This past weekend, we celebrated our 3-year anniversary in the most unlikely place for two old souls (and one of us is prego!) – Las Vegas, NV! Although Vegas is known for its shows, casinos, and buffets… we wanted to keep it casual and relaxed. So we decided to explore Vegas off-the-beaten path.
We booked our two-night stay at Elements Hotel about 20-minutes off the strip. This was a seriously fab hotel – free wifi, free parking, free breakfast, a mini kitchenette, and President Obama stayed here the last time he was in town! You can find my review here. My husband loved it so much he wants to stay here every time we’re in Vegas! It’s so family-friendly too… we’re definitely coming back with our babies next time.
Saturday: We arrived in the afternoon around 4 pm. After settling in and taking a short nap, we headed out to a James Beard award-winning Thai restaurant called Lotus of Siam. It’s often touted as THE best Thai restaurant in the United States. We made the mistake of NOT making reservations, so even though we came only 10-min after they opened, we still had to wait an hour. It was worth the wait though, and we can’t wait to come back with friends so we can try more of their dishes!
Located in an obscure strip mall, with elegantly presented food.
Sunday: we slept in, ate breakfast at the hotel, then headed out to Red Rock Canyon to do some hiking. We both love to hike! S isn’t a big workout/exercise person, but he loves the outdoors and I’m so happy we both find joy in this hobby. There’s something so alluring about being out and about in nature. I can’t help but fall in love with God all over again when I look upon His creations, admiring His artwork, and soaking in the fresh air.
What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us. – Henry David Thoreau
After hiking, we got our grub on at an AYCE sushi place. Yes yes, I’m pregnant and I’ve been eating sushi, and doing a lot of other things I probably shouldn’t be doing. After stuffing our faces, we went back to the hotel, watched some HGTV, and took a big fat nap. When we recovered from our food coma, we finally made our way to The Strip. We ate at the most delicious sandwich place – Earl of Sandwich – have you been? SO GOOD. Afterwards, we decided to play our hand at the tables. Lady luck wasn’t on our side that night and we each lost $100 at Pai Gow. This is why I never gamble.
Monday: slept in again. Sleep, glorious sleep! Then got our stuff ready to go so we could make the 4-hour drive home. On our way, we popped into the Primm Outlets and scored a few great deals at Gap and Old Navy. Our shopping always ends up being for Noelle these days. We were dying to get home to her, and missed her like crazy all weekend. It’s nice to get away sometimes, but our hearts yearned for her. We called home every day and hearing her voice over the phone just wasn’t enough. When we walked through the door, she RAN to us with the BIGGEST grin, and gave each of us a tight bear hug and delicious kiss. We were tired, but could not wait to spend time with our baby girl. We took her to the park where she played to her heart’s delight. I looked on, thinking only good thoughts about my husband, my girl, my life. It was the perfect end to a great anniversary weekend.
My two (soon-to-be-three) joys.
3 years, 2 kids, 1 unbelievable life. I wouldn’t trade this for anything.