Friday, May 28, 2010

No More School

Well, preschool, that is.  I put Kaylan in preschool this past year and she has loved it and has grown so much from it.  She still has one more year before she starts Kindergarten.  Darn that December birthday.  Oh well.  It's one more year I get to spend with my little Buggy.  They grow up way too fast. :(
 Kaylan and her friends Dax and Sidney with their teachers Ms. Connie and Ms. Lana.


p.s. Thanks Rhonda for the pictures!  Not sure what I was thinking (obviously I wasn't) about not bringing a camera.  Hello!

No More School

Well, preschool, that is.  I put Kaylan in preschool this past year and she has loved it and has grown so much from it.  She still has one more year before she starts Kindergarten.  Darn that December birthday.  Oh well.  It's one more year I get to spend with my little Buggy.  They grow up way too fast. :(
 Kaylan and her friends Dax and Sidney with their teachers Ms. Connie and Ms. Lana.


p.s. Thanks Rhonda for the pictures!  Not sure what I was thinking (obviously I wasn't) about not bringing a camera.  Hello!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

NYC Part III

There were police everywhere in Time Square.  For some reason, to me, NYPD cops have a "look."  Since they were all over the place I decided to snap some pictures of them.  Can you see the "look" I'm talking about?  I can just hear their hard accent when I look at them. 


And what's New York without a pretzel?
Why is my mouth open in most of my pictures?

Street entertainment everywhere you turn on the weekend. This little kid was so cute! He sure had da moves.

So happy to be on our tour bus!  Once we finally hopped on the right Subway. :)  Ya know, it's funny.  I felt so incredibly safe here; in fact, I felt more safe in New York than downtown LA. 
I really love this place.  It's probably my favorite. 

NYC Part III

There were police everywhere in Time Square.  For some reason, to me, NYPD cops have a "look."  Since they were all over the place I decided to snap some pictures of them.  Can you see the "look" I'm talking about?  I can just hear their hard accent when I look at them. 




And what's New York without a pretzel?


Why is my mouth open in most of my pictures?

Street entertainment everywhere you turn on the weekend. This little kid was so cute! He sure had da moves.

So happy to be on our tour bus!  Once we finally hopped on the right Subway. :)  Ya know, it's funny.  I felt so incredibly safe here; in fact, I felt more safe in New York than downtown LA. 
I really love this place.  It's probably my favorite. 

NYC Part TWO- The Etch a Sketch Man

Like I said in my previous post, you never know who you will run into--especially in New York.  Since our time was limited and one of my sister in laws is really into plays, she and my other sister in law decided to see two plays in one day.  That is too much sitting for me so I opted to roam around the city by myself and I could buy our tickets for the evening play.  So I did.  I roamed and walked and shopped and stared.  It was a lot of fun.
I went on over to stand in the discount ticket line for the play.  As I was standing in this ridiculously long line, I decided to ask the guy in front of me what plays he head seen and which ones he recommended.  Well, as I got to talking to him, I asked him if he was from there.  He said no, that he lives in LA but for work he flies out almost every weekend!  I asked him what he did for a living and he told me that he is an entertainer.  I asked him what kind and he said, "Well, I'm the Etch a Sketch Man!"  What?!  I said, "Oh, that explains the small Etch a Sketch that I saw in your back pants pocket then."  He said that he does private parties for people (mostly celebs) and draws their portrait on an Etch a Sketch in 2 minutes or less.  I couldn't believe it but as he was telling me all this, he proceeded to do one of me!  And he did it in less than two minutes.  I had to time him you know. ;)
Oh yeah.  Apparently he was on Oprah.  My sister in law couldn't believe it because she saw that episode.  CRAZY!


I'd say that he is rather quite talented.  Pretty amazing if you ask me.  And to think that people pay for this and I got it all FOR FREE!  It sure made the ticket line go by fast.  What an interesting guy.  He's also been in some Broadway shows.  Very cool guy.



****Funny side note****

Later when I met up with my sister in laws, they asked if I got tickets and I said yes and told them my little story about my friend in line.  They then proceeded to ask me what tickets I got and I ended up getting tickets for the show that they had just seen!!!!!!!  What an idiot I am!  I couldn't believe it.  I started sweating bullets and slightly having a panic attack and these tickets are non-refundable and you can't exchange them!  Well, I did however, make another friend, and this one was a VERY important friend because she was my cashier at the ticket booth.  These people in the ticket booth can be very short and rude with you if you don't know what you want when you get up to them.  But this lady took a liking to me for some reason.  I found her there and I ran up to her and she said, "Oh no.  What happened sweetheart?"  I explained the whole situation to her and before I could finish telling her the whole fiasco, she just said, "Hand me your tickets honey.  I'll see what I can do."  Bless her!  I was on Cloud 9 once again.  PHEW!  She told me that she does NOT do this for a lot of people but she liked me and thought I was different.  Thank goodness!

