Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Road Trip

For a couple of Law Schools, John has to go do "a visit" where he tours the campus, sits in on a class, meets with the admissions committee and stuff like that. One of those schools happen to be
UNLV (his number one choice.)
So week before last, when John's boss said he didn't have work for a couple days, we figured,
Heck lets go to Las Vegas!
And so we did.
(picture disclaimer...our camera was broken...and is now our pictures are random, but at least we got a couple, and they are in a random excuse me please.)
Caity: "This is my outfit for Las Begas!" Flashy.

Johnny's ready to go! (he is obsessed with jewelery- it cracks me up. His Dad- doesn't find it funny.)
First, along the way, we had to stop by Grandma Brassell's house to tell her the plan,

And get a piano lesson from Spencer.

And then Grandma Partridge's to have grilled cheese and chat.

And then the looooong road trip,
Right after the Welcome to Arizona sign (dumb camera.)
Right after the Welcome to Nevada sign. (dumb camera again. I'm glad you're dead.)
 It was beautiful! I have never seen red rock before, so driving through Ceder City and St. George was breathtaking, driving through canyons, seeing was so cool. Even passed through Arizona for like 20 minutes, now I can say I have been there just in time for the state's 100th birthday, in fact. It is nuts, one second you are driving through the desert and the next KAPOW! Las Vegas, this enormous chunk of civilization in an otherwise waste land.
Driving through the city was so cool, so many crazy things to see for my little custom-to-Rexburg-eyes.
And when we finally made it, what was the kid's favorite part?? The hotel window...they would dance in front of it and watch all the people below. (check out those Palm trees! I am living in the wrong state.)
We stayed at The Flamingo- I thought it was so AWESOME! Every thing was bright pink, with flamingos on every surface, it was so flashy and exciting with all this shopping right in the hotel. (I know, I am sounding like a country bumpkin.) We couldn't help but think, "Wow, this is the Vegas experience." Everything was so showy.
 And of course we crossed the street to the Bellagio and Caesar's Palace and realized,
"Oh great, we're tacky." haha- some of those hotels are so spectacular.
The Flamingo's indoor shopping consisted of Men's felt coats and Donny and Marie Memorabilia, The Bellagio's consisted of oh, you know, Tiffany's, Giorgio Armani, Channel, Louis Vuitton and all those kind of names- It was so cool to see all the beautiful clothes and shoes and bags.
We also watched the fountain shows, so pretty.

While dad was sitting in on a class, Caity made herself at home. Unfortunately as soon as we got off our bright pink elevator and into our hotel room, the admissions secretary called and canceled her appointment with John. Bah! What an almost waste. Good thing we were there to make a Vay-kay out of the ordeal. He was still able to tour the campus and sit in on a class though, which was nice.
We walked the strip to the M&M store and the Coke factory. The walk down was one of my favorite parts. So many interesting people and performers- Dancers, Snake Hypnotists, Acrobats, Character Impersonators, Singers, Robots, you name it. And different music playing surround sound every 10 feet. Caity was workin' the strip- (and I mean in the most innocent way possible- that came out wrong.)
At the M&M store... the closest we got to the picture we really wanted.

Waiting to watch the 3D M&M movie.

All along the streets people were dressed up as characters trying to earn a buck.(or as John says, "Pedophiles in costumes.") I guess that is possible. As soon as Caity saw Woody, she flipped a lid. The girl was in love and HAD to take a picture with him, she blew him kisses, waved to him a block away and talked about him incessantly- The whole trip and since the trip.

On the way home we stopped by Cove Fort- it was so cool! It is an LDS church history site. Gordan B Hinkley's grandparents were called by the church to build and live at the fort to help traveling families on their way to Salt Lake.
A picture during the day, you could really feel a special spirit here as we got an idea of how these people tried to serve others and God. It is nuts the simplicity of this life style compared to Las Vegas.
On the way home we also grabbed some ice cream and stopped by the St. George Temple, it was so beautiful. The white of the Temple against the red of the rocks. A small part of me loved St. George so much I would move there! A bride was taking her pictures while we picnic-ed, Caity of course couldn't keep her eyes off her.

Back to Las Vegas (told you my pictures were out of order.) On day two we went to Circus Circus. That was so cool. Up to that point we saw maybe one or two children all together, but then we go to Circus Circus and oh my goodness, there were kids everywhere! There were rides, carnival games, clowns walking around and arcades. Of course since we were Las Vegasing on a budget, rather than rides or carnival games we just pretended to play the racing game for 20 minutes. Yes, 20 minutes. It was THAT entertaining (for the kids.) Every 30 minutes there were free circus performances- it was really awesome.
A picture of the hotel:

Oh and here is Caity and John in front of our Hotel as we were crossing an over pass. But you can't really see it so here is a better picture:
Isn't is all flashy and Oooo la la? That weekend Nascar was visiting for some races, so Thursday night the city shut down the strip and their was this parade of blingin' semi-trucks driving down the strip holding the race cars or as Caity pointed out, "Not just a race car Mom, Lighting McQueen." When I saw these crazy suped up Semi's- I couldn't help but think how redneck sorry John's poor hay hauling semi looked!

In short, if I was to go again, I would drop the kids, pick up some cash and gamble the weekend away. KIDDING! But maybe I would go see Phantom of the Opera, Donny and Marie (with the old ladies at our hotel,) Celine, and Penn and Teller.
It was a fun trip and good family time.


Erin Anderson said...

Mary, You were there at the exact same time as Ron and I. We were suppose to see celine dion and the show got cancelled till april. =( so bummed!

Kayleen said...

that looks soo fun! I love little family getaways!!

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