If you haven't been around here long. .
You might not realize that my hubby and I share the same birthday. .
Of the same year. .
THIS was the year we turn 40!!
I felt like we should do something. .
Out of our box. .
after nearly a year of talking about it. .
and months of having the dates set and the tickets bought. .
Last week. .
We found ourselves headed west, young man. .
All the way to Las Vegas!
We stepped off the plane to another world. .
Warm temperatures, people everywhere, and monstrous buildings with flashing lights in all directions!
|View of the New York New York casino, you can barely make out the roller coaster tracks on the left side of the photo|
We got into to town early enough to spend the evening exploring our hotel. .
We elected to stay at Treasure Island. .
which had great rooms. .
and several fabulous restaurants. .
Including a super seafood place. .
which is where we ate first!
They don't make seafood like that in Kansas folks!
And we are ALWAYS glad to find it!
|The indoor flower and butterfly garden inside the Bellagio was incredible!|
Our birthday was spent roaming around the city!
But before we did, we enjoyed a trip to the hotel's day spa. .
and indulged in a body exfoliation and full body massage!
Jeremy had never had a massage. .
and he tolerated it quite well, though at one time I heard him tell his massage therapist that he certainly had "mean little fingers," as the therapist separated the knots from his well worked back muscles!
We also enjoyed eating at the Mesa Grill on our big day!
For those of you who don't know. .
I am a foodie. .
And I ADORE Bobby Flay!!
I was outvoted when we went to New York City (not really, we just never got close to his restaurant). .And dining in his Vegas restaurant was number one on my bucket list!
We were so thankful that we went for a late lunch and got right in. .
Because when we went back Saturday night to eat a second time. .
there was a 2 hour wait time!!
We split a swordfish sandwich. .
and Ahi tuna nachos. .
which was a kind of sushi tuna spiced perfectly and served with little homemade chips!
As odd as it sounds. .
It was one of the tastiest things I have EVER eaten!!
|Lady Liberty in front of New York New York. .with the turrets of the Excalibur casino in the background|
We aren't big gamblers. .
And to be honest. .
we aren't even little gamblers!
I lost $20 bucks in the slot machines in less than 15 minutes (which is how it always goes for me!)
And one evening we sat at an empty roulette table and played that for a while. .
Jeremy lost his $20 after about 45 minutes or so. .
But I cashed my chips in after about an hour. .
and had made $5!
That was our entire gambling experience for the weekend!
|Heart Attack Grill. .Over 350 lbs eats free!|
We didn't go in. .
Our genetics in heart health are pretty bad all on their own!
That entire display was made up of all these tiny beads and crystals all strung together!
New York, New York was another of my favorites. .
mostly because it had so many replicas of what we saw in NYC.
Many of them had GREAT water features in AND out of the hotel. .
This was in the lobby at the Venetian.
This one outside of the Mirage!
It could certainly shoot the water!
In between the two World Wars. .
as work on the dam went. .
The work was hard. .
and the wage was small!
There are 12.5 MILLION LED lights that are synchronized to the music. .
and they display on the largest screen in the world. .
which spans 1500 feet (or the equivalent of FIVE football fields!!)
It was crazy awesome. .
And I'll say I've never seen anything even REMOTELY like it!
If you are curious, check it out on youtube!
but it was SO hot that afternoon, that I was sure they would melt before we got back to our room!
We went to the Miracle Mile shops in Planet Hollywood. .
It was all covered. .
but painted to look like you were walking outside along cool little buildings!
And we enjoyed a trip to Margaritaville right down the street when we were finished!
We went to the old Imperial Palace casino, which is now the Quad (though not changed on their maps. .much to the dismay of unsavvy, out-of-the-know travelers!)
|This is NOT me. .|
But it shows a great photo of what the contraption looks like!
|I did NOT read this flyer before I went. .|
I was too scared to know!
Ignorance is bliss, right?
|Standing at the bottom of the stratosphere looking up. .|
It was every bit as high as it appears!
|I am not afraid of clowns! I was sure I could outrun him!|
|He was everywhere!|
|In lieu of lunch one day we had this awesome tropical platter of appetizers. .complete with a smoking volcano. .consumed poolside in the glorious afternoon sun!|
|Hoping Jeremy will fix me a little water feature like this one we saw outside of the Mirage. .|
only cause I am SURE he will rebel against one like the Bellagio!
And enjoyed remembering who we have become over the last 40 years!
Not just who we are as parents, or neighbors, or even the career holders that define us. .
But remembering US. .
Our hearts and our sense of adventure and our inner personalities that don't always have time to come to the surface of life!
And THAT was the greatest part!