Las Vegas Vacation

One perk of moving here to Kingman Arizona is that we’re less than 2 hours from Vegas baby! A few weeks ago, late one evening, Mitch and I were talking about taking a little getaway, We’ve been in the mix of things for months, just feeling like we’ve been in go mode. Our main objective was to go and eat at Hell’s Kitchen Las Vegas. We’ve watched that show for years, always wondering what that food on TV tasted like!

The restaurant is located in Caesar’s palace, so my first idea was to stay there. With all the discounted online prices I was shocked to see that the lowest price for a night was around $300! Yeah, no thanks! I found a great deal at treasure island through agoda, please keep in mind if you do book through them the resort will still charge a fee when you arrive. We paid 135.47 for two nights when I made the reservation and then there was a resort fee of $88.44 we had to pay when we got there.

We made reservations at Hell’s Kitchen through open table the only available time was late, late as in 10:45 pm! Since we’ve been staying up late since we’ve moved down here, thankfully it wouldn’t be a problem for us.

We headed to Las Vegas Monday June 13th 2022 around 10:30. We were 40 minutes from Vegas when traffic came to a halt.

The nice thing is that in maps with an iPhone, they actually show accidents ahead when people report it.

What a surprise that there was a fire on the side of the road
Down the road was the culprit of the fire, the only thing left was the propane tanks!

I decided to look into getting a couples massage for us while we were there, but then again, it’s expensive … unless you go through Groupon! I found one and scheduled it for the the day we got there. Since it was so affordable I scheduled us another massage for the following day! We had to call each place and actually schedule the appointments, but it was easy peesy! The first place was called Avalon day spa, Mitch loved his massage, said it was one of the best massages ever.

Ask for Kim

Her name was Kim if you decide to go. My massage left a lot to be desired. I felt like I was pizza dough being kneaded from head to toe quicker than an Amazon packer packs. I came out feeling frazzled and over processed.

We did the self check in at Treasure Island, and it was super easy and fast.

Treasure Island

We decided to tour the town, and wow, did we do some walking. Mitch’s Apple Watch app has us at 18 miles by the end of the trip!

Mitch taking in the sights, he didn’t even know I was going to take a picture. He just naturally poses
We horsed around Cesar’s Palace

I even get enough nerve to go into some of the fancy stores just to check them out! A little FYI.. the most affordable thing in Tiffany’s is their perfume for around $100 and if your looking for something in Louis Vuitton the most affordable item was around $300.. honestly I don’t remember what it was, my brain must’ve blocked it out after seeing that price. I do have to say though, everyone who worked the stores were very nice and welcoming. I decided to go spend 6 dollars for 1/4 of a lb of chocolate at the candy store.

They have a giant gummy bear for $40

We walked around sight seeing for hours, it was around 9 o’clock and it seemed like our hotel was so far away (actually it was probably 3 blocks) but the idea of walking back to the hotel to change clothes then back to Hells kitchen and then back again was way too much. So we gambled away some time and money waiting for 10:45. Finally the moment arrived, we were going to eat at Hell’s Kitchen!

Hell’s Kitchen Las Vegas

The place was packed, and louder than I had envisioned. We were so excited to eat the infamous food finally!

We ordered scallops and shrimp cocktail

The scallops were good, and the shrimp was huge.

I ordered the chicken with truffles, it was quite tasty with a bit of spice which I liked
Mitch got the beef Wellington

Mitch said it was the best steak he’s ever had, you could cut through it with a fork

We must’ve been their favorite customers of the day.. they gave us a free dessert! It was made of dates, and we were on a date! How sweet is that?

It was at the end of their day, the kitchen crew was cleaning up and I asked if I could take a picture and they were kind enough to even pose for me!

I have to say, I was expecting life changing food, the kind of food that would spoil my pallet to the point that no other meal in my life would ever compare. It was not that, but it was good and I’m so glad we did it. Now I tell ya, the thing that made the experience the best I’ve ever had was the service! They were amazing, attentive and so friendly! They sure know how to make you feel like you matter.

