Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Vegas Baby!

Finally! Here are the last few pictures from our trip out West. In case you missed it, in May we traveled out to Arizona by way of Las Vegas to visit Scott's parents. I posted about how much fun we had here and here, and now to wrap things up here are the last few days. Our trip was great. It was a little exhausting getting there and back, but thankfully we had lots of fun relaxing while we were there to make it more than worth it! Traveling with a toddler and a baby is definitely an adventure, so to make things a little easier on us we decided to stay in Vegas for a couple nights. That way we could get the drive out of the way and not have to wake up quite so early for our morning flight home on Sunday. 

But, before we left we had to make sure we spent some time playing Grandpa's golf game in our pajamas.

We also squeezed in another trip to the park, and Carys was fully accessorized! She was super excited about the beads Grandpa found for her and had to wear them. (Of course, we are not going to ask Grandpa how he got those beads!) ;)

She even let Harper have a little fun with them!

We left Friday morning and Grandpa and Grandma did a great job of entertaining the girls while Scott and I packed everything up.

Before we hit the road, Carys helped Grandpa make us some yummy french toast for breakfast. 

After our belly's and the rental car were full as can be, we said our goodbyes and headed toward Vegas. We decided to stop at the Hoover Dam on our way. We bought tickets for the power plant tour, but after the girls started getting restless during the first ten minutes, we opted to bail early. They probably would have been fine, except we arrived at lunch time and were trying to squeeze it in before - not a good idea. We did walk through the exhibits and then stopped to see the dam itself.  We were really glad we did too because it  was very impressive to see. We (mostly Scott) watched a show awhile ago on how they built the new bypass bridge, so it was cool to see that completed too.

After the dam, we arrived at our hotel in Vegas. Carys was super excited to see that Uncle Hoon and Brooke were there to meet us. (And that was really the only way we were able to talk her into leaving Grandma and Grandpa's!) We didn't waste much time getting unpacked before heading straight to the pool. 

This little fish wore herself right out. She's always loved the water, but she was just having a blast this time! 

Harper's first time in a pool! She didn't mind getting her feet wet this time. I'm sure it had a lot to do with the water being much warmer!

That night Uncle Hoon and Brooke had to hit the road. Our visits overlapped by a day and they were just coming in as we were heading out. It was fun for us to have some time with them though!  

On Saturday we had breakfast and just hung out in our rooms for a bit. We had a banquette in the kitchen area and Carys loved eating at this table!

After Harper's morning nap we decided to hit the strip. The girls were so good. There was so much to see that they didn't mind just hanging in the stroller while we walked around. The only thing we had planned to do was go to the aquarium at Mandalay Bay, so after a ton of walking to get there (we may have gotten a little lost) we finally arrived.

Thankfully, it did not disappoint. We all loved checking everything out. 

After wearing ourselves out on the Strip we headed back to our hotel. Scott and Carys squeezed in one more trip to the pool and then we ordered dinner in and spent the night packing for our early flight. Our day certainly wasn't what most people have in mind when they go to Vegas, but it was just right for us!  

Our trip home was a little long. Harper was fussy on the flight, so we had to do some walking up and down the aisle with her to get her calmed down. Carys (thankfully) was great the whole flight, but she finally melted down when the airport shuttle dropped us off at our van. She didn't want to get in the van - she wanted "our black car". Of course she was talking about our rental car. The same rental car that she didn't want in the first place because it wasn't "our fan". Oh the joys of a toddler! Thankfully both girls passed out as soon as we hit the road, and when we got home it nice to finally drop our bags for the last time!   

We really had a fantastic time on our trip though. We always love spending time with Scott's parents and  really appreciate how they go out of their way to make things as easy as possible for us.

Thanks for everything Mom and Dad! We had a great trip with lots of fun memories. We love you! 

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