Wednesday, March 16, 2016

New York day 2

We were originally going to spend day two down in Washington DC but decided since we loved NYC so much we wanted to spend more time there. This day wasn't as busy as day one. We spent the whole day just wandering around not really doing anything specific. We drove up to Central Park where we planned on going Ice Skating but we couldn't find any parking and we just weren't up for walking a long distance in such cold weather. We're giant party poopers. Ha! We kind of purposely got lost in Upper Manhattan and it was so much fun to just see life in Manhattan! We made our way down to the Empire State Building and Times Square where we decided to get out of the warm car and walk around, do some shopping, ate some more food and just enjoy the city. It was Valentine's Day so all the restaurants were crazy busy! We decided on some brickoven style pizza right in Time's Square and holy crap! It was the best pizza I've ever had! The wait time was well worth it! Dave and I ate an entire pizza plus garlic knots in about 10 minutes hahaha It was that good!

We kept walking around and found a big group of people starring up, I usually try to avoid big crowds like that but we were intrigued so we went and joined and realized that they were all on the jumbo screen in the middle of Time's Square so we had to take a picture of it.

the rest of the day was spent getting lost in downtown Manhattan, shopping our bums off and also freezing our bums off! It was the best way to see NYC, although I'd much rather visit during the warmer months next time! I can't wait to go back!

Monday, March 14, 2016

New York, New York

I can't believe it's already been a month since I was walking around NYC! I flew out to New Jersey to visit Dave for a few days while he was there for combat training. Since it was only an hour from NYC we spent a couple days playing tourists in the Big Apple. You guys, that city is insane!!! I still can't believe just how dense the city is. Every inch of Manhattan Island is being used in some way or another, whether it's a building, a street, or a bridge. I swear there is zero negative space! Everybody kept saying how dirty of a city it is, but growing up close to Las Vegas I beg to differ. Vegas is way worse! In my opinion :)

Anyways, as soon as we got there we parked the car in the first parking garage we came across that was remotely close to Ground Zero. We paid $40 for an hour of parking! Yikes! We went and walked around Ground Zero and let me tell you, it was such an emotional, spiritual experience. It was heartbreaking standing where so many lives were lost! Because it was so cold during the few days we were there (I'm talking a high of 13 degrees with a wind chill of -11!) we walked across the street to a shopping mall just so we could warm up. We quickly decided since it was so cold that we'd just drive everywhere instead of walk because we're babies about freezing cold weather! We got back to the warm car and drove around looking at sights and made our way to the ferry for the Statue of Liberty.

Of course we needed to try some New York style pizza so we found the closest pizza parlor we could find since we were starving! We walked in and realized it was like a fancy style pizza parlor. But because we didn't want to go back out in the cold we decided to stay and give it a try. Not a minute after being served bread and oil Dave knocked the bowl of oil on the floor and it shattered. Oil went everywhere!! You could see the employees killing us with their eyes. It wasn't very good bread anyways haha. The pizza however, was amazing! We walked back to our car and noticed we got our first parking ticket. $65!!! So stupid. 

Not the best picture. It was taken through a dirty window on the ferry. Ha!

The rest of the day was spent shopping, shopping and more shopping! Seriously shopping in NYC is a dream! Evry store out there is in New York so the selection is never ending! A lot of the day was also spent just walking/driving around taking it all in. I won't even mention how many times we got lost ;)

Day 2 coming up next!

Monday, February 22, 2016

New Years Eve/Day

New Years was spent in North Dakota surrounded by family. I love my in laws so much! We spent NYE having an indoor BBQ at my in laws friends house. We talked, played games and had the missionaries over with us. It was fun but I really wanted to just go home to my in laws house. Once we got back, we watched movies, played games and lit off a couple floating lanterns. It was FREEZING outside!! I mean in the negatives! So we lit off two and called it good. Mainly because I literally couldn't feel my fingers. I had to look at them just to make sure they were still there. SO cold!

The only picture we got!

The rest of the night we just hung out indoors where it was warm. Dave and I did go out for a drive trying to see the northern lights without success. One of these times while I'm in ND I will see those dang lights!! It may not sound like much but we had the best time.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

ice castle fun

Last weekend my nephew got baptized up in northern Utah! I'm so proud of him. So, while we were up there I took the kids to the Midway Ice Castle and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! It was so much bigger than I imagined! Anna and Elsa were there but the line was stupid long so we just waved to them as we walked by. It was way too cold to stand in that long line, especially since us Texan's don't own warm clothing! We wandered around and snapped pictures, enjoying each others company and oohing and awing over everything we saw. There were so many people there so we didn't stay for long. Hello anxiety! As we were finding the exit a little girl ran past Presley knocking her over into the snow. Presley got so wet that she just started crying because obviously she was freezing! I felt so bad for her. Luckily we were already on our way out so we didn't miss anything. Thank you Christa for coming along and helping with my crazy kids! This Whole single parenting thing is still new to me.

After the castles we headed to Texas Roadhouse for dinner. Presley flirted with a bus boy the whole time, we waited for over an hour to be seated but the food was well worth it! Again Christa, thanks for helping me with my crazy, impatient kids! They love you!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

we moved!!!

I haven't really shared anything about this yet but last month Dave went off to combat training on the east coast. He'll be deploying in a couple months so while he's gone, the kids and I moved back to Utah to be with family. As much as I hate being away from Dave we've really enjoyed being back in sunny St George! Oh how I love seeing mountains every day! We've been here for just a couple weeks and we've been having the best time. My goal was to keep the kids, and myself busy and distracted from missing Dave. Utah has so much to offer that I really don't think that'll be a problem. In fact, I've already made up a list of 24 things I want to do while in Utah!! And those are just things I could think of off the top of my head. Ha, oops! This year will be full of hiking, sight seeing and fun events that take place all over Utah. Add the list of fun things we plan on doing outside of Utah and it's shaped up to be a heck of a busy year! Just what we need! Obviously I'd rather Dave be here to experience it all with us but I'll take what I can get. Now, if this deployment would hurry up and finish, that would be great!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Christmas 2015

We were lucky enough to spend Christmas and New Year up in North Dakota with my in laws and we had the best time ever! We had a beautiful white Christmas!! We decorated cookies, had a Star Wars marathon and even had a private showing of the new Star Wars, had a gift wrapping party, a Christmas dinner with over 20 people, and so many other fun things! It was a real busy couple of weeks but isn't that what makes the holidays fun? Because we did so much I'll break this down into two maybe even three posts. But for now, here's a glimpse at our Christmas! A lot of these were just taken off my instagram, so no judgments!

 She just can't control her excitement that Santa's coming!

And there you have it! Our first week of Christmas vacation in a nutshell! Pt 2 coming up next!