10 Things You Must Do in Las Vegas (Travel Review)

10 Things you must do in Las Vegas

Here’s a list of 10 things you must do when traveling to Las Vegas.

We have absolutely loved living in Las Vegas for the past year. Although we are a little tired of the Strip now (may have more to do with being pregnant) we loved taking guests there throughout the year. We are not club people, so I do not have any reviews on clubs, but we have gambled, seen shows and ate at lots of good restaurants.  Here are my must-do’s when you visit Las Vegas.


1)   Go See Vegas! The Show.  This is one of the first things we did here and I enjoyed it more than any other show we’ve seen.  The show takes you through a little bit of Vegas history and features the famous singers that have come through this iconic city.  It takes you through the Rat Pack, Elvis and up to Elton John.  It’s just fabulous.  By the way, shows at Planet Hollywood have a military discount.

2)   Eat with view of the Bellagio Fountains. Our favorite restaurants with a fountain view are Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris and Olives at the Bellagio. Both are great and reasonable for the strip. The outdoor fountain view is first come first serve, so be prepared to wait. If you have a reservation, or if you go early, you’re more likely to cut down your wait time. At Mon Ami, if you have a reservation you can request a window seat, which is just as good.  If you go to Olives, make a stop inside the Bellagio’s lobby.  They have an over-the-top garden display that changes seasonally.


Outdoor Seating at Olives with view of the Bellagio Fountains


View of Bellagio Fountains from Olives


Mon Ami Gabi window table with view of Bellagio Fountains

3)   Get drinks at the Chandelier Bar at the Cosmopolitan.  So, it’s a three-story bar…inside a chandelier!  Oh, how I love the Cosmopolitan.  I will miss it.  Just being there makes you feel fancy. Sure, the drinks are expensive, but they are everywhere (unless you’re gambling, then they’re free, just tip!).  When we’ve gone to the Chandelier on the weekends, they’ve also had live music.  Sip and stay a while, it’s worth it.


Chandelier Bar at the Cosmopolitan Hotel


Chandelier Bar at Cosmopolitan Hotel


4)   Gamble at Paris.  Paris is by far our favorite place to gamble on the strip.  We’re not huge gamblers, and that’s why we love it.  The dealers are super nice and laid back.  And they actually have some lower table limits compared to the other places on the strip.


5)   Have Drinks at The Wynn’s Lake of Dreams.  This place is so neat.  It’s an outdoor bar with a cooky light show.  You feel like you are in another land, far away from the strip.  If you go to Vegas any time other than Summer, it’s SO nice to sit outside.


The Lake of Dreams at the Wynn


Inside the Wynn Hotel

6)  Go see a Cirque show.  There are so many to choose from.  We loved “O” at the Bellagio. I’ve also heard that the Michael Jackson one at Mandalay Bay and Love (Beatles) at the Mirage are great.  I’ve been told to avoid Ka.

7)  Fremont Street (downtown) area.  Okay, Fremont is a freak show.  Literally.  But it’s a fun change from the strip.  Some things to do in the area: gamble (of course) the Mob Museum, the Neon Museum and eat at Park…great restaurant with out-door seating!


Fremont Street Light Show


The Mob Museum in Downtown Las Vegas

8)  Walk Around the Venetian.  The Venetian is probably my favorite overall hotel/casino on the Strip.  It’s so impressive.  It’s a great place to gamble, the mall area is so cute and they have a very impressive square in the mall where you can sometimes listen to live music and get gelato.


Inside the Venetian mall area with Gondola

9)  Eat at the Aria. We haven’t been disappointed by any of the restaurants we’ve been to in the Aria hotel.  If you’re looking for something upscale, Sage, is probably the best meal we had on the strip.  Lemongrass and Javier’s were also great non-expensive restaurants.


