Friday, December 2, 2011

Las Vegas Project 29 Pictures

Brent had no idea I had been planning this trip and party for him, so he was really surprised when I had to finally tell him.  I started planning in July 2010 for this and I'm glad that he absolutely loved his surprise party.  We  did so much more than what I have pictured here, but I just picked a few to share.

We got off work at 1pm and we flew out at 3:30pm.  Our flight was about 20 minutes late, but didn't really delay our landing time by too much.  As soon as got in, we checked in at Treasure Island and then headed to dinner.

Kelly Purkey talks about eating at Scarpetta and always getting the spaghetti.  I had to try it for myself and I absolutely loved it.  The Cosmopolitan hotel is just gorgeous too!  If you're ever in Vegas, you should check it out.  Brent got the duck ravioli and it was equally just as good.  We also got dessert, which was made out of coconut pudding, mango puree, and pineapple sorbet.
After dinner, we went to the Piano Bar at Harrah's.  We paid the dueling pianists to play "Benny and the Jets" and changed Benny to Brenty, lol.  The pianists were really great and such a wonderful way to start the night.  Then we strolled over to Casino Royale.  They have $1 margaritas, as you can see my friend Val has 2 of them in her hand, lol.  
The next morning, I woke up and met Shaela for lunch!  It was wonderful to see her, though I wish I could of spent more time with her.  I'm looking forward to seeing her soon in January at Winter CHA! Afterwards, I met up with Brent, Cody, and Kendall and we walked through Aria.  Another gorgeous hotel!!  Soon it was time to get ready for dinner at Margaritaville.
After a fun dinner, we headed to Paris and went to the Chateau.  I've been to nicer clubs in Vegas, but free is a good I'm not complaining, lol.  Plus, I love the Paris...I hope to stay here sometime in the future.
Okay, you can laugh at me...but we don't have In-N-Out in Washington/Oregon.  The best part is that In-N-Out is right by the Las Vegas Moneytree Training Center, so whenever I go out there for work, I always stop by.  This was a must for Brent, since he hasn't been in years.  At least I knew I where it was and how to get there! :)
We went to the Stratosphere and rode all the rides up there.  Then everyone went into college football mode.  Since I don't care about football, I colored images and went out for a killer sushi dinner with other friends that live in Vegas.
I love CSI with a passion and watch all 3 shows.  Brent and I went to the CSI Experience in the MGM.  This was the murder scene we were given to solve.  It's hard to see in the picture, but she got ran over by a car.  I'm pretty proud of myself that I solved this crime corrected!  She was drugged and the car drove over her after she died.  The obviously suspect was her boyfriend, but it really was her jealous best friend.  I can't decide if I'm good...or if I just watch the show too much, lol.

On our last day in town, I did some gambling.  I usually just play the penny slots for fun and entertainment.  Others wanted to play Wheel of Fortune.  I put in $20 and won $150.  I hit the spin again and won another $200.  I figured that was too lucky and stopped playing.  Then I won over $60 in the penny slot.

I know $400 isn't a ton of money, but for only putting $20 in, I got a good return!  I ended up using half of it for Christmas gifts and the other half on t-shirts for CHA.  It worked out really well...guess it's my good karma for throwing Brent a lovely 30th birthday, lol.
You can image that the 8 of us took group pics the whole time we were there.  We thought it would be funny to take a picture with the wrong spouses, lol.  This was at New York, New York right before we all left town.  Overall, it was a good trip and great friends! 

If you want to see more pics of my trip, you can see them on Facebook.  I didn't bring my Canon with me, so all the pictures I took were with my point and shoot camera.  Going back to a more simple camera makes me feel dumb, lol...I always want to look through the lens and I can't.  I hope you all have a great's almost the weekend!


  1. Looks like you had so much fun!!!!!

  2. What fun pics!! I'm glad I got to see you too - it will be fun to have more time to hang out in January though (fingers crossed!) :)

  3. Looks like you had a great time in LV---LOVE the CSI crime photo! Congrats on solving the crime correctly!!! HOOOORAY:)

  4. Fun, fun Fun! Glad you all had a great time and that Brent enjoyed turning 30 Las Vegas style!

  5. so glad to hear that you had a blast. love the fun photos and such a fun post to read. thanks for sharing, Sparkle!

  6. What, such a great time! Hope your hubby had a wonderful bday!

  7. Looks like so much fun, Sparkle! I'm glad you had a great time and thanks for sharing the pics!

  8. Looks like a great time! Glad you all had fun and you surprised Brent with such a wonderful trip!

    We were the same way with going to In-n-Out in Vegas until they started opening them out here a few years ago. :)

  9. What a wonderful time you all had! I'm so glad Brent was surprised and so happy with his trip.


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