Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Vegas 11-11-11 The first day 11-9-11

Well we did it!!! We got married on 11-11-11 in Las Vegas at the Paris Hotel. We had the most fabulous time ever the whole entire time.

We don't want to forget one single detail so I'm going to try and get as many details down as possible. We've been married abuot 1 1/2 weeks right now.

Wednesday Nov 9, 2011 : We woke at about 5am and got up and showered. My good friend Renee was coming to pick us up at 7a.m. to get us to the airport.  Renee was right on time and off to the portland airport we went. Ned, Caitlyn, Sara and I were so excited to be on our way. After checking some bags and getting through security we headed to our gate and then to grab a Starbucks coffee and snack. Our flight was on time and overbooked. We were able to check the girls carry on's for free at that time so that's what we did. Because of being overbooked, the girls were not sitting together. Caitlyn sat between 2 people that appeared to be a couple and talked around poor Caitlyn who sat in the middle seat. She also wondered if they became part of the mile high club as they stepped to the back of the plane for quite awhile.lol. Sara on the other hand was offered the window seat by an older couple. They watched over her nicely and Sara chatted with the couple for a good amount of the trip. Ned and I sat together wondering how the week would turn out for us. We were full of anticipation.
Our flight was great and after landing we headed to get our baggage and then off to the car rental so that we could run errands. We picked up a Mitsubishi Endeavor from Hertz rental car. Then it was off to get our marriage license downtown. We had previously done the marriage license info online that we found was a huge help. We only waited in line for 5 minutes to get our paperwork. Then it was off to grab a bite to eat and we did so at Carls Jr. I think we all ended up having some sort of hand breaded chicken and it was delicious. Next...off to get the tux. After a few wrong turns we found Mens Warehouse and spent a little more time there than expected as the girl in portland had measured Ned two sizes too big. So after choosing another coat that would actually fit him correctly and not be hanging off his shoulders we headed to find our hotel and check in. What can I say about our room....it was amazing!!! Kinda like our whole trip. :)

Our room was at the Planet Hollywood Westgate Towers. We had a beautiful 1 bedroom suite with a pullout couch in the living room. The living room also had an 8 ft progression TV screen. The bedroom was filled with a king bed, lounge chair, and jacuzzi tub. We had just enough time to change and dress up for our scheduled Cirque de Soleil "KA" at MGM. I had been sick for the last week almost, thought I had been feeling better on Mon/Tues as I had been drinking water, taking Airborne, allergy medicine, DayQuil, NyQuil, zinc lozenges and anything else I could to speed up this cold. Well a nyway....even though MGM was close we took a taxi over there. We wandered around the MGM for a bit....glancing at the lions cage, and through the casino. We wandered over to the MGM buffet where we were going to have dinner. Sara and I stayed in line while Ned and Caitlyn went to get our tickets for KA. We had a pretty good dinner. :) The girls downed some crab legs that were pretty good and we had some delicious little desserts.









Then it was time to head to KA. What an amazing show!!! My cough was getting worse and Ned stepped out before it started to pick up a couple waters...at $6 a piece...YIKES...we realized then that this was gonna be an expensive trip. Oh well it's our wedding....right? RIGHT!! Well like I said....the show was amazing. Sara was overwhelmed with amazement...I had to keep telling her to be quiet because she was ooohing and aaahing so much. It was just a great show.  We stopped in the gift shop afterward and bought a few souvenirs, then headed back to our hotel. We did walk on the way back enjoying all the lights in the Vegas night. Caitlyn was looking so good we had to remind men that she was only 16 and keep them back with a stick. 

In Vegas...it's always a lot further of a walk then you think.lol. We finally got back to our room....the girls got ready for bed and snuggled in to their pullout couch and turned on the 8ft TV....yes I said 8 feet.lol. We were all pretty tired as we had been up since 5a.m. and it was now about 1030p.m., but I had gambling plans with my Mom....so I wasn't ready to call it a night. Ned stayed in with the girls and I met up with my mom.

We took a taxi over to the Flamingo where they supposedly had Ebay...(which actually doesn't exist in Vegas anymore :( ) It was at the Flamingo that I finally got to see that they really do give free drinks in Vegas while you are gambling. The waitress asked what I wanted, and I asked..what are my options? She replied...well honey..it's a full open bar. lol...ok.lol. I'll take a margarita...and so I did. Mom and I gambled for a bit...not winning much, but having a good time.

We met up with some friends who were staying at the Flamingo, Melissa and Ray. I had worked with Melissa at Adventist for years and they were kind enough to come enjoy our Vegas wedding with us. I showed Melissa the in's and out's of gambling.lol the slots. When to cash out and such. We also went up to their room to check it out as she had a big suite. :)




Then it was back down to the casino. I played a new game of Monopoly with bonuses. Won a quick $100 and cashed out. Ned woulda been proud. Met up with my mom again...gambled a little more with no luck and then got a taxi back to our place.

I asked the taxi guy to take mom and I the most direct route...and he took us through this back alley...lol. scared me. I thought that might be the end of us.lol. Alas it wasn't. Finally.....2a.m. back to my room and snuggled into bed with my fiance. :) What a first day in Vegas!!!!