We headed back to the hotel around midnight and yet the streets were still alive with all the hustle and bustle just as it was during the daytime.

The girls on the street arrested me,
the crime.. being so darn adorable

Mitch surprised me in the morning with Starbucks before we drove over to circus circus. I’d heard that they have games just like at a fair! I was not disappointed! We played every game and some of them twice! Pop the balloons, ring toss, squirt guns, ball tossing games that make the horses race, darts, they got it all! We each got a $100 pass card and went nuts! I felt like a kid again!

Not as easy as it looks I tell ya

There was one game where you had to knock all 3 blocks off the table, and if you did, you won a HUGE stuffed animal. Not just any stuffed animal, a giant hedge hog! For those of you who don’t know, I have a hedge hog named kiwi. What a dream come true it would be.

My sweet baby Kiwi

I remember years ago seeing a girl with one of those huge stuffed animals at a carnival, walking with her guy. I hoped someday I would be blessed enough to have a special moment like that. Here it was, the opportunity to have my sweetheart win me a giant stuffed animal! Mitch was so close so many times, he’d get two blocks knocked off and the third would be right on the edge. I came close to winning a few times myself, but this game was a challenge. We spent a good portion our money at this one booth, trying to get a jumbo kiwi. The excitement was building, even the guy working the booth began rooting for us! With unwavering determination my sweetheart made my dream come true!

I got to be the lucky girl

I’ve never been so exited in my life! This moment was one of the best times in my life, and it was all because of my man! We won tons of other stuffed animals, some games you could keep playing and trade up for bigger prizes.

Overjoyed with all the winnings, when we got home we gave them to our neighbor (except kiwi) who works for the fire dept to give to children

We got our second massage at aloe day spa.

Off to have lunch! Let me just preface this part of the story with the best tip I can give you if you go to Vegas, plan your parking wisely! Even when I thought we were close to our destination, we would walk in the wrong direction and it took so much longer than necessary. In Vegas heat, with the Vegas sun and the Vegas blocks it is brutal! Take your time to map out exactly which way to go. Also, because there is some sort of Vegas time warp, and time flies by, it’s easy to forget where you parked. I suggest taking a picture, and no, we didn’t have any adult beverages that might make our memory fuzzy.

We ate at the famous whalburgers
Mitch got their bacon double spicy burger
I got the original whalburger

The food was good, they make your burgers how you like em, rare, medium, well done.. that’s nice. After watching all their shows, it’s nice to once again actually experience the food, plus I got a t-shirt that says “ mom’s favorite” since I just loved Alma, she was my favorite.

Fremont street here we come!

This is where the party is at!

Visiting Fremont street really is an experience! From one end to the other there is so much to take in. Performers, dancing dj’s, artists, people creating art from leaves, a zip line to ride, and tons of people.

Good times on Fremont street
Spray paint art created right in front of you
He is sculpting this dog from a picture on a cell phone

They have circles throughout the streets where the talent sets up.

See you next time Fremont street

Two days in Vegas and we packed it full of experiences!

Kiwi met his jumbo stuffed animal version
Kiwi says, “hey, why you look like me?”

We’d like to return, bring the whole family and go on the zip line sometime. What a wonderful time I had with my sweetie!

Keepers of the Wild

Day in and day out we’ve been trying to get the eBay store organized, making the house more of a home and trying to get doctors, insurance, appointments and such squared away. We all needed a break, and I found a great deal on Groupon to go to keepers of the wild! It was half the cost (10 dollars each) and would’ve been worth the full 20 dollars per person. For an additional 10 you can ride on a guided tour. A few of us took the tour, while the rest of us walked.

I could bearly contain my joy while watching this guy play in the water

This is not a zoo, it is a sanctuary for mistreated, neglected or animals that have encountered causes to be taken in.

What do you call a camel with 3 humps? Pregnant!

Mitch and I were of the walking crowd, but the sisters rode on the tour, and said that they learned the history and circumstances that brought each animal to them.