Inside the Aria Hotel


Inside the Aria Hotel

10)  Go experience Red Rock Canyon or Valley of Fire. Both of these parks are wonderful.  If you just want to see some cool stuff but don’t want to hike, I’d suggest Red Rock. It has a 13 mile loop you can drive around on. Red Rock also has restaurants and shops near by.  Valley of Fire is more remote, but I think the views are more spectacular. Mouse Tank is a very easy hike (more like a stroll). Out of all of the hiking we’ve done this year (read about it here, and here ) I think the White Domes trail has been our favorite.


Red Rock Canyon


Red Rock Canyon


Red Rock Canyon


Valley of Fire, Mouse Tank Trail


Valley of Fire, White Domes Trail


White Domes Trail, Valley of Fire

There are so many things to do in Vegas. I didn’t include any excursions, but this Trip Advisor list is a great resource for that. My brother took his family to do the dune buggy tour, they absolutely loved it.  Something we haven’t been able to do, is go to a buffet. The locals have told us that Ceasars’ and the Cosmopolitan have the best buffets on the strip. I’m happy to say that I was so wrong about Vegas (read about it here) there really is something for every one here!

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Bryce Canyon National Park {Travel Review}

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Bryce Canyon National Park Travel Review.

Andy and I went to Bryce Canyon National Park for the 4th of July.  We wanted to go on one last road trip before we leave Las Vegas (read about it here) and we decided this was the perfect 24 hour vacation destination.  The hoodoos (those tall, thin rock formations) are not like anything we’ve seen.  And we’ve seen a lot of rocks since moving to Las Vegas (Read my Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon and Red Rock Canyon Review.)



Bryce is just under a 4 hour drive from Las Vegas, it’s a little closer than the Grand Canyon National Park and about an hour and a half further from Zion National Park.  You actually have to drive through Zion to get to Bryce, which was a really cool experience (I’ll have a separate travel review on Zion later.)



Here’s how we spent our 24 hours there:

-We got in before noon. We ate lunch at the pizza shop next to the lodge.  I would NOT recommend this.  Bring food or eat before you hit Zion because there’s not much in between Zion and Bryce.

-We checked into the Lodge inside Bryce.  We had a cabin and it was great!  The cabin was updated, clean and well decorated.  The bathroom could have used some updating, but that’s just being picky.  It was a short walk to the lodge and to the canyon’s rim.

-We did part of the rim trail.  The full rim trail is 11 miles….we just stayed on the paved part so that we could use the stroller.  Here are some pictures from the rim trail: IMG_2922 IMG_2919

(we got the stroller out after walking around a bit!)


After going back to our cabin (again a very short walk from the rim) we rested up a bit so that we could hike down into the canyon.

– We did Queen’s Garden Hike.  It’s the easiest hike down into the canyons.  Pretty easy to get down…not so easy to get back up when you are already tired and in your first trimester of pregnancy! (Read about the pregnancy here.)  But, it was worth it.  What makes Bryce so different from the other parks we’ve been to, is that you can very easily hike down into the canyon.  It was amazing being up close to the hoodoos.

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I was trying to show off what little of a bump that I have!



-After our hike we had dinner inside the lodge’s main dining room.  I have mixed feelings on this.  The atmosphere was nice.  Our waiter was great.  But the food was overpriced and not very good.

-We got dessert to go, got a game from the front desk, put the baby down and shortly called it a night after that.  Unfortunately something disagreed with Violet and we stayed up most of the night cleaning up vomit.  It was a “welcome to parenthood” kind of night.  She woke up feeling fine though, thank goodness!

-The next morning we went back to the lodge for breakfast, again, it was just okay.  I would recommend going to the coffee shop located right next to the lodge instead.

-We walked around the rim again before heading home.

Overall thoughts:  I really, really enjoyed Bryce.  It was great being at a National Park on the 4th, too.  The scenery was very unique and maybe my favorite out of all of the places we’ve seen.  The lodge should get a new cooking staff.  The restaurant couldn’t hold a candle to El Tovar’s dining room at the Grand Canyon.  But what it lacked in food, it make up for in scenery!

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We’re moving to_____ AND We’re ______!


