Anyhow, we had a great time and it was nice to spend my birthday (the same day as my grandparents' anniversary) among family. Although, I have to admit Vegas is definitely not the same as when I was a kid.
When I was a kid you went to Vegas and the "adult" stuff didn't come out until the kids went to bed. There were waterparks and rollercoasters, arcades, and kid themed shows. Now a days there is no waterpark, the rollercoasters and arcades are in disrepair, the pools are full of drunk 21 year olds, and kid-themed shows have disappeared. And did I mention that pole dancers are nakedly dancing in the first floor of the hotels starting at 8:00 at night....yep folks, before dark. Sad....
We unfortunately found that last one out walking back through the Flamingo after dinner. Abby saw the girls first, and the conversation went something like this....
Abby: Whoa! Mom, look at those girls dancing. (Wide-eyed...and a little taken back.)
Mom: I see them. And I would be very sad if I ever saw you do that.
Mom: Do you think those girls are dressed very modestly? (As we are walking by...)
Abby: Shakes her head no.
Mom: Thats why.... They are not using their bodies in a nice way. You are way to special to do that.
Abby: Oh. (And she gave me a walking side-hug.)
As we walked away I wondered what their moms thought of their profession.
Oh, and as a side note, dont go and see the pirate show at Treasure Island. Apparently its not for kids anymore either. We heard that second-hand after my cousin took her 8 year old to see it, and left horrified.
Despite the change in atmosphere at Vegas, we did have a good time. We swam, rode the monorail (aka: the train) in a circle (twice, back to back per Parkers request), gorged ourselves with food, and showed the kids the different themed casinos. As far as favorites from the trip, Abby loved the Bellagio fountains, Parker the monorail, and Taylor, watching the U.S play in the world cup at Caesars Palace (minus the loss.) Lucy loved the Raspberry Nepolians we ate at Paris, Paris, and so did her grandpa. :)