Thursday, October 23, 2008

Viva Las Vegas for the BIG 3-0

Well, we just got back from Vegas after celebrating the big 3-0. Not my 3-0... I'm not THAT old! Just kidding. The Boss turned 30 on Saturday, October 18. I surprised him on Saturday morning with a trip for TWO (kid-less of course. We love Grandmas!) He was surprised to say the least. I gave him one hour to get packed and we were off! We spent 4 days and 3 nights staying at the Venetian Hotel & Resort. The boss said it was BY FAR, the best birthday EVER! It was SO MUCH FUN!! The Hotel was PERFECT (and worth every penny). We ate, slept, went to a show, laid out by the pool, went shopping, cruised casinos and of course, there was TONS of ... ... ... making out! (to keep it G rated) Here are some pictures from our trip:

As I said, the Hotel was fabulous. It was 5-star top-of-the-line. We had a TV in front of the bed, one in the family room (which we watched a movie on one of the nights) and one in the bathroom. All the window coverings were remote controlled, the bed was to-die-for-comfortable, and the bathroom and a separate private "chick" area for me to do my hair and make-up. We gave it 2-thumbs up!
We truly do love Vegas, but one of the main reasons we like going, is that it's the only other place out side of Utah where we can enjoy our FAVORITE place to eat... CAFE RIO!! And yes, we ate there 3 times in four days. It was worth the extra pounds gained when we got home. We LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVED it! It's good every time. We always left our plates bare. We also treated ourselves to Cold Stone after all 3 times to Cafe Rio. That could have had something to do with the weight gain.
We HAD to do a buffet. Even though they are over-priced and over-rated. It's not Vegas if you don't do a buffet. We went to the Treasure Island Buffet. It was... okay. We won't go again, we'll try a different one next time. The Boss was hilarious. He would take ONE bite of everything then toss it. I kept saying... "your wasting food!" His response was... "it's a buffet, that's what you do." No - its people like you that make it so expensive!

Aaron also had Dunkin Donuts for the first time. He LOVES donuts, and Dunkin Donuts lived up to his expectations.

The most amazing thing we did is see Phantom of the Opera. It was absolutely amazing. The stage was custom built at the Venetian for the Phantom production and it was truly beautiful. I have seen Phantom two other times and this one was BY FAR the most amazing. The cast, the special affects, the orchestra, everything was PERFECT. If you go to Vegas, this is SO worth the money to see. Really.
This was the Red Bug we rented. So COOL! We called it our "Lou-Bug". (That was for you Alyssa) The Boss said it was a total "chick" car, but it was fun to drive around and REALLY easy to park!
We did a lot of hanging out at the Hotel.

Thanks for the memories honey. It was a BLAST! Happy 30th!!!


Kate said...

you and Bill seem to have the same idea about buffets and Vegas. We went to the Bellagio buffet, we were underwhelmed. Oh well.
Sounds like a fun trip!

Mike and Tiffany said...

Totally jealous! Sounds like a super fun, much needed trip!!! Next time you go, try the buffets at the Rio. Those ones are good (from what I can remember anyway, it's been 4 years!)

Katrina said...

This totally brought back memories of going to Vegas with you! It sounds like you guys had a little more fun this time...although we had a great time too. Remember how hot the car was??!! WHoa!

Life on Pelican Street said...

How cute are you to surprise him...looked like you guys had a great time.

Colleen said...

What a fun way to celebrate! I think you win top prize in the wife department. And aren't kidless trips the best?! You look great too, Brandi! And 30 isn't too bad. I've had a pretty good year, and it is NOT OLD, you stinker! Happy Birthday Aaron!

Christina Bess said...

What a wonderful surprise! And you look so pretty and happy too.

dntbaker said...

what i would do for a weekend like that!!! i too am in love with cafe rio, when i lived in slc i ate there at least once a week.. well 2 months ago after a doctor visit i got lost and it was the best day ever- Cafe Rio is 2 miles from my doctor!! i didn't know they expanded into arizona. so i get to go once a month now and i can't wait til i have to go to the doctor once a week so i have an excuse to eat there once a week again!

Bonnie and Brian Wayne said...

I am impressed you pulled it all off so quickly after moving!

And totally agree with you about the CAFE RIO - MAN do we miss that place!

your room looks very cozy - not stale motelish at all.

Happy 30th Bday!