't want to go there again. Even now she gets upset if I pull the pictures up on the computer.
|Todd and Ryan made sure to enjoy their seafood feast|
|Todd tried oysters for the first time. Also notice cute baby Isaac poking his head out|
|The best part is that Nick looked like this the entire time! I almost forgot he was there.|
|We finished off with these lavender infused towels to cleanse and moisten our hands|
On another day we hit up M&M's and Hershey's worlds. Not quite as much to do there as we had hoped. So we just spent about a bajillion dollars on self-serve M&Ms. I guess you pay for the experience. The M&M place also had a little theater with a movie, but Lila was too traumatized from the statue show to watch it, so she and I sat it out.
|We made the mistake of having a lady who worked at the store take our picture. Hello, photographer friend is right next to you. I should have been smarter than that.|
|Lila before we ditched out of the movie. And Brooklyn who was brave enough to stay|
|They took a lot of bubble baths.|
|Notice Nicky sleeping to the side|
|I'm sure glad we brought these dress ups! They wore them multiple times daily.|
With those tickets we took turns having date nights. The show was just a variety show called "The V," but it was actually really good. (In addition to the lazy river being closed, virtually every show was on "vacation." I guess we could have seen Cirque du Soleil doing the Beatles, but we didn't really want to see that.) Todd and I ate at Bone Fish Grill which is a place he really likes but isn't in Utah. Then we stopped by for me to feed Nick and went off to the show. I was pretty skeptical at first, but ended up really liking it. It was funny, I was really pleased with the family-friendliness of the show until the very last act. It was a cool couple that skated around in circles and the guy would spin and lift the girl. Just as I was thinking how nice it was that her costume actually covered her body, the top layer came off and her bikini-esque costume was revealed. Later the guy also took his shirt off. I guess in Vegas you just can't get away from "adult" content. I suppose I should just be happy the stripping wasn't suggestive. Yes, I realize how conservative and sheltered I am.
We only got a few pictures from our date as we drove home. I even took a picture of the Subway where we caught lunch earlier.
Our hotel was on Las Vegas Boulevard just a bit south of the strip. We had a pretty nice view though the city was a little far away. Todd hated our lovely billboard though. And I guess during the day that was really the only thing your eye went to anyway. Excuse his language, but he just wasn't fond of having a "hooker" right outside our window. And you thought he hated pineapple.
On the way back to Utah, Lila needed to pee while we were driving. That is the price you pay when you let your child have soda with their lunch on a road trip. I thought I would take a shot of the litter-filled roadside where she took her first squat. I'm proud of you, Lila. She didn't even get any scratches on her bum from any bushes. And daddy got to help her since he didn't listen to mommy at that last exit where we could have taken her to an actual bathroom.
|You did it, Lila!|