Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Vegas vacation!

We had a fun little adventure last weekend to Vegas! We flew out Saturday morning at 7 am...I am NOT a fan of getting up at 4:00 am, so I just stayed up all night Friday and tried to sleep on the plane a little.  We arrived in Las Vegas at 9:30 am and got to go straight to our hotel, the MGM Grand.  We have stayed there before and really liked the accommodations, so we stayed there again.  My friend, Kevin drove up from California to join us, and Marc's sister and brother-in-law arrived on Friday.  We were there to celebrate Jennifer's (Marc's sister) birthday.  She and Jason (her husband) had never been to Vegas, and I'll take ANY excuse to go! 

Saturday was spent walking around, gambling, and watching football.  Marc watched both the Arkansas vs South carolina game (which we won...GO HOGS!!!) and the Alabama vs LSU game.  We wanted Alabama to win, but they ended up losing by a field goal.  Oh well...

In the afternoon, we went to Sugar Factory for happy hour.  I had their jolly rancher martini, and it seriously tastes exactly like a watermelon jolly rancher! Yum! Since that was a really sweet drink, I followed it up with a margarita.  Happy hour is the way to go, because cocktails were buy one, get one free!! The bargain hunter in me was THRILLED!

Kevin and I went and saw David Copperfield live! He was performing at the MGM.  I have to say, it was REALLY cool! We've all seen him do the tricks on TV, but to be right in the audience is really awesome.  You have no idea what is going to appear next, like him showing up on a motorcycle in a formerly empty box! Very cool. 

We went to dinner after the show at Craft steakhouse.  My Ribeye was one of the best steaks I've ever had.  If I had the appetite for it, I could have gnawed on the bone eaten the whole thing!  SO delicious, and great service.  I highly recommend it.  It's in the shops area at MGM.  Since we hadn't slept, Marc and I went to bed after dinner.  It was around midnight in vegas, so 3 am for us.  

Sunday, we went to breakfast and then to the older part of Vegas to Main Street Station casino.  It's closer to Fremont Street, the old Vegas strip.  I entered a slot tourney with Jennifer & her friend Laurie and won 3rd place! It a lot of fun and I never complain about winning some money!  The guys lined up at the Craps table and both Kevin & Marc won some money there too.  We decided that we really like Main St Station casino and will definitely be returning there!  

When we finished up at Main St. Station, we went back down Las Vegas boulevard and I got another *gasp* tattoo.  I now have 4 and three of them are from trips to Vegas.  I do believe I have found a pattern... I wanted a memento of my alma mater, the University of Arkansas, so I got a Razorback (our mascot) tattooed on my right foot with the words "Wooo Pig Sooie!" above the razorback.  It's cute and I LOVE it! 

When we finished at the tattoo shop, we went straight to the Bellagio to see Cirque du Soleil's "O".  It was SO cool! It's a water themed performance, and they do some AMAZING stunts! I had never seen a Cirque show, so it was neat to do something new while we were there.   We went to a few other casinos before heading back to eat dinner at Wolfgang Puck's grill.  We ate pretty light and went to sleep for a little while.

Monday, we went to IHOP (gourmet, I know) for breakfast, then the guys went to the Gun Store to shoot at the indoor range.  It's a cool place because you "rent" the guns you want to shoot, then target shoot them in the indoor range.  Marc and I have been there before, and he wanted to take Jason & Kevin.  They got there and there was a long line, so they decided not to wait and just came back to the hotel.  We had a mostly lazy Monday. 

We were looking forward to Monday night for dinner at Rao's! It is one of my very favorite restaurants in the world, and we love to "introduce" our friends to it also.  Marc and I go to Vegas solely to eat there!!! Their Veal Parmesan is one of the best dishes I have EVER eaten. So good.  Kevin, Marc, Jennifer, Jason, and I enjoyed our meal then went back to Main St. Station casino to play some more.  I had forgotten to cash in my winnings before we left on Sunday and didn't want to leave my money there.  I played the Wheel of Fortune machine and hit it for 500 quarters, so that made my night.  I left with the same amount of cash I brought with me to Vegas!  

We walked down to Fremont Street to see all the old casinos and the light show that was playing.  There were 2 different bands set up and playing, and lots of people out milling about.  We walked around then went back to our hotel to get our bags packed, since we had to leave at 5:30 am to go back to the airport.  

We had a great trip and can't wait to go back!!! 

I found out my puppy will arrive here on the 19th, so I have one more week to wait for him.  I can't wait until he arrives, I want to snuggle with him!

Have a great week!


  1. Gotta love those hogs! : ) I am a UofA girl, too! : )

  2. Looks like you guys had fun weekend! Love the blue top you are wearing in the picture in front of the Fremont!

  3. Aww, thanks, Pris! Can't wait for wild game weekend!!! Have Hugh call marc to arrange the dates! :) :) :)