We jumped on a seat sale with Westjet Vacations and headed down to the city that doesn't
sleep. Matt and Nicole M convinced us to take the trip and we were really happy to join them
for the ride. They invited Nic's sister Melissa and her husband Kelly.

First though - some photos from Banff


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Natalia and I decided to get a little exercise so we hiked up Sulphur Mountain on the Monday of May long
weekend. Here is Natalia after hammering up the mountain in 1.5 hours. Nice work team! This is looking
up the Bow River Valley from the gondola site at the top.


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Nati and I at the top of Sulphur Mountain. I wanted to take a naked photo, but Natalia didn't think
it was appropriate.


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The weather actually held pretty well considering I had been snowed on two evenings before.


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Here's me taking a great photo of my wife eating ice cream ... other than the finger in the corner!

Vegas baby yeah!


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The back of Nicole's head. I must say that our shuttle didn't really depart the fastest, but it
sure roared out of the gate after that! Nicole had some issues with motion sickness on the plane,
but the Nascar performance of the shuttle van sure made her feel better! Needless to say, we cabbed it
back to the airport.

Video of Nic explaining her issues on the plane



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Here are the ladies having some wonton soup at the Chinese food place in our hotel - the Monte Carlo.
That's Melissa on the left (14 weeks prego), Nicole in the middle, and Nati on the right.


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Our first evening, we did a little bit of walking around. This is Natalia outside of the new Aria hotel.
They have a sweet water wall fountain dealio at the entrance which we all thought was quite cool.


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Nicole and Natalia out front of the Aria. The water wall didn't really show up.


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The ladies went to bed early, but Matt and Kelly and I went for a stroll. Naturally, we took photos
of me mounting things. I think this was out front of the Aria as well. The top of this lion wasn't the
most comfortable place I've sat.


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The pools at the Monte Carlo proved to be one of the favourites on this trip. You can't tell in
the photo, but this is 44 degrees Celsius. Yeah, pretty hot for sure. Hot enough that we didn't
climb at Red Rocks and hot enough that there was a heat wave warning. In the Mojave desert. Yeah. Serious heat.
Here are Matt and Kelly enjoying that serious heat.


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We went on an expedition to find these floating toys and found them at Walgreen's across the street from
the hotel. It beats the pants off the crappy tubes at the hotel. Matty's showing how to double fist
and float around for the afternoon.


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Nati also quite enjoyed the Lazy River. You can see the crappy orange tubes behind them. Deep inside,
those orange tubes wished that they'd grow up to be our tubes!


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Other than the water droplet, this is a good photo.


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This is a better photo. Can you tell Matt's only a shadow of his former self? If you see him walking
around, comment that he looks damn good. Keep up the good work, big shooter.


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It's good to be the King. What a life! Living in the Lazy River makes Paul a happy boy.


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We managed to get pink for the girls and blue for the boys. Here are the ladies enjoying their tubes.


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Melissa found out shortly before the trip that she is 'with child'. I think it's hysterical that I
caught her with two beers in her hand. Naughty naughty! Of course, she's only holding them while Kelly
and Matty take care of their gerbil bladders.


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Here are our ladies as we're going out for a wander up to the Venetian.


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Natalia found the largest chocolate fountain in the world at the Bellagio. Of course, this patisserie
is where we had breakfast the next day. Yummy almond croissants and bear claws!


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A dark photo of the kids in front of the water fountains at the Bellagio.


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For whatever reason, I really like the Venetian shops. This is inside the hotel at the Grand Canal
Shoppes.


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Nicole really liked the caramel apples. I don't really think that there's apple left inside that
candy-coated mess, but who knows?


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Nic posed for me across one of the gondola canals.


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Natalia posing as the gondola went by.


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Matty inside the Venetian. This is at St Mark's Square.


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Nic took care of reservations for us at the Eiffel Tower for dinner prior to our Cirque du Soleil show.
Here are the kids outside the tram to the Bellagio as we're all dressed up.


