Thursday, August 26, 2010

Viva Las Vegas #1

Jay has a big birthday coming up next week. I won't give the number away though, as most people think he is much younger than his actual age. Like under 30 young. I wonder what they think of his cougar wife robbing the cradle though?

Friends of our suggested quite some time ago that we meet in Las Vegas to celebrate this monumental (ish) event. I was shocked and surprised that Jay was up for it. He prefers when we are all together and this trip involved leaving the boys behind. Vegas is no place for kids. And would someone kindly tell that to all the people that we saw there dragging their poor children around the strip at ungodly hours of the night?


Paris Paris

Anyway, this past weekend we journeyed to the city that never sleeps, just me and Jay. We had a couple of days on our own before our friends joined us. We did many of the touristy things, grabbed an icy beverage of the alcoholic variety for our walk down the strip, toured the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, dined at Border Grill at Mandalay Bay, went through the Titanic: Artifact Exhibition at Luxor, and finished the night off with Disney's the Lion King at Mandalay Bay.

For Kamo

If this picture befuddles you, see this picture. This one is for Kamo.

And that was only the day we arrived. Yes, we were tired. And the heat, oh the raging heat of the desert. It gets hot in the desert in the summer, who knew?

If you haven't had the pleasure of experiencing this kind of heat, here is my best description. Picture what the hottest day you can imagine is, add 15 degrees Celsius, remove any humidity and add a giant hair dryer blowing on the hottest setting. That is what Vegas is like in the summer.

It's hot people, like the pits of hell hot.

First beer

If you know me, you know that me and heat do not get along. The only reason we planned our trip for the middle of summer is that it just works easier for our kids to go to their grandparents rather than the grandparents coming to us, which would be required if they were in school.

So you go outside and walk between hotels, sweating profusely, then you enter the glorious bliss of the hotel and it's air conditioning is like a beacon from heaven. 10 minutes later you are a Popsicle. This is why they liberally ply you with alcohol, it's the only way to survive the extreme difference of the elements.


Now I sound like I am such a complainer don't I? Actually I am, therefore this is very realistic. I am just trying to give you the real version, that's me, keeping it real.

Aside from that, Vegas really is like no where else on earth. The opulence is all around you and you see it but you don't really process it until days later. Pictures do not do it justice, you really have to experience it with your own eyes and other senses.


The food was, after the company, my favourite part. Every meal we had was fantastic. And the drinks were just as good.

I have many pictures but have to say that most are disappointing as they do not really capture the reality. And I am over my limit on Flickr. I may upgrade but after being in Vegas, do I really want to fork out the $$?

Lion King

In Vegas you can just sit there and watch the cash jumping out of your wallet.

This was our first day. We called it a night before midnight. Don't judge us, we were up at 4:30am to catch our flight.

To be continued. You can't wait, can you?


Jen said...

ooh! I saw the Lion King too. What did you think?

Lori: Teacher Turned Mommy said...

sounds like you had fun

Ashley said...

Ohhh vegas! We went when I was in my teenage years to get a start on a gambling habit...I mean to experience the city. It is really incredible there! And that photo of you in the zebra dress is fabulous

Angella said...


I want to go (back to) there.

Cheryl said...

meowww. you are HOT!
Ok, vegas and I love eachother!!! cannot wait to hear more!!

Elaine A. said...

I remember walking out of the airport when I got there for my brother's wedding in 1998 (no, they did not get married by Elvis). It was like this wall of OH MY GOD IT'S CRAZY HOT HERE just hit me! And I'm from the South!

I'm glad y'all got to go and experience it and you are both lookin' good! Happy Birthday to Jay! :)

Karen MEG said...

Oh Kami, I'm so happy that you got away with Jay - and VEGAS baby!

Vegas is certainly something to experience, almost surreal, eh? I went before we had the Boy, and we may take the kids at some point.. but really, it is more of an adult playland as you've shown (love the photos).

Look at the hotness ... I mean, you in your print dress - smokin'!

But seriously, you both have baby faces...

Happy Birthday to Jay!!!

Anonymous said...

I'd love to go to Vegas!! How fun! Happy Birthday to Jay, and it sounds like you had a fabulous time.

Oh, and you are looking mighty FINE, girl! LOVE that dress!

Andrea said...

There really is nothing quite like Vegas. It has a unique charm and is so easily enjoyed. I love your pictures and you look fantastic! We are thinking about going to Vegas in December to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. Maybe renew our vows with Elvis? hehe.