We dropped the kids off at the sitters on Monday - and that went tear free! We had really been prepping Noah so he would understand best he could. He hugged us and said "I love you, now go" - it was funny and sad at the same time. We then went to Fayetteville for lunch before heading to the airport. Getting through airport security was a little tricky. While we were waiting in line to go through security, Nathan pulled his license out. It had a big crack in it and it was all scratched up. He said that is how it always looks towards it's expiration (which is next month) because it is in his wallet while he works on equipment all the time. Well, the last number of the expiration date was rubbed off so it was not considered a valid ID - so it had to be approved by the TSA. They said they needed to do an extensive search on him and his bags. Well, he had my bags and I had his - so we had to switch, which I am sure didn't look suspicious at all and they searched him and his bag. Thankfully, that was it and we were off to our gate.
About an hour before we were supposed to take-off, they made an announcement that the plane we were supposed to take had not even left Vegas yet due to electrical errors in the Vegas airport - meaning it would be at least 3 hours from then before we could leave. I was disappointed, but I knew Nathan would freak. He HATES to sit and wait anywhere for anything and doesn't have the best patience. Luckily, there was a restaurant that helped pass our time, along with everyone else on our flight. Between that, Facebook, and people watching it really wasn't that bad. Thankfully, we didn't have any plans in Vegas for night one other than eating dinner.
It was so strange. I was fine leaving the kids - didn't cry, I was sad, but fine. But, when we took off I all of a sudden felt like crying - it was like it didn't hit me all the way that I was going to be all the way across the country from them for 4 days until then. I managed not to cry, and my awesome husband caught on that I was getting upset and of course said all the right things. Then it got exciting! We started looking through the in-flight magazines for ideas of things to do and adding to our lists. The flight was fine and went pretty fast, a little under 3 hours and we were there! Got our bags and took a shuttle to our hotel.
|Our last picture in Arkansas for the week!|
|Our first view of Vegas as we landed!|
|Our home for the week!|
|My first Vegas slot machine :)|
We made it to the Venetian this day and saw Obama on vacation since the government was shut down ;) and also rode the Gondola with a nice couple from England (they said they were skiing - aka: Spending Kids Inheritance - ha!). We were in shock from the number of international travelers. I really figured all countries had a Vegas of some sort, and I couldn't imagine traveling all that way for Vegas. We met more international people than Americans. We went on and were looking for somewhere to eat lunch - Nathan made the comment that everyone keeps talking about the shows so maybe that it the thing to do there (which is what I had been telling him everyone told me before we went - they are just expensive, like $125 per ticket expensive). The England couple was telling us all the shows they had seen there and they sounded awesome. So, the next timeshare person that offered the discount show tickets, Nathan listened to their speech. And, much to my dislike, he signed us up for a timeshare presentation that afternoon. I wanted the free tickets - but I knew the promise of the presentation only taking 30 minutes being bogus. I have always heard how long and boring these things are. But, we had already signed up and paid for our package - 2 different show tickets and $200 in slot machine credits for $70, so we did it. As soon as we got there, the times promised got longer and longer. Well, long story short, 5 hours after we met the timeshare guy, we were finally done! Yeah, we were not very happy, but we had our free tickets to the shows for that night so we wanted to hurry and eat and go. (We did not buy the timeshare by the way - even after they threw in the free Caribbean Cruise and trip to Hawaii - we just don't travel enough to make it worth our while - but boy did they try every trick in the book to get us to buy it, including saying our kids childhood will be better if we do - so annoying).
|Gondola ride at the Venetian|
|Me and Obama ;)|
|This is INSIDE the Venetian - we both swore the clouds were moving :)|
|Headed to Zumanity and Marc Savard!|
|View of the strip from our hotel|
Next up, our Wedding Day! Stay tuned... :)