Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Well, I'd say we are done traveling for awhile...but we all know that may not be the case :)  We may decide to fly to Colorado yet this summer.  I totally can't complain now because the temperatures in Dallas have actually been bearable, but come July, I'll probably be looking for an excuse to make a trip home!  But for now, we are done for awhile.  It was nice to actually unpack my bathroom bag last night!  Haven't done that in a month :)
Back to our trip.  Nick and I took the kids down to Granddad and Gigi's house last Friday morning and we flew to Vegas after that.  Of course I was sad to leave the kids, I've never flown away from them.  However, it was SO nice to actually sit on a plane, read a book, have a drink and relax.  I haven't done that in over 3.5 years!

This is our "here we come Vegas" look.  Just kidding, I really have no idea what we are doing here :)
 When we arrived in Vegas, we walked around a bit, then met up with Ryan and Rachel for a late lunch.  Rachel was there for work and Ryan and the girls joined her.  It was nice to hang with them for a couple days!
Then that night, the four of us had reservations at Lavo.  It's a super nice restaurant in the Palazzo and it definitely did not disappoint!  Nick and I had a before dinner drink at the bar while we waited for Ryan and Rachel and this tasted so good!!!
 After dinner we walked around, took pictures and even gambled a bit.
Ryan and Rachel :)
Me and the hubs
 We found a really fun shop at the Venetian, a store full of hats!  This can be so fun because how often do you really get to try on a bunch of silly hats?
I mean, come on...is this me or what?
We are totally ready for the Kentucky Derby!

We had such a fun evening with the Volk's...but we didn't stay out too terribly late.  We were up pretty early that day and pretty tired so we headed back to our hotel around 11:30pm.  Nick and I stayed at The Trump Hotel.  It was a block off the strip, doesn't have a casino so was definitely more of a hotel instead of your typical casino on the strip.  It was nice, very quiet and nice pool area!  The rooms were fantastic too! 

The next morning, we got coffee and walked around some.  It was so freakishly hot there, so the only time that it was bearable to walk around was in the morning.  We walked over to the Wynn and played a little Wheel of Fortune.
 After we walked around, we walked over to where Ryan and Rachel were staying and joined them at their pool.  They had to fly back to Colorado that afternoon so we didn't stay too long.  It was so good to see the girls and spend some time with them!  I think Cameron was a little confused why Cole wasn't with us so we told her we'd try to have Cole come see her this summer.  She is such a funny girl, love her!!
 That evening we were waiting for our shuttle to take us to the strip so we could get some dinner.  While we were waiting, we saw a taxi driving stretching.  I mean, taxi drivers need to stretch too right?
 We went to the Paris and ate at Mon Ami Gabi.  We sat out on the patio and were right in front of the Bellagio so we could see the fountain show.  The food was absolutely delish and we couldn't have asked for a better night!

I guess I didn't take pictures our last day there.  Sunday, we hung out at the pool, I finished reading my book, and then we hung out at Caesar's Palace sports book and watched the US Open and also the Thunder/Heat game.  Nick bet some money on the Heat to win by more than 4 points so if anyone watched the game, you know that it was a nail biter for us!  And no, we totally are not Heat fans (at all!!!), but Nick wanted to place a bet and he knew that's probably who would win.  Boy was it weird semi cheering on a team we don't care for!  Oh well, he won, that's all that matters.

We flew back home Monday morning and were definitely ready to see the kids!  Our flight was pretty uneventful back home but when we got back to the DFW airport, we walked out of the plane and there were all these people taking pictures when we walked off the plane.  Honestly I didn't even notice and didn't even think anything of it.  However, when we walked into baggage claim there was a huge line of teenage girls screaming.  I mean, what a nice welcoming committee but come on girls, I'm not that big of a celebrity, sheesh :)
Anyway, I finally ask a girl what was going on and she said the British boy band "The Wanted" was there.  At first I was like, "oh cool, maybe we'll see some celebrities".  But then Nick says to me, "yeah, that's who was sitting right behind us on the airplane".  Whaaaaa!!!!  How did Nick even know that and how did I completely miss that!  I mean, I knew there were some cute British guys sitting behind us and they were talking with the people around them, talking about their tour and traveling but I completely missed that.
A couple funny stories about these guys.  The guy in the middle, with the black shirt, he sat directly behind me.  Super nice guy, very friendly but would not stop bumping my seat :)  I kinda looked back at him a couple times like, "really?".  
Then, the guy on the far right in the white sweater, he sat to the right of me and when he walked onto the plane he was holding a pillow pet of Stewie from the Family Guy.  Nick and I laughed at him because it was so random!  This guy had the thickest British accent so I kept looking over at him because it was just so intriguing so he probably thought I knew who he was but really I had no idea.  So now looking back, it all makes sense and think it's such a cool story.  Again, they were super nice, friendly guys and seemed totally normal.

We were so happy to see the kids and I think they were happy to see us too.  It's nice to be home and get back into our normal routine.  Nick and I had such a fun time together and totally needed the alone time.  Hopefully we can do it again soon!

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