Sunday, December 27 my eyes snap open at 7:00 a.m. I call room service for a pot of coffee and prepare to take advantage of that fabulous tub and the bath gel I got from my Daughter for Christmas. One word of warning at this point, if you stay at either of the towers, remember that the water gets very hot - very fast! I haven't stepped in yet because I'm trying to cool the water down, and here comes a knock on the door. I give a holler to my husband to get the door. Guess who?.... It's the coffee already! Perfect, now I can have a cup while I soak in the tub. By this time my husband is awake and grumbling. He has a cup of coffee and now I have company in the tub OOOOH! LA! LA! We get dressed, and it's off to the casino! We managed to put a few more points on the cards and come up with another $500.00 between us. Now it's 9:30 a.m. I call up to my Daughters room and tell her to get up and meet us at the escalator to the Buffet for breakfast. What a good girl, she was already up, showered and dressing when I called. She meet's up with us looking bright-eyed. We make our way down to the Buffet and use our VIP line pass. This sure is great! No waiting! And are we hungry! The breakfast buffet was fabulous at the Luxor. Plenty of fresh fruits and morning pastries, fresh juices and an omelet station! YUMMY! It's now close to 11:00 a.m. and we promised to meet with Brother in Law and Family to have lunch at Texas Station at 1:00 p.m. (Can't we call and cancel?? Who want's to eat so soon?) No can do. Actually my Brother in Law wants to show us his new business location and then do lunch. So we fritter away our time at the MGM once again. My husband will play a few machines and my Daughter and I will shop. She likes to collect "I Love Lucy" memorabilia and we need some girl talk time. The hours pass like minutes and before we know it we're off to see Brother in Law's new business location. He's a wholesale purveyor of sundries for small grocery stores and liquor stores in LV. "Yes, this is a great office!", "Nice kitchen area..", "Fabulous showroom!" and of course, "Very efficient warehouse." But in the back of my head the little kid is saying, "Can we go now??" We leave the office and head out to pick up Sister in Law and the kids. By now it's just after three o'clock we arrive at Texas Station. There's no line and we make a pass at the Margarita Bar before being seated. Make our way to the service stations, and guess what?? There are no plates?? And of course I'm hungry by now. Warning, I get really CRANKY when I'm HUNGRY!!! Went looking from one end of the serving stations to the other - no plates!! I ask the hostess, the cashiers, the waitresses, no one can get me any plates!! Finally I spot a bus boy I speak a few kind words in Spanish and VOILA! Just like that Platos por todos en la Familia! By this time others have spotted the armload of plates the bus boy is carrying and he's immediately deluged. Finally here comes a cart full of plates and once again the rush is on. The meals at Texas are always the best. Especially enjoy sampling the different types of chili. It's a good thing to bring the "Beano" with you when you sample at this station. Well by this time we're all laughing and scratching and having a good old time! I finish the last bite of my pecan pie, refill my frozen margarita cup and tell the family "I love you all, but it's been over six hours since I gambled - I'm outside at the slots look for me there." I managed to pick up an extra $75.00 playing on a few slots and a couple of video poker machines. Well here comes the family and now we've decided to go see Bellagio. I was a little apprehensive about not being allowed in with my 15 year old daughter. My niece is 20 and my nephew is 18, so there was no problem there. But we had no trouble at all. No one asked to see our key. There were even families with little children (4-10 year olds) welcomed into the hotel. This was a very orderly crowd. The children were all exceptionally well behaved. The hotel itself is lovely, the conservatory was beautifully decorated. And that ceiling everyone was talking about is a must see! We didn't get to play here as we could not leave the kids unattended. They were very strict about that. The shopping area was nice, with many of the same retailers as those in the designer wing of our local shopping center at home. So, for us, we really didn't see any thing that special. Bellagio is pretty to be sure, but in my opinion, it still can't compare with Ceasar's Palace. We say good bye to the family and head over to Ceasar's! By now it's 6:00 p.m., I want to see if my husband and I can hook up with Jean-WA. My daughter went to explore the shopping mall and we agree to meet at the escalator to the arcade in 1 hour. We have to meet Brother in Law #2 at 7:30 back at the Luxor. I wander around playing a little and looking around a lot. Sorry Jean, I was hoping to plan a little better. I hope you had a fun and profitable trip. Meet up with my Daughter and quickly cab it over to the Luxor. We meet up with Brother in Law #2 and his wife we go to Nefertiti's Bar for a drink while my daughter carts all her days treasures up to her room. My daughter joins us and we take a hike over to NYNY for some Chinese food at Chin Chin's. Great noodles! You can watch the chef making them depending on where you sit. We had a very nice visit with Brother in Law #2 and we head out to the casino for a little play time while Brother in Law #2 takes my daughter for a ride on the roller coaster. Those two have iron stomachs and are really enjoying themselves. Brother in Law meets up with us again and my Daughter stays to play a few games. We say good night around 11:00 p.m. after hiking back to the Luxor from NYNY, my daughter retires for the evening. My husband and I play for a few more hours. He managed to hit the Elvis Slot for $500.00! Needless to say, he was very happy. I cashed in my points and came up with an additional $60.00. We called it a night at around 1:00 a.m. as we had a 10 a.m. flight back to LA, and we were simply exhausted by this time. Now remember, I still haven't touched my big winnings!! Monday morning arrives, we pack up and head down to the Pyramid Café coffee shop for breakfast. Eat up and pay a few more machines. Cab it over to the airport, take off on time and arrive in LA at 11:30. Retrieve our car from the parking lot and arrive home by 1:00 pm. My husband goes to open the business, and my daughter and I are left to unpack. We team up and get things in order and start a load of laundry. Then we go over to our local mall and I buy a new washer (mine's been on the fritz), I pay off all the Christmas Credit Card Department Store bills. Have lunch and deposit the rest in the bank for the taxes.
Next trip is scheduled for March and I've told my Husband that we are not telling any family we are coming!