Today has been a VEEERRRRRYYYYY long day – we have just (well 2 hours ago) got back from the airport from the long trip home from Las Vegas.
The journey was as follows:
Taxi to Vegas International Airport, Shuttle to Chicago O’Haire International, from there to Manchester International and then drive home – once collected by Frank – thanks Frank for collecting us, looking after the car and most importantly to your parents for putting on the breakfast 🙂
We collected Pepsi and Max from Grandma’s on the way home – thanks Grandma for looking after the boys for the last 3 weeks – we will call by next weekend with gifts 🙂
Elliot slept for 1 hour on the first flight, for about 4 on the main flight and then about another 4 in the car when we got back 🙂
Simon got a couple of hours on the main flight and Vicky – well, unfortunately, Vicky got about 10 mins on the main flight 🙁
So, Elliot is FULL OF BEANS right about now, Vicky is absolutely knackered BUT still has enough energy to try to find the UGG boots online that she was unable to locate in the Vegas Malls 🙂
After 3 weeks away, IT IS GREAT TO BE HOME
Well, yesterday we all walked the entire length of “The Strip” so are nursing swollen painful feet 🙂
We have stopped by all of the known suspects – The Luxor, Excalibur, New York New York, MGM Grand, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, The Mirage, Treasure Island, The Venetian, Wynns, and Circus Circus.
We had just passed the Bellagio and who should we come across? Get a load of this picture – Vicky was over the moon – the guy is a lot shorter in reality than the TV would have you believe……
How cool is that ?
Well we had a great day but are tres tired – looking forward to seeing the Shark Reef @ the Mandalay Bay today and the Lions in the MGM Grand. We probably won’t get around to going to the shooting range as it is not quite just around the corner as we had been lead to believe 🙂
We may not get the chance to post any more before we head home, but will try ….
Vegas is 100% NOT setup for small children – it is official.
No milk warming facilities, the fridge cannot be used to house anything bar the beer etc that is in it – if you move ANYTHING in the fridge – you have JUST bought it – be very aware of this. The hotel staff came up to the room to figure out how we had consumed 4 bottles of beer when there are only two in that specific brand – simple – we moved them to put some milk in – then put them back again – result – 30US Dollars of charges that need removing from the bill….. Surely we are not the first people to have done that ??
The conference is 50% of the way through and seems to have been successful so far – the session that we have attended have been well attended and pretty informative – Simon not really seen much of Vegas yet – looking forward to Thursday afternoon and Friday for that … 🙂
Elliot seems to be a hit with everybody he meets – nearly everyone wants to stop Vicky to say hello to the little guy – he pretty pleased with himself as you could believe.
We are here !!! 🙂
We arrived at 1am this morning – the flight was a little delayed 🙁
Poor Louis nearly shat (again) when some dude in a stupid straw hat approached him at the check in desk at that hour 🙂
The hotel is very nice – but is MASSIVE ……
The guys have been off shooting all sorts of guns – handguns (magnum) and semi automatic rifles etc. Apparently the magnum and the AK-47 are the tools of choice ……. oh my…..
Elliot slept OK on the flight and poor Vicky got no sleep at all – Elliot then slept nicely for 6 hours or so once we got him fed and watered and seems ready to go today….
Simon is now at work (or will be in 10 mins and Vicky is going to go and figure the lay of the land and find out what there is around to do etc. Think shooting some serious weapons may well figure towards the end of the week 🙂
Yesterday was our last FULL day in Orlando and we spent it in style – the whole day in the Disney Animal Kingdom Park. The sun was late in arriving which gave us the opportunity to enjoy the park without sweating our cobs off. The Everest ride was simply awesome – Vicky, Becca and Simon had a ball on the ride – the FASTPASS situation helped save a massive queue – simply put your ticket in, get a return time and get straight on – nice 🙂
Elliot slept for what seemed like the first half of the day so missed a few things, but was awake for the Disney Parade through the park – he was dancing and clapping and laughing at the characters as they came by. He was also awake for the journey on the back of a large truck around the animal areas – we all saw Lions, Elephants, Hippos and the like – all Elliot saw was the pretty girl sat next to him and mummy – he was just playing the little shy boy with her the whole trip – little monkey…..
We are currently packing our bags ready for the journey up to Vegas, and have found that we need a new bag – we will be heading out to find a suitable item tres soon…
Yesterday we visited Busch Gardens in Tampa (http://www.buschgardens.com/BGT/default.aspx) – it was a really cool day – we started off with the railway journey around the park where Elliot got to see Zebras, Elephants, Rhynos, Pelicans, Hyenas and other small African animals etc. After the ride we saw the Elephants again – Elliot was awe-inspired – wait for the video and you’ll see what we mean….
It got to around 40-42 degrees Celsius on the day so we absolutely sweltered and drank what felt like a couple of gallons of liquid each. Elliot drank more than Vicky and Simon put together !!!!
Then today, we have been to Wet and Wild water park in Orlando – we were actually rained off this evening but still managed to have a great time. Elliot has found water slides and loved going on the little (8ft) slide. The Becca took him on the longer slide – she was told off because two people are not allowed to ride together – so we let him go solo. Again he loved it – Granddad caught him just before he reached the pool at the bottom – amazing that a one year old cannot slide with a responsible other, BUT CAN go on the slide on their own …..
Don’t worry we only let him have one go – we’re not totally irresponsible..
Tomorrow – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park – bring it on….
Last night was truly fantastic at “Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween Party” in Magic Kingdom – Elliot managed to stay awake for the entire marching parade where he saw and danced with all of the characters that we all know and love. We have captured most of it on video so that should be really cool as a reminder to him.
We went around and then met the characters up front and personal and went trick or treating – collected three large bags full of candy etc.
It was probably the best part of the entire two weeks since we were not expecting it, and had a ball – in the end we spent 5 hours in a Disney Park and did not sit on one single ride.
We sat and watched the fireworks display that was going on all over the park – Elliot was mesmerised by the noise and colourful stuff in the dark dark sky.
We ended up not getting back to the hotel until gone 1am (clearly a visit to McDonalds was customary on the way home 🙂 ) and slept until 9:30 this morning 🙂
Today has been a lazy day of breakfast and then browsing the shops etc on International Drive – almost bought Simon and Elliot some cowboy boots – I said ALMOST !! 🙂
Tomorrow is Busch Gardens (which is going to be really cool), then Friday in a water park (still up in the air as to which one), Saturday Animal Kingdom and Sunday shopping in Downtown Disney before heading on to Las Vegas in the evening….