Monday, January 19, 2009
The Lady Luck Invitational
We spent the weekend in Las Vegas for A's gymnastics meet. We were a little unsure of what we were going to do in Vegas with 4 kids for 4 days but it ended up being a great vacation. Here's the rundown.
The first night we saw this show with the two older kids. What a riot! Completely bizarre but tons of fun. The kids loved it!
The Lady Luck Invitational was the next day and included gyms from Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Arizona and California. A took 9th place for her age group on the uneven bars. You go girl!
The other kids were such troopers as they sat through FOUR hours of gymnastics - watching A for only about six minutes of that entire time. Whew! They looked so cute in their hats the hotel gave them.
That night we just relaxed in the hotel.
The next day started off with breakfast at The Rainfor*st Cafe at the MGM Gr*nd.
The very tired MGM lions (as seen from below).
Then it was off to the gym pool/pizza party.
That evening we ventured into the city again. We ate dinner and watched the talking statue shows at Ceas*rs Palace and then watched the fountain shows at The Bel*agio (coding the casino names to avoid showing up in any web searches).
Poor guy had a stomach ache
Loved these fountain shows! We could have stayed and watched for a lot longer but as the evening progressed, it was clear the Las Vegas party was just getting started. Time for our little family to leave the strip...
Last of all we visited the Hoover Dam. We ran out of time and stamina so we didn't take the tour but it was still very interesting. What was almost just as amazing is the bridge that they are building to divert the traffic off of the dam.
I was a skeptic about taking kids to Las Vegas before this trip. However, I can see now that there is actually a lot to do and see. We did have to walk through our fair share of casinos but it was tolerable. And the streets and casinos have cleaned up a lot since the last time we visited (more than 10 years ago!). We had a great time. Thanks to bro Shawn and friend Melissa for activity ideas and babysitting hook-ups!