We have two big announcements to share with you…

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Let me tell you about the most emotional day of my life. It was May 8th and I was a nervous wreck. We knew we were going to find out where we were getting stationed. Although I was nervous, I also felt confident that we were getting something on our list of 20 (I wrote about it here.) I was confident because another resident in Andy’s group, who did not get anything on his list, got a heads up from the commander. So, we were good, right?

The commander wanted to tell the remaining residents where they were getting PCS’d over a pizza party…that also sounded good, right?  So, my girlfriend and I decided to have a pizza party of our own and wait for our husbands to call.  She got the call first, they got something on their list!  And then I waited.  And I waited.  And he finally called and said, “It’s not good…we’re going to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.”  I hung up the phone, I sat down, and I felt shell-shocked.  I apologized to Rachelle and told her I had to go home.

The first thing I did of course was I called my mom and I cried…a lot  How could this happen?  I know I said there were “no worst case scenarios” (read about it here) but this caught me really off guard.  What was worse, was that I could tell Andy was so upset he couldn’t talk about it.

That afternoon, I don’t know how to explain it, but I had an old pregnancy test laying around and for some reason I took it. I wasn’t that late.  We weren’t trying to get pregnant, in fact we were taking measures to not get pregnant, but I had this weird feeling.  I did the test and as I waited for the results I said this prayer, “God, if I am pregnant, please let this be a positive test,” and right then and there, it was.

After calling my mom, again, and crying a lot, again, I realized 2 very specific prayers I had been praying for months had been answered. 1) I asked God to show me if I was supposed to go back to work or not. This cleared that up. For starters, there are no news stations in Alamogordo, New Mexico. And with two under the age of two, I don’t think I’ll have much time to devote my energy to anything else. 2) We asked God to put us in the best place for Andy’s career.  He wants to be an orthodontist and the Air Force only takes two candidates a year.

See, Andy and I took a bit of a gamble with our list.  We either wanted to be closer to family, or we wanted a big adventure, like Europe.  We started realizing that Europe could potentially hurt his career because if he got into Ortho, he would have to get a waiver to come back.  They fill the European bases first and we ranked them really high and it was likely that we could get one of those slots.

Two weeks before finding out where we were stationed I sent Andy this text message. Cannon is another base in New Mexico, by the way.


I truly believe that God answered this prayer.  According to a lot of the higher-ups we’ve talked to, a small base like Holloman could really help his chances of getting into ortho.

On our orders it states the day we were assigned to Holloman. The other residents in Andy’s group were assigned back in March or April. Andy was assigned May 7th, the day the assignments were sent out to the commanders. I believe it was a last minute switch.

It was a God moment.

Fast- forward to now, we are really excited about having this baby!  So far this pregnancy has been tougher than my last, but what a miracle! I’m 12 weeks along and I’m due in mid-January.


We are also really excited about moving to New Mexico.  Being from the southeast, I’ve never really heard much of anything about the state (which was probably the reason for my initial fear)  but after doing some research, I know we will get to see so much beauty in the “Land of Enchantment”.  It was my favorite state in last year’s cross-country road trip (read about it here) and we’ve talked to several people who have been stationed there and we feel that it’s where we are supposed to be.

This past year in Las Vegas has been the best year of my life and I know 27 (today is my birthday) will be full of adventure, challenges and more love than ever I’ve ever known.

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This was how I told Andy I was pregnant, by the way!

Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell Travel Review (Glen Canyon National Recreation Area)

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Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell Arizona Travel Reviews…How we did it all in 24 hours with a baby

I have never had more people ask my about one of our adventures this year than I did after I posted Antelope Canyon Pictures on Facebook.  It’s clear as to why people were so curious…the pictures (even shot on my point and shoot camera and my iPhone) are amazing.  It is without a doubt the most stunning scenery I’ve ever seen. We were really surprised when we were some of the only Americans both at the resort we stayed at and on the Antelope Canyon tour…so I figured the word needs to get out!  It is a 4.5 hour drive from Las Vegas, about the same from Phoenix, 2 hour and 45 minute drive from Sedona and less than 2 hours from the Grand Canyon.  My point is, if you are doing an Arizona vacation, make time to go see this.   I’m going to break down everything we did in 24 hours.

