Monday, December 07, 2009

Christmas Trip

Last year during December I went on a cruise. I swore I would never go on vacation in December again, because I felt that I was racing when I got back to reality. So of course this year, we decided to try it again. This time I took Mike with me and we went to NYC. I always wanted to see the store front windows, the Christmas tree at Rockafeller Plaza, the ice rink and to top it off, it SNOWED! I felt like I was dreaming, it was so perfect.

The kiddos stayed home, so THANK YOU to those that helped out! I know December is not the best time to babysit, but we appreciated it! On the plane ride out, the funny flight attendants at Southwest were doing their speech on safety at the beginning. This one was particularly entertaining, he said, "If you are traveling with small children.... WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? Please secure your mask first than help your child next to you. If you have more than one child, then pick the one you like best and secure their's first." HaHa..A nice chuckle to start off our trip.

Once we got to NYC, Mike, being the more adventurous one, decided that we could find our way without a taxi. We ended up taking the Q33 bus from Queens and catching the F-Train to 42nd street. It took an hour, but we made it without getting lost and we were able to stop at every street in Queens which was a bonus. On one of the stops, this guy got on the bus, his hair was slicked back and he of course was wearing a leather coat. He looked like he was in his early 20's and he scowled at me as he sat next to us. His IPod was so loud I could almost recognize the song that was playing. As I was watching him, he reached in to his jacket and pulled out a book. It was "New Moon." I kind of smiled and Mike looked at me and said, "You should talk to him about it." I think my eyes fell out of my head as I was begging him not to say anything to this random guy on the Q33 bus at 7:30pm at night in Queens, Mike ignored me and tried to talk to him, but luckily he ignored us probably beccause he couldn't hear us!!

I knew I was in for an interesting weekend, because in NY there are a lot of people in a close proximity, this is Mike's comfort zone. He loves talking to everyone and getting their life story. I wish I could list the people he/we met. I am always amazed how open people are and how they are willing to share alot with people they do not know! All I know is I now have a friend named Jenny Kim who has lived in NY for 30 years and has two boys. She took a fifteen minute break from work so she could escort us to her favorite restaurant. Okay on to the pictures...

We stayed in the Theatre District and this theatre was right around the corner!

Mike in Times Square

A fountain with cool Ornaments in it. It was across from Radio City Music Hall

NBC Studios where they tape SNL..That night was Blake Lively and Rhianna

The Christmas Tree at Rockafeller Plaza

Mike and I at the tree.

Saks Fifth Avenue snowflake designs. They blinked on and off to music.

Amazing picture of the ice skating rink. I had to wait in line to get to the spot to take a picture!

Me and Matt Laur, he was more handsome in person!

Times Square Again

Central Park

Whoa..close up!

Starting to get cold..

This is the Alice in Wonderland statue that I was on a mission to find. We passed it once and had to loop back around to get to it again. After we got there, Mike took this picture. I didn't check it afterward. He totally missed Alice, he just got me. Dang it!

Stopped for lunch at a yummy Korean place. We are in the middle of ChinaTown and Little Italy, who knew there would be good Korean food?? Thanks to our friend Jenny Kim.

Wall Street..I would love to go inside there one of these times. It always seems so small on the outside.

Crumbs Cupcakes..Yummy..Located on the North side of Bryant Park. Thanks Shay :)

Grand Central Station - This is where Marty from Madagascar went to when he escaped the NY Zoo. My kids where excited about this picture..

The Chrysler building. So cool with the fog and lights.

THe Empire State Building. It was snowing and cloudy so you could not see anything from the top. We were glad to hang out in the lobby and get warm for a minute. They had some neat displays of the building inside. Outside the lights on it were blue.

Macy's! I lost Mike for a minute. I ran straight for the windows while he was fixing his umberalla.

Inside Macy's--I can't imagine working this..Yikes!

Snow in NYC Video

Macy's Window Video

Another Macy's Window


cadi said...

I am giddy after reading and seeing all those pictures!!! That is NOW on my wish list of trips, ditch the Louvre... New York City at Christmas time,come to Mama!

p.s. some of the vids said they were private viewing...I'd love to see them if you get that fixed.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what an awesome trip!!! I loved the pictures...maybe Mike will actually smile in one of them next time! :-) LP

Kelli Brown said...

OH HOW FUN! I love New York! You guys look like you had a blast. Ryan and I try and go away together every year, and one of our very most favorite trips ever (maybe even our favorite) was our trip to New York. I have a scary story about getting lost in Harlem at midnight after taking the wrong bus after the Yankees game. Remind me to share that with you! Glad you guys are back and coming this weekend. I can't wait to hear all about your trip. NYC at Christmas time...what a great memory!

Lisa said...

oh my gosh! how fun was that. i love the pics!

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