The drive down was nice and uneventful. Arriving in town, I took the shorter way that didn't go through or past the strip. Probably a good idea, even if it was only Thursday. That night wasn't anything spectacular, but it was nice just to be there.
Friday morning was my Birthday. My 30TH BIRTHDAY. Surprisingly I didn't really freak out. I woke up and smiled to myself. That morning I got up about noon, ate some cereal, took a shower, and then went shopping. Got some new clothes, which I hadn't done in a while, and also got some FAB-U-LUSS sunglasses from Dolce & Gabanna. No, I'm not a label whore, but can I just say that I look GREAT in designer sunglasses? A pair of shoes later, and I was satisfied. Everything but the glasses were on sale, and I spent less than I thought I would. Always a good thing. Once I was spent, we ran back home quick to get changed.
I was very excited for my birthday dinner. We'd gotten tickets to the Tournament of Kings at Excalibur, which is a dinner and joust... really a cheesy show set in the time of kings, but it was still really fun. I got dressed in my mirror heeled, silver leopard print spike heels, silky dress, and put my earrings on. I was ready. We went out to the casino and had a little time. So I played the slots for probably the second time in my life, and didn't win much, but was only out about a dollar. Once the show was about to start, we went down to the theater, and sat down in our section, which was Ireland. We had our own knight to cheer for which was fun. Even if the guy from France was cuter. They brought us out some soup, then a whole cornish hen with potatoes, broccoli, and a roll. Very tasty. So we watched the show, shouted "huzzah," and had a great time!
Afterwards we wandered the casino a bit more, then took a little trip around the strip. It was hot, and moderately humid. I LOVED it! Perfect night for walking around... except not so much when you're in mirror heeled, silver leopard print spike heels. I got blisters. But it was worth it to look that good on my birthday! We got home and went to bed about 2am (pacific time, so really 3am based on my usual time, which is mountian). All in all, a satisfying night.
Saturday we slept in (of course) and got up again about noon. We went out to breakfast where I devoured some delicious french toast, and then went back to Chris & Amber's to relax at the pool. There were kids, but not too many. The water felt great, there was a light breeze... and it was 105 degrees. I loved it! I sunscreened like mad to be safe and kept to the shade as much as possible. No sunburn for Rachel! Anywho, after we'd spent a few hours swimming and lounging on the chairs a bit (of course with my new sunglasses) we went back to the apartment, showered, and went out to the movies. Chris and I went to see "The Dark Knight" while Amber and Ryan went to see "Mama Mia." I felt bad splitting up, but turned out ok. They enjoyed their show, and Chris and I had fun telling the drunk guy down the row to shut up. Sigh. He eventually left, which was nice. But not until I finally lost my temper a bit and told him off. I can only take so many jelly doughnut comments before I've just had enough. I'm sorry. Afterwards we went out to the Venitian and ate in one of the cafe's at the hotel. The Lux Cafe I believe. Anywho, the food was great, the atmosphere was wonderful, and the dessert (raspberry white chocolate truffle cheesecake) delectable. We finished dinner about 12, then wandered around the hotel a bit, exploring the shops. There was a section on the 2nd floor that freaked me out a bit, as the ceiling was painted like the sky, and faux lighting made it feel more like 6 or 7 pm instead of 130am. It was weird, but I loved it. I didn't get a gondola ride, but I'll save that for another trip at another time...
It was another 2am morning, as we finished off the night with some beautiful gold sparklers that a dear friend saved just for my birthday. And I love sparklers. Another perfect ending to a GREAT day!
Leaving was sad, but necessary. However, I have a wonderful brother and sister-in-law to thank for helping give me the kind of birthday I wanted. I highly recommend their Chateau down in Henderson as a vacation spot. If you get the chance... GO! They are wonderful as hosts, and of course Las Vegas has a ton of things to do and enjoy. Check it out... and go visit. I promise you won't regret a single day. Thanks Chris and Amber and Ryan, for helping me turn 30 and enjoy it!