Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Vegas, Baby!


So here's the deal.  The hubs informed me a month or two ago that he had been asked to help out with his company's Spanish convention (he learned to speak the language while he was serving a mission for our church in Colombia).  It just so happened that this convention was taking place in viva Las Vegas baby, which worked out nicely because my parents live just a couple hours away.  The plan was to travel together as a family, have Jer drop us off in St. George and carry on down to Vegas for his convention.  And that's just what we did.  It worked out wonderfully seeing how I didn't have to be alone with the boys for one week in the frozen tundra of Idaho.

My mom (being the amazing mom and grandma that she is) told me to go meet up with Jer one day when he had some free time.  She watched my boys, woke up with Tiny Man all through the night, let me borrow her cute clothes and even let me drive her car to Vegas.  Seriously?  She is the best.

Earlier I mentioned that I was not a fan of Vegas.  Please allow me to edit that statement and say I am not a fan of the Vegas night life.  Like, at all.  We spent Thursday evening right on the strip.  First, I must admit how incredibly stupid we are.  We were staying in the Hilton and decided to walk to the strip so that we didn't have to find parking.  Sounds brilliant right?  Well I have provided a map below to show you the route we took:

The top star indicates where we finally gave up and got a taxi.  The bottom star is where we were trying to go.  If you notice, we were walking in the complete opposite direction.  We are totally awesome and didn't even look at a map before we left the hotel.  After about 40 minutes of walking we finally found a hotel and grabbed a taxi, told the taxi driver we had no idea where we were or where we were going and asked him to take us to the nearest Cheesecake Factory.  He was great and told us all we needed to know about where to go and what to see.

We ate dinner at The Cheesecake Factory (holy moly) and after we finished licking the remaining butter off our lips we grabbed our cheesecake-to-go sack and hit the town.  I had my first H&M experience and loved it.  I was bummed to find out later that it had an upstairs that I never even got to though.  From the shops we went to Cesars's Palace to look around (too many naked paintings for my liking thankyouverymuch). We then went outside and watched the fountains go off.  After that we headed to The Mirage to watch the volcano go off (which was pretty awesome).   I must say that I was incredibly impressed with the ceiling paintings in each of the places we went to (pictured above).  They totally faked me out with the sky painted on the ceiling.  I had to keep reminding myself that it was night.

While site seeing, I couldn't help but watch the people around me.  Practically every one of them had some sort of alcoholic beverage and was ready to party the night away.  Me being a girl who does not drink was rather uncomfortable in the midst of it all.  However, I think the thing that really got to me the most about Vegas is their utter and complete disrespect for women.  Between the posters, flyers, ads, strip shows/clubs and scantily clad women, it did nothing but demoralize women.  It totally depressed me.  No wonder women dress the way they do now a days.  They are up against some pretty stiff competition.

Alright, I'll get down off my soap box.  But now you know why I stated I wasn't a fan.

My favorite hotel that we walked through was The Venetian.  It was gorgeous AND we had a celebrity siting.  Floyd Mayweather.  Don't know who he is?  Neither did I.  All I know is he had a bunch of big guys surrounding him and about 20 friends following him into the night club.  After that we went back to our hotel.  It was 10:00pm and we were exhausted.  You know you are getting old when 10:00pm feels like 3:00am.

The next day Jer had to work again so I went to the Fashion Show mall all by my little own lonesome and had fun perusing the shops there (Forever 21?  HUMUNGOUS).  I am not a big shopper (and according to my husband that would be the understatement of the year) but I enjoyed not having to panic and find a bathroom for a three-year-old's bladder that was about to explode or make a mad dash out to the car to feed a crying baby.  It was actually a really weird feeling being alone and it wasn't long until I just wanted to go home and be with my boys again.

So, to be fair, Vegas does have some great shopping and I know that people who live there love it.  We have friends who live there and can't say enough good things about it.  Alls I know is if we ever go again we will get a taxi to begin with, and we will avoid nighttime on the strip at all costs. :)

6 comments:

  1. I grew up going to Disneyland 1-2 times a year. We always stopped in Vegas. During the day. I loved it as a kid. But, when Jason and I were engaged, we went there at night. We had a similar experience. It was Jason's first time there and he swore it off forever.

    We are going to stay there for a night soon. I plan on getting a little shopping in myself. You'll have to tell me where to go.

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  2. I have to agree with you on the Vegas thing...not a place I get excited about myself...:( Like Hannah I go through there every couple years to go to Disney and it's my unfavorite place to stop through.

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  3. You guys are CRAZY!! But in all fairness, you didn't know better:) Parking really is not bad on the strip, just drive into one of the casinos and park...or use the Valet, every hotel has one. FYI:) Glad you had a good time shopping. I sure miss the choices I used to have when we lived there. And, Levi and I are the same way about the strip. Never go at night, and never walk the strip. Really. Just decide which hotels you want to see and park at that one and then go from there. It cuts out a lot of the crap that you see down there.

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  4. That is so funny!!! Sad thing is when people have those drinks in there hand ALL day long. :) In the morning it is hard to figure out who has been partying all night and who just got their morning started with a nice tall drink. :) Ditto on the parking- valet is free you just may want to tip and more then likely anyone working in a hotel will be able to give you great advice on where to go and how to get there. Everyone should experience the night life of Vegas once and you have now done that and can check it off your list- definitely a sight to see. Makes you grateful for your life. Imagine the looks we got when we went a few weeks ago to see my brother who was there on business- FOUR children? Outrageous! Who has four children these days? :) haha

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  5. I've never been to Vegas. I'd like to go once just to say I've been. But I think I'd definitely be there for one, okay two reasons. Food and shopping. Done. ;)

    Oh, you have me salivating just mentioning The Cheesecake Factory. It is my favorite place to eat! My "usual" is the Crispy Chicken Costoletta and the Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake. Do you have a favorite dish and cheesecake?

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  6. Love this post, you are so funny, I can almost see you walking having no clue where you are going. I never been in Vegas, I would love to go and see the hotels and maybe a few shows minus the naked type of course! It won't be happenning anytime soon but it will be fun.

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