NYC Part TWO- The Etch a Sketch Man

Like I said in my previous post, you never know who you will run into--especially in New York.  Since our time was limited and one of my sister in laws is really into plays, she and my other sister in law decided to see two plays in one day.  That is too much sitting for me so I opted to roam around the city by myself and I could buy our tickets for the evening play.  So I did.  I roamed and walked and shopped and stared.  It was a lot of fun.
I went on over to stand in the discount ticket line for the play.  As I was standing in this ridiculously long line, I decided to ask the guy in front of me what plays he head seen and which ones he recommended.  Well, as I got to talking to him, I asked him if he was from there.  He said no, that he lives in LA but for work he flies out almost every weekend!  I asked him what he did for a living and he told me that he is an entertainer.  I asked him what kind and he said, "Well, I'm the Etch a Sketch Man!"  What?!  I said, "Oh, that explains the small Etch a Sketch that I saw in your back pants pocket then."  He said that he does private parties for people (mostly celebs) and draws their portrait on an Etch a Sketch in 2 minutes or less.  I couldn't believe it but as he was telling me all this, he proceeded to do one of me!  And he did it in less than two minutes.  I had to time him you know. ;)
Oh yeah.  Apparently he was on Oprah.  My sister in law couldn't believe it because she saw that episode.  CRAZY!


I'd say that he is rather quite talented.  Pretty amazing if you ask me.  And to think that people pay for this and I got it all FOR FREE!  It sure made the ticket line go by fast.  What an interesting guy.  He's also been in some Broadway shows.  Very cool guy.



****Funny side note****

Later when I met up with my sister in laws, they asked if I got tickets and I said yes and told them my little story about my friend in line.  They then proceeded to ask me what tickets I got and I ended up getting tickets for the show that they had just seen!!!!!!!  What an idiot I am!  I couldn't believe it.  I started sweating bullets and slightly having a panic attack and these tickets are non-refundable and you can't exchange them!  Well, I did however, make another friend, and this one was a VERY important friend because she was my cashier at the ticket booth.  These people in the ticket booth can be very short and rude with you if you don't know what you want when you get up to them.  But this lady took a liking to me for some reason.  I found her there and I ran up to her and she said, "Oh no.  What happened sweetheart?"  I explained the whole situation to her and before I could finish telling her the whole fiasco, she just said, "Hand me your tickets honey.  I'll see what I can do."  Bless her!  I was on Cloud 9 once again.  PHEW!  She told me that she does NOT do this for a lot of people but she liked me and thought I was different.  Thank goodness!

Lollipop, Lollipop!

While in New York we had to stop by Dylan's Candy Store.  She is the daughter of some guy named Ralph Lauren ;)  This candy store was amazing!  And very EXPEN$IVE.  I was having so much fun taking pictures!
I felt like a kid in a candy store. ;)

Lollipop, Lollipop!

While in New York we had to stop by Dylan's Candy Store.  She is the daughter of some guy named Ralph Lauren ;)  This candy store was amazing!  And very EXPEN$IVE.  I was having so much fun taking pictures!
I felt like a kid in a candy store. ;)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Big Apple Part UNO

 I took this picture from the top of the Empire State Building

Yes, I'm back.  I can hardly believe it myself.  Although I'm a little bummed I'm not there anymore, I am happy that I'm home with my family again.  I sure did miss them.
I have so many pictures a little over 400 pictures that I took so I'm having to narrow those way, WAY down so please bare with me!
We left on a red eye flight Thursday night and arrived in NYC around 6:15AM.  Once we landed we were so excited!  Although our eyes are a bit red from trying to sleep, we couldn't wait to get out in the city.
I might be a little excited......

 This is the best picture I could get before landing.
A few things I learned about the Big Apple while I was there were:

1. It is a place I could live temporarily.  Maybe I should have gone to college there......
2. It is super expensive to live!
3. I saw one gas station in my four days of being there.......and it was in Harlem which is about 30 minutes away from the city.
4. Saw very FEW speed limit signs.
5. Most everybody takes the subway or taxi....mostly the subway.
 We were just getting the Subway thing down and then it was time to leave. :(

6. Pedestrians don't have the right of way (according to taxi drivers).
7. Nobody, and I mean nobody, cares what you look like or who you are. In fact, I was reading somewhere that a lot of celebrities like NYC because they can walk down the street and New Yorkers don't really care if you're a celebrity.  There's less paparazzi than in LA.
8. Utah drivers are heavenly compared to the drivers there!  Yikes!  Talk about road rage.  People have a place to be and will just about run you over or hit the car in front of them to get there.
9. People like love to use their car horns!  BEEP!  BEEEEEEP!
10. The LDS temple is right in the midst of all these tall buildings.


