For Christmas, my handsome husband surprised me with a little trip to Vegas! I was not expecting it! It was the perfect idea, because it was close enough to drive (about six hours) and since we hope to move across the country in the next few months, it was sort of our last chance to visit a place that I've never been to before. It was amazing to spend some time together without the kids (my awesome sister watched them). We could eat whatever sounded good without having to consider allergens, we could go places without having to consider nap and feeding schedules, we could talk like adults without being interrupted...it was weird. And awesome. Ever since becoming parents four years ago, we have only spent one night away from our kids (not including hospital stays). This time it was two nights!
We got to see Cirque Du Soleil, which was incredible. My favorite part of that was probably this amazing juggler. Seriously, she was amazing.
We got to see the water display at the Bellagio:
It was pretty cool!
We saw a Christmas display with a giant Christmas tree:
And a couple of life-sized polar bears made out of carnations:
We ate some really yummy food. And that's about it. Ha! But seriously, I've always heard that there are endless cheap buffets in Vegas, but apparently they all raise their prices during the holidays, so there was nothing worth our money. The rest of the time was just spent walking around, trying to navigate crowds and avoid people who try to hand you cards with naked "escorts" on them (they're on every corner...it's awful). At one point Nate asked why on earth they call them "gentlemen's clubs" since the people who go there are not gentlemen. We decided that they should be renamed "creeper clubs." It also drove me crazy to see every restaurant advertise their food with a girl trying to seduce a guy. Seriously? The Strip just felt like one big place for people to get together and demean women. Blah. Not my favorite.
Why we thought it would be fun to go to a place that thrives on drinking and gambling when we ourselves neither drink nor gamble is beyond me.
We decided that our next getaway will be to a cabin in the woods with not another soul in sight. That's more my cuppa tea.
But we did get to see this gem on our way outta town:
That thing is famous!
I'd say the highlight of our trip was getting to see my best friend (and roommate from my freshman year of college) and have lunch with her cute little family. She drove many hours to see us! I love that girl. I miss her.
On the way out of Nevada, I snapped a picture of the scenery:
Let's just say, I'm not a desert person. I need some trees and some greenery. Although, there was a lovely canyon that I enjoyed driving through.
All in all, I'm glad we went, but I have no desire to go back. It was just nice to spend some time with my hubby.