The Many Adventures of Keira!

This is our page to document our family's adoption journey- starting from when we first started planning for our little one, to when we brought her home. We're also going to keep this updated with all of the things that Keira has been up to since she's been home with us here in the U.S!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Vegas BABY!

Boy! Has it been an adventure the past few days! My sister Gigi, Mom and my nephew Max drove cross country from Chicago to come out and visit San Diego for the annual family trip. Mom being the savvy gambler that she is got 5 days free at Paris and The Venetian, so they stayed in Vegas for those days- just in time for Gigi's birthday! Lorraine, Keira and I decided to drive out to stay with them for a few days and we had such a great time! We drove out and Keira got pretty fussy on the way there. Can you blame her? Even though she had DVDs to watch, you just can't help getting antsy after sitting for 4-5 hours. We arrived in Vegas finally and wow! You should have seen her face light up when she finally got to meet her cousin Max. She's seen pictures of all of her cousins and is finally starting to tie people in pictures with people that she sees in person. She gave him big hugs and ran around chasing him and antagonizing the poor boy right away.
Birthday Girl Gigi got tickets for us to see the Blue Man Group- if any of you haven't had the opportunity to see this show DEFINITELY make it a point to do it! It is very interactive and an absolute BLAST! Dan and I saw this show about 5 years ago and it is still just as fun as the first time we got to experience it. Max LOVED it and Lola (Mom) got to watch Keira and spend baby and grandma time together bonding while we saw the show. They did laps up and down the hallway of the hotel until she got tired enough to finally go to sleep. Part of the deal with the Blue Man Group tickets was that we also got free tickets to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. We had a blast taking pictures as you can see from here:

Here are Mom, Keira and I interviewing with Oprah. As you can tell from the picture, Keira was thrilled.

Here is Lorraine just hanging out with Hef

Keira, Tiger and I giving Max some golfing pointers.

Lorraine, Max and Mom cheering Andre Agassi on at a tennis match

Mom and Max waving the flags at the finish line

Mom and James Brown- He isn't looking too good, huh?

Keira and I singing a duet with Stevie

Max and Keira trying out for American Idol

Mom and the Kennedys- in her Disney Animal Kingdom shirt. Looks very appropriate for a meeting with the President- even if he isn't around anymore.

Mom, Max and Abe talking strategy

While doing a little sightseeing and monorail riding around town, we stopped for Max's picture with a showgirl. A couple seconds later, some poor old lady collapsed in front of us from heat stroke. It was the most bizarre situation that you can imagine! The guy with her almost seemed angry with her and was screaming for her to stop it and get up. We jumped in trying to help and he didn't want our help saying that she was just fine. Uh...I think NOT. People were giving her water and we were helping her get up. Gigi called 911 and the guy kept saying that he didn't want the paramedics. We decided that we didn't want to listen to him. Man! He was acting like this poor lady (who by the way had a huge bruise on her face now from falling face down on the sidewalk) was ruining his day. What a weirdo... Boy! It's a good thing that none of us were so inconsiderate to do that and pass out from heat stroke on the sidewalk and ruin Gigi's birthday. That selfish lady! Can you imagine???? I'm just kidding by the way...Just in complete amazement at the guys very odd response to what happened.
Flying baby

Max at the Las Vegas Hilton. Notice anything a little off? was a Star Trek Convention going on there lol
After that, we did the usual tourist thing of heading to Stateline. We rode some of the rides at Buffalo Bills including the water ride. Keira did great! She got a little scared, but mostly had fun! As we were coming around at the end of the ride, we were getting squirted with a ton of water. We then realized that there were people on the bridge shooting at us! What on earth has the happened in this world when people would shoot at an unarmed baby??? lol
When we finished and decided to start heading home, we went out to the car only to find that someone had broken into my car window and stole Keira's little DVD player along with Keira's Veggie Tales DVD. Weird! Nothing else was stolen. Funny thing is that they didn't take the remote control for the player and didn't take the car adapter, so they wouldn't be able to get it to play since the battery doesn't work without it for some reason. eGAD. That was a mess. While I got things straightened out with the paperwork and security, Keira had a great time with the Aunties and Max sitting in Mom's truck watching the Blue Man Group DVD. She was doing the headbob and everything. She was definitely upset with me when I had to put her back in my car away from Max and cried quite a bit after that. We got to head home looking like a bunch of refugees in a plastic taped up window with a Shamu blanket covering it.
All in all, we had a blast and it was definitely an adventure! Aside from my car window getting smashed, the selfish fainting lady ruining the dude's day and was had by all! :)


Rod said...

Okay, As usual... the Bagaans crack me up! Please tell everyone that I said "Hi".

Terri said...

Sounds like a great time was held by all. Weird about someone breaking into your car.