11. The shopping is SPECTACULAR!
12. I made friends from different places.
13. It's so diverse and I LOVE THAT!
14. People are very EcIectic.
15. I could sit and people watch 24 hours a day.
16. The architecture is PHENOMENAL.


This is in Little Italy. Mafia city. :) 
 17. You have got to MAKE SURE that you take the right SUBWAY.  We wanted to go Downtown and went all the way UPTOWN.  Oops!


18. I love all the fresh fruit stands, bakeries, deli's, and fresh cut flowers everywhere!



19. You never know who or what you are going to run into.  We were on top of the Empire State Building and they started to close off a portion at the top for some "special people."  We were lucky and had front row standing.  It ended up being a photo shoot for the Cirque de Soleil show that was going on there.
She reminds me so much of Lady Gaga.
And can I saw OUCH!!!!!

20. Parking is VERY SCARCE and VERY EXPENSIVE!

The Big Apple Part UNO



 I took this picture from the top of the Empire State Building

Yes, I'm back.  I can hardly believe it myself.  Although I'm a little bummed I'm not there anymore, I am happy that I'm home with my family again.  I sure did miss them.
I have so many pictures a little over 400 pictures that I took so I'm having to narrow those way, WAY down so please bare with me!
We left on a red eye flight Thursday night and arrived in NYC around 6:15AM.  Once we landed we were so excited!  Although our eyes are a bit red from trying to sleep, we couldn't wait to get out in the city.
I might be a little excited......


 This is the best picture I could get before landing.
A few things I learned about the Big Apple while I was there were:

1. It is a place I could live temporarily.  Maybe I should have gone to college there......
2. It is super expensive to live!
3. I saw one gas station in my four days of being there.......and it was in Harlem which is about 30 minutes away from the city.
4. Saw very FEW speed limit signs.
5. Most everybody takes the subway or taxi....mostly the subway.
 We were just getting the Subway thing down and then it was time to leave. :(

6. Pedestrians don't have the right of way (according to taxi drivers).
7. Nobody, and I mean nobody, cares what you look like or who you are. In fact, I was reading somewhere that a lot of celebrities like NYC because they can walk down the street and New Yorkers don't really care if you're a celebrity.  There's less paparazzi than in LA.
8. Utah drivers are heavenly compared to the drivers there!  Yikes!  Talk about road rage.  People have a place to be and will just about run you over or hit the car in front of them to get there.
9. People like love to use their car horns!  BEEP!  BEEEEEEP!
10. The LDS temple is right in the midst of all these tall buildings.




11. The shopping is SPECTACULAR!
12. I made friends from different places.
13. It's so diverse and I LOVE THAT!
14. People are very EcIectic.
15. I could sit and people watch 24 hours a day.
16. The architecture is PHENOMENAL.

This is in Little Italy. Mafia city. :) 
 17. You have got to MAKE SURE that you take the right SUBWAY.  We wanted to go Downtown and went all the way UPTOWN.  Oops!



18. I love all the fresh fruit stands, bakeries, deli's, and fresh cut flowers everywhere!




19. You never know who or what you are going to run into.  We were on top of the Empire State Building and they started to close off a portion at the top for some "special people."  We were lucky and had front row standing.  It ended up being a photo shoot for the Cirque de Soleil show that was going on there.
She reminds me so much of Lady Gaga.
And can I saw OUCH!!!!!




20. Parking is VERY SCARCE and VERY EXPENSIVE!



Thursday, May 20, 2010

I'm off to the BIG CITY!


I'm flying out tonight with my two sister in laws and going to New York!  We have been planning this for 6 months and it is finally here!  We leave late tonight and come back late Monday night.  I have been there before but it's been a while so I'm excited to see what's new.
My little sister lives in Delaware which is only 2 hours away and I won't be able to see her.  We were hoping to be able to meet up but she's very pregnant and measuring 4 weeks early (which would put her due date right about now) so we're gonna have to meet up another time.  Major Bummer!!!  I don't get to see her very often so it's hard.
Well, I'll be packing, packing, packing.  I'll be back with pictures!

CHAO!