From now on I will be keeping a journal with me to write day by day....it never fails...I get home and cannot remember all the details for my trip report!! This is a long one, hope you enjoy!! Day 1: We left the house at 5am, hoping to make the 725am flight as standby (non-revenue) passengers. The flights were all packed for the day so we didnâ€™t make that one and had no expectations to make anything else until later on in the afternoon/evening. However, it was raining here and apparently there were missed connections because the 920am flight was delayed and my daughter and I made that oneâ€¦.which actually left at 1125â€¦.and my husband and my son made the 1100 flight, which actually left at 1140! We got into Vegas exactly about 10 minutes apart so that worked well. My mom and dad decided not to try to get out that same day, since all the following flights were oversoldâ€¦.they put themselves on the list for the first flight out on Saturday. When we got in, we took the Bell Trans to NYNY. To my surprise there was no line to check in. I didnâ€™t do the $20 trick because we had the kids and it really wasnâ€™t a big deal for us to get an upgrade. But, I did ask for a good view. We were given a room in the Chrysler Building on the 34th floor. Yes, it was high up but we didnâ€™t have a view of anything but behind the hotel. It was ok I guess. The next important thing to do was to get something to eat. We grabbed some pizza at Sirricoâ€™s. 6 slices of pizza (hubby and son both ate 2 a piece) and 4 cokes was close to $40. Gone are the days of eating cheap in Vegas! I didnâ€™t like it, but I was hungry so I ate it anyways. Since my parents were not due in until day 2, we wouldnâ€™t be doing much gambling on the first day. So, it was mainly filled with walking and shopping. My son had been dying to visit the Houdini shop on the 2nd floor so that was our next stop. He watched a few magic tricks and showed me all the stuff he wanted, to which my response wasâ€¦.yeahâ€¦umâ€¦.maybe laterâ€¦.haha. We then walked over to MGM to visit the lions. One of the females was sitting on top of the plexiglass eating the biggest rawhide bone I have ever seen. We went around the corner and my husband said â€œoh look, you can get your picture with a lion cub!â€ My daughter, the animal lover of course said â€œI wanna do it!!â€. Soâ€¦.$25 later we had a picture of the 2 kids with their hands on the back of an absolutely beautiful little baby lion. I must say, only in Vegas! Next thing was on to M&M worldâ€¦the kids liked it there but the incessant smell of chocolate was getting to me! We watched the little 3-D movie and that was cute. What happened next nearly caused me to have a heart attack. We told the kids that they could each fill up a SMALL bag of M&Msâ€¦so they could pick their colors. Each of them had MAYBE Â¼ of a lb in their bags. We went to check out and the lady says â€œThatâ€™ll be $22.50â€ â€¦..WHAT??? for M&Ms?? Yes, my heart almost stopped. I could not believe how much they charged us. But, it IS Vegas right? Ha, maybe next time we should look at the cost firstâ€¦.Then we walked down to the Miracle Mile shops and walked around there for a while. My son bought a small magic trick at Steve Wyrickâ€™s theater and my daughter saw a jacket in the GAP that she wanted and that I would never hear the end of for the rest of the trip. By this time the kids were getting hungry so we went to Rainfoest CafÃ© for dinner. We have one here in Dallas and the kids really like it. The food is always pretty good, even though it is expensive. Itâ€™s much more expensive in Vegas â€“ a kidâ€™s meal is around $5.99 in Dallas, where as in Vegas the same meal is $9.99. My son is only 11 but he is the same size as me so he no longer orders off of the kids menu. Luckily a kids meal is just fine for my daughter still! It got kinda late and we had been up since 5am Dallas time so everyone was dragging after dinnerâ€¦.especially ME! I had been sick to my stomach for a few days and it was only getting worse. It totally wore me out for the first 2 days of our trip. I mustâ€™ve picked up a bug somewhere. My husband played a few slotsâ€¦won about $100 at the Star Wars machine (which he continued to win on the entire trip) and he played some slots while I went upstairs and got the kids ready for bed. After my husband came back up to the room, the kids were asleep so I told him I was going to go downstairs, get a soda and smoke a cigarette. I brought $20 with me to play while I was smoking. I was so tiredâ€¦.I saw down at one machineâ€¦nothing. Moved to another oneâ€¦.nothing. Cashed out with $5.00 left and the ticket only printed half way. No other machines would take it. I then had to stand in a very long line at the cashier to get my $5. I got it and the Star Wars machine was right there so I played the last $5 and got nothingâ€¦again. I walked off without my soda, which I just bought so about 100 steps later I realized it and ran back to get it. Stumbled half-asleep to the elevator and got off on the wrong floor and put my key in the wrong door. Embarrassed, I ran back to the elevator and finally got back to our room. I took a shower then fell asleep and slept like a rock all night! Day 2: My husband woke up extremely early for Vegas and went down to get coffee. It took me and the kids a little longer