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Two sexy couples and Kelly. Thanks Melissa for taking this shot.


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Natalia and Nicole outside of the Bellagio. This is after the best dinner ever (Nic loves foie gras!)
and an unbelievable show of 'O'. We had stellar tickets (7 rows off the stage) and Natalia even got
a little bit of water splashed on her from the stage show. I would go again since there was so
much going on, I'm sure I missed a lot.


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Natalia and I outside the Bellagio waiting for the fountain show.


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A better close-up. Thanks Matty for taking this photo.


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We wandered back through the Bellagio and Natalia took off her shoes and wandered through the
Conservatory. There are some very nice flowers in here pretty much all the time.


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Our second day we spent wandering. As we were boarding the tram, we took a photo of the kids in the
pool. You can see Matt in his blue tube and Nic in her pink one in the Lazy River.


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Here they are on the right side, showing the wave pool and some of the lounge chairs. The pool at
the Monte Carlo definitely gets a thumbs up.


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Here is Natalia at the M and M's store. We took this one for you Carl Piro.


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Nati found both coconut and pretzel M and M's and she wanted her picture taken with the
'cute' M and M, Green.


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I really like this photo of Natalia in her cute new yellow dress (that I picked out) in front of the
Excalibur.


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Nati found herself a hot dog at the MGM and she was pretty stoked about it.


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This is out front of the Casino Royale where Natalia bought her new perfume. I thought the sign
was funny.


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Natalia found herself a yard of margaritas at Treasure Island and quite enjoyed that party as you'll
see in these photos. This is in front of the Sirens of TI show site.


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Here is Natalia sharing her margarita with Siegfried and Roy's white tiger. Yum yum!


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Nati found herself a cupcake of some kind. Note the level of the yard.


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Look at the 3 7's and then look at Natalia's face! She won $25! It's not useful of course to think of
how much it cost to win that much though...


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At the Mirage, they have this sweet roof on top of the entrance to 'Love', the Beatles' Cirque show.
I thought the reflection to the rainbow floor was pretty rad.


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Natalia thought the floor on the way into the 'Love' show was pretty awesome, so she sat down for
a photo. The floor changed colour constantly.


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Outside of the Bellagio, we got to watch another water show. This is after seeing the free Atlantis show
inside the Forum Shops of Caesar's Palace and after an amazing dinner at the Cheesecake Factory where
we all ordered chicken madeira (Natalia's favourite!).


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Matty and Nic outside the Monte Carlo.


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A little closer photo of the happy couple.


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We went for a drink at the 9 Fine Irishmen at the New York, New York casino. Here Nicole sits
in a grand old chair feeling pretty awesome.


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Here are the ladies in their gorgeous dresses on the Brooklyn Bridge outside NY, NY.


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We decided to spend part of our last day in Vegas (after some pool time) doing some outlet mall
shopping. Here is Natalia in another pretty new dress outside of the Paris. Does this look similar to
THIS photo? It should
since the replica Eiffel is 1/2 scale.


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It's so hot in Vegas, they have misters just to keep the air somewhat cool. Natalia tried to almost
take a bath in one she was so hot.


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One of the last things we did in Vegas was ride the NY, NY roller coaster. Here is Natalia loading her
belly with Phish Food from Ben and Jerry's prior to hitting up the ride.


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Even despite the fact that I offered to girth-hitch my camera to my arm, the roller coaster lady made
me put my camera into a locker right after I took this shot of Matty.

Video of Matty and Nati after the roller coaster


Some of Matt's photos


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A nice shot of Nati and I in front of the Bellagio


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Nic made us reservations at the Eiffel Tower for dinner. Here we all are.


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Nic and Nati looking good in front of the Bellagio.


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Nic and Matt all dressed and ready to rock out.


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All of us (except Matt) having cheap drinks at our hotel.


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At an Irish pub towards the end of the night.

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