Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Father's Day (Surprise Trip To Vegas)

Last Wednesday my Mom told me that she and my Dad would be going to Las Vegas that weekend. Since it was Father's Day weekend, I decided to surprise Tony and my Dad and booked us a flight. I was especially longing to see my family after my whole ordeal and health scare last week. When we got there on Friday we my good friend from law school pick us up and we got to have dinner with her, her husband and their nine month old baby. It was such a treat to get to see them. I miss her dearly and wish we lived closer together.

My parents arrived late Friday night and I wish I could say that Joey was happy to see them....but he was not. He is going through a bit of a clingy phase and is apprehensive of just about anyone he does not see on a daily basis (and sometimes he even pushes his babysitter Shannon away after spending the weekend with Tony and I.) But it totally broke my heart to see Joey push, and even hit my Dad's hand away. Here he is at breakfast reluctantly sitting on my Dad's lap.

And showing his displeasure when my Dad reached out to touch him.

Towards the end of the weekend he eventually warmed up to them a bit.
But more with my Mom ("Dramma") ...

Than he did with his Pa Pa, my Dad.

Eventually he allowed Pa Pa to love on him a little if someone else was holding him. Here are my three favorite guys.

Joey enjoyed being with his Da Da the most.

And the buffets ...(more to come on Joey's enjoying the buffets in Vegas later) Here is a preview of him trying a pancake at Planet Hollywood's breakfast buffet.

And here we are at Planet Hollywood on Sunday morning.

It was so great to be able to spend Father's Day with my Daddy and for Tony to be able to spend Father's Day with his Da Da. Especially since Tony usually works on Sundays.

Joey just loved the pool at the Rio. It had a beach, sand and all, that gradually got deeper. Perfect for a baby to play in.

He had so much fun in there.

Look at that face! I cannot wait to take him to a real beach again!

Ahhh pure bliss!

After my parents left to go home on Sunday, Tony, Joey and I took a shuttle to the strip. At the Bellagio we stumbled on a beautiful botanical garden display of "An Ant's Life." It was simply breathtaking.
Joey having a blast.

Here he is with Tony checking out an aquarium in the Forum Shops at Ceasar's Palace.

And chewing on his hands.

We had a great time. With the exception of his interactions with my Dad, Joey was so charming with complete strangers all weekend. He smiled and waved at people in the airport. Made friends with kids in seats in front of us and behind us on the plane. We even had a lady come up to us when we landed in Vegas who was a swim instructor and offered to give Joey swimming lessons! Despite all the fun, we were happy to get home on Monday (mostly because we were soooo tired...I will explain in a later post.)

YAY! Home at last! Happy Father's Day again to my Dad and Tony, and to all the Dad's out there!


  1. Great photos! Looks like you all had a great time. Love the sand/water area Joey got to play in.

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