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September 18, 2011

On our way....

We are officially on our way to Carpinteria! I will update the blog tomorrow evening after we get settled and I have pictures. Have a great Monday!

September 14, 2011

September 6, 2011

Celine in Vegas!

For my sister's birthday, we went to Las Vegas to see Celine Dion in concert! It was so much fun. We saw her in concert almost five years ago. She didn't disappoint then and she really didn't disappoint this time! I picked up my sister at the airport the morning of her birthday and we had breakfast at Einstein's. I love that place. We then had a fun time window shopping and even went and saw a movie. It was such a relaxing day. We finally got over to the Flamingo to check in. What an awful place to stay! We couldn't find a place to park in the parking garage! I had driven the truck since my jeep was having some problems and that thing was such a pain to park the whole weekend! We asked for a strip view and he told us it would be a little bit of a walk, but we didn't mind. Well, it was quite a walk! And, it was a pool view, but oh well. The hallways were so dirty and the carpet was wrinkled. Our room was dirty too. The carpet actually smelled like someone had vomited on it in the corner. One of the drawers in the dresser was permanently wedged open the whole time we stayed there. The shower only worked when it wanted to. One of our room keys didn't work, and every time we went down to the lobby to get it fixed, there was at least a line of 20 people. Such a terrible place to stay. I would never stay there again! It was very convenient because Celine sang at Caesar's across the street so we didn't have to drive.That evening we got ready and headed over to the show and we were so excited. Everyone in line was!



The show was amazing! Her voice is so awesome. We waited for the audience to leave after so that we could get our picture in front of the stage. We walked down to the floor in front of the last row of the orchestra seating and asked a french lady to take our picture. All of a sudden, there was a security guard in front of us and then behind him was Celine's husband with some family, I assume. The lady taking our picture was stunned and therefore, the picture was pretty bad..lol. I told my sister that he comes to her show every night, but we didn't expect to see him. How funny?!
We headed over to Cheesecake Factory to eat dinner and my sister got some birthday Cheesecake. It was so good! I love all of the food in Vegas!
The next day, we got up and walked around the strip. We got our picture taken with some showgirls from the show at the Flamingo.


There are tons of performers all up and down the strip. People dressed up like transformers, Freddy from Nightmare on Elm Street, mimes and some classical musicians. Crazy! They all worked for tips. Must be a good way to make money because there were alot of them!
We went and had lunch at a yummy place called Cafe Rio. Very good mexican food. I guess they have them in AZ and Utah, so Cathy had eaten there before. We just walked around and window shopped some more until we had to pick Harrison up at the airport after spending a week with some family back east. After picking him up, we went to the Bellagio to walk around and found an arcade..




Then we headed off to the best buffet in Vegas, the Bellagio Buffet!
Stuffed and hardly able to move, I drove them around the Fremont Street area to show them the old Vegas signs and of course, a trip to Vegas isn't complete until you drive by Wayne Newton's house...


The next day, we were trying to find things to do with Harrison, so we came across this gem! It is the Pinball Hall of Fame Museum. There were pinball machines from the 20'- today! This place is ran by people who care and collect these games. Anyone can play them! The were cheap too. Only a quarter a game. Harrison found the original Tron game and sat there almost the whole time. There was all kinds of old school games. We played Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros and Centipede. They even had popcorn and sodas! This place was awesome!! The best place to put your quarter into in Vegas!! Here is their website: http://www.pinballmuseum.org/

Here is Harrison playing a really old, old game with what looks like an exercise bike..



What a fun trip we had. We hung out by the pool. We ate too much. We saw Celine. We came, we saw, we conquered!!



Have a blessed week!