We decided to head to Vegas to visit my brother's family for Thanksgiving weekend. We left Friday morning loaded to the top with lots of clothes and baby stuff as well as some Christmas presents from my parents.
The drive there was pretty easy going. Joss did really well. When she started to get a little fussy, we would give her a snack or a new toy to play with and she would be fine for a little while.
We stopped in Kingman for some lunch. Joss decided that my keys were tastier then anything we tried to give her.
We did get backed up at the dam a little, but not too bad.
We decided to go straight to Mike and Allison's apartment to unload some stuff. Joslyn was so excited to get out of her carseat and to see her cousins. We stayed and played with them for a while and then Allison was nice enough to watch Joss while we went and checked in to the hotel.
The hotel we stayed at is in the process of renovation. We got to stay on the newly renovated floor. All the doors to the rooms were BRIGHT orange. I had to take a picture to show my sister Kristi.
We also had the room by the big neon sign. That was not fun. Luckily the blinds kept out most of the light. Here is the view.
After checking in at the hotel, we went to Cafe Rio with Mike, Allison, Adam and Grace. It was our first time going there and it was yummy. Patrick did say that I make their pork barbacoa better then they do though. Just saying.
After dinner we were exhausted and went back to the hotel to sleep. Joss had different ideas though. She didn't want to go to sleep so it took a while to get her down. And then she decided that 4:30 was the perfect time to wake up. We were not so keen on it.
We decided that we would just get up and try to hit the buffet at the casino by Mike and Allison's since we were meeting up with them that morning. No such luck. The 24 hour buffet apparently doesn't open until 8am. So, we went to Coco's instead.
After meeting up with Mike, Allison, Adam and Grace we went to M&M World. We had fun looking at all the souvenirs. The movie and the tour were broken so we didn't get to do that stuff but we did get to see the nascar on display.
After M&M World we went to see the lions at MGM Grand. We got there early and had to wait about 45 minutes for the lions to be brought in, but when they did bring them out they walked them around the glass perimeter by putting raw meat on the glass panels. One of the trainers put the meat right in front of Grace's face. Grace wasn't scared at all by that and loved it when the lion licked it off the window. Afterward, Grace kept saying that she wanted to eat meat too.
After seeing the lions we went back to the hotel room to try to get Joss to take a nap, while Patrick watched the Arizona State vs. University of Arizona football game. Joss again didn't want to sleep so she roamed the hotel room and played with the phone, the alarm clock and the a/c unit.
After the game we decided to head over to the Fremont Street Experience and look around. Joss loved all the lights and watching all the people walking by. After that we went back to the hotel room and it was pretty easy to get Joss to nap, so we joined her.
That night Allison was nice enough to watch Joss for us while we went out just the two of us. I wasn't too sure we were going to get to go out because Adam and Patrick wanted to play video games and their game was taking so long. But we did get to go out.
We decided to go to the Bellagio and see the dancing fountains and the Conservatory. The Conservatory was set up to celebrate autumn and it was beautiful. The trees were piped so that water would drip from them. It was really neat. There were also golden leaves that were suspended from the ceiling.
After the Bellagio, we decided to go to Nathan's Famous for dinner. Patrick was pretty hungry, that is why the face. So, much happier when our food was ready!
When we picked up Joss, we found out that Grace tried to use Joslyn as a pony. As Joss would crawl around she would try to sit on her back. Hopefully she doesn't try that with her new brother.
Luckily, Joss went to sleep much easier that night, but she did still wake up at 4:30. Our plan was to go to church on Sunday with Mike and Allison, but their ward starts at 1pm and that would mean that we wouldn't get home until 10:00 or later. So, we decided to just head home after Joss woke up. With her waking up so early we were able to breeze through the dam and we made it home by noon.
We had so much fun on our trip. We were a little bummed that we didn't get to see a new baby, but were glad to be able to spend time with Allison. A little trade off.