Saturday, October 31, 2009

New York: Day 1

Stuart and I were lucky enough to be able to take a trip out to New York last week and it was AMAZING!!! We had a blast while we were there and did so many things it was unbelievable! It was a once in a lifetime experience and we're glad we did it! I took a ton of photos while we were there so I've decided to break it up into multiple posts organized by day... Here we have day 1... enjoy!

We flew into Newark at about 7:30am and this was the view of the sun coming up over the city!

This trip was full of firsts for me, one of those was my first time on a real train!

We came up from underground and this was the first city building we saw... it was so tall (this photo doesn't do it justice)

As we were walking I saw this sign on the sidewalk and thought it was hilarious!

We got to Evan's dropped our stuff and were off to see the city... and meet Tamara! She's Awesome and we love her and couldn't be happier for the 2 of them!

We went to central park and walked around for a bit.

There were beautiful Fall leaves there for us to see! Loved it!

After central park we headed over to the Top of the Rock.
There was such an amazing view of the whole city from there!

(Yes Stuart got yelled at for sitting up here)

This is just a crazy looking Church that had such cool light reflecting onto it from its surroundings!

We checked out FAO Schwartz and played the BIG piano.

Here's The PLAZA

And a shot from Top of the Rock!

It was such a beautiful day! We had perfect weather that first day that we were even able to wear shorts and a t-shirt! We were so beat from our LONG day of traveling. We went home and I ended up taking a 6 hour nap! I woke up at 11 pm wondering where Stuart and Evan had gone but they showed up literally 3 minutes later after going to sing karaoke with friends and watch some of the angels game... talk about perfect timing! Ahhh what a perfect day in the city!

More to come! So stay tuned!

Friday, October 16, 2009

I can see clearly now....

I haven't gone to the eye doc in an extremely long time... I finally decided it was time to go because I was sure that my contacts that are over 4 years old were not the right prescription anymore. Not only that but these days these eyes are my money maker! I've got to take care of these babies! Since I don't have insurance, and I don't have any loyalty to any doctors, I went to the Costco eye people. It was quick and (mostly) painless and they tested my eyes and checked them out. They gave me a knew prescription and sent me home with some free loot (actually, I guess I paid for it in my bill) as well as crystal clear vision!! I'm not sure if it is possible for better vision to make colors seem more vibrant or if the last few days have just been absolutely beautiful out here! It's hard to tell but either way, I'm enjoying my new contacts!

While I'm enjoying my clear vision... I'm still longing for some laser eye surgery so I can be done with the hassle of contacts. I get so lazy with my eyes that I would end up just sleeping with them in... for days and days at a time. I know how bad that can be, I got scoldings from Doc when I was there and I have already changed my ways. I now take out my contacts every night before climbing into bed. I guess I need to start an EYE Fund then maybe in a few years I can do it! Wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Kauai weekend getaway!

*This is a really long post... so if you want to skip all the details: We went to Kauai, and had a blast! Now you can go down to the bottom to see a few photos of our adventures! But if you want the long story here it is....

This last weekend Stuart and I took a quick trip over to Kauai. We took the 1st flight out in the morning and the last flight home the next night. It was a fast 2 days but such a fun trip! We were having so much fun that I didn't remember to get the camera out until the last 1/2 of our second day there.

A LONG review of what went down:
Landed in Lihue and walked out to the parking lot where our friend's uncle parked his car earlier that morning for us to take and use for our 2 days there (he flew out and we flew in, so instead of the car sitting there for 2 days building up a big parking ticket, he let us borrow it). Stuart got a text that said "walk out to parking lot turn right and walk 45 steps". Hahaha! I love how small and simple that airport was!

We were lucky enough to be able to stay with my friend Joy's Parents. They were so welcoming to us and are some of the nicest people I know (it's so obvious where Joy gets it from)! We had some breakfast and headed off to Hanalei. They even let us borrow some boards so we could surf. When we got there it was a bit rainy and cloudy and once we paddled out, the clouds clear out and we could see the big green mountains with waterfalls spread all across! It was such an amazing view! Complete paradise! I know, I know I should have taken a picture, sorry.

After a 2 hour surf sesh we grabbed a bite to eat and headed back to Lihue for the purpose of our trip, the mini water polo tournament. They have put together a little club team on Kauai and wanted to invite some polo players over for the 1st ever water polo tournament for that island! It was so much fun. We had a great team of 8 or 9 players, so we all got plenty of PT. It was super casual and fun and everyone had a great time!

*little side note: My man Stuart is SO GOOD! I never got to see him play because the polo program was cut right after we met. I'm quite impressed with his water polo skills!

So they put on a nice BBQ for us after we were done playing which was perfect! By that time we were exhausted and ready to go home and crash. Which we basically did. We went back to the house and were asleep by 7:30! (oh yeah, we had to wake up at 4:30am that morning so that explains why we were so tired) It felt so good to sleep and we got 12 hours in! Which was nice so we would be ready to play another game of polo!

We went back to the house after our game (and brought our friend Janna from the teamalong) and had lunch with Auntie Liane and Uncle Mark (Joy's parent's) and were able to hang out and talk with them for a while. We still had quite a bit of time before we had to go to the airport so we decided to go for a drive and check some stuff out. We drove by a lighthouse and then wanted to find some dessert so we drove until we found some ice cream! It was perfect!

Our trip was absolutely wonderful!!! And it was a nice little warm-up or practice round for our travels to New York next week!

We drove past this place on our way to and from the pool and airport and I just loved the name of the store, not to mention these cute statues! It was called "Two Frogs Hugging"

I had to get a photo of them before we left and when we pulled in, we realized that there were these gigantic chairs out in front that we NEEDED to climb on top of and take some pics! Plus we were just killing some time.

Here we are in front of the sign of a place we didn't actually eat. Just thought it would be funny to take the photo.

Sorry it's been so long since my last post, but as you can see, We are having so much fun!!! My husband is the best ever! And we are living the good life for sure!

I bet you can't tell me that those frogs aren't the cutest ever! Can you???