Random Ramblings: Our Las Vegas trip... day 1

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Our Las Vegas trip... day 1

{DAY 1}
Ok so in February, yes February we went to Las Vegas.  We had to take my mom and step dad to the airport so we decided that since we were going we would make it a very mini vacation for us.  We don't get out much these days so I was just excited for a day away from home.  We ended up staying 2 nights and it was so much fun. I miss it... 
When we first decided that we were going to stay I started looking around for cheap room rates.  I found a great price for Thursday night at Circus Circus
The chepest rates (which were all amazing and great rates) was from a site called vegasview.com .
 On Friday morning I booked the room for that night as well. 
We got there Thursday night pretty late as it was.  So this way we could have an entire full day and part of Saturday as well. 
Thursday night we checked in, then we were all hungry so we found a McDonalds down the road and drove through and took it all back to our room. 
Our room had a very nice view. We were on the 13th floor. 
So we got up early on Saturday with no real plan but we knew we wanted to go to a few places.  We wanted to take the kids to the M&M factory for sure.  We thought about taking the kids to see the Lions at Mandalay Bay but just wanted to have no definate plan so it could be as realxed and easy going as we wanted. 
First thing we did was find some breakfast.  We just made it easy and went to Rock & Ritas inside the hotel.  Not the best food or service, so definately not worth the $75.00 it cost us either.  But who would have known. 
We hit the M&M factory first after breakfast.

It was pretty packed in that store which made it not as fun to just walk around and browse.  The kids still thought it was cool.  We went all the way to the top floor and went looking for a bathroom.  We ended up in an arcade.  We told the kids we would stay there for a little bit and let them play a few games.  I think we ended up staying there for over 2 hours.  But it was so much fun, for all of us. 
(left)Daddy tried to win Chloe a Hello Kitty stuffed animal in the claw machine, but just couldn't get it.
(right) Chloe wanted to play the same jumping game that Ryan played.  
     The games were so bright and colorful on the littler kids side.  
Marcus drove some cars in a machine that looked like a helicopter.

 They had a bunch of pool tables in a room and I thought the room was pretty cool looking.  We were waiting for Jacob to get us some points on the card to play some more games.

(left) Caleb driving a motorcycle game.  It was no suprise they wanted to drive these games.  Right up their alley.
(right) Jacob driving on his motorcycle game.

While I was finishing up playing a few games with the little ones, Jacob was racing cars with Ryan and Marcus.  We walked over there and each of the little ones got into a car with them.  It was really cute.  So they were all racing together. 

After this we weren't sure what we were going to do exactly, but were starting to get hungry. 
So we left the arcade.  Outside we walked past the Coca Cola store. I love that huge looking coca - cola bottle.  We actually rode the elevator that was in there. 

We saw some street characters and stopped (and had to pay) to take a picture with them.

Then we decided to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe.  We thought we would splurge on this meal since we never get to go out as a family like this. 
Let me just say it was THE BEST FOOD EVER!!!!
The little 3 had macaroni and cheese and Ryan, me and Jacob had a cheeseburger and Marcus had a chicken sandwich.  It was amazingly good, not just the food but the atmosphere was awesome as well.

This was the aerosmith light up thing on the wall.  I would have loved to walk around the entire place taking pictures of all the cool and amazing things they had all around. 
Outside there were even barely dressed girls that I made Ryan and Marcus stand with for a picture.  The first one I took on the way into lunch was too bright ( I forgot to change my camera settings) so I had to pay them again for another picture.  The boys didn't want to take a picture with them, but I made them as part of our Vegas experience lol. 

Then we went back to our room for a little break.  We all laid down for a bit and watched some television.  After our good meal we needed a good nap to go along with it. 
We knew we wanted to take the kid to the circus at the hotel that night and go to the carnival upstairs as well. 
So after we relaxed for a bit we decided to walk around downstairs and get the kids a few cheap souviners to take home and then go to the carnival. 
We found them some cups to take home and a few things for me as well. 
We took them to the carnival and had so much fun up there too. 
We walked in and the first game that Jacob tried he won Chloe a HUGE ladybug pillow pet. 
We played tons of games and the kids won all kinds of little stuffed animals. I even won a stuffed bear at the water balloon pop game. 
It was great to just have some family tother time. 
We let the kids watch the circus, which wasn't all that great.  We could barely see and from what we could see it was just as like the lady kept changing her clothes.  Nothing majorly impresive, but the kids liked it. 
So after that it was getting late so we were starting to get hungry.  We decided to just go back to our room and order pizza to be delivered to our room from the pizza place inside the hotel.  So we got to our room and ordered a few pizzas and hot wings.  (only $43 so we thought that was a great price) and it would come right to our room within 45 minutes. 
40 minutes later they call and say the electricity is out and the ovens don't work on the generators.  So they had no idea when they would be back on and if we still wanted it they can deliver to our room up until midnight. 
Which explained why the cable was out too!
By this point we were all starving. So we get into the car and decide to find something, anything to eat.  We opt for Denny's just right down the road.  We go in and they are packed as well.  Guess thats normal for Vegas, right? 
So we get seated and order, but the kids are falling asleep so we ask him to make it a to go order.  So by the time we get the kids up to put them in the car and wait it was ready to go already. 
We took it back to the room and ate, and out we all went. 

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