VEGAS


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So this is what happened in Vegas…..

It was like we personally lived the story of The Hangover and I don’t remember a THING so I have no blog post for you. I kid. It was nothing like the Hangover aside from Ryan losing a tooth 😉

After making it back from the Grand Canyon, we checked in to possibly the NICEST hotel Ryan or I will ever stay in. We stayed in a penthouse suite at The Signature and could not hide our awe when we walked in. 2 bathrooms, huge balcony, huge tub, 2 flatscreens (one of which arose from the dresser in front of our bed), and muchos more.

20131104_113602From our balcony

20131104_114618That kind of luxe just is for us 😉

We didn’t really have plans for Vegas, just to try and see it all. Ryan has been in the past, but this was my first visit. We’re not gamblers, but it was still fun to see all the casinos and all the people throwing their money away people. We did get rebellious and hit up the penny slots a few times. I won a dollar at one and cashed the heck out. What a winning! (Remember my experience in Atlantic City?)

Each hotel is unique and fun in its own special way. We got a little touristy and started snapping pics of everything. Hey at least we used our phones and not an iPad 😉

20131104_123202I know what you’re wondering, and yes, I was the model for that sculpture.

20131104_125043Pink beer>any other beer 🙂

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IMAG1475He was REAL! 🙂

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Later that evening we met back up with our canyon friends (who reside in Vegas) and went to dinner at Aria before going to see a Cirque du Soleil show! Back when I was in high school I saw La Nouba with my family and fell in love. I used to dance, and I love gymnastics, and I like people doing weird things, so this type of entertainment is right up my ally. (I still regret not taking the Circus class at FSU!). Anyway, we saw Zarkana.

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‘Zarkana’ is a fantastically bizarre world where we follow the adventures of Zark, a magician who has lost his love and, with her, his powers. As he cries and begs for her return he is plunged into a world inhabited by surreal creatures.” – NY Times

IMAG1513Pregaming for Zarkana 😉

It was definitely bizzare but good entertainment for sure. We were sleepy from the wine consumed pre-show so it made the show itself a little scary at times 😉

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The next day started off atop the Stratosphere. Great views of Vegas! There’s a ride up there that like lurches you out over the city or something silly like that. We just took in the view with our feet planted.

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IMAG1514The Stratosphere at night

Later was more “sight-seeing” and enjoying the Vegas atmosphere. We went to the Bellagio for their lunch buffet and YUM is all I have to say.

20131105_122401Some midday circus entertainment.

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After she got off work, JRae met up with us at Margaritaville to have fun at the penny slots and… drink margaritas! (This is something we are very good at).

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After, we all went out to dinner, then watched the volcano erupt at The Mirage and the fountain show at the Bellagio….I loved this! The fountains were choreographed to One Singular Sensation, and it was unbelievable! I could definitely stand around and watch all the shows (they do them every night for a couple hours).

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Vegas is definitely not like any other place I’ve been. There is always something to do and see … it’s impossible to get bored! And the fact that you can walk around while drinking guarantees it is a place I WILL return 🙂

Ever been to Vegas?

Favorite movie centered around Vegas?
-What Happens in Vegas

Seaside & Florida Cavern Adventure

Ryan and I made plans to visit his mom and step-dad in Pensacola for a long weekend getaway. We don’t get to see them very often, thanks to distance, so we wanted to make a visit mid-year before heading up again for Christmastime!

To break up the drive (7 hours wahh!) we stopped overnight at our old stomping grounds, Tallahassee, to spend the night at my sister-in-law’s.

Seminole Stadium!!

We caught up with his sister, and woke up the next morning to meet my brother for breakfast. I haven’t seen baby bro since Easter-ish, so I was happy to see him AND FINALLY meet his beautiful girlfriend! My brother had to head to work after so we decided to be annoying and follow him to grab a quick cup o’ joe before finishing the drive!

Einstein expert.

We arrived in Pensacola and spent the majority of the remainder of the day visiting with his mom. His stepdad had picked up tickets to the local baseball team’s game that night, and while Ryan and I hesitated about going, we are so glad we did!

 

It was a small, but very neat stadium with great views! And afterwards, we got some fish tacos from a food truck looking like an airstream!!! (I one day would love to travel about in an airstream. To no particular place but if they have fish tacos that’d be great)

Front row!

Me modeling our future home

Anyway! We had originally planned to take out his step-dad’s boat for a day on the water, but the seas were rough so we decided to spend the day at a semi-nearby town called Seaside.

We I have decided Seaside is where Ryan and I will retire. It is a quaint town with expensive shops, yummy restaurants overlooking the water, people biking everywhere, and endless ice cream shops. Yes.

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Food market! Tasted some yummy samples!

 

 

I forgot my sunglasses on this trip, so Ryan’s mom offered to let me wear hers that she only wears on the boat. I felt fancy too, because they had kroakies attached. Okay, maybe not fancy, more like frat boy-ish, but hey they were pretty convenient.

