Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Tale of Two Vegas Trips: Part 2 (Edward's 30th Birthday)

So, I think we can all agree that my sister and Miguel had a pretty awesome first trip to Vegas, no? There was some talk about topping their onesie pajamas when we went, but everyone agreed there was just no topping that. Our trip was a little different than theirs. We were going to meet some of our Arizona friends to celebrate Edward's 30th birthday. Edward, Daniel and Chris arrived on Thursday and had some fun times without wives around to nag them, and I was the next to arrive about 7:30 the next morning. Since I knew the girls would be hours away at that point, I offered to shoot some video in the area for my internship, and they sent me out to Red Rock Canyon, which was so pretty! Who knew there were such beautiful natural wilderness areas so close to Las Vegas?

I got back to the hotel just after Melynda, Holly and Terri arrived so all of us went to a buffet for a late lunch. After I napped and the rest of the girls did some shopping, we decided to get ready to "go out." Although, we ended up spending a lot of time chatting and having cocktails in the room while we got ready and it was really late by the time we made it downstairs to find a place for dinner. First we stopped to say hello to the boys who were playing Pai Gow poker.

Terri and I with the Birthday Boy

Then we had some random dude who we'd seen in the elevator earlier take our picture. While this was happening, Kelli and Kyle arrived in the lobby, so it was still a while before we ever had dinner. After we ate, we found the boys again ...

Chris was losing, so we called it a night ...

After a Margaritaville lunch on Saturday, the girls headed off to check out the new hotel and do some shopping while the boys watched the ASU game. (Of course, we had to stop at the Bellagio to see the water show on the way).

Later we all got dressed up and headed to the Hilton for Edward's birthday dinner at Benihana. My friend Elvis was outside when we arrived.

There were some sake bombs ...

and onion rings of fire.

Here's all of us (minus Kyle) after dinner.

We all did a little gambling at the Hilton, and then headed back to our hotel.

Yes, there are six people in the back of the car. Nine in total.

We had all fully intended on going out once we got to the hotel, but once again we were having so much fun chatting it up in the room (and this time toasting Baby Windtberg due in August) that instead we just stayed there and enjoyed each other's company.

It was a really great weekend with friends that Chris and I don't get to see often enough. I hope Edward had a good birthday weekend, because we sure had fun celebrating it with him!

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