Las Vegas: Childhood Best Friend's Wedding

Thursday, December 13, 2018
I watched my best gal walk down the aisle to marry the man she loves. I truly never thought I’d see the day, but I am glad that I did. My tribe of five flew down to Las Vegas sick, tired, and completely pooped from our cross country road trip…. none of which stopped us from celebrating the kids’ god mama. The flight was less than an hour and a half long and the weather felt exactly like Northern Texas. Because it was winter, the heat wasn’t terrible, and the sun felt great! We stayed at Circus Circus, which was pretty dated… but the location fit what we needed and it was a “kid friendly” hotel (if you want to call it that). I was unaware just how available gambling is in Las Vegas. They had machines in the airport (literally everywhere), at regular stores, and all throughout the hotels. It’s sort of surreal… and my uptight self was wondering how the heck something like this is healthy for anyone…

Anyways, I digress. We stayed a total of two days and on the first day we did a little sightseeing, I attended a dinner for the bride to be, and Justin stayed in with the kids while I gambled for the very first time. Seeing the strip was nothing like I expected. I also ubered! Did I forget to mention that? The strip, while full of lights and big buildings was nothing more than that to me. I wasn’t impressed and I came to the conclusion that the hype is far bigger than the actual experience. Bummer! The dinner we had at LAVO was pretty sweet though. It was this ultrachic restaurant that felt so comfortable but professional at the same time. The table was gathered with those that both supported and love Leeana and Frederick… again, such a beautiful sight to see.

After dinner, I headed back to my hotel and gambled with Leeana’s mom and her sister. I only gambled $20, I didn’t win anything, and I quickly realized what a complete waste it was. I am thankful for the experience though. I always knew I wasn’t missing anything with gambling - now I know for sure that I’m not. The next day we spent most of our time with Leeana in her Venetian suite while she prepared for her big day. The morning went by so quickly and before we knew it we were watching her walk down the aisle. The girls made for excellent flower girls and they did a pretty exceptional job. The wedding went by rather quickly and the reception after was at a restaurant in “Old Las Vegas” which is Fremont street? Justin ended up getting sick so we did head out a bit early (I knew he’d get what the rest of us had). All in all our first trip to Vegas was memorable for so many different reasons and while I can’t say we will be back anytime soon, I think its cool that my 5-year-old, 2-year-old, and infant can say they’ve been somewhere that most kids their age have not.

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