Thursday, August 29, 2013

Vegas Baby!

Let me just start by saying I have always hated Vegas. I never thought it was that great and way too overrated. Mind you, I still think it's a little overrated. But I now have a much better opinion on the city. It was kind of awesome while we were there.

We went on this trip to get away for our anniversary. ONE YEAR! And as Jake puts it, "I'm STILL not sick of you!" That's the amazing part. But on a serious note, marriage has been the best thing to EVER happen to me. I love my husband with all my heart. I couldn't have found a person better for me. He is everything I could have hoped for. He is kind, loving, hard working, hilarious, and so much more. I realize every day how blessed I am to have him and so grateful for the decision we made and the opportunity we had to be sealed together and married 1 year and 11 days ago.

We left Friday after work and drove down to St. George, Utah. J's grandparents own a little place down there and so kindly let us stay whenever we want. Saturday was actually Jake's birthday as well and all he wanted was to go golfing. So we did! We stayed in St. George just for that reason. We knew it would be hot while he golfed, but little did we know that it would be 110 degrees.. None-the-less, he loved it all the same. I just hid myself in the shade as much as possible and he may or may not have golfed half naked. We also hung out around the city, we went to Tuachan and other places we'd never seen. It was pretty amazing.

Next, we were on to Vegas. One of our goals during the trip was to gamble, of course. Neither of us had ever legitimately gambled and we HAD TO try it. I just had the notion that we'd each take $20 and come away from Vegas $40 short. I wasn't ready to drop $100's, but I was willing to throw away a little money. Well, we went to the Palace Station casino for their buffet. When we were in line they told us that if we signed up for their club membership then we'd get half off the buffet. So we did. The membership was free and basically used to get people to gamble in their hotel. With the membership, they gave us 3 dollars in slot money. We took it to a penny slot machine and low an behold.. We won $50 on the 1 cent machine!

Well, we both had been dying to play craps. We'd prepared ourselves with youtube videos and were ready to lose some cash. But hey, it's fun! So we took $30 of the $50 we had won and took it over to the craps table. We played and won another $100! We probably could have kept playing and kept winning, but neither of us were there to risk losing $150 of free money. So we just cashed out and decided we are NEVER gambling again. You only get beginners luck once right?

We stayed at the Palms resort. If we ever go back to Vegas, I don't think we'll stay anywhere else now. We had an awesome pool, free breakfast buffet, free entrance to all events and clubs at the hotel, which includes concerts and entrance to the #1 club in Vegas. Better believe we hit that up. 

Naturally we went down Freemont Street and saw all the performers and casinos and whatever else they have. We bought ourselves some dollar margaritas while we were there as well. I threw mine in the trash long before this picture.

Our last night there we went to one of the clubs in the Palms. It was AWESOME! They take you up to the 55th floor where you have this amazing view of the entire city. There's a big dance floor, plus a balcony outside. The balcony had a glass floor! So when you're standing there, you can see down 55 floors to the street. It's terrifying. The roof on the club was also retractable, so halfway through the night, they open it up and you're now looking at the stars. It was so fun! But Jake lost his mind with excitement. I have never, in the 7 years that I have known my husband, seen him as excited as he was in the club. He was dancing his little heart out. I eventually was exhausted and had to leave. I had to drag Jake out, and he danced by himself the whole way back to our hotel room. All he wants to do now is go dancing. 

This is the view from the club. Pretty great right?

The best thing we did in Vegas? Cirque de Soleil. Handsdown. (Though Jake just might say the club.)We went to Mystere, which we picked merely because it was the cheapest Cirque show. My goodness. It was incredible. I had fairly high expectations given the price and what we had been hearing. But it blew all my expectations out of the water. If you get the chance to go, do it! It's worth every penny.

Finally, our last day before we drove home, we did a session at the Vegas temple. Yes, we went from gambling and clubbing to the temple. It was fine. But this temple really was SO beautiful outside, and even prettier on the inside. I'm really happy we were able to do this before we went home, and it was a great end to the trip.


  1. Hahahaha....I want to see Jake at a club. I was laughing so hard. Let's plan a clubbing/temple date in Salt Lake. :)

    1. Haha. Deal! He keeps begging me to find some club in Salt Lake. Just wait til you see him in action.

  2. Jake clubbin'? hahaha. That is just too perfect!