Saturday, August 15, 2009

Tyler's Visit Day Three and the Adults' Night Out!!!

On Day Three we "hit the strip!" We also added another member to our motley crew, Tyler and Kadi's dad, Mr. Marc. Poor Marc. He had to experience the picture taking fury of Dawn and me. He says that we need a detox program for people who take too many pictures! Oh well...the way I see it, we are preserving precious memories!!! Enjoy!

We always take our visitors to "the sign" to snap a family picture.

Chris and I were laughing and saying that when Gehrig and Tyler are 21 and they come to Vegas on their own, they will really get a kick out of this picture!One of the things that Gehrig has really been wanting to do ever since we got here, was the ride the gondola through the Grand Canal at the Venetian! Well, he finally got the opportunity to do it, and with his best friend, no less.

Waiting in line....they were so excited!Poor Colin had to sit this one out. He didn't seem to mind. He took a little snack break!And they are off!!! Of course I followed them around snapping their pictures!
They loved going under all the bridges.I snapped this one as they came out from under the bridge and the gondolier flashed a big wave!Here they come!The gondolier sang them an Italian opera, and then he sang them another one because he said that Kadi was soooo cute!The professional pictures came out so cute. Of course, I had to buy the whole package. I bought one of Tyler and Gehrig, one of Kadi and Dawn and then the group shot. I was disappointed that they came out so fuzzy when they printed them up!
All ready to head out and see some sights!
The BOB Stroller is a challenge to hold onto these things when going down the downhill people mover!
A few pics in front of one of the gorgeous fountains outside of the Venetian.

Next we headed over to Treasure Island to check out the pirate ship. At nigh,t they have live shows there.
After that, we headed to the Bellagio to check out their gorgeous indoor gardens. We snapped some really cute pictures of the Bunnow family there!

After checking out the inside of the Belagio, we took the Bunnows to check out the famous fountains of the Bellagio outside!

Waiting for the fountain to start up! Still waiting!

By the time that we got to Serendipity Cafe for lunch, it was late and we had been going all morning, but the kids were still doing great.

I love this shot of them waiting patiently for our table!

Check out the size of this hot dog!!! We thought that Grandpa Dub would especially appreciate this picture. Gehrig and Colin shared this dog and, of course, still didn't finish it!!!

Mmmmmm! I have been waiting for my first taste of Frozen Hot Chocolate ever since the day we arrived here, and I finally got it!

The adults even got to have a fun night out all together. First we hit up New York New York and rode the rollar coaster. Then we gave Dawn and Marc craps lessons before heading to the Rain Forest Cafe in the MGM Grand for dinner.

Here are a couple of shots of us waiting in line at the coaster.

A couple of Land Sharks! Dinner at The Rain Forest Cafe in the MGM Grand!
Such a fun place with a great atmosphere!
The guys were no where to be found, so we took this picture with my timer in my camera! Then we hit up the craps table again, and for the first time since we have been here, I actually did not walk away a winner. Oh well!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Tyler's Visit Day Two!!!

It's another grab a drink and get comfy kind of post! Enjoy!
On our second day together, we went to a new park and had so much fun. Aliante Park was so beautiful and picturesque that we couldn't resist snapping a few pictures in front of the lake and waterfalls!Colin loved the Canada Geese!Then the big kids went crazy chasing the pigeons........while Colin practiced his new trick, standing up with out holding onto anything! YAY big boy!Once inside the play area, the kids climbed all over this huge play house!

In another area of the park, there was a dinosaur themed sand area where the kids could pretend to be archeologists digging up dinosaur bones.A quick water break! Gehrig and Tyler about to hatch out of a dinosaur egg!
Kadi hatching out of a dinosaur eggs!
A quick snack break with a gorgeous backdrop!After our snack break, the kids spent the rest of the time at the jungle themed splash pad!

After lunch, we headed to Lied's Children's Museum! What a cute place it was. It had two floors of learning, play, exploration and discovery! They had a special, padded play area just for little ones, and Colin was having a wonderful time playing in there until one of the little girls took his paci. After that, he would have nothing to do with that place!

Colin's favorite area was the airplane (like father, like son!). Gehrig was sure a jack of all trades, taking on the role of each aspect of air travel.
First he worked security.
Then he was the baggage handler!"All loaded up folks! Now let me go take my seat in the cockpit!"Captain Gehrig and Co-pilot Colin!Colin was totally in his element. He couldn't get enough of the yolk. When I took him out, he screamed and cried and pointed to go back in.....regardless to say, we spent a lot of time in there!First officer Kadi! The water table was a big hit, too! Gehrig in a giant bubble! Kadi in a giant bubble!
Another fun area was the mechanic shop where the kids could dress up, change the tires, repair the engines, check the muffler and refresh the fluids under the hood!
At one point he said, "Yeah, this whole thing is gonna need to cone out and be replaced!" I knew right then and there that he would make a good mechanic!
"I see the problem here!" My little grease monkey!
The kids really loved playing grocery store. They are really experts at it too! Think of all the trips that they have made to the grocery store with their mamas!
After a quick bathroom break, we headed upstairs in the world's largest elevator! I think that this was Gehrig's favorite exihit. He is hoisting a bowling ball up and when he drops it, the air underneath it is channeled down, across a tube and then shoots a tennis ball high into the air. He did it over, and over and over and over and..........
Kadi and Gehrig had a blast in this wind tunnel! It was so cute to watch their reactions as the wind speed increased! Note the speeds on the side of the chamber!
One last picture outside the museum before Tyler, Kadi and Miss dawn left to go pick up their daddy at the airport!

Thanks for having a look! Come back...on Day Three and Gesches and Bunnows hit the strip!