It was so fun to see my family in Mesa. We had a blast hanging out with the Gustafsons, playing Resistance, and practically melting in the heat. Seriously, even at 9:00 pm stepping outside is like walking into a sauna!
Here's the happy couple making their getaway!
As mentioned above, on the way back we decided to stop in Las Vegas to celebrate our 5th anniversay (August 11, 2007 - August 11, 2012). Coming down, we weren't able to leave until Thursday night after work, so we stopped in Vegas due to the super cheap hotel prices ($29/night). We only stayed there 5 hours, but on the way back we decided to upgrade our accommodations a bit and spend some more time.
I haven't been a huge fan of Vegas in the past--too much trashiness--but this was kind of the first time I really visited any of the "attractions" and walked down the strip (we've usually just drove by or stayed in a hotel without going out much). Anyway, I have to say it was pretty fun. There is definitely a lot of craziness going on, but I guess that just makes the experience complete.
We decided to stay at The Venetian--part of what I would call the "pretend Europe" segment of Vegas--and it was lovely. Mike decided to take some pictures to document.
"Pretend Europe" decor. :)
Inside our hotel room.
While we were walking through the casino, Mike saw Senator John McCain and very un-stealthily snapped a photo.
We went to the Bellagio buffet for lunch. Here are some desserts we enjoyed.
Here is a youtube video of the song that we saw. It was awesome!
We also had fun visiting Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. We got to meet tons of fabulous celebrities, as you will see below.
|Mike causing some problems for the Blue Man Group|
|Peace out Jamie Foxx|
|Leonardo DiCaprio, even dreamier in person|
|Will Smith and Mikey|
|Freakishly-real Larry King|
|Sarah Michelle Gellar a.k.a. Buffy the Vampire Slayer|
|Lindsay Lohan (Mike didn't really want to take a picture with her, but just look at that smile, haha)|
|Chillin' with Ben Affleck|
|Brangelina + me|
|Brad Pitt - Angelina|
|James Bond through the years|
|Arnold Schwarzenegger Jr.|
|Mike checking in on Tiger Woods|
|Mike "Shooting on Shaq"|
|Michael Jordan, Michael Canar, the all-time greats :)|
|Don King boxing person|
|Evel Knievel next generation|
|Singing with Stevie Wonder|
|Mikey pals with Gwen Stefani|
|We ain't no hollaback girls|
|Katy Perry, haha|
|Contemplating a performance with Simon Cowell|
|Fergie is a little freaky|
|Bono, one of Mike's heroes|
|Jamming with Jimi Hendrix|
|Some dude and a showgirl and me :)|
|Wayne Brady from whose line is it anyway|
|Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack|
|Celine Dion, "My Heart Will Go On"|
|Siegfried and Roy|
|George Washington, what a guy!|
|Gotta love Abraham Lincoln|
|Marilyn Monroe, the seductress, haha|
|Trying to look tough with John Wayne|
|JFK and Jackie|
|Martin Luther King Jr.|
|George W. Bush|
|Yes, we like Obama. Deal with it! :)|