The day started VERY EARLY for us. We were out of bed and getting everything ready by 5:20AM. I got about 4 hours of sleep last night. We left the house around 6:15 for our 8:25AM flight. I hadn't checked in on line for our flight so we had to wait through one of the longer lines at the Frontier check-in. Despite the length of the line to check in and the length of the line to get through security, we still made it to our gate on time with out any problems.
I did have a little bit of a concern that Zack was going to get arrested. Yes - arrested. The incident happened when we were going through security. I had given Zack responsibility for packing a few things of his own - his books to read, his Nintendo DS and games and his tolletries. That was the big mistake. I wasn't thinking and he packed his toothpaste in his carryon bag. Well - given the 3 oz rule, his toothpaste was confiscated. It's the law. Zack could understand this and was not happy with the TSA guy. He didn't do anything really bad of course, but he just kept telling the guy - "you can't do that!!". Of course the guy can and has too. It took me a little bit to get Zack to calm down and stop making a fuss about it. It was a lesson learned for both Zack and me. I need to make sure he doesn't pack his toothpaste in a carryon again and he needs to understand that you can't argue with a security official.
We flew on Frontier's mountain goat airplane. For those of you who don't fly Frontier, each one of their airplanes has a different animal on the tail. Zack and I always like to keep track of what we "animal" we are flying.
The flight was uneventful except for the fact that I had to do a little bargaining to get Zack and I to sit next to each other. Originally our tickets had us in two different rows. I managed to talk to the woman who was to be sitting next to me and she agreed to trade seats with Zack - even though he was in the middle seat in the row directly ahead of me. I thanked her profusely as I knew that Zack would not have been happy sitting away from me.
We arrive on time and managed to get our luggage and rental car without any problems. From there our Vegas adventures began. We stopped and took our pictures in front of the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign. We took our time driving down the strip to our hotel - The Venetian. Zack was getting a kick out of the fact that the casinos were so large and had such different themes. We started singing the Elvis Presley sound "Viva Las Vegas" and it quickly became "Viva Las Zackie".
We arrived at the Venetian and after walking around forever we finally got to the check-in desk and were able to do an early check in. Zack just loved the suite that we got. He went around for 20 minutes checking out every feature of the room. Once he found the remote control for the blinds and curtains the room was continually going from light to dark. He loves that feature.
After getting our stuff in the room, we both got into shorts and took off for a whole bunch of other casinos on the strip. I could keep writing for probably another hour on what we did then, but I really don't have time. We are relaxing for a little bit and then we are going out to a proto-typical buffet dinner at Harrah's. After that we have tickets to the 7:00PM Cirque du Soleil show "Mystere".
Here are some of our pictures from the first day of vacation. I update again a little later tonight after we get back from Mystere.(Fooling around with the Blue Man Group!) (Zack playing on the Revolution Wall at the Mirage.)
(For all you elephant lovers out there - you know who you are!)
(Zack and I in the Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace.)