They don’t cheetah him out of treats

Some of the cats here came from the Tiger King situation. We arrived Tuesday the 7th of June at 10 am and it was already HOT.

There’s no monkey business, just toys galore for this little one

Their habitats are well kept, and they are very cared for. We learned that the best time to take the guided tour is at 3 pm, because that’s feeding time and you can really see all the animals.

This little bandit stole the love

The raccoon was Taylor’s favorite animal of the whole place, that sweet face captured her heart.

What in the tortoise nation are you looking at? He says

Not all of the animals were visible, some were napping in the shade, but on the ride the tour guide does give them treats while sharing their history.

I ain’t lion, he loved my singing

I sang to the lion, trying to get him to look my way, but instead he made a huge yawn, roared a little and laid his head down. I’m going to say he liked it, in my head he loved it.. everyone else around.. meh not so much. After watching my video back, I see why. I sound sooo much better in my head!

These two were “lynxed” at the hip

We shopped at the gift shop afterwards, grateful for the experience and glad to know these animals are in good hands.

If you don’t like puns, no problama… this is the last pic

We plan to return to for a 3 pm tour in the future, learn more about each animal and give to a good cause. If you’re ever near Kingman Arizona and love rescued animals, this is a great place to visit, it is actually located in Valentine AZ.

Lost and Yet to be Found

Things get lost, that happens in life, but in the whirlwind of moving there are still things missing. We’ve officially been in the house a month now and I have a box missing, my blow dryer, curling iron.. no where to be found. Maybe some day it’ll show up.

Speaking of things getting lost, Mitch got me a Tile. I put it on my keychain, so if I lose my keys I can find it with my phone and if I lose my phone I can push the tile button twice and it’ll alarm on my phone! it has already come in very handy!

We sold a book on eBay, searched high and low and it seems to be lost forever. We canceled the order, but still keep searching.

In the midst of getting situated even my drill ( the lightweight house drill) had vanished for weeks.

There was a bounty for it, Taylor would receive an extra hour of phone time if she found it, she traded Mitch a foot massage if he found it for her. We all hunted throughout the house for days, to no avail. Just two days ago, Mitch was getting a bathroom vanity moved that he’d taken out of our bathroom and was going to put in the other one when… taadaa!

He inadvertently put it in there when the plumber was here and he too was working in our bathroom. He hasn’t cashed in the foot massage, so Taylor hasn’t been rewarded the extra hour yet.

Overall the chaos has died down, we helped Angel go through her storage unit yesterday, we got a truck load of stuff and plan to have ANOTHER yard sale this week.

our living room is lined with boxes of just had to have or I love it items that we are all parting with.

Taylor’s latest recipe of her great great grandma book was split pea soup with a side of deviled eggs. It was the best split pea soup I’ve ever had! With some bacon cooking assistance for Mitch. She did a great job

My hedgehog, Kiwi has a tumor that just appeared last week. It’s a mammary gland tumor, quite common in hedgehogs and once it’s detected they say it’s usually too late. As of now he’s still enjoying the finer things in life, his toilet paper roll, meal worms and running on his wheel.

Kiwi getting his spa treatment, nail trim and bath. The tumor is on his right side (left side in photo), visible in photo

I woke up around 8 the other morning and Mitch had already been hard at work for hours

Mitch working hard and I’m hardly working

He decided to spruced up the back patio adding pavers so we aren’t always tracking in grass.

The beautiful end results

I’ve been trying to organize as I go, I went through all our pens.

Where you pen all my life
I know.. still so many pens, but they all work!

Mitch is onto another project.. changing out our kitchen sink. He wanted a different faucet and I wanted a different sink, off to Home Depot we went. We also ordered a new fridge and over the range microwave. Will keep you posted on that down the road. Remodeling the kitchen will be a rewarding endeavor.

Ummm… ok a few days have passed again, sink is in

My man the fix it guy

We had our yard sale

Our driveway is finally free of stuff! The rest is loaded in the back of the truck to donate

And This morning, Sunday the 5th we decided to work on the kitchen before we get our new appliances!