Can’t really tell, but the water was so blue!

 

View from the restaurant

Nifty bookstore/music store

Drool.

And we maaay have hit up some outlets on the drive back to Pensacola. The Coach store had EVERYTHING 50% and I may have helped them out with them selling their stuff 😉

We headed back home the next day (quick trip, we know!) and stopped at the Florida Cavern State Park that we spotted on our way up!

The caverns are located in Marianna, FL and offer tours throughout the day. We signed up for a tour and are glad we did!

Our tour guide led us to the caverns where he taught us about stalagtites and stalagmites and columns and prisoners. Yes….if you break off a piece of rock yo a$$ going to prison. These hands stayed in my pocket!

{{Anyone remember this snl sketch with JT??? Recognize those rock formations, yo!}}

These caverns were amazing! It stays 67 degrees inside the caves all year long—-isn’t that the coolest?! (Pun intended.) We went crawled from room to room taking in the caves and I would highly recommend this adventure to anyone who has time to make a pit stop in Marianna!

A walk-through cave we ventured through before out tour. It was very dark and creepy!!

 

 

It takes years and years for the stalagtites and ‘mites to grown a CENTIMETER! Hence why it’s so important not too touch! After millions of years they will meet in the center and form a column. Lesson learned for the day. Go back to bed now.

 

 

 

 

I know, I was thinking the same thing too….death by stalagtite.

 

 

Fun weekend for the two of us! Sometimes just a getaway weekend is all that’s needed =)

New Jersey 2012

These next few blogs will be about my and Ryan’s latest vacation! The locations we visited may not be your typical “young married couple” trip, but we loved visiting new places together that neither of us had been. We’ll save party cruises for our 30′s when children drive us insane =)

Start of Vacay!

We just got back to our new home (upcoming blog!) and as I am decorating and cleaning, I’d love to share some pics and memories from our trip =)

Day 1: Atlantic City
We flew into AC to begin our trip.

Windmills everywhere!
 

Here, we just planned to walk around checking out the casinos and the Jersey Shore. I kept looking around for Snookie, but she was no where to be seen.

Gambling is not my fave and the idea of losing money over a game of chance terrifies me! Ryan and I decided we would bet an entire 5 dollars and that would be our limit (my dad is shaking his head right now). First game I won 60 cents and I was DONE! 60 cents richer people! (please don’t call me endlessly and beg me to share my riches.)

As we were wandering around the marv hotels, we came upon a group of about 20-30 girls who were in workout clothes (my favorite fashion) and sweating big time. They were all standing in a line eagerly waiting for a door to be open. A security guard was telling them “Don’t worry, every one will have their chance to talk to Jill”

Celebrity radar kicked on and my first thought was Jillian Michaels?????

So I ask one of the girls in the back what they were waiting for and APPARENTLY they had just finished a workout class with the yelling screaming amazing JM and were about to meet her! dfjgihoewobfs!!!!!

Sad I missed out on my favorite screaming exercise guru.

I was super jealous and I think Ryan felt bad he didn’t here about that earlier – hah – but it cost $100+ so I was fine sticking to her DVDs I own at my home. (Aka I’ll be anxiously awaiting any news of her coming to Tampa….and gambling more so I can afford it =)

These “Wawa” suckers were everywhere! In Philly, we learned it meant goose. Which of course you think of a goose when you pump your gas. ?

Onto the evening. FSU was playing Clemson (big game!) and I am married to Ryan Casey so naturally we had to find a sports bar that night.  We ended up at Tiffany’s- a very yummy restaurant but it took serious effort for them to turn on the game and keep it on. Something about a big game that New Jerseyans (sure?) were watching and they would keep flipping from our game to theirs! Even though there were like 10 TVs! Rude.

So we watched the rest at our hotel. Moral of the story: GO NOLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Day 2: Six Flags
As you may or may not know, Ryan and I are theme park fans freaks.

Not only did we have year passes to Busch Gardens our first year married (and plan to do so again next year along with Sea World!!) but we have also been to Universal quite a few times with friends and family and I kinda got engaged at Discovery Cove! (If you call that a theme park…you have fun,eat junk food, and ride a trolley at some point, so yes I’ll call it a theme park). You can read about the proposal here.

First on the list was Kingda Ka. I had no idea what this ride was about but my 29 year old husband insisted we be first in line so we can sit front row without waiting for hours. I must say-it was worth it. The ride frikkin shoots you out before you have a clue what’s going on! Definite adrenaline rush.

Kingda Ka

Something funny we noticed at each ride– the people working the roller coasters would call out “Visual Scan” in a serious voice, but they would all do this exaggerating deep squat and look to each side with their hand over their eyes…as if they were tourists on a safari. It got me every time.

Seal show!

 

 

The weather was beautiful throughout the day, which made it an even better experience. Give me nice weather, and I am a happy girl!