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1) Stay at the Lake Powell Resort.  I would suggest doing this instead of staying in the town of Page, Arizona.  Here’s why: it’s beautiful, very peaceful and you can have time to explore the lake.  Antelope Canyon is tour based, so it makes more sense to stay at the lake and enjoy the views and then go on your Antelope Canyon tour the following day.  If you have more time than we did…look into renting a house boat with friends.  They looked amazing!  This is in the Glen Canyon National Recreation area, so you do have to pay a fee to enter the resort area.

2) Eat lunch at the Driftwood Lounge.  The food was great here.  Andy had a short rib sandwich that was definitely drool worthy.  They also had a full bar, complete with some local beers on tap.

3) Go on the Nature Walk.  There’s a long paved path outside the Resort, go for a short stroll.

3) Take a Boat Tour.  We did the shortest tour since we had our 1-year-old with us.  You meet for the tour in Lake Powell Resort’s Lobby…just another reason to stay there.  The tour was $45 dollars each and we got a slight discount with Triple A.  The boat was crowded and therefore not my favorite part of the trip, but it is pretty much the only way to see the lake.  If you have your heart set on going at a specific time, I would suggest calling before you get to resort to make a reservation.

4) Pack some wine and snacks.  We had a fridge in our room so we made sure to pack some appetizers for us and food for our 1-year-old.  It was lovely having a glass of wine on our lake front balcony before dinner.

5) Eat at the Rainbow Room.  We brought the stroller and the iPad to entertain Vi and were able to enjoy dinner here.  Both of our meals were lovely.

6) Balcony. End the day with a glass of wine on the balcony while the little one sleeps OR if you don’t have any kids with you, go down to one of the pools and enjoy the fire pits!

7) Coffee.  Alright, here is my only complaint about the resort, they had one barista working the coffee shop.  We probably waited in line for 30 minutes to get a breakfast pastry and coffee. Here’s what I would do instead: bring breakfast items to put in your fridge.  The room has a Keurig, which was great, but we didn’t think about packing breakfast food. Disclaimer to this: There is nothing near the resort.  Unless you drive into Page, you are in the middle of no where.  We were able to bring food because it was a 4.5 hour drive and we brought a cooler.

Here are some pictures from Lake Powell:

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Antelope Canyon 

1) Drive to Antelope Canyon.  After you’ve had your morning coffee, make the 20 minute drive to Antelope Canyon.  MAKE SURE YOU BRING CASH!  Antelope Canyon is on a Navajo land and they do not take credit cards.  I don’t remember how much it cost, I think it was in the 30 dollar range per person, but they only take cash.  If you forget you have to drive 2 miles to a gas station for an ATM…which we did.

2) Lower Antelope Canyon.  We read and heard from people at the Resort that Lower Antelope Canyon was less crowded, so we chose to do the lower canyon tour.  We loved it.  We did the 9:15 tour and the lighting inside the canyon was great.  Our tour guide was amazing, too.  He knew all of the spots to take pictures and we really appreciated his help.  The tour lasts a little over a hour.  Bring a baby carrier if you have little ones.  Disclaimer:  You have to go up and down tiny little stairs inside the canyon, so you do have to be extra careful if you have kids with you.  Enough Talking, here’s the pictures you want to see.IMG_2785IMG_4214 IMG_4211 IMG_4203IMG_2787 IMG_2783  IMG_2776 IMG_2773 IMG_2771 IMG_2770 IMG_2769 IMG_2763 IMG_2762IMG_2760 IMG_2759IMG_4181IMG_4182IMG_4183IMG_4184IMG_4190IMG_4191IMG_4196IMG_4197IMG_4198IMG_4199IMG_4201IMG_4203IMG_4205IMG_4206IMG_4207IMG_4208IMG_4209

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How To Do the Grand Canyon in a Day…With a Baby-Travel Tips and Review

How to do a Grand Canyon in a Day with a Baby News Anchor To Homemaker

We had the best New Years Eve ever this past December, we went to Grand Canyon National Park for 24 hours.  It was just as stunning as I thought it would be. Pictures can’t do it justice, but I’ll try with a couple.

