Aunt Kristin (Ryan's sister) made the best carrot cake I've ever tasted. The cousins enjoyed blowing out the candles.
I got a chance to meet my newest neice, Alyssa Brooke, Matt's little girl. She is so beautiful, and I think she looks a lot like her mama, Jayann. Alyssa was born at the end of March, just after our last Vegas visit.
When we're in Las Vegas, we usually keep pretty busy. Here are more than a few pictures.
Playing in the jumping fountain at a nearby park.
Trying to beat the heat.
Hanging out at the pool.
Visiting Red Rock Canyon.
Cousin Julianne (4 years old) feeding Eli. Note her mouth wide open, coaching Eli. What a little mama.
Jack and Julianne entertaining Eli.
Clayton, Julianne, and Jack enjoying the outdoor concert at The District.
This is the construction on the new bridge that will bypass the Hoover Dam. Anyone who has ever driven across the dam knows that traffic there is usually a nightmare. Trucks are no longer allowed across the dam, but the post-9/11 security checks still slow things down.
Clayton at the Hot Rod Cafe.
Lunch at Kristin and AJ's.
I just loved these three pictures of Aunt Kristin and Eli. He's a lucky little boy to have such a sweet aunt.
Eli (6 mo) and Cousin Alyssa (3 mo). I hope these two will be close.
Jack's not a baby anymore.
Julianne, Alyssa, Jack, Clayton, and Eli.
The trip back home went really smoothly as well. Ginny was able to get another gate pass, which helped tremendously, as security in Las Vegas is a lot more hectic than Oklahoma City. By the time we got through, got a bite to eat, changed Eli's diaper, and took Clayton to the potty, it was time to board. Papa graciously purchased a new DVD player for Clayton, so he spent the trip happily watching The Wiggles (gag), Cars, and Handy Manny. When we landed so many people, airport employees and fellow passengers, went out of their way to assist me, which I really appreciated. The shuttle man dropped me off at my car, instead of the pick up point, and two other passengers insisted on loading my bags for me. One man even offered to install the base of Eli's carseat in my car, which I declined, but I was impressed.
Overall, the trip was great. We love Las Vegas and hope we'll get back there soon.