Tuesday, April 22, 2008
click on any of the collage photos to enlarge them...
~ We got to the airport at 5:30 pm for our 8 pm flight to Long Beach, CA on April 15th-we had to back track a little before our "red-eye" flight to NYC- which then left at 11:00pm from Long Beach-
On day 3 we started our day out with a Ferry ride out to Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty is and I thought that was pretty awesome-- we then went to the island next door which was Ellis Island which is also awesome and pretty eye opening as to how many immigrants came through there. From 1892 and 1924 there were 22 million immigrants that came through that most of us are probably descendants from--It was a neat experience!
A little battery acid in the eye never hurt anyone!
Okay- so no trip is going to go without some drama right? After we got back from the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tour we wanted to go through the Financial District- We went to see the New York Stock Exchange building, Wall Street, etc... As we were visiting inside of The Federal Hall Memorial building where the Bill of Rights was passed and George Washington was inaugurated as our first president, one of the girls in my group opened her camera and a battery was leaking (or some crazy thing like that) and she got battery acid in her eye, I don't know how but that's beside the point-- She went to the restroom downstairs where I helped her flush her eye out and a few minutes later, 4 swat guys in full uniform including some pretty big guns came in to see what was going on because they heard someone's camera "exploded". They helped Morgan flush her eye out and then she got to go in an ambulance-- ($1500 dollars later) There was some pretty heavy security in NYC because the pope was in town that morning and the next day--Wow-- What a story she gets to tell her kids huh? This is the same girl who on the band tour last year broke her arm just before going in to Disneyland. She is ok and her eye didn't have any permanent damage.
After our fun and interesting day in the financial district-- Chelsea and I had a dinner date with my Aunt Christy who lives in upper West Manhattan. It was fun to see her again-- It has been awhile since she moved there (14 years) and I've only seen her a couple of times since she moved. She met us at our hotel and after a quick subway ride we went right to dinner at a yummy mexican restaurant called "Mama Mexico"- I liked the name because I was nicknamed "Mama Macula"on this trip by the kids I was chaperoning-- we had fresh guacamole made right at our table and it was fabulous as well as the salsa and chips-- and of course the chimichanga's--
Fresh guacamole anyone?
The pink blossoms were amazing!
Another beautiful photo that Chelsea took at Central Park
We went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art after our walk through Central park and down 5th Ave. and while at the museum, Chelsea found an interesting art display she had to take a picture of-- it was cool! -This is an amazing museum that everyone needs to experience if you go to NYC--It was dark when we left the museum and we said our goodbyes to Christy(thanks for a wonderful time) and took a bus down to our street-- the streets were filled with a lot of T.V. crews since the Pope was in town. What a fun day--
OUR LAST DAY
Day 4(our last day)
We went to China town down and went to Canal St. and bought some jewelry, hand bags and of course "I love NY" t-shirts among other stuff you would buy in China town. We had fun and it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be-- there are always rumors that you would get mugged or taken to a back room somewhere and forced to buy stuff- You have to be careful but the reason you would go in a back room is because they are selling knock-off's and legally can't sell it in their stores. Anyway, it was an experience!--after shopping, we found a yummy chinese restaurant and we all got full to say the least. The food was amazing-- we were well taken care of by the manager-- I think he felt bad for us because we had no clue what we were doing or how to order-- anyway after eating we headed back to the hotel-- Chelsea wanted to go shopping down 5th Ave. so a few of us took off to do that but I have to tell you it had to be window shopping since most of the stores she wanted to go to were all of the really expensive stores like Tiffany's, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Prada, etc... It was fun to look for sure!!!
We got up Sunday morning and got a bite to eat at a place that served eggs that were already cooked that they microwaved --over easy eggs which was hilarious--(blah!) but I have to admit, that was the only bad meal I had the whole time! Chelsea hated her toast and had to take a picture--
After breakfast we headed out to the airport at 11:30 am on buses and spent the rest of the day travelling back home--after a 3 hour lay-over in Chicago we were finally on the last stretch and arrived in SLC at 9 pm--That was fun and would highly recommend NYC to everyone--the last picture in the collage above was what NY looked like as we were leaving-- we were so lucky to have 70 degrees and blue skies for most of the week--FUN FUN FUN!