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These pictures were taken on New Years Eve. In the Winter the North Rim is closed, only the South Rim is open.  All of these pictures were taken from the South Rim.   I have a lot of experience traveling with our little one, we’ve gone cross-country road trip, a long weekend trip to California, a cross-country plane trip and much more that I haven’t written about just yet.  This trip was very easy…here’s how we did it!

How to Do the Grand Canyon in 24 Hours with a Baby

Stay at a Hotel inside the Park.  This made everything much simpler.  We could walk out of our room and BAM, Grand Canyon.  We wanted to stay at El Tovar, but it was booked. BOOK EARLY.  We stayed at the Kachina Lodge, which is right next door.  The rooms are fine, not fantastic, but they are fine.

Do the Trail of Time.  It’s right outside the El Tovar and Kachina.  Since we were staying for such a short time, we just wanted to soak in the sights… we weren’t concerned with doing serious hiking.  The Trail of Time is PAVED.  My husband used his super hiking baby carrier because he had just gotten it for Christmas, but we could have used a stroller.

Take the Bus Back to the Hotel.  Chances are the baby is tired by now.  There’s a bus system in the park…it’s very easy to follow.  Just hop on and you’ll be back in 10 minutes.

Watch the Sunset.  We did this from outside Kachina, but this was not the best view.  If you have time, hop on the bus and go to the Western part of the South Rim.  The concierge desk at El Tovar is very helpful.  They can give you the best location to get off at.  Don’t forget to bring a bottle of bubbly like we did…everyone was jealous!





Eat Dinner at the El Tovar Dining Room- Make a reservation!  If you are not staying at El Tovar, you can only book a MONTH out.  Yes, you read that right, a month.  The restaurant is very good.  And it’s worth it.  It’s not the type of restaurant you would normally bring a baby to, but because you’re at a National Park…it’s just fine.  It’s not a super quiet restaurant and Vi (who was 8 months old at the time) did great.

Here are our pictures from the next day.

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Watch the Sunrise- Let’s face it, if you have a baby…you’re up anyways.  If your baby gets up really early, catch a bus to one of the best spots.  Again, ask the concierge at El Tovar for a suggestion.  Violet is not a super early riser, so we just watched it from outside Kachina.  It may not have been the best spot, but it was still lovely.

Eat Breakfast at El Tovar- Yes, you just ate there there the night before, but the breakfast there is also really good!  Be bolder than we were and ask for a window seat.  Gorgeous view.

Go To the West Part of the South Rim- So parking really stinks inside the park, but this is worth taking your car to…especially if you’re leaving after.  There are a lot of stops along the rim trail.  We drove to the end and got out and walked a bit.  My favorite spots were Powell Point and Pima Point. Powell has a very cool monument and amazing views.  You can see (and hear) the river from Pima Point.

This is how we did it in 24 hours.  We had a great time!  I would only change one thing about our trip…I wish we would have scouted out the best views for sunrise/sunset.  Other than that, it was quite perfect.  Don’t forget if you are military (like we are) you get into the park for free!

Where have you taken your little ones lately? Let me know in the comments section.

Want more travel advice?  Check out How to Drive Cross Country with a Baby and a Dog and How to Fly Alone with a Baby 

To Work or Not to Work? Let the Cards Fall

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Imagine this.  Someone hands you piece of paper and on that paper you get to write down almost anywhere in the world you’d like to live.  It’s called a dream list.  Doesn’t it sound, well, dreamy?  If you’re not familiar with the military, it probably does, if you are, then probably not.

