Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Lake and Le Reve

This past Thursday my sister-in-law Katrina and my sister Carmen went to Lake Mead with our kids. I didn't realize until after Katrina asked me to go, that I haven't been there since before Chris and I got married (that's 11 years!). More than a little sad considering we live only about 20 min away. I had five kids with me (my four and my nephew) and I was a little worried that my time would be spent trying to keep them all from drowning. The water ended up not being that deep and the girls were able to go out about 20 or 30 feet and the water still only came up to their shoulders. They had a great time playing with Katrina's niece Jade who has been visiting. The boys went out for a little bit, but Aiden got tired so he spent his time building a sand castle with help from his brother and cousins. My nephew Jayden is a pretty good swimmer and fearless when it comes to the water, but he is kind of small and I was afraid the waves were going to carry him away so I kept calling him back. He finally gave up and decided to help Aiden too. It was much more relaxing than I thought it was going to be so I'm excited to go back.

I think Aiden Dalin and Lacey were only in it for the snacks

Jade, Ashton and Kaylee in the back. Jayden and Lance in the front.

Hi Aiden!

The beginnings of the "biggest castle ever!"

The construction crew and their finished project.
Last night Chris and I went to see the Cirque de Solei show at the Wynn hotel called Le Reve for free (ask Chris how he gets these tickets). It was performed on a stage in the water. The stage itself was kind of amazing because at some points it was tall enough for the performers to stand on, but at other times it was down deep enough that some of the performer could be dropped from the ceiling and not hit it. The show itself was a little to abstract for my taste. I guess I should have read what the story was supposed to be before I went. I think it was supposed to be a dream, which included a battle between good and evil but I could be wrong. I will say that I was amazed at how long the performers could hold their breath, but other than that I can't say it was my favorite show ever. It was free though and I got to have a date with my husband so I really can't complain.

*I just looked up the info about the show and "le reve" is french for the dream. Point for me! I also read that there are scuba divers under the water feeding the performers air as they need it. Duh, I should have thought of that.


The Zoo Keeper said...

Looks like you had fun at the lake. Did you and Chris get to sit together this time at the show??

Natalie, Brian, Rachel, Erick said...

It looks like a good time was had by all at the lake, hopefully we can go the next time! Good job keeping your blog updated.

Lowell Hafen said...

It is interesting that you got to see the water show at the Wynn. Over the past two years I have done electrical work on what we lovingly call the Aqua Theater. The center stage is on a huge hydrolic lift. I saw them take it out for maintenance and it must be 40 feet long and three feet in diameter. It took three weeks and many people to get it out, work on it and put it back in. The latest thing I did at the Aqua Theater was put in control wiring for the oxygen sensors they put in. At some point in the production there is fog in the theater. It is produced by feeding liquid nitrogen into the area. Nitrogen being heavier than oxygen and there being a possibility of not being enough oxygen for the audience to breath, they put a system in to sense the level of oxygen and when the level gets to low, it shuts down automatically and the flow of nitrogen stops.

Anonymous said...

Looks like fun at the lake. We should really go more often. I just never think of it.