Friday, April 11, 2008
A. Attached or Single- Attached for almost 17 years!
B. Best Friend(s)- Amy, my family and my sisters in WP ward
C. Cake or Pie-Pie(Coconut Cream)
D. Day of Choice- Saturday
E. Essential Item- blow dryer
F. Flavor of Ice Cream- chocolate
G. Gummy Bears or Worms-Gummy Bears
H. Hometown- Lehi
I. Indulgences- A bubble bath and a book
J. January or July- July
K. Kids- 3 wonderful kids
L. Last movie I saw in theatre- Penelope
M. Music(favorite)-I'm into Maroon 5 right now
N. Number of siblings-7
O. Orange or Apples- Oranges
P. Phobias or Fears-I don't know- eating spiders while I'm sleeping cuz we all do :0)
Q. Quote-"If you do what you've always done you'll always get what you've always got".
R. Reason to smile-My family, living in America and having the true gospel in my life.
S. Spring or Summer? I love Spring but I'm still waiting for it to arrive :0)
T. Tag 4-Steph E., Tanya, Sara L, Steff U.
U. Unknown fact about me- I rode in an elevator with Jay Leno and I actually chatted with him-about 17 years ago just before he took over the Johnny Carson show--
V. Vegetarian or oppressor of Animals- I'm not a vegetarian!!
W. Worst Habit- Diet Pepsi
X. X-rays or Ultrasounds- Ultrasound
Y. Your favorite Food-anything at Cafe Rio-their fired grill chicken salad is divine!
Z. Zodiac- Capricorn
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
As you can see it was tight quarters but we managed just fine!!
We were striking some cheerleading poses-- Ok I know I look like a clock but I just wanted to break up the monotony. We are cute though aren't we?
Annie and Sheryl- "soakin up the sun"
Our manicured toes enjoyed the beach and the sand-- there is definitely something therapeutic about the beach and the ocean.
After the beach we all went back and got ready for "WICKED" and we were extremely excited to say the least. I thought it would be funny to take a picture of all of us exiting the hotel room after we got ready to go. My favorite picture was Sheryl(top left) I loved the way her hair flipped up from the wind at just the right time- she looked like a model. I laughed hard on that one-- Everyone looked beautiful and ready for a fabulous Broadway play! Sheryl made us all beautiful bracelets to commemorate our weekend and we painted our fingernails black.
The Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California-- What a beautiful Theatre it is!!
Thumbs up for "The Fonz"
Sheryl, Steff, me and Annie in the theatre before the show
We got to pose with the "Wizard of Oz"after the show-- he was fabulous!! I was absolutely blown away with the play. I didn't have a clue about what it was all about before we left--I heard the music but it didn't mean too much without knowing what the play was all about. All I can say is "WOW"-- The play was top notch and the cast was beyond amazing. Sheryl was a little concerned because an understudy was playing the part of Glinda but she was not disappointed as were any of us. A few of us were actually emotional it was so good--crazy huh? I recommend everyone to see this!
We had so much stuff-- Sheryl set the timer on her camera and took this photo showing us with all of our "stuff" before we left to go home. I can't believe we pulled it off so well- 6 women and 1 bathroom in one hotel room-- The ride home was uneventful and as usual not very quiet. It is amazing how much 6 women have to say and I loved every minute of it. Thanks again to all for such a great time and wonderful break from reality!!
All of the pictures from the trip at the link below if anyone is interested:
Some things that were said on the trip: "my bestfriend Michelle", "It's high time" , and "I'm dead inside"(hee hee), and of course "dad-burn it" or "dad-blast it" or "dad gummit"
Things I learned about everyone: Debbie is calm cool and collected yet pretty funny- she is fun to hang with and has cute stories about her kids. she said she was dead inside when she was tickled and wouldn't laugh but I don't believe that :0)
Heather is always happy and has something to contribute no matter what the conversation is about-- she has a big heart and is funny and has great cheerleading kicks and poses.
Annie is wise beyond her years and is funny and has great cheerleading poses too especially with her face :0)
Steffanie is witty and has funny stuff coming out of her mouth at the most random times- she is a great clogger too!!
Sheryl has the best tips on how to get a stain out of anything and is funny as well (we're all funny what can I say?) she also is very creative and had us pose in some pretty silly ways while taking pictures.