When we got to the stratosphere I told Nathan we were riding the roller coaster and rides on the top. He claims at this point he told me he didn't want to do it. I did not hear him - and he watched me buy tickets for us to ride it without much objection, so I thought we were good. Apparently not. When we got up to the top, he was not happy. He did not want to ride the roller coaster. It really wasn't a coaster, just a short piece of track that goes over the edge of the Stratosphere and stops. I told him I was doing it and he didn't have to. He reluctantly rode it anyway. I could not stop laughing while we were riding it. He was cussing the ride operators (to himself) and when the ride went back over the edge a second time he said "stop it you idiots" - I lost it. I could not stop laughing. He was not sharing in my laughter at all - but I could not help it. He said he likes coaster with more track out in front, but not that one. We also rode the ride the shoots you straight up in the air at the very top of the tower - it was awesome! It got my belly more than any ride ever has! There was no cussing or madness on this ride :) The other ride was closed due to high winds at the time - but Nathan informed me we were not going to ride it any way :) I had originally wanted to do the ride where you jump off the top of the Stratosphere - but Nathan wasn't going to let that happen. Honestly, once I got up there I would have chickened out. That is really high!
|At the windy top of the Stratosphere|
|Nathan was not happy - me on the other hand - I could not stop laughing!|
|Our unplanned matching faces :)|
|Headed to our vow renewal|
|Our limo :)|
We then went back to our hotel to get ready for dinner and our other Cirque Du Soleil show that we had bought tickets for before we left - Mystere. We made reservations at a steak house called Smith & Wollensky per recommendation of Nathan's uncle. It was our most expensive meal by far - but it was a great experience. We both liked our food and had a great dinner. We then went to Treasure Island for the Mystere show. I hate to say it, but we really did not care for this show - and I hated that because the tickets were almost $300. Nathan and I both fell asleep several times, it was just not entertaining. (The show was at 9:30, so it wasn't like we were ready for bed or anything) Most of the show was just people dancing around doing ballet or flying or doing tricks with a harness on (which I could do I imagine). The end had some acrobatics that were pretty cool, but other than the old man that ran around playing tricks on the audience before it started, I was not impressed. I would not say that everyone wouldn't enjoy it - but I would say to try to get discount tickets from one of the street half price vendors there. It just wasn't for us. A weird thing that happened was we took a taxi twice this day. Once from the Stratosphere to our hotel to get ready for the wedding because these are two of the farthest points on the strip and once from Treasure Island to our hotel because it was pretty late and far when we got out of Mystere. Both times we had the same cab driver! How insane is that? The cab driver said she has been driving a cab there for 15 years and only had that happen 4 times! We even ran into people we knew in Vegas! With all these strange luck things happening for us - we couldn't get lucky on the slot machines to save our life!
|Headed to dinner and Mystere|
|Dinner at Smith & Wollensky|
|Bellagio water show|
|Headed out to dinner on our last night|
That first breath of Arkansas air was amazing - it smelled so good! Ahhh, God's Country! :) We then had a quick lunch at Jose's and headed home to unpack and get our babies! When we saw Noah he gave me a big hug and said "Momma! You came back, I am so proud of you! You are SO pretty!". Ryan just squealed with excitement and smiled really big! They are both amazing little people.
Vegas is an awesome city full of life! When we first got there it was very overwhelming and I wanted to leave. The people bugging you while you were just trying to walk somewhere, the people clicking picture of naked women at you trying to get you to take them, nothing being free (except for walking) - it was just a lot. (Side story - Nathan decided on the last night to take the naked women cards for 3-4 blocks before our hotel and he got over 40 cards with all different naked women on them - impressive! They were left in the trash in the room through) But, by Thursday I felt like a pro and was fine with all that craziness and was sad to be leaving so soon!
I am so glad I got 5 uninterrupted days with my husband - I haven't had that in a very long time. It felt weird to go to the grocery store without him on Saturday! I really missed my home while we were gone (not so much that I didn't have a great time) and I think that is a good sign. I love my house, my chair, my shows, my yoga pants, my cherry coke with no ice in a glass, watching my babies play in the floor - that is the life! :) I am so glad I got this much needed, deserved (even if it is hard to admit) vacation and made awesome memories with my husband! Who knows, we may even try to go somewhere again next year ;)