A dream list is what Uncle Sam gives military members to fill out when they get close to PCSing (permanent change of station) or moving.  For dentists, this list is huge.  We had to put 20 bases on our dream list.  That’s 20 places in the world we’d like to move to.  It’s not easy.  Sure, there are 20 places we’d be okay moving to, but excited about, “dreamed” about?  I’m not so sure.

We toiled over this for 2 days.  We used blogs, Trip Advisor, Wikipedia…anything that could give us a better glimpse of where we might be moving to next.

Knowing that our stay in Vegas would be a very short one, I’d already imagined getting this dream list before we moved here.  I just assumed that I would take this year off and then when the list came down we would fill it with places that had news stations, preferably in small to medium size markets. We would stack the deck.

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In life, that’s all we can really do, isn’t it?  We try to hedge our bets.  We get a 4 year degree with the hope that it will land us a higher paying job, we eat healthy foods to prevent disease, we move to high cost areas so our kids will hopefully get a better education.  Even though we can and should prepare for the future, the future sometimes has a different plan.

For the first time in my life (and probably Andy’s, too) we decided to simply roll the dice.  No stacking, no hedging, no doubling-down, we just put down cities where we we’d like to go.

When we got the list, instead of thinking where I could continue my career as a TV News Personality, I just kept thinking where I’d like our next family adventure to be.  Things are becoming clearer since I last wrote about being a stay at home mom.  I feel more complete than I ever have before.  I’m not tied down to contacts and deadlines and managing two iPhones at night.  Instead it’s changing diapers, doing laundry, making Andy lunches (which I’ve actually come to enjoy).  These things may sounds tedious and boring, but taking care of my family has been the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.

So, even though I’ve prepped for my future career, life seems to be taking a different turn.  Go figure, right?  I’m not saying “no” to news or work outside the home just yet; I’m just saying I love my life right now.  If the right opportunity presents itself at our next assignment, fantastic.  If not, maybe even better.

For now, our fate rests in a guy named Fred’s hands.  I’d like to think God has a hand in it too. He has been with us in every other big moment in our lives. So, we’re tossing all our cards to Him, let them fall where they may.

And Fred, if you’re reading this, please don’t let our card fall on Alaska.

Read more articles about the decision to stay at home over career here and here.

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The September Update and Travel Reviews

What a month it has been for our little family! It was our first full month of living in the Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada and it has been full of fun, adventure and a little bit of work, too. First some travel updates and reviews…then some personal updates as well.

Family Adventures-

San Diego

The month started off with a bang. We decided to take advantage of Labor Day weekend and head to San Diego. We stayed at the Hilton on the Bay and it was stunning…we even brought Millie with us!  The first day we went to the San Diego Zoo. It was gorgeous.  Andy had never seen a Polar Bear before, and I had never seen a hippo (unfortunately the guy wouldn’t move, so i couldn’t get a great picture) and we felt like giddy little kids.  Word to the wise…we went at the end of the day…it was perfect, not too crowded at all. Also, Andy got in free with a military discount and I believe my ticket was at a discounted price.


That night we went to Old Town to eat at Cafe Coyote and had wonderful mexican food (and margaritas, too of course) at an outdoor table, live music…perfection


The next day we did a the Old TownTrolley Tour…I would highly recommend this. It was a great way to see the entire city. You can hop on and off the tour at your leisure. Our favorite stop might have been in Coronado. The beach was lovely and the town was full of stuff to do. Andy also had the best piece of pizza we’ve ever tasted at Landini’s.  We grabbed a beer at Craft and Commerce on their outdoor patio.  We heard that the food was amazing here, but unfortunately they were only serving  Brunch and we weren’t in the mood.   Also we saw that they gave some locals meals off of the regular menu and that kind of ticked us off.   Our last stop was at the USS Midway.  This wasn’t my cup of tea, but I think this is a guy’s dream of a tourist destination.  I wish our nephew was with us because he would have loved it!  Vi did great throughout the entire day! It was our first time using the baby carrier and she was happy the whole time.

