A 75th Birthday Surprise to Vegas
February 25, 2019
This year for my mom’s 75th birthday, her girlfriends wanted to surprise her with a trip to Vegas. The big kicker was that my sister and I
It began with a poem at their neighborhood Valentine’s Day party. This drove my mom crazy!! She called both of us the next day freaking out about what to pack, she had no idea where she was going. We were cracking up! Did I mention that she doesn’t like surprises?
My sister picked me up at 4:45 a.m. to head to the airport. We were bursting with excitement because we were so close to pulling it off! Our flight was arriving just 1/2 hour before their flight was to land so we rushed to their gate to capture the moment she deplaned.
The Grandview at Las Vegas
We had two condos at The Grandview at Las Vegas. This was a great accommodation for our large party. The condos were connected by a small entryway so both of our doors could be left open. Both units came with fully stocked kitchens, and the staff was very prompt and friendly when we needed a few extra blankets and towels.
My mom has the best girlfriends! It reminds me to cultivate my relationships with those I love and make sure to always have “girl-time”. The friendships we develop are those that will carry us into our golden years. It’s a unique bond that just isn’t the same as with a spouse or child.
My sister and I aren’t much of gamblers. We
Of course, we could never afford these shops, but it’s fun to pretend! In all honesty, the extravagance and opulence can be overwhelming.
Palazzo and Venetian
There were lots of performers that were entertaining in the Palazzo and Venetian, from opera singers to “statues”. They were so fun! There really is so much noise and activity going on all the time.
Cosmopolitan and Bellagio
Our next stops were to the Cosmopolitan and Bellagio Hotels. We chose to valet park at all of our stops to make parking easier. Las Vegas was having the coldest temperatures on record and it even snowed! We weren’t about to walk on the strip.
With my sister and I being the “youngsters” of the group, we couldn’t keep up with these ladies. We were sound asleep by 10:00 p.m. every night and they didn’t come in until after midnight!
We were visiting during the Chinese New Year, year of the pig, so there were pig decorations everywhere! It was quite cute, even if we don’t celebrate the same. The Bellagio is a beautiful hotel that is known for the fountains out front, because of the cold and wind, they weren’t operating so I didn’t get a picture. This crystal horse and colored glass ceiling were magnificant!
We had an incredible time celebrating my mom’s birthday. I cherish the time I get to spend with her since we live so far apart. Now I’m headed back home with her to Phoenix to relax after our whirlwind trip before heading to cold Indiana. Who knows? We may have to make this an annual trip!