Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Vegas Shenanigans, Expensive Food, Flying Balls & a $100 Taxi Ride.

Guess where we were at not too long ago? VEGAS BABY! Vegas is so much fun! I seriously love going to Vegas! I don't mind going with kids either. I'm happy either way. 
We stayed at the Hooters Hotel and Casino for three days and it was nice to get away. We came to Vegas to celebrate  my sister in laws 40th birthday and to visit my in laws that live in San Antonio,Texas. It was more of a family vacay because we had the kids with us and couldn't exactly party like young wild 20 year olds. We're old now....Side Note: We paid around $200 for four days and three nights at the casino in case you're ever interested in visiting. We weren't exactly impressed with our stay this time around, but it filled our needs while we were there. The rates aren't bad if you want to save money. 
Day One: We arrived at our hotel at 3am and went straight to bed as soon as we arrived. Once everyone woke up we met up with my sis in law and my in laws at the MGM Grand across the street from our hotel. 
 We had breakfast at the Avenue Cafe with the entire family, we chatted, and we had fun conversations about life. It had been more than a year since we had seen each other so we had tons to talk about. Side note: We weren't too impressed with the cost of breakfast. I'd reconsider eating at Avenue Cafe if you're looking to save money while you're in Vegas. It was pricey and you don't get what you pay for. 
Once we finished eating, we all split up and went our own way for the day. We decided to spend the rest of the day with our in laws. It's not every day that we see them so we took advantage of our time together. They were really happy to see all of us. It was their first time meeting Arielle and they were thrilled to meet her and see the kids after so long. 
We had a great time visiting our in laws. We ended up staying with them all afternoon and headed off to dinner that night. We wanted to save money and took a taxi down to Old town Vegas. BAD MISTAKE. It cost $25 per car to go one way and it took TWO CARS to get us to Old Town. That's $100 round trip! OUCH! We dined at  the Cafe Cortez at the Cortez Hotel and Casino. I really loved the atmosphere of the casino! Some of the slots actually dropped coins. I SCORED $60 and it was fun watching the money come down! I sound like a gamboholic!! LOL. We'll definitely go back! 
 Day 2: The following day we had breakfast at Hooters. Who knew that Hooters actually served breakfast? It's fun watching my boys squirm around the girls. They are really shy. What's funny is that we ended up eating lunch, but watching the boys giggle made everything worthwhile.  Once we were done having brunch at Hooters we met our family at The Wet Republic at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.
Have you ever been to The Wet Republic?! HOLY MOLY! IT'S ONE HUGE POOL PARTY! HUGE! Drinks are flowing, people are drinking, A LOT. I wouldn't mind coming back with my husband. It looks like it could be really fun without the kids. The kids had fun at the pool, but we ran into a few couples making out and one guy mooning tons of people including my boys. He was stupid drunk. They thought it was funny...especially when the guys balls were flapping freely in the air. Except, I'd avoid going back with the kids in the future. 
After spending a few hours at the pool we left to celebrate my sister in laws birthday at the Hard Rock Cafe next to the Hotel and Casino. Dinner was nice, but everyone was exhausted from swimming all afternoon . We had dinner, we sang happy birthday, and we had desert. As soon as we were done with desert we took my in laws back to their hotel because they were really tired. We said goodbye because we would be leaving the next day and not see them again for a while. It was sad saying goodbye and I hope that we get to see them again soon. I know my hubby really misses his dad. Once we dropped them off we spent a few hours at our hotel swimming in the pool. We had fun and the kids were drained! Mission accomplished. 
Day 3: Sunday morning we woke up bright and early and left around 6:30 am. If you want to avoid Vegas to Cali traffic on a Sunday, leave between 6 am and 8 am, and you won't get stuck on the road for HOURS! We're not kidding! If you leave after check out time (11 am), you will only make it to State Line within 4-5 hours which normally takes less than an hour to get their. Don't torture yourself. Unless, you don't mind sitting in traffic for hours at a time. LOL. 

Have you ever run into awkward situations with your kids? How do you handle it? Do you know of any frugual things to do in Vegas with kids? Places to eat? Things to do?

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