I successfully left infidelity at our doorstep for our trip to Las Vegas!!!!! My mission to have a good time was accomplished!!
The trip started out great from the get go. The airline gave me TSA pre approved check in since my husband has it. What a short line at security that was and then we found our friends Ann and John at the gate. Got myself an ice coffee and it was time to have fun together. Soon after Ann’s friends Melissa and Jason arrived at the airport. They seemed super nice and fun from the get go as they went to a bar close to the gate and had champagne at 7am before takeoff. My kind of people.
We would then meet at the hotel after checking in the other couple joining us Kim and Jeff. Nice couple too. We all head to a bar in the hotel to get to know each other. Vacation drinks taste really, really good. Later we would be off on our first adventure. A Pink Jeep Tour of Vegas. It was fun. The tour guide was great and he took us all over. The weather was awesome too. The light show at Fremont St and the Volcano at the Mirage were two of the highlights of our excursion. If you like people watching Fremont St. is the place to go.
The next day my husband and I spent some of our only time alone together exploring the adjoining hotels before Ann and John joined us. We had a relaxing day exploring the Aquarium and then at the pools at the hotel. My favorite was the lazy river pool. We also had some awesome but expensive frozen drinks poolside. They were so awesome that we we ordered another round. The others had lunch plans. Later that evening we were off to the show Ann our birthday has picked out Chris Angel’s Mindfreak. Then to a -5 degree ice bar. That was an experience. Silly me had sandals on. My toes were a tad numb by the time we left. Even our glasses were made of ice. The night capped off with more drinks at the hotel bar and some more alone time playing slot machines with my husband.
Saturday morning we found the hotel tram and took it to the end of the line. We explored the Vegas strip with Ann and John. Beautiful day again. My highlight of all the hotel lobbies we saw was The Bellagio. Harvest was the theme.
We then made an unexpected choice to hail a cab and go to the Stratosphere. Beautiful view from 108 floors up.
Afterwards we rejoined the rest of the group for some gambling around Fremont St again. Wowzers again. Even in the day light the people watching was terrific. We would later have a wonderful birthday dinner on the top floor of an adjoining hotel. Amazing views and food. Would have been a totally romantic place to have dinner for two. Later my husband got his black jack on and we capped of night where we started at the bar for a couple drinks with the group and goodbyes since we were on different flights home.
My personal observations
One of the first moments that stood out to me on the trip was my husband taking my hand to hold on the plan and he took a double take on the fact that I had a wedding band on with my engagement ring. Then he realized it wasn’t my actual ring. It was another ring I had gotten to stack on the other side of my engagement ring years ago. He still seemed pleased though. I’m still not sure how to put my actual wedding band back on.
All through the trip out of the couples we were the most affectionate towards each other. We were always holding hands walking and we did a lot of walking. Over 16 miles in Vegas. Or my husband would be rubbing my back if we were sitting or standing looking at something. I just found it weird with all our problems we were the ones who showed the most physical touch with each other. This is how we have always been though since early on in our relationship and for the most of his affair he would always reach for me.
I handled meeting the other couples like a champ. I was worried but, I was able to just be myself and we all had a good time together. In fact by day two Melissa was telling me how much fun I was and she just loved me. Kim seemed to be trying to figure me out most of the time, but we still had fun. Ann told me that was just her personality and I was spot on with assessment. That made me feel good that my instincts were correct.
I can honestly say that for the first time in 2 plus years I had 4 GREAT DAYS! I loved being with my husband. This gives me hope for our future. We laughed a lot and truly enjoyed being together nonstop. No where to hide on this vacation.
I did have some triggering moments. Most times my husband would leave our room to smoke with his phone with him my mind would want to go “is he going to text her”? I was able to easily shake off.
I was totally in my own way emotionally about going on this trip from the get go and it was exactly what I needed. I needed to be carefree. My husband and I needed to just be us together without our kids. I’m so glad we were able to go. Next time I will not hesitate to go away.
I’m still currently riding the wave of vacation happiness. I know the ride won’t last forever, but I’m enjoying my emotional break for now.