but we made it out around 830am and headed to MGM Grand to get a one way monorail ticket. That cost $20 for the 4 of us so it was the ONLY time we rode it the whole trip. It used to have tickets in which you could share rides but not anymore. They are all single tickets now. We got off at Harrahâ€™s and headed across to the Forum Shops. Nothing was open so we had breakfast at Planet Hollywood. Now, we ate at PH in Orlando and the food was terrible so I was really afraid of what we were going to have. The breakfast here was actually really good and the prices were good too. It was one of the cheapest meals we had the whole time. My stomach was still acting up so I just had a bagel but my husband and the kids really liked what they had. We walked around the shops for a whileâ€¦went into FAO Swartz and saw the fountain show over by the Cheesecake Factory. I got a margarita at Fat Tuesdays after breakfast (haha). We walked through Cesarâ€™s Palace casino so hubby and I could smoke. He won a few bucks at All that Glittersâ€¦.whereas I donâ€™t ever win anything in that casino so I choose not to donate my money there. All through the morning I was getting updates from my mom back home and finding out that they had not made the first 3 flights out of DFW due to the flights being overbooked. Finally they made the flight that was around 12pm and that would put them into Vegas around 5 or so. We were beginning to think they were not going to make it out at all, but I was so relieved when I found out that they had! Lunch was at the Mirage â€“ Carnegie Deli. I had my regular, a knish with mustardâ€¦yum! The kids had hamburgers and I canâ€™t even remember what my husband had. After lunch we walked around and took turns on a few of the machines â€¦. Trading off with the kids. I made about $30 on the Wizard of Oz machineâ€¦Iâ€™m so addicted to it! We went back to PH Miracle Mile shops because my daughter wanted to see that damn GAP jacket againâ€¦we gave her the chance to get it but then she changed her mindâ€¦.for now. We bought crocs for myself, my son and my husband. My old pair of croc flip flops broke a few weeks ago and my sonâ€™s and hubbyâ€™s were worn out. They were all on sale for 20% off and we ended up saving $30 total. I started the morning out in a pair of wedge sandals that I have had for years. But by this time of the day, they had formed blisters on both feet where the straps were. I was so happy when I was able to take them off! After this, it was time to head back to NYNY. We walked on the side of the street where they are building the city center. I was amazed at what the buildings look like. I canâ€™t wait to actually see it finished. I have to say however, that area of the strip really seems to have gotten dirtier and nastier than Iâ€™ve ever experienced it. Maybe it is because for the last few years we have stayed at Mirage or TI, but the panhandlers seemed to be out in drovesâ€¦.more so than I remember and they stand in the construction walkway and are right on top of you everywhere you go. It was not like that down at mid-strip. They seem to be taking advantage of all of the construction because people have no other option on where they have to walk to get from one place to another. I just told the kiddosâ€¦.look straight ahead, hold my hand and keep walking. We finally got back to the hotel and it was time to rest!! I tell you, traveling with the kids takes so much more out of me than when itâ€™s just me and hubby. A little while later, my mom called and they were waiting to check in!! We went down to meet them. I walked them up to their room with the kids while Hubby stayed downstairs and played a little on the slots. The room that mom and dad got was awesome. It was in the New Yorker tower on the 11th floor with a view of MGM and the rollercoaster in frontâ€¦.almost panoramic because there were 2 walls with windows and it was a corner room. Very large too. Mom was paying on average about $89 a night for the room with her players card offers. We all went back downstairs to find my husband, who luckily had not lost any money but broke even. We walked around a little and then everyone got hungry. My mom got a 20% discount coupon upon check in so we ate at America. This was the first of 2 times we ate there and it was really good food and great service. We had a really friendly waitress. My stomach started acting up again and I was in and out of the bathroom towards the end of dinner. Since it was national â€œComing Out Dayâ€ on Sunday, this was the first day we really noticed a ton of people â€œcelebratingâ€. There was a couple of women making out in the bathroom after my mom came in with my daughter. Luckily they stopped what they were doing before my daughter came out of the stall. Let me tell you, we saw some very interesting looking people there over the weekend! The kids didnâ€™t seem to notice so I didnâ€™t have any crazy questions to answer thank goodness! After that, my mom and dad took the kids upstairs with them to play games so that hubby and I could play some slots. I donâ€™t remember winning much..I think I broke even again. Hubby won a little at Blackjack by the end of the night. Another early night for us, as we were still really tired!! Stay tuned for Days 3 and 4â€¦.our luck turns around and more good eats!! I plan on posting pics too.