Was Begas. It's pretty awesome.
We left San Diego at 4am and made it here before 9am with a long stop in Primm, Nevada. GPS said 4 hours total for the route. That started the awesome-ness.
A little background. I went to Vegas when I was 17. And, then again about 6 years ago. I'm mildly familiar with the casinos, but of course, I learn more each time.
Blake has been twice before, too. Both on business, with an emphasis on fun.
Never, have we been with kids. So far, it's going remarkably well.
I did have to take this picture to show how out of place we look.
The people here are super nice. They offered us a room immediately upon arriving, but we opted to wait.....for one high up and with a view.
So, we chilled at the pool.
If you haven't noticed, this is our trademark "Starnes in Vegas" pose. It's catching on.
The MGM Grand has 5 pools and a lazy river. Carter and Jack are in each of the lazy river pics. See if you can find them.
We are staying at one of the Towers near the hotel.....rather than in the midst of casino mayhem. Non-smoking and very swanky. Definitely the way to go with kids.
Our main pool stop thus far.
Easy access to the river and 1 foot water for the little punks.
It was H.O.T. hot, people. We stayed cool with cold drinks.
Rafts are $16 each for the day. We laughed in the kids' faces when they asked for one.
And, by the time we left, we had 5. Cute punks = free rafts.
My childhood friend, Ashley, met us at the pool with her adorable son, Rider.
Ashley and I were cheerleaders together for our hometown little league. We've caught up via Facebook and have discovered we have very similar taste in music. Music brings people together, folks.
Rider showed up with a t-shirt saying "tour kid" on it under neath Jerry Garcia's face. I will be requesting such as a hand-me-down.
My punks + Rider.
Drinks are cheap in Vegas. :)
Almost as exciting as seeing Ryder was discovering the walk ways from the MGM to the Signature Towers.
And, the view is fantastic. The hotel peeps hooked us up with the highest floor possible before the penthouses. Which means, I'm perhaps one floor away from Bradley Cooper. OK, so they stayed at Caesar's Palace. A girl can dream.
Most impressive part of the suite? There's a phone in the bathroom. And, you know one of our jackass kids will call someone - maybe you - before this is all over with.
Jack gave us a tour of the kitchen.
And, Carter made himself comfortable in the bathroom. Which is bigger than our master bedroom at home.
We ordered a pizza and took a nap while Blake worked. Then, on to the evening!
Loving the view.
This actually triggers a vomit sensor in me. Not a fan of the heights.
But, Jack loves the monorail.
Before we left for the evening, Lainey put my heals on and asked Daddy to marry her.
No interest in the kiss, however.
Sun down. Vegas, baby!
A reactionary foot-sensored aquarium?
World famous 4 story high M&M store?
This is what checking out looks like. $12.99 for a pound of candy. Fantastic.
Excalibur was up next. Not exactly the fabulous venue I remember staying in 19 years ago. I guess Vegas takes its toll on some places.
Lainey INSISTED we stay for this singer's performance. She cried as we tore her away.
Can't wait to see her in action one day. She was very impressed.
Night, folks. Vegas, part 2 is coming up!