One of the biggest highlights of 2009 was celebrating my 10th Wedding Anniversary with my husband. In this day and age it seems that marriage is becoming more and more disposable and so I wanted to take the time to recognize this milestone. We've also been quite busy in our 10 years together and thought taking time to reconnect would be fun. We decided to have children right away and I became pregnant with our oldest just 6 months after walking down the aisle and we've been going non-stop since. The thought of a little trip sounded like heaven to us and so we consulted our babysitters: my parents.
I asked my mom several months in advance if she would be willing to take the kids for a weekend so that the hubby and I could go away for our anniversary. She said she was willing to consider it (which always means yes) and that we could work out the details later.
Deciding where to go was the hardest part. We tossed around several ideas and when my husband suggested Vegas I was intrigued. I've never been there and it was certainly a destination I'd never dream of taking the kids to. Vegas it was. When we started discussing dates and babysitting options my weekend turned into a surprising 5 nights away! I was super excited and a little nervous at the same time. We've left the kids before but we've never been that far away, away for so long without them, or flown without them. As it grew closer my anxieties about flying without them were growing (remember that pilot that died in flight? It was right before we were scheduled to go). But, I kept trying to focus on the excitement.
I was nervous right up until we landed in Las Vegas. Then the excitement took over. We had 5 glorious nights to ourselves! We packed A LOT into those few days and kept joking how we were on a 5 day date. We left the strip to go to the Hoover Dam and Red Rock Canyon and on the strip we saw shows, ate out and did a little gambling. There was no arguing, there was no guilt over the unmade beds or piles of laundry, no worries about what we were making for dinner. Just relaxation and enjoyment. Do you know what we discovered? We still liked each other after 10 years and it was nice to have something to talk about other than the kids and the endless chores of our lives.
The strip dazzles with lights at night
It was weird seeing a miniaturized version of NY
The new bridge being built around the Hoover Dam
Vegas wouldn't be the same without a little bit of Liberace
Hubby and the Blue Man Group
We have to have at least one picture together!
Aren't they cute?
Recognize this pic? That is Red Rock Canyon in the background.
We aren't big gamblers but you can't leave Vegas without trying your luck.
We got to meet Penn and Teller.
Penn is so tall I don't even reach his shoulders!
(okay, I'm a little on the short side too)
On our last night we went downtown.