Mini Honeymoon...Vegas Baby!

I'm still playing catch-up on this blog but eventually I will get to present day! We refer to this as our "mini honeymoon" because it was only 3 days long because I had to get back to my little kindergarten darlings. Alan and I stayed at the Hotel Mar Monte where our reception was and it was so nice to not have to drive anywhere! It was right on the beach and we ordered room service for breakfast and ate it on the balcony with the incredible view. Plus, they never charged us for the room!

We, of course, took a little walk on the beach (and cue cheesy 80's music: "take my breath awaaaay..."). Then Alan wrangled the gorgeous hugeness that is my dress into the bag and soon we were on the road to Vegas!

We stayed at the Monte Carlo which was so fun! We used my credit card points to get the room so we figured we could pay a little extra to get the bigger room, hence Alan lounging around on the couch like he owns the place. We went to explore the casino downstairs and promptly lost $20 on Wheel of Fortune ("Alan, I swear my mom won like $800 on this!"), but it was still fun.

Of course we had to watch the water show in front of Bellagio! Then we wandered around inside and found this super fancy candy shop with an insane chocolate fountain thingy.We ate some delicious and tantalizing ice cream and were apparently so mesmerized by the flavor that we took no pictures.

We wandered down the Strip for awhile, just taking it all in. Vegas indeed has shady aspects (just avoid eye contact with the creepy people passing out wildly inappropriate flyers!), but the bright lights and "cha-ching!" sounds everywhere are fun--you can't deny it! Our favorite hotel was the Venetian (center picture). I loved the canals and chic shops everywhere. Not to mention the Venetian is where you can experience...

Dun dun duh duh dun! The incredible, mesmerizing, fantastic, dramatic, AMAZING Phantom of the Opera! I had been wanting to see this and I knew it was one of the few musicals Alan would enjoy (let's just say he's not exactly known to sing along with me to the many musical soundtracks I own; but, what female OR male can resist the dark mystery of THIS show?).  I have known the songs from this musical since birth, considering my dad sang "Music of the Night" daily in the car. Needless to say, Alan and I both LOVED it. The costumes and set were incredible. The chandelier even reassembled itself and the Phantom swung around on it, being his epic self (Alan would like to point out that we saw the Phantom sneaking up there). Andrew Lloyd Webber and Vegas cast, bravo!

You may wonder why I look less than excited in the picture on the right. Well that would be because our second and last day in Vegas I got food poisoning. From a McDonald's Sausage McMuffin. I was really sick, achy, weak, and nauseous ALL that day and night. Let's just say I got very acquainted with the locations of the bathrooms in various hotels and casinos around Vegas. And we had to sit on every bench and chair we saw because I couldn't walk for more than 5 minutes without feeling too weak or nauseous. What a great new wife I was! Alan was so sweet and understanding, of course. I was determined to have a good time still and I did! I still loved Phantom, even though I was exhausted, so that should tell you how great it was. 

All in all, our "mini honeymoon" was awesome! We'll definitely go back to Sin City soon ;). Soon I will post our "real honeymoon" pictures in 3 installments: Dublin, Paris, and London. Here's to many more adventures to come!


  1. WOW! How fun!!! I want to see the Phantom SO BAD!!!

  2. Aww, how fun! Wish I was there! Just kidding! You'll have to get the lowdown from Marsha on all the non-casino things to do and shows to see. LOVE & Donny & Marie are on the top of the list!

  3. This post was tantalizing to read! You have the wort luck with fast food! Poor thing! At least you were determined to have a good time & I'm so glad you did. Looks like a blast! That chocolate fountain thingie is calling my name:) Mmmm hmmm!

  4. Once in Vegas Robbie and I thought we could "reasonably" gamble and lost $80 . . . soooo . . . but it sounded like your trip was more wholesome and super FUN! I'm glad you got to see/hear "The Music of the Night" (sung in a creepy way).