Monday was our final day in Vegas and also departure day. I set an alarm clock so I could get up with enough time to shower, get ready for the day and finish packing. Luckily Joel is really good at tetris and managed to get all our stuff squished into the two suitcases.
Tim and Mark had left the afternoon before so it was up to Kerry, Zandra and us to have one more breakfast at Serendipity.
I ordered the decadent death by triple chocolate french toast or something like that. I can’t remember the actual name of it but it was VERY chocolatey. And delicious.
We had been getting updates all morning from Southwest Airlines about our flights being changed and so we were a bit up in the air on what to do with our day. Originally we were supposed to have a 7pm flight and Zandra’s flight was around 5pm (if I’m remembering correctly) but our updates were saying flights were delayed by two hours or more. Then we’d get the next update that it was three hours delayed, and then another update that it was one hour delayed. I’d never had such conflicting day of flight change information before.
We decided to go do the Las Vegas sign and we had really good timing. We were right in between big groups of people so we didn’t have to wait too long to have a spot for a photo.
Thanks for the great trip Vegas!
We needed to go back to Sketchers to exchange a pair of Joel’s shoes that had ALREADY broken at the laces. We decided to go do that task before picking what we’d do for the day. Perhaps we’d go walk city center or we could hang out at Town Square Mall or the Venetian cafe area.
We did the shoe exchange and shopped for gifts at Toys R Us for Graham and Miles and about that time Zandra received ANOTHER flight change text so she thought it’d be best to just get over to the airport and wait it out there. We drove Zandra over to the airport and dropped her off, turns out it was a good plan. She said it took her an hour to get through the security line. There must have been a bunch of people in the same situation of flight delays.
After dropping of Zandra our flight was still saying it would be around 10pm so we decided to go to a Disney character outlet store (which turned out to be not that great) and then with so much more time left we drove over to The Orleans casino to play slots, watch a movie and have dinner. I waited in line for a players card incase we’d get a match play coupon or discount on restaurants but alas, no coupons were to be had.
We strolled the casino floor a bit and then went upstairs to the arcade and watched Kerry play a few games (and we all took a turn on the 4 player head vs head pac-man game) before catching a showing of the movie Looper.
The movie was entertaining but I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. But it killed some time and when we came out we were just down to having dinner before going to the airport. We walked around trying to find the cafe (so I could have my last turkey club of the trip) for our dinner stop. We were seated, ordered our food and started chatting when Kerry checked her phone and saw that our flight had been bumped up to two hours from then! Ack!
After having a whole day to kill we were scrambling. Joel found our waiter, asked for our food to be packed to go, sped walked to the car, drove to the car rental return while Joel changed his clothes and re-arranged our carry on bags in the back seat. As we were pulling into the airport I realized that I had completely forgotten about putting gas in the tank. DAMN! That was the first time I’d ever done that. I didn’t prepay for gas (does anyone ever do that?) and we had used half a tank. Joel made me feel better about it later, doing the math it only cost us an extra twenty dollars vs. filing our tank ourselves. And it was worth twenty dollars to not miss our flight.
We returned the car, scrambled on the transfer bus, tapped our toes as we waited to get to the airport, jumped out with our bags and sped walked to the check in counter. There was a bit of a line so I left Joel with our suitcases and ran to a bathroom to change my clothes and re-arrange my carry on. When I got back to the line Joel and Kerry were almost to the front and there wasn’t an easy way for me to get to them so I found a “no checked luggage” kiosk and checked myself in for the flight. Kerry and Joel did their checkins and turned in their suitcases and then we were off to security. When we got there and saw there was only three people ahead of us (albeit a group of girls still drunk from their vacation) we knew we’d make our flight.
We got on our flight and laughed at how ridiculous all that ordeal was. We ate our “to-go” dinners in the sky and watched the bright lights disappear into the evening. Our vacation was officially over.
We returned home after the boys were asleep but we made such a noise that they woke up enough to see us for a few seconds before drifting back off to sleepy land. It was nice to pick them up and give them a hug but for them to go right back to sleep.
The next morning Joel had to go to work but the boys were ready to see us and all the toys we brought home for them. The Orleans necklaces were a big hit for a few days.
It was a really great trip, long enough to have time to do everything on our list, have plenty of time away from the boys to miss them just the right amount, time with our friends to be adults and get to stay out late and time for Joel and I to be a couple without the obligations of kids.
Thank you so much to our parents for taking care of the boys while we were gone. We know we’re very lucky to get to take a vacation, especially for several days. It was much needed and very appreciated.
Now it’s back to work!