Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Viva Las Vegas

After a long drive we finally made it to Vegas.
ZZ knew exactly how to rock her Vegas look. 
Most of the time we spent just walking the strip, enjoying all of the sites, and people watching.
There is a lot of water in Vegas for being in the middle of the desert, and ZZ wanted to touch all of it.
We also spent a lot of the time of our trip trying to get her to do what we wanted her to.
She didn't want to sit in her stroller, or walk, or sit, or stay, or go, or anything that we wanted her to do.  Sergio and I both commented on our way home that we should have taken a bunch of pictures about how horrible she acted so we remembered what the trip was really like...but I didn't get a  single one. It did make it so we didn't get to do everything that we wanted to do...but we were able to do a lot of fun things. 
Clown act and silk act at Circus Circus: 

ZZ's favorite part was the aquarium at Mandalay Bay. 
She loved every second of seeing all of the fish.
Shark: 
It was really hard to get her to leave.
Especially the part where there were stingrays that you could touch.  
I have some really long videos, but not any pictures to show.
She loved it and threw a ginormous tantrum when it was time to move on through the aquarium.
Overall it was quite the hit. 
 
Our trip was pretty fast.  
I am sure that we could have spent a lot more time looking and enjoying everything. 

We also go to to stop at Pawn Stars on the way...

I would say that it is pretty much like any other pawn shop, but with a longer line.
And a lot of merchandise for the show
But at least we can say that we have been there now.

Before we headed home we stopped Fashion Show Mall to check out a few of the outlets.
I bought pretty much all of ZZ's summer wardrobe but the best part was the carousel. 
She loved riding on the 'nay', even though she had such a tight grip on my hand that it turned purple.
Before we headed home we had found an Argentine restaurant close to the strip called 
Rincon de Buenos Aires,
It was heavenly.
We felt like we were walking right into Argentina and they sold a bunch of really awesome goods, spices, cookies, every type of mate, soda, etc, etc, etc...
We loved every second that we were there and it was really hard to leave.
The food was beyond wonderful.
We shared a parrilla, it was every bit as good as the real thing.
I got the yummy cuts of meat that I love (sirloin, vacio, strip steak)
and Sergio got all of his yucky stuff...(Blood sausage, entrañas, ect.)
I think we might have to make another trip to Argentina...I mean Vegas...just for another round of this heavenly food. 
We had a wonderful trip.
It wasn't nearly long enough, but it was nice to have a little bit of time together
while it lasted.

Road Trip

A couple of weeks ago Sergio had to have a little surgery.
The first week recovering he was pretty sore, but by the second week he was feeling much better and was tired of being inside.
He also didn't want to waste the opportunity to go on a little vacation since his job is usually 5 days a week and we are trying to save vacation for when the baby comes.

One Sunday we decided that we could make a little road trip.
We thought of a few places of where we could go.
Sergio has always wanted to see California and Vegas.
I didn't think I would be up to driving to California so we settled on Vegas.

We left on a Wednesday and took our time on the way down.
We stopped at Cove Fort on the way.
Cove Fort is a little Pioneer Fort that would give rest to tired travelers on their way through the Middle of Nowhere, Utah.
My Grandpa served here about 10 years ago.
I hadn't been there since he was a missionary so it was fun to go back with my family. 
We had a blast stretching our legs and learning about a little history.
ZZ really enjoyed it and our guide was very nice. 
The spirit was really sweet and I loved the way that Sergio put it when he said that 
it's nice to see that the pioneers didn't just have to suffer all the time, that there were also places and people for them to stop and rest in their long journeys (from SLC to Snt George)

After we spent a fair amount of time there we started on our way to Snt George.
We made a stop at the temple visitors center.
 My ancestors lived in Pine Valley, Utah and owned a saw mill there.
Some of the wood that they harvested was used to build Snt George and its temple.

I loved watching Sergio and ZZ together there. 
ZZ was excited for the "castle" and started heading up the stairs.
I think she was kind of disappointed when she realized that there weren't any door knobs. 
She really wanted to go inside.
I told her that she just needed to wait a couple more years and she can go all she wants.
I hope she always has this excitement for the temple.
She loves every single one that we see.
It took quite a while to get her to decide that it was time to come back down the stairs and get back in the car.
I wasn't in a hurry though.
It was wonderful watching them together. 
I also got to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms in bloom. 
After the temple we headed to...
It was Sergio's first time there and he seemed to really enjoy it...
even if we were only there for a couple of minutes.
Arizona was one of Sergio's favorite parts of the drive.  
He loved the ridged colored mountains.

I actually really enjoyed the trip down south.
We took our time, stopping whenever we wanted to and enjoying fun conversations.
ZZ travels really well.  
She slept and watched movies and did a really good job in the car...
The time in Vegas was a whole different story.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Green Eggs & Hats

Today is Dr Seuss' Birthday!
In celebration, Sergio made Gnocchi's.
They were heavenly as always...and they looked like the Cat in the Hats', well...hat.
For dinner we had a yummy desert of: 
Green Eggs!!
(ie: Pudding with a Vanilla Wafer.  Thank you Pintrest)

ZZ was not in the mood to eat them here or there...
ZZ wouldn't eat them anywhere.

I guess it's the thought that counts.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!