We plan to paint and add new hardware
Mitch taped up a towel because he kept hitting his head
So long head bonker cabinets
We took out the frosted filters and the wooden squares holding them up.

We plan to replace the lights with other light fixtures

We’ll keep you posted on our progress!


As I’ve mentioned before, we all take turns cooking. We tried The Who’s next plan, but it had some flaws, mainly us forgetting the order we would go, so we amended it, to pick specific days. Mitch is Sunday, Angel is Monday, I’m Tuesday, Taylor is Wednesday, Eli is Thursday and Nettie has Fridays. Saturday is fend for yourself day or whoever has an idea.

This past Tuesday as we sat around having dinner, someone asked Miss Taylor, who’s 12, what she was making for dinner tomorrow. She’s mastered the grilled cheese, Ramen noodles and spaghettios, and is an amazing assistant when I’ve been cooking or baking in the kitchen. She wasn’t sure what to make, so it was suggested she check out some cook books to get some ideas. I immediately go to the bookshelf and grab her a stack of recipe books.

The stack of cook books

In the stack, was a recipe book that her Great Great Grandma Baldock had created years ago.

She began reading the inscription, and got quite intrigued.

Not only did she decide to make a few things from the book, but she’s now committed to making everything in the book. Each week, when it’s her turn to cook, we get to experience the new generation honoring the past. She made a list of everything in the book and will check them off once created.

She made for us Beef steak bundles

copper carrot Pennie’s

Together they tasted really good

and snicker German cake, so yummy!

We also learned that oleo is another word for margarine
Delicious with vanilla ice cream (notice the counter)

She was in the kitchen for hours, slicing dicing and baking. It was all her, except for cutting the meat, which she asked nana (angel) for assistance.

Master chef Tay, cutting onions like the pro’s on the shows

As the evening died down, Mitch and I were still awake at midnight, digging through more boxes. Exhausted, we finally called it a night around 12:30 am. Approximately 2 a.m. we are woke by a panicked knock on our door, and Angela’s voice saying, “you guys! Taylor got bit by a scorpion on her chest while she was sleeping! I don’t know what to do!” We hop out of bed, skeptical that it was a scorpion because we just had the whole house sprayed for bugs on the 9th. When Mitch made it into her room, there it was laying on the bed…dead. Mitch grabbed a paper towel and took it off her bed. Taylor had already been up, icing it, fearful of the possibility that it could kill her.

The culprit
It was a bark scorpion

Not only was she bit, under the sheets, under her shirt, she was bit on the hand. She was in quit a bit of pain, saying it felt like 5 bee stings, but mainly the fear of getting bit by a poisonous scorpion had her in a panic. Honestly, we were all in a panic. We decided to call poison control to ask what to do. They stated that we need to watch her eyes, if they begin darting back and forth, nausea and vomiting and difficulty breathing we should take her into the emergency room. Mainly in the first hour, otherwise use an ice pack for the pain and try to keep her calm to reduce the spread of the venom. The hour passed, all was good and she fell back to sleep before the rest of us did.

Nettie decided to go out on the back patio after all the excitement, and spotted a large black spider up on the ceiling.

This was identified as a wolf spider by the pest control guy

So how did the scorpion get to Taylor you ask, well, I’d ordered her a day bed from Amazon but it wasn’t scheduled to be delivered until June! She had her bed, but no frame. Since the exterminators came and sprayed, we thought she’d be safe sleeping on the bed on the floor. Wow, were we wrong! Having a frame that keeps the bed off from the floor, is essential, as scorpions can’t climb up wood or metal. Our friends lent us a frame and box spring the next day. We canceled the daybed order and decided to just get a frame so she can stay safe and get it sooner.

We called patriot environmental (the exterminator company) and told them what had happened the night before and they sent someone back out within hours, and at no charge.

The next morning she said her hand tingled a little and the other area didn’t hurt at all anymore. Our tough little cookie took it like a champ, and now has bragging rights.