When we booked our flights we decided to fly out of Valdosta. It's $100 more per ticket than flying out of Atlanta but not having the three hour drive to the Atlanta airport, or pricey parking fees, or the hassle of navigating through Hartsfield made it worth every penny. It was actually Katie's first time ever flying. Isn't that crazy?!?! It's funny because everyone always assumes she's afraid to fly...she wasn't afraid one bit (actually she was more comfortable than I was!) she just hadn't ever had the opportunity to fly anywhere. After this trip she's a legit air traveler for sure!!!
Getting ready to leave Valdosta airport!
First boarding pass!
Ready to take off on her first ever flight
We also decided to save the $25 checked luggage fee and carry on all our stuff. It was my first time ever doing it and it was honestly a great experience! I was shocked at how much stuff I could fit in the carry on luggage and how easily we got through security and everything (we just had to get disposable razors from the hotel lobby when we arrived). And in Atlanta they actually checked our bags because the flight was full so we ended up getting them checked for free...which made it nice when we arrived in Vegas to not have to lug them through the airport.
We departed from Valdosta at 10:45 and made it to Atlanta by noon, just in time for lunch! Sbarro at the airport has these yummy pizza wrap things so we shared one of those before getting back on the plane again!
Kye on his first flight!
We also got to see the Hoover Dam!
He even let Katie wear his hat since it was her first flight (lucky!)
He was mildly creepy...
Especially in this picture haha. He told us we could "touch his buttons any day." Um, we're good thanks!
The FIRST thing we saw when we got off the plane were slot machines
Welcome to VEGAS!!!
Growing up always flying to and from Atlanta, I rarely have issues navigating in other airports. Isn't ours one of the biggest in the world??? If you can handle Hartsfield then you can handle anything! Vegas wasn't bad at all and our bags were right there waiting for us at baggage claim with no issues. The hotel we were staying at had free transportation to and from the airport so we found the shuttle station and waited. The next shuttle was supposed to arrive at 4 and we made it out there at 3:55. Perfect! Well...we waited and waited and waited and finally at 4:45 I decided to go find some answers. Katie and I had asked several people and knew we were in the right spot, what we didn't know was that our shuttle was NOT MARKED with the hotel name! So it was there when we got there but we didn't see it :( We had to wait until 5:30 for the next one. Not happy campers! Other people who boarded the shuttle had missed it too, it's for sure something the hotel needs to fix!
Originally I had gotten a great deal on one of those timeshare tour trips we take all the time. We were going to be staying in an actual condo in Vegas with a full kitchen and everything! Unfortunately, things went sour between the timeshare company and I (and it'll be AWHILE until I book another trip with them...I'm still very bitter...) so we lost the reservation (with only a partial refund...grrrrrrr). I ended up (3 weeks before our trip, no joke!) hunting the internet to find a replacement place to stay. Luckily, I found Palace Station for only $35 a night! At first I was worried about it not being safe but Zach said if it has a casino it can't be too bad so I booked it. We were SHOCKED at how great it was!!!
Remember my "Emily luck?" Things typically go wrong but always work out even better than originally planned. Again, our trip had some of those moments. We got to the hotel and the (dumb, idiotic) woman at check-in said there was an Emily Parker listed but that it wasn't me because the address wasn't mine. I had to call Priceline and have them prove to her that I was booked (I paid Priceline for the room, and they paid the hotel which is why my address didn't match up!). It was a hassle but we got an upgraded room and Priceline is giving me a little compensation too :) Our room was REALLY nice!!!
on the phone with Priceline
By the time we got to the room and settled it was like 7 our time, and 10 Georgia time. My cell phone never would switch time zones so I stayed pretty confused the entire trip. We were exhausted but starving (we hadn't eaten since lunch in Atlanta!). We changed clothes and checked out the hotel. Um. It was AWESOME. TONS of restaurants to choose from and they were all yummy and cheap! We both love Italian food so we ate at the pasta place in the hotel - it was fabulous!
I seriously tore that junk UP. It was the PERFECT meal for my tired body and hungry baby!
The meals were only $12 each and dessert was only $4 - how could I resist?
After eating we went straight to bed and slept for 12 hours! After the flight, time changes, and the three nights of no sleep due to a sick child - I needed that sleep! When we woke up the next morning, we felt well-rested and ready for our big day. We decided just to go as we were to eat breakfast down in one of the hotel restaurants. No one knew us so who cares right?
sexy morning glasses ;)
The desert air was AWESOME! I didn't even brush my hair when I woke up (at home I wake up with a curly, crazy, afro MESS!).
holding on for my life!
two thumbs DOWN!
adorable little cubs though!
We also got coupons for $5 off from Starbucks...so Katie got a $4.00 bottle of water for free
and I got a hot chocolate and cup of water for free!
From MGM we went to the Rio for the BIG Vegas Bash!!! We had a fun trip leading up to the event but the actual event was the highlight of the vacation! More to come tomorrow!!!!!