Mom's 60th Birthday in Las Vegas!

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What better way to celebrate Mom's 60th birthday (as well as Dad's forthcoming 60th, and Father's Day), then to be together as a family? Be together as a family in Vegas!

The kids all planned the weekend, complete with a 2-night stay at the 5-star Vdara hotel, dinner at Wolfgang Puck's Spago restaurant, and 7th row tickets to see Cirque dul Soliel's show "Ka". The weather in Vegas was a forecast to be 20 degrees under the normal 98 degree high in mid June, which resulted in comfortable weather for walking the strip all weekend.

Mom/Dad flew into LA late Thurs. When Nicked picked up Mom and Dad from the hotel Friday morning, he arrived with a "tall drip with soy creamer", a chocolate croissant, and the Beatles "Birthday" song on the car stereo. During the drive up to Vegas, they listened to plenty Beatles/Paul tunes, along with 100.3 The Sound's top 2000 songs of all time, from A-Z (mostly the As). Shortly after their arrival, Meg and Matt arrived from San Jose, followed by Matt and Wendy from Denver.


Matt and Wendy got delayed 1.5hrs in Denver, due to a tornado warning at the airport. A look out the window confirmed some scary looking conditions. Fortunately, we'd still arrive in time for the evening's festivities...

Friday Dinner at Spago's:

After long debate, we had picked Spago's as the restaurant for Friday night (Mom's Bday!). Turns out, Mom had heard of Spago's, and had always wanted to eat at a Spago's someday. Perfect alignment! We walked through the Bellagio, and across the street to Caeser's Palace, where Spago's awaited us in the forum mall.


Matt and Wendy along the Bellagio hallway, on the way to dinner...


A look at the right half of the table...


A look at the left half of the table...


Dad's displays some lollipop chicken wings. Mom enjoys a birthday martini...


Spago's featured a fine selection of bread. The Pea Soup was awesome! The carpaccio, not so much...


We passed the camera around to capture our meals. Duck, Chicken, Halibut...


...Chicken, Pizza, Meatloaf...


...and Colorado Lamb. A pic of the happy group, ready to start the main course...


Spago's brought the birthday girl a complementary dairy free dessert, which Mom graciously shared...


A group shot of the well satisfied party. Spago's was located in a mall, with artificial skies...

Dinner was long and delightful (both in food and company). After the walk back, we converged to Meg/Matt/Nick's room for a cake and ice cream dessert. Mom also had some surprise balloons delivered to her room today.


Dessert back at the hotel in one of the suites...

Saturday, on the Strip:

After watching the US - England World Cup game in one of the suites, we took a walk up the strip, visiting The Mirage, The Venetian (where Nick took on a poker side-quest for the afternoon/evening), and Paris. Following a water show outside the Bellagio, we had a small break before meeting up for a pre-Ka dinner. After much debate, we ended up going to the buffet at Aria hotel for dinner, which was known for it's gourmet desserts. We left ~8:40pm and met up with Nick at the MGM to watch Ka. Our seats were only 20' away from the characters at times, which were amazing, cause I got these tickets at ~60% off. 7th row was awesome.


We took advantage of the open beverage law in Vegas. The hotel elevator was a bit like an aquarium...


Dad took some photo's of the Bellagio lobby...


The Bellagio lobby is ornately decorated with flowers each season...


Pictures outside of Caesar's Palace...


Pictures in the vicinity of Cirque dul Soliel's Beatle's themed show, "Love", at the Mirage...


A couple of Tracz bass players stand next to a Paul McCartney Hoffner. Mom and Nick gave the "Love" video poker machines a go...


Our dinner table happened to be right next to the crab legs. Excellent! There was lots of variety of seafood, meats, salads, pretty much everything at this buffet...


Mmm... Vegas buffet... The buffet came with lobster too.


We spent 1.5hrs at the buffet. It took several plates to try enough of the cuisine to figure out what was best. Then there was the dessert table, which demanded plenty of attention...

I really loved the buffet! After an enjoyable Ka, we walked through New York, New York, and I stopped at CVS to buy a pair of hair cutting scissors. The night was still young for some of the party... Mom and Meg spent from 12:30am-3am bringing down the house on the video poker machines. Meg ended up winning over $150 using just the free $10 for opening a Players Club. 4 of a kind twice!


Meg celebrates with one of her two $80+ vouchers won with video poker Saturday night...

Sunday finale:

On Sunday morning, mom put my newly bought scissors to use (couldn't carry-on my pair from CO). Mom is my personal stylist, who has perfected my cut over the years. Definitley worth buying an extra pair of scissors.

Shortly after Nick got up, Mom and Dad left to beat the traffic in LA. Wendy and I said good-bye, and went to the Bellagio casino to get our free $10 with a Players Card. We played 10 minutes, but didn't have the same luck as Meg, and walked back with $10 each. After packing our luggage, Meg, Matt, Wendy and I hung out, watching the Germany - Australia game, then played a game of 9 card pitch in the lobby. Wendy and I took at cab to the airport at 2:15pm, while Meg and Matt had time for a Bellagio brunch buffet before their trip to the airport.


Matt gets a Sunday morning haircut, "the usual", before Mom/Dad/Nick head back to LA ~11:30am to beat the traffic...


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