Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Vacation Recap - Vegas Style

Jay and I vacationed with my parents, sister + BIL + princess + little man in celebration of my parents 40th wedding anniversary.  We flew into Las Vegas (by way of Minnesota, don't think I'll ever understand how that's cheaper than direct) then went to the Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon (the day after we left the #Skywirelive happened), Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park.  We returned to Vegas to stay the night before we boarded a plan and headed back to good ole east Tennessee (by way of Atlanta).

My niece insisted she and I were travel buddies, even going so far as sharing her precious blankie.  She gave us each field journals so we could record our thoughts and findings on the trip (still need to do that...)

Our first 2 nights, we stayed at the Mirage hotel and casino.  Unfortunately, the Beatles show in the hotel wasn't playing while we were there.  The whole family gambled a total of $6 (my mother winning $7.75), but we kept busy walking the strip, drinking playing at the pool, and visiting the dolphin habitat.

My parents kept the kids so we could go out on the town, but being the old farts we are, we mostly just wanted an early bedtime.  My sister wanted to see the Belagio water show, so we walked down to see it, but we only caught the last song.

We're not a wild-and-crazy type family, so we were more than ready to get the vacation on the road when our 2 days were up.  We returned for another night's stay at the Trump Tower (dubbed Drunk Tower by the 5 year old) and were very out-of-place overwhelmed impressed with how fancy it was.

I'm gonna break the posts up so they aren't so picture heavy.  Don't worry - I'm not completely skipping over the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park pictures!

To be continued...


  1. I love Vegas - can't wait to see the rest of the trip!

  2. What a wonderful vacation! Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures.

  3. That looks like so much fun!!!

  4. I want to see Vegas so bad! Looks like fun times:)

  5. How fun to go on a trip with family! We're talking about doing something with my brother & his family sometime!

  6. Too bad you didn't get to experience the Beatles show during your stay there. Anyway, at least you still enjoyed the other perks like the casino. Your mom must be lucky to have won in the game of chances! Did her winning inspired her to play some more after that?

    -Marci Deegan @ TwinPine