Monday, April 30, 2007
Reggie has many fans that would like to see him live free in the lake but of course safety concerns will most likely see Reggie at the LA zoo.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Kat's parents and great-aunt met up with us for dinner where most of had the prime rib dinner for $6.95 and it was pretty good. After that we began to gamble and chant our mantra,"I am so lucky"...they've been reading The Secret. It worked for me because I won $150 some odd dollars on video poker and then some more playing a slot machine. Yeah!
For being such a long day we turned in kind of early but that didn't help. Kat's back started bothering her so she got up gamble around 4am. I woke up when she left, dozed and woke up again at 6:30am when she got back. Kat went back to sleep and I went out to gamble where the casino decided to test their fire alarm system at 8 am. It wasn't quite the restful night we were expecting.
Well, it was on to Vegas and we stayed at The Golden Nugget (downtown). Last year when we were here at the same hotel, the pool was being renovated and boy, it is so cool now. It is in a courtyard so they couldn't expand out so they created a nice pool area by building up. There is a 3 story water slide with 2 levels of private cabanas and a shark tank where the water slide goes thru. That hotel/casino is the busiest of all in the downtown area and it is a nice place to stay too.
One day we took a break from gambling to drive out to Red Rock canyon about 20 miles out. We drove the scenic loop for another 13 miles and took lots of pictures. The weather was perfect, lots of puffy clouds and a nice 86 degrees. We took Kat's parents car which is a Cadillac SRX and I squeezed into the 3rd row seat. Ugh..that didn't work out too well for me in the long run. I started to get a bit nauseous back there so we had to arrange the seating so I could sit in the 2nd row. Soon I felt better so it all worked out great. There are some places to hike if one chooses too but this is really a nice diversion to gambling. I'm glad we did it.
We returned to our hotel and we spent an hour relaxing after our drive. Gambling usually took place in the evening after dinner. Kat and her parents were winning all sorts of money at various slot machines. I was doing okay but nothing big or major. On Thursday night we all had dinner at Vic and Anthony's steakhouse inside The Golden Nugget and it was excellent. Filet mignon, au gratin potatoes and dessert ( a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream rolled/covered with pecans and toffee with chocolate sauce).
Overall, the trip was great. I did a little bit of everything...gambled, shopped and wined and dined. Well, not really wine...Kat and I hit Fat Tuesday's where tasty slushie alcoholic drinks are served into a very big souvenir mug ( we bought them a few years ago). I had a Hurricane with an extra shot and I could only drink half! Next time we're going to buy one drink then split it.
We all went to the outlet mall where I got a new Fossil watch, Revo sunglasses and spent the rest of my gift card on a Coach umbrella. I didn't come back with extra money but I had a great time!
Monday, April 23, 2007
I'm gonna be gone until Friday night so I'll have lots to share this weekend.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
After the movie, Hector suggested we go bowling so we did. That was lots of fun even though I'm not good at bowling. The day turned out to be a date day and everyone had a good time. Unfortunately Hector was called in to work later in the afternoon but the kids and I enjoyed the nice chilly evening sitting by the fireplace. Kind of unusal for April but hey, this whole year has had freaky weather.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
On Sunday we went to Legoland and at Miniland the latest exhibit is Las Vegas. They did a really great job with the famous landmarks and even have cute details. I love the pool scene right by the Luxor. And of course I had to take a pic of the wedding chapel!
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
At the Shamu show, there were 4 killer whales but I don't remember the trainers ever mentioning their names. I guess everyone just refers to all of them as "Shamu".
The dolphin show was good. A family is selected to do certain parts of the show and I started to remember from the last time that the "mom" is actually a trainer that pretends to take a picture of the boy with the dolphin and she falls into the water. Yeah, it wasn't as funny the second time. There were some pilot whales in the show and one of them is Bubbles who is 47 years old and I vaguely remember this same whale from Marineland when I was a child. Here is one of the pilot whales splashing the crowd and I caught the moment just before the people get soaked. Love it!
Like I said before, if the day is much warmer I would sit in the soak zone...Tyler wants to experience this.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Our day at Sea World started around noon Saturday. We were able to purchase fun cards where the one day admission allows us to use that same ticket for the rest of 2007. It was a nice day with a mix of overcast clouds and sun. The kids really enjoyed Shamu's Happy Harbor where there are slides, rope bridges, bounce area, sand play and water play. I believe they would be perfectly happy to be there all day. We had lunch near the Budweiser beer station where they hand out free beer. The Shamu and dolphin shows are the only ones we saw and thankfully we sat in the non-soak zone. Several years ago, we went to the show with Tyler and sat in the splash zone. Needless to say, we got soaked! And the water is cold about 50 degrees. So we learned our lesson that time and sat out of the way of splashing.
But that doesn't mean we didn't avoid the water. The kids did play in the children's water area. The latest ride is Journey to Atlantis which is a combo roller coaster and water ride. Hector bought me a poncho to wear but I didn't wear the hood so I still got my head soaked. The ride starts off right away with the big plunge into water about 8 stories tall and then we enter a tower where an elevator lifts us up to the top and we do the roller coaster portion. It was lots of fun and Tyler couldn't stop talking about it all day. Once summer begins the water rides will be a welcome relief. Tyler is already looking forward to more visits to Sea World and so am I.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
My day is fine so far but Hector called to tell me about his morning. He spent 15 minutes looking for his cell phone and finally remembered that he left it in the mailbox last night when he was planning to climb up to the second story. Hector rode his motorcycle to work and it ran out of gas! For some reason, the darn thing doesn't have a gas gauge so he has to keep track of how many miles he's driven (lame). So he pushes it almost a mile before finding the reserve tank and gets to work. All this before 7am! Hopefully the rest of his day goes better!
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Kat came over and we had a nice leisurely lunch at Islands. Yum. She gave me a Best Buy gift card which is always a cool gift . After that we went to see Blades of Glory which was a hoot. We laughed more than everyone else in the theatre which makes us giggle more. The costumes and skating routines are so over the top..can't wait for it to be available on DVD.
Tyler gave me a box of chocolates which he thought of all by himself and Josh gave me an iTunes card (with Dad's help). Hector gave me a new laptop which should serve me for a long time. My mom gave me 2 summery dresses which I look forward to wearing. Overall, it was a nice birthday.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Today is Hector's birthday and he is 48 years old. I haven't got him a specific gift because he is difficult to buy for. He is not into clothes or any specific hobbies and if he really wants something he will buy it. Hector did treat himself to a new motorcycle that is his birthday present for himself. Tyler did come up with the idea to take his dad bowling for his birthday so that is our plan for tonight.
Seriously, a lot of friends and family have their birthdays in April.
Becky (Hector's sister): April 4
Hector: April 5
Me: April 9
Kat (friend): April 27
Albert (nephew): April 27
I'm still thinking it is March but nope, I need to get my act together. Gotta run and buy some cards and think of a nice little gift for everyone. Ugh. Procrastination...that's my motto.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
So needless to say, I'll be busy taking care of my usual stuff and visiting my mom. I'll leave updates when I can.