Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A magical weekend inTime Square, Mary Poppins and 15 years!

Two weeks ago Chris told me what his upcoming travel schedule was and I was pretty disappointed... he would be in New York during our 15th wedding anniversary. I. Was. Bummed.
So Chris suggested that I fly out and join him over the weekend, he didn't need to ask me twice! So I arranged for the kids to stay with different friends in the neighborhood and Faze with my brother, booked my flight and off I went! 
I'm not gonna lie, I was pretty nervous about making the trip alone... not the flying part, but the getting to the apartment once I got to NYC that scared me. So I pulled on my big girl panties and made the trek. The trip from the airport to the apartment we were staying in was supposed to take about 45 minutes... well it seems that I got off at the wrong subway exit.... and wandered aimlessly around the city until a very sweet female New Yorker literally WALKED me to my subway stop, which WASN'T close by. Hallelujah for nice people that are willing to help lost tourists! The trip from the airport took 2 hrs. and 10 min.! YIKES.

Oh well, I made it.... that's what counts. It was so good to see my man! Friday night he took me out to eat at an amazing place called Max Brenner's. It was a chocolate bar and was SO yummy, especially their dessert menu! Wow! The desserts were so beautiful and unique that I had to take pictures of it. What I would give to open a similar place here in Utah, it would be a hit!

 I LOVE this pic! This was taken on our 15th anniversary. Chris really wants to take pics like this of us wherever we travel... here's hopping to lots more pics like this!

I think he is so hot in this pic, we were waiting for our subway when I took this. I think this should be in a magazine add! LOL

I feel so lucky to have Chris as my husband. What an amazing 15 years we have had! It is incredible to believe that I love him more today than I did the day I married him (and that was a WHOLE lot of love!)

This was at dinner on our first night at Max Brenner's

Some photo's of our first night's desserts. SO AMAZING!

The next day (our actual anniversary) Chris had to wrap up a business meeting in a town called Scarsdale. I could LIVE in Scarsdale! It was such a cute, darling town. It really was an enjoyable afternoon.

While he sealed the deal, I read my book and took a pic. LOL
After we got back into the city we went for a 45 min run in Central Park. I LOVED the park, but not so much with the run.... am I EVER going to like running?! It was fun to see the park and be with Chris though.

For dinner we were limited on time, so we found a sushi bar close to the theater. Then we went to the show!

I love this picture! Look at Chris, I love that he went all goofy for it... so cute!

Waiting for the play to start.

We had box seats that were super fun! They were great seats and the show was spectacular! I am such a lucky girl!

Happy Anniversary babe, oh how I love you!

My version of us at Time Square

After the play we just HAD to go back to Max Brenner's to get some more yummy desserts! I loved it!

Our last day in New York! We traveled into Hobokon NJ so that I could make a visit to CARLOS BAKERY home of the CAKE BOSS! It was pretty surreal seeing the shop. We waited outside for about 30 minutes and then once inside we had another hour wait. It was crazy!

Some shots from inside the bakery

This is the table where Buddy does his cake consults.

Of course I HAD to get a T-shirt! We got about six different goodies to take home. Once we got to the airport I decided to open up the boxes to take some pics and unfortunately two of the cupcakes squished into one... very sad, but we ate it anyway and it was great!

For the flight home Chris had a seat in first class, so being the gentleman that he is, he gave me his seat and he took mine in coach. This is the meal that they served us. First class is pretty cool to ride in! How sweet is he that he did that?!

The next few pics are some cool pics of my sexy husband. Babe, thanks for making our anniversary so incredible. I love you more than words can say. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world and I look forward to what the future hold for us and our family.

Yep, He's STILL my Hottie with a Naughty Body, this pic proves it!

Here is that awesome picture one more time, but in black and white.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Conversation with Tae

Today I was sitting with Tae, helping with her homework and we had the following conversation.
Tae: "Mom, today at school a boy asked me to the middle school dance that is coming up"
Me: "Really?! Hmmmm, what did you say?"
Tae: "I didn't say anything... I just looked at him like this!"
I couldn't help it, I just busted up laughing. That poor little kid, he was probably mortified that she would react that way when he worked up the courage to ask her.
Her face reminded me of this picture

I'm still laughing about it. I guess I should be thrilled that daughter #2 isn't as boy crazy as daughter #1 is. It's a good thing... can you imagine having TWO boy crazy daughters?!
If she reacted differently, I'm sure Chris would have to run out and by a shotgun and shovel squirt gun.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Days 6 & 7, a kiss goodbye for Mickey, a long drive and an anniversary surprise!

