Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Las Vegas

I had such a great time in Las Vegas with Liam, Dan and my sister, Morgan. It was really great to have my sister with me. I was hoping that my other sister, Lacey, would have been able to join us, but she had to have surgery and couldn't make it.

Dan was in Las Vegas for conferences for work, so Morgan, Liam and I explored the hotels together. My favorite activity was the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. Mandalay Bay also had my favorite restaurant of the trip: Hubert Keller's Burger Bar. I had a sirloin burger and sweet potato fries. It was delicious. I think it was also Morgan's favorite restaurant. She couldn't stop talking about how good the bacon on her burger was!

Another fun activity was Nathan Burton's Comedy Magic show at the Flamingo Hotel. I tried to time it right so that Liam would sleep through it, but that didn't really happen. He was quiet though and I got to watch the whole show. My favorite part of the show was actually a guest appearance by Russ Merlin. He was hilarious. He does the V Variety Show. It got pretty bad reviews online, so I didn't buy tickets to it. After seeing Russ Merlin, I wish I would have gone to see his show.

This is how Liam slept in his stroller while we were at Burger Bar. Everyone who walked by commented on how cute he is. I'd have to agree!
We spent 3 evenings hanging out with some friends who live in Las Vegas. Other evenings, someone would watch Liam while the others went out. One night Morgan and I went to see Cirque Di Solei's "Mystere." It was amazing! I couldn't take it all in. The comedy was great, but the acrobatics were the highlight. I highly recommend it.

Another evening, Dan and I went to see Jabbawockeez while Morgan watched The Little Dude. It was another amazing show. Dan used to break dance, so he especially enjoyed it.
On our way back from the theater, I convinced Dan to let me take his picture with some show girls. He's such a good sport. 
Dan doesn't look like he minds too much.
Another night, Dan and I went to eat at the Eiffel Tower restaurant at the Paris hotel. The view was spectacular. The food was pretty good, too, though I've had better French food.
View from our table

Dan & I outside of the restaurant
After we ate, we crossed the street to watch the fountains at the Bellagio. We saw 3 different songs. It was really nice to relax and hang out with Dan.

It was a fantastic vacation. Liam was a really good sport and didn't mind hanging out in the stroller.
If I had to do it all over again, I would not stay at the Flamingo hotel. It was old and kind of dirty. Liam's hands and knees got dirty from crawling around on the floor. We had to put down an extra sheet to cover the carpet. The hotel is centrally located though and had a really good buffet.

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