Monday, March 29, 2010

Viva Las Vegas: Part Deux

Our family took a quick vacation to fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada to celebrate Caleb's 7th birthday at Monster Jam World Finals, and it was a huge success. I would have to be honest and say that it was about 80% success and 20% anxiety.

On the first day, we were all up at 3:00am to get the first flight out of Texas. When we arrived in Las Vegas, we checked in at Circus Circus and took the children for some games and rides in the AdventureDome. Imagine the Brazoria County fair, minus the horrible smell, and plus $3 a ride. We drove up and down the strip, looking at lights, and touring various hotels. The kids LOVED the dancing waters at the Bellagio and climbing all over the statues. Jansen fell asleep at the dinner table on night #1.

Day two, we got up early, because it was Caleb's 7th birthday. We had ordered a cake from a local bakery and had a little party in our hotel room. Josh and I gave him his gift, a digital camera to take his own Monster Jam pictures. Then we ate at the buffet, and drove to Sam Boyd Stadium for the Monster Jam Party in the Pits. This was surprisingly fun for us all. We were the first ones in line to meet Dennis Anderson, the driver of GraveDigger and Caleb was about to explode with excitement. We were able to meet about 10 of the drivers for autographs and pictures, got tattoos, snocones, and pizza, and even got to ride on Stone Crusher for ramps and donuts. That evening we went to the Hard Rock Cafe for Caleb's birthday dinner and he got his first ever ice cream sundae. Both kids were asleep in the car on the way back to the hotel.

Day three, we slept in a little because we had guaranteed tickets for the night's events and were in no hurry to get back out there. We toured the Venetian and the Palazzo, and took our first ever ride on the gondolas. The kids loved it. That night was Monster Jam World Finals and boy it was colder than I had expected. Even though we packed long sleeved shirts and hoodies, we could have used jackets or a blanket. It was a blast! We had second row seats, dead center! GraveDigger won the racing event and Monster Mutt won the Freestyle competition. The kids were both asleep for the third night in a row in the car.

Day four and it was time to go home. The kids got to ride on almost all forms of transportation in one weekend. They were so excited to have this trip. My problem was that Las Vegas is very adult. It wasn't the adult entertainment aspect of it, it was the massive amounts of people and having a 7 and 4 year old fascinated and roaming away. I felt like I had to have my protective eyes everywhere at all times. In the end, Josh won a little over $600 from gambling, and we spent a fortune on food and souvenirs. We are so glad to be home, but are looking forward to going back next year....this time, at a different hotel. What do you think about Mandalay Bay, or Treasure Island, or MGM Grand???

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