|Looking a bit haggard (I am, Tara looks perfect) None of us got much sleep the night before. Ali was getting her endowments out this weekend, so she couldn't be there. We definitely missed her!|
We dropped our stuff off at the house we were staying at (suuuuper nice people that are somehow related to Cami) and went to a park to play around a bit. The weather was PERFECT! Then, after getting nice and sweaty, we went and got professional massages. Oh. My. Gosh. That experience is now in my top 10 best of my life. I had been dealing with tension headaches for about 3 weeks at that point, and they were getting pretty severe. But my awesome masseuse just went to town on my neck and shoulders and I walked out of there pain-free for the first time in a while. We all had fun comparing our different experiences and while I felt like I was drenched in oil the rest of the day, it was a seriously wonderful time.
From there, we hit the town! And by that I mean we hit Fashion Show Mall and spent a long time walking around looking at different stores. We even caught a fashion show and held a few of our own.
|I loved these glasses, but they were supes pricey so I had to say no :(|
From there we hit up the strip, walking through a few casinos and ultimately hit up some of the biggies:
|Tara in front of the impressive Greek architecture. The sky is really cool in person.|
Tiffany's and the Elton John Store for Bri (sorry about the weird alignment, blogger is being dumb)
|The truly terrible animatronics show about the sinking of Atlantis. The fire was really hot and scary though.|
|Cam and Pam were being troopers as I dragged them up and down Caesar's Palace. They were exhausted.|
|Luck was not a Lady that night. Calm down, I only did it once!|
|We stopped for a picture in front of the fake Eiffel Tower. I LOVE The Paris!|
|The Bellagio always has a tricked out display, and this time it was an Asian themed garden thing but there were tons of displays made entirely out of flowers!|
|And no Las Vegas trip would be complete without stopping 4 or 5 times to see the Bellagio Fountains! I could watch these all night. At some point in the trip we even got to see the "Time to Say Goodbye" number which is my all-time favorite!|
The next day we slept in (Tara and I were staying in the CUTEST little girl room on the comfiest beds I've ever seen) and played with the cute family dog. Cam and Pam got a little rough with her, and she hid under a chair and refused to come out. When she finally did emerge, she went downstairs and laid on a chair like this
|I was almost positive they had killed her. But she revived once her family got home from church.|
|The four of us. It was crazy windy that day.|
|Pam and I taking some "we match" pictures. In this one|
I'm carrying her with my throat.
After that we headed back to the strip to catch the places we had missed the day before. We actually walked through the Paris and then went down the other side of the strip to see the MGM lions (which weren't there...HUGE bummer) and go to the M&M store. This was definitely the ghetto part of the strip.
By day 2 the shine of Las Vegas was starting to wear off. We did more walking and pausing than going in and exploring, and definitely didn't take as many pictures. I was starting to rely solely on Dr. Pepper for any energy whatsoever, the billboards and flyers were starting to get to me, and the excessive amounts of down escalators were making me sick (vertigo). It was freezing that day, and while we were still enjoying our vacation, our enthusiasm had definitely hit its peak and was waning. Cami's parents were incredibly kind and gave her money to take us all out to dinner for her birthday, so we settled on Serendipity 3, a really cute, fancy, girly little restaurant right by Caesar's Palace. We made our way back to it, catching some Bellagio Fountain shows on our way. Tara and I opted to wait on our reservation for an hour while Cam and Pam went and explored The Venetian. Then we got some yummy dinner!
|Super fun giant menus. It was seriously such a cute place. The waiter was a tad neurotic though.|
|Frozen Hot Chocolate, yum! Happy Birthday Cam!|
|Pam was seriously awesome and drove the ENTIRE trip.|
|Headed home looking a little rougher than we started! (Me and Tara, Pam and Cam look fine)|