For us, Las Vegas might as well be a city in Utah. We can't seem to go to Utah without making a trip down to the desert. We love going out west. We love the west.
Utah has friends and family, old hang-out spots, and Tucanos (among other of Brad's favorite eating establishments not found elsewhere.) We both love Salt Lake too. It was nice to take Addison out to the place we met, and introduce her to all of our friends.
While I don't think we'd want to live out west, we'd certainly like to be able to visit more often. Lots of good memories in Utah for both of us.
Getting ready for our decent into Salt Lake. The only reason I post this picture is to show our little angel, all tuckered out after a long day of flying. She caught a little bug on the plane and was coughing the whole time. Poor thing.
So, upon landing, instead of being good parents and putting her to bed, we went to the Skybox for dinner with some friends. I shot hoops while we waited. Addy loved it. "Ball! Ball! *cough-cough* Ball!"
We soon found out just how sick she was as she spewed all over our table. Addy had never done that before, and she was pretty scared. She promptly fell asleep. We ate quick and got out of there in our rented PT Cruiser - a very spacious car.
The next day, she seemed better, so we went up to Ogden to see Robyn, Jeremy, and Elise. We went to Best Burger, which consistently lives up to its name, and then went bowling at Fat Cats.
From Ogden we drove down to Spanish Fork (2 hours) to visit a family from Brad's mission, and then drove back up to Orem to go out to Iggy's with a portion of the Kalamazoo, UT community. It was then back to Salt Lake.
We stayed with Heather and Gary, friends of ours from back home, who moved back to their home in UT. They live in Holladay, and we are ever so grateful for their hospitality and patience as Addy continued to throw up all over their house.
Here Amanda and Heather do some cross-country skiing at Heather's parents' house.
It's actually hard to call it a house. It's huge. Huge enough for an indoor pool. We enjoyed it, especially after the mountain experience. I won't get into that.
The pool has a Flintstones-style slide and diving board.
Amanda, Addy, Tommy, and Heather enjoying the water.
Addy, either ready to get out, or hating the swimmies.
We had a Sunday night get-together at Bryan and Rose's. Brett and Kim came over.
By Monday, 6 days in, Addy was still sick and contaminating everyone she met. Krisina and Andrea both got the bug immediately after this photo.
The last two days in Utah were a total wash, as Amanda and I both got sick at the same time. It was horrible trying to take care of Addy, who seemed to be better, while we took turns in the bathroom. I'll leave out the details. Aaron got sick at the same time, and Rose, our gracious host, caught it Wednesday - the day we left for Vegas.
It was a shame, because there were things we couldn't do and people we didn't get to see. We essentially lost our last two days in Utah. I didn't even get to go to Orem-Tucanos. That was my home away from home!
Oh well, we'll just have to come back.
Off to Vegas!
I tried to catch a picture of the sign, as I drove the rental mini-van.
We got a great deal on a suite at the Stratosphere, that was spacious enough for all of us. This is the view of downtown from our room.
Adam and Sam and the kids came up from Tuscon. It was great hanging out with them.
We spent part of the day at New York New York in the arcade. Addison didn't like this machine. I'm mean, I know.
Pausing for a pic on the south end of the strip.
We hit the oh-so-exciting M&M store. Addy always wants to eat M&M's. She didn't seem to like the really big ones. Man, I am mean, aren't I? I need to get that checked...
Not only am I mean, but I can be pretty dumb. So, I saw the wall of M&M's (with all kinds of funky colors) and I thought, "That sounds good. I think I'll buy some M&M's."
So, I pick a couple of colors, and go to check out. "$13.75" the guy says. I guess I had a pound of them, because I later found out they cost $11/pound. So, this is me with my $14 bag of M&M's.
Crossing over the bridge to the Mirage. I really love this bridge. It doesn't make sense to anyone but me, but there are a lot of memories tied to this spot in Vegas.
This is leaving the Mirage, heading over to the Venetian.
I think if you ask me why I love Las Vegas so much, I could tell you a lot of things. But most of all, I love the sights. I love the buildings. It's beautiful down there on the strip, and there are many moments to take a really nice picture.
Here the Stratosphere is framed by the palm trees and the Wynn complex on the right.
Here's a nice family pic inside the new Palazzo at the Venetian.
This show takes place where we were sitting in the previous picture. Those aren't statues.
It was kinda' creepy, and to be honest, a little boring.
A nice picture of the Wynn Resort, with the brand-spankin' new Encore.
You should see the bathrooms in this place.
...And here's the bathroom. Very nice.
The outside of the Palazzo.
Back at the hotel, Addy and Ethan had a moment. They're kissing cousins, or second cousins, or first cousins once removed. I don't know how that stuff works.
Friday, we headed over to Matt and Nicole's. I love this picture of Kylie and me.
Aaron and Malia. She belongs to Adam and Sam.
Baby Kadyn, surprised to see us.
Little Kacey. She's so pretty.
I can't believe she's gonna be 5.
Addison loved playing with her cousins for the first time.
Add Ethan and Malia. All of the kids here. Addy took off after this one. She was done.
For the first time in a long time, I present...the Boyd family.
Kylie is such a sweet girl. She wanted to help feed Addy, who seems awfully suspicious of what is going on.
Later that night, I surprised Amanda with tickets to Ka, the Cirque du Soleil show at the MGM Grand. We went with JJ and Marika. It was really good with this incredible stage that kept moving, floating, tilting and rotating. It was our 3rd Cirque show. We hope to see them all at some point.
We woke up Saturday, checked out, and headed back north to have Mark's Pizza with the family before heading to the airport. I stopped at In N Out, because I wasn't about to go to Vegas without getting an In N Out burger.
It was great to visit Utah and Vegas and to see everyone. There was a lot left on our 'To Do' list, so we're gonna have to return soon.