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The last day in San Diego we went to La Jolla Cove. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it. If we went back, I would spend an entire day here. If you’re into snorkeling, there were almost hundreds of people splashing around and there are also lots of cute shops and restaurants. Watching the Sea Lions was just so…breathtaking. This is just an amazing area.

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Mama Debs and Pop come to visit-

Mid September Momma Debs and Pop came to visit. We packed a lot into those short few days.  We found Momma Debs’ favorite Mexican restaurant…a  chain out here called Cafe Rio.  Think of a much better, more authentic Moes.  They even make their own tortillas!

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We went to the Hoover Dam…seriously cool.  I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this.  Even the drive down to the dam was stunning.  I would suggest doing the 30 minute tour instead of the hour tour unless you are die hard about visiting the dam.

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The Strip-

We decided to go to the Venetian where we taught Pop to play craps, so fun!  The Venetian is one of my favorite casinos on the strip, I just think the scenery is so impressive and the dealers are incredibly nice.  We went to Aquaknox for dinner. Absolutely loved the atmosphere, food was good and the waiter gave us a military discount (even though they don’t give discounts at the restaurant.)  After that we went to the Wynn and went to their outside bar on the water…the water show is cooky, but awesome, highly recommend it.

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Red Rock:

This is less than a half hour from our house and we love it here.  We didn’t do any of the  hiking trails, but the views from the scenic drive that goes around the park were breathtaking…and because Andy’s military, it’s free! The military discount is becoming my new favorite thing!

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The Strip…again.

There was a medical group Air Force Ball last week, but some of the group in Andy’s class didn’t want to spend the $400 for just the uniform…after all…there are 3 babies on the way!  So, I organized our own fun.  We went to Mon Ami Gabi.  I love this restaurant because it’s one of the only formal dining restaurants on the strip that is reasonably priced…AND if you don’t mind waiting a little bit longer for a table, you can get an outdoor or window seat that overlooks the Bellagio Fountains. Spectacular.

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After that we went to the Cosmopolitan. I love this hotel because it has a huge crystal chandelier in the center of it…just walking around makes you feel fancy. The picture I took with my phone does not do it justice. They also had a great band playing. I would definitely suggest the chandelier bar there, however we did not have a good gambling experience …table limits were too high and we never saw a drink girl.


To top off the month…the Dawgs beat LSWho! Andy and I bought a fire pit to celebrate and I have a feeling we will be using that a lot now because the weather is so fantastic! October will be a slower month, but we do plan on going to the Grand Canyon, we’ll keep you posted!



Andy is finally doing dentistry! The first month out here he was doing a lot of in-processing…aka paperwork. It’s the government, so it took about a month to complete 😉 But, over the past couple of weeks he has finally started to see patients, he’s even begun an ortho case which he is really excited about. Residency is not a cakewalk (not that we expected it to be) the hours can be long and there’s a lot of projects and presentations he has to do…along with seeing patients. Soon he will start a month long oral surgery rotation.


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Doesn’t she look so sweet…so angelic? Well, 4 Months was my favorite, 5 months….has been one of the most challenging. Between teething and the frustration of not being able to sit up quite yet, Violet has been a little more difficult this month. More than anything she’s just a bit harder to entertain. But, wouldn’t trade her for the world, even when she’s grumpy, she’s still a doll baby. This month we have started solids, just fruit so far. Loves bananas, tolerates pears and despises peaches (maybe she won’t be a southern belle after all) She is also 48% for weight and 79% for height…where she gets her long legs from we have no idea!


This month I have really gotten into a routine with Vi. She goes down for a nap in the morning and I get in a devotional, workout and shower…then we leave for our adventure of the day…which normally means the grocery store, park or our gymboree class. When we get back I start house work and try to start dinner before Andy gets home. It’s definitely a change from the news grind. Deadlines are a tad bit softer at home!