Last Sunday the kids and I loaded up and headed to this place to join Douglas for a conference he had there. We dropped him off at the hotel and then went and joined my old roomie Lauren for church at her ward. They were also gracious enough and we were fortunate enough to join them for dinner that evening and for some fun times over the next few days. Monday we went hiking up at Red Rock Canyon. It was so fun and beautiful. I definitely would frequent that canyon if we lived close by. The girls had a fun time hiking and Sophia even demonstrated what a full blown 30 minute 3 year old tantrum looks like. It was fabulous! (Thanks again for putting up with that Mike and Lauren).
At the end of our hike was a little "waterfall" or trickle. I was told it's more spectacular earlier in the season. Later that evening the girls and I ventured to this place. The conservatory of course was gorgeous and I think that the beaultiful lighting only enhanced Lilly's eyes. I think they're gorgeous!
We were staying right across from the Bellagio in the Planet Hollywood but unfortunately we had a view of the other side of the strip. Fortunately for Sophia we had a great view of the castle (a.k.a. Excalibur). Our room was decorated in a Sean Connery theme. It was pretty funny. Here's some props from "The Great Train Robbery" and a picture of him that greated us everytime we entered the bathroom (I know what you're thinking - who takes a picture of the bathroom in the room they're staying in? Me. okay? Get over it). A little creepy if you ask me. The room was complete with more pictures of him and a jacket that he wore in one of his films. It was great. (It really was a nice room complete with a big flat screen TV so I can't complain).
The next day we joined Lauren and her cute girls at a really cool place called Springs Preserve. It had a great childrens play area complete with a sand and water station and some fabulous gardens that we walked around in. It really was cool. You can't really tell from this picture but the green stuff is all recycled broken glass. It was cool to see.After that I took the girls out to the temple and then to the Ethel M chocolate factory. Unfortunately it was under construction so there wasn't much to see. The cactus gardens were cool though.