Most of you have probably seen these pictures on Facebook, but I put everything here for future reference and for my Mom who doesn't do Facebook.
So, the 13th birthday surprise was a girls trip to Vegas! They figured it out before we left, but everyone was very excited to get there.
Dakri drove and we were off by 8:00 in the morning.
The girls slept a little. We had a stop at Subway for lunch. We were going to stop at the Hoover Dam, but it was 102 degrees and you have to walk up some a huge hill and we just kept going.
We got to the Golden Nugget in downtown Vegas. This is not the Strip, but about 3 or 4 miles down. This is the Vegas my parents went to in the 70's before the Strip was there. We go to the desk to check-in and behind the desk is a huge aquarium with some scuba divers feeding fish and cleaning the tank. That must be a cool job.
The chandelier was beautiful.
We got separate rooms but they had an adjoining door, so we could hang out the whole time.
The pool at the Golden Nugget is awesome. Waterfalls and a huge aquarium in the middle.
Then, there is a slide that goes right through the aquarium, which has sharks in it.
In this picture, you can see someone going through the shark chute as they called it.
The girls look cute with the underwater camera. I have about 20 videos of fish that they took too.
And the sharks weren't huge, but maybe like 4 feet long. But when they swim right for you and there is just a tiny pane of glass between you, it's scary!
We got showered and ready to go see Phantom of the Opera.
The girls took 20 selfies to find one they liked.
They looked adorable.
I braided their hair in double french braids.
And one selfie of the Moms...
We ate at this place called Nacho Daddy. If you check in on the Yelp app, you got a free margarita! The only thing better than a margarita is a free margarita!
The girls looking cute.
And the nachos...oh my, they were so good. They were huge, so Emily and I shared.
Then, we mentioned it was an early 13th birthday trip and the waiter brought them out free dessert. We were stuffed when we were done, but it was all so good!
The Phantom was about a mile away, but we weren't in walking shoes and the area got a little sketchy heading there. So, we took our first Uber! It was so easy and way cheaper than a cab.
This was our driver D! We saw him like 5 times that trip. They just drive around and take people places.
D dropped us off and it was perfect time to grab the free golf cart ride from the parking lot to the front of the theater.
One pic of the theater before the show started.
Then, we went out on a balcony during intermission to warm up. It was freezing in there.
Then, after we went to Freemont street where they have live music and entertainment. I was trying to get a pic of the Kiss impersonators behind us in thongs. If you take a picture with them, they want money.
But, I did snap this photo of the back of them. Love the iPhone in his thong.
And every night, Emily and I would go to sleep watching videos of the cat. She misses her cat when we are away.
You kind of have to worry when this sign is on your nightstand with ear plugs. Luckily, it was totally quiet and we had no problems sleeping.
The next morning, we spent a few hours at the pool.
We surprised the girls with 13 and fabulous shirts to wear on the Strip.
We checked headed over to our next hotel, New York, New York on the Strip. The first thing the girls wanted to do was ride the roller coaster. It's $15 for one ride or $26 for an all day pass. We got them the all day pass and it's a good thing we did. They rode that thing about 15 times.
We couldn't go up with them, so this was them coming off the coaster.
They had a huge arcade too and a Statue of Liberty made out of jelly beans.
We had some lunch. This is inside, but it looks outside.
These were some sirloins curing that I knew David would love.
The girls got frappucinos. They were so much more expensive than home. Like double the price, so Emily got a large and we shared it.
Dakri found her favorite Wild Cherry machine and put in $5. She lost it in 44 seconds.
We went to the Hershey's store and there is a 500 pound chocolate Statue of Liberty.
These are David's favorite...huge peanut butter cookies. I brought him home one of the sweet treats.
This thing was like $40 or something. Crazy!
Then, we walked to the M&M store.
The girls were done with all of our pictures, so Dakri and I got in some. I told them I hated when my Mom made me take pictures when I was a kid, but now I'm thankful I have them all.
Then, Dakri and I got chicken and waffles for dinner. She had never had it, and it's one of my favorite things. This was from Bruxie and OMG, it was so good. Probably the best thing I've ever eaten in my life.
Dakri loved it too!
We planned to drag the girls all over the Strip and see the different casinos, but they were kind of tired. So, we let them decide what to do. They wanted to play in the arcade, so we gave them money to have some fun there.
The sunset was pretty from our room.
Dak and I shared this 32 oz margarita!
We were cracking up and we hadn't even had any yet!
Since the Mom's had our drink, we got the girls shakes from Hershey's and headed down to the Bellagio to watch the fountains. It was only a half mile walk.
Sometimes, they make you go up a flight a stairs and over the street on a walkway and then through a casino to get passed the street. So, we ended up in the Cosmo casino and I knew my sister would love this hotel. The pink chandeliers and the black stiletto heel. It was totally her.
The fountains were awesome.
This is the Paris hotel behind us.
And back at New York New York as the girls wanted to ride the roller coaster at night. We paid to go on one ride with them and oh man, that thing is rough. I don't know how they did it 15 times. My shoulders still hurt.
The next morning was a little pool time and then we headed home. We thought the girls would be asleep quickly, but they still had plenty of silliness left in them.
And that was the trip! It was fantastic and I'm so glad I got to spend that time with my girl and our besties! They want to go every year, but I really, really missed David and the boys. They had lovely flowers and big hugs waiting for us. So, I think they missed us just as much.