Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New York, New York

As most everyone knows, Blane has been working for the airlines, but the schedule has recently changed to 3 nights a week, which is really hard for him with school. Sadly, we are going to have to quit at the end of the summer, but we are trying to fit in as many fun things as we can before we quit. So on Thursday, my friend Katie and I planned this crazy trip to New York and we hopped on a plane on Friday morning. Our husbands took the kids all weekend (aren't they great!) and we had such a great time.  And thanks to my awesome parents, we got to stay in the Sheraton Manhattan, which is right in Times Square. We rode the subway everywhere, which I have to say was slightly frightening and we totally saw a rat. Yes, a rat walking down the tracks. And there was some great shopping. Someday I am coming back with my mom and sisters when I have lots of money to spend.  Anyway, here are some of the highlights.

We got last minute tickets for Phantom of the Opera, which was fabulous, for only $40!!!!

Self-photo (got to love those) in Times Square

Statue of Liberty, and yes, it was windy and totally rained on us later that day. We sported these awesome blue ponchos.

Me and Katie. I had so much fun. Thanks for going with me Katie.

Oh, by the way, after being delayed 5 hours at JFK, we rode 1st class on the way home. It was totally like it is in movies . . . hot towel, dinner, drinks in actual glasses . . . it was awesome.

Some fun in AZ

Well, I am finally home in Florida and it does feel good to be home. I know Blane missed us and we missed all of our friends. We are sad to be far from my family again. It seemed like we were there for so long.  Anyway, I wanted to post some pictures of the fun times we had while we were in Arizona on our "extended vacation."

Preston's 1st Birthday

With cousins Barrett, Luke, Abby, Lincoln, and Talmage

Big brother helps out with the presents

A day at the park. The handprint tiles are being used as art in the renovated park

Preschool graduation. How cute is that cap and gown. My brother Stephen also graduated high school while I was home, but is was pouring rain and only Therena took pictures, so I don't have any to post, but I have to say congrats Stephen!!!

Camping in the white mountains. It looks more fun than it actually was. My mom and I both got really sick - I'm still convinced it was swine flu.

Lincoln and Talmage, our knights in shining armor. They sure make the cutest best friends. I know Lincoln is sad to not have his buddy anymore. We miss you Talmage.