Getting asked for ID in Las Vegas!

Back in 2005 we went to Las Vegas to celebrate my husband's 30th birthday. It was brilliant. We didn't have children and my grandma was looking after our cats. There were no worries. I absolutely loved Vegas. Everything about it. The only thing that annoyed me was the fact that I got ID'd everywhere we went! It didn't help that I looked pretty young. I was only 23, but I also had braces on my teeth. It was unfortunate that I'd had them when I was a teenager too but when they were taken off, my teeth had simply pinged back to how they were before. So aged 22, I had braces put on again. It felt odd to be going to the orthodontist on my way back from work, having them tightened, getting elastics in rainbow colours! I was the oldest person in the waiting room by a long way. It was worth it in the end though. Luckily this time my teeth have stayed straight!

Las Vegas strip
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Back to Vegas and we had great fun in casinos, drinking beer and listening to Elvis tribute acts in random bars. We gambled in the old town, got electric shocks from the slot machines in a brand new hotel and ate Happy Meals in McDonalds because the portions were small! I loved it. We planned that when I turned 30 we would go on another adventure. I had hoped for a trip to Finland, Russia and Norway. Staying in an ice hotel, seeing the Northern Lights, getting a train from Helsinki to St Petersberg. Basically just being cold and seeing amazing scenery.

By the time I turned 30, I had two children and had just started university. We were very low on funds and it was clear the my adventure holiday wasn't going to happen for a while. In fact, I recall quite vividly that my 30th birthday was rubbish. My friends were meant to be coming up north and had to cancel at the last minute, my children were not behaving well and I ended up fishing my daughter's poo out of the bath whilst my son sang Happy Birthday to me. Oh, the glamour!

One day I will celebrate my 30th in the adventurous way we had planned. Until then I am going to remain 29! I can highly recommend having orthodontics later than your teens though. If you're considering having your teeth straightened, and live in Yorkshire then I would recommend checking out the Centre for Advanced Dentistry Yorkshire.

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