Perfect Celebration

We’re back from Vegas…

it really was the perfect celebration.

Starting with this delivered to our room just minutes after arriving:

A sweet {and bubbly} gift from two of my girls in Nor Cal.

Thanks, Mel & Linz ~ it was the ultimate surprise to kick off the weekend!

I was introduced to Bahama Breeze many moons ago while visiting my bestie, Dee, in Orlando. I was hooked…there is a location in Vegas. Let me just say that thanks to my bro-in-law I discovered the West Indies Beef Patties this time around and….um, YUM! The Jerk Chicken Pasta is also a must.

{Pineapple-Coconut Martini}

Birthday Breakfast:

We spent the afternoon of my b-day at the pool. The weather was gorgeous. I literally laid on the lounge chair and did nothing. It was stupendous. Jay took Holden to the room and bubbled in parlay cards with U-Rod and Lola and Elliott swam. I didn’t have to keep an eye on anyone, take anyone to the bathroom or fill a sippy cup for several hours! MAGIC I tell you….

Jay and I went to a “fancy dinner” at Mon Ami Gabi. I have walked by this bistro a gazillion times…envious of all who sit up along the strip out on the patio sipping their wine and enjoying French cuisine! Now it was OUR turn. I insisted we sit outside even though the wait was almost 2 hours.

Oh man….

we slurped French Onion Soup and slathered warm brie with honey and roasted garlic onto fresh baguettes. We sipped {more} wine and viewed the Bellagio water show every 15 minutes. We ordered out-of-this-world entreés ~ Lemon Chicken Paillard and Steak Roquefort. We chatted. And sipped. And took it all in. We enjoyed a “Joyeux Anniversaire” cream puff compliments of our sweet, ever so pleasant server.

You have got to try this place.


A meal to remember.

After dinner, we strolled back into Paris and noticed a lounge band…I love me some Vegas lounge music. They were doing current Lady Gaga stuff and taking it back old skool ~ running the gamut. I decided we’d set up shop and sit…who needs an expensive Vegas show when you have these guys?

I was a total cheeseball and went up to request a song from the DJ during the band’s break.

Uh, how can you NOT dance to the song you requested…

“California Girls we’re undeniable

fine, fresh, fierce we got it on lock

West Coast represent

now put your hands up

Oooooh Oh Oooooh”

Oh YES I did!

I may have even danced with a 21 year old guy in bunny ears and pink glasses for a brief minute.

We stayed out ’til 2:14am! I was so impressed….

And as if keeping an eye on the kiddos for well over 12 hours wasn’t enough, my in-laws treated the family to Lion King. It was amazing and Elliott loved it…and so did Holdy until he fell asleep right before intermission!

Such a special treat.

We finished off our Saturday evening with a trip to Serendipity3.

We skipped the frozen hot chocolate this time, but it is a must if you ever visit this little gem of a place!

The kiddos held up very well. We visited M&M’s World and, might I add, that place is ridiculous and not at all kid friendly. How much m&m paraphernalia can they produce? Apparently enough to fill like 4 stories! Oh. my. word. I’m good with my 68¢ bag of m&m pretzels from Wal-mart.

But the kids had a great time at the New York, New York arcade, Lion Habitat, pool and just being spoiled by Lolo and Lola!

The. Perfect. Celebration.

Everything I LOVE about Vegas minus the buffets and crazy pool parties!

Thank you to my family for celebrating with me first class all the way.

And I LOVE that I came home to my sunflowers looking just as gorgeous as when we left…

40s lookin’ pretty darn good!


“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
{William W. Purkey}