Our last day at Disneyland.... :-(
Basically today was filled with doing all of our favorite rides one last time. We also got to see the Aladdin show, which I have always wanted to see but never made it to. It was AWESOME! The kids loved it, and so did Chris and I. Tonight we were supposed to go and see World of Color, but the idea of waiting in line to 'maybe' get a good spot to see it and then walking back to our hotel (because the shuttle would have quit running by then), and it was pretty chilly, were all reasons that all of us opted not to stay and watch it. So I took the kids to spend the last of their money and then the entire family went to eat once again at Coco's. It was a great day and I was super sad to see it end.

Did you know that if you stop by City Hall on Main street they will give you a pin for your birthday, 1st time visit, just married and just celebrating.... FOR FREE! Here is yet another reason to love this magical land! So I got a Happy Birthday pin, Faze got a '1st time' pin and the girls got a 'I'm celebrating' pin.

Tower of Terror for the 2nd time, Tae decided to sit this one out. I probably should have too... it gave me some serious chest pain, both times I did it. I really think my heart can't handle it anymore... sad.

Splash Mountain the 2nd and 3rd time. There was NO line so we had to run around and do it again!

I LOVE this time of year, especially at Disneyland! So freaking cute. I even bought a couple of darling Mickey style Halloween decorations.

Chris bought me a birthday cupcake... I have to admit, not my favorite. I'm kinda a cupcake snob and am very picky about my cupcakes and buttercream icing. If it isn't good, it just isn't worth waisting the calories on it. Oh well, it was super sweet of him!

Waiting for Aladdin show to start

Faze loved the bumper cars!

Today we got up and loaded up the van to drive home. First we stopped at Downtown Disney, I collect spoons from all the vacations we go on as a family (or a couple) and I had forgotten to pick one up. So Chris dropped me off at the entrance and I ran into the shops to buy my spoon. 
Then we drove as far as St. George and are spending the next couple of days here at my Aunt's house.
The drive home was pretty painful... the kids were restless and fighting for most of the trip and I had a pretty good headache by the time we got here. Why is it that at the end of family vacations I need another vacation, MINUS MY CHILDREN?!

Lucky for me, that is just what the doctor (husband) ordered! Chris just told me that he is going to New York for business next week and since he will be gone over our anniversary, he is flying me out there for the weekend so that we can be together! Can I even describe how excited I am??????!!!!!!!
(SHHHH! don't tell Chris, but I think that I'm a little spoiled!)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Day 4 & 5- Disney, Beaches and Birthdays!!!

Day two at Disneyland was actually mostly spent over at California Adventure. Faze LOVED the bugs life section. Sienna and Tae were bummed because California Screamin was closed for repairs. BUT Tae went on Tower of Terror for the first time, I was so proud of her... she was so so nervous about it but in the end she said that she liked it. (Don't worry Amy, I totally yelled your name while we were falling!)
Around 3 we decided to head back over to Disneyland and finish out the day there. It was a great day!

Today was a big day for me! My birthday! I am so glad that we decided to have our vacation fall over my birthday, it made for such a great day! We decided to make today our beach day, so we spent the day at Huntington Beach, my favorite beach. We ate at one of my favorite spots in Huntington Beach- Ruby's Diner out on the pier. So yummeroo. Then we made our way to the beach. Missy's sister lives about 10 minutes from the beach so we stopped by her house and picked up her boogie boards and umbrella's. I'm so glad that we did, I was able to try body surfing on the boogie board for the first time and I LOVED IT. We literally spent HOURS out in the water. Chris rented a surf board and tried surfing, he was even able to stand up on it! It was pretty hot. :0)

We left the beach around 6 O'clock, then dropped the kids off at the hotel and headed off to dinner with my parents. A few years ago I went on a girls trip with some friends to HB and we ate at Kings seafood and I LOVEd it, so I really wanted to come there for my birthday. It didn't disappoint tonight! So yummy!
Today was an amazing day!
My favorite place, with my favorite man, doing my favorite thing! does it get any better than this? No way!

Kyler, Kade and Faze.... the best of buddies!

Tower OF Terror... she is hard to see but Tae is there, right next to me on the back row.

Anyone that knows me, knows that I LOVE my popcorn. Of course Disney does not disappoint in this department! Best. Popcorn. Ever!

My sweet little nephew, Jaxton

On my birthday with my mom!

Ana wouldn't look at the camera... not really sure why.

Holy cow, best shake ever.... Vanilla black cherry... to die for... no really! Look at Faze's face, he was so upset that he didn't get his own shake. Seriously, my kids were pretty awful today. I think someone forgot to tell them that it was my birthday and that they needed to behave! Sheesh.

Yep, she pretty much did this all day. She refused to get in the water.... teenagers.

My sweet grandpa

My bro Ryan

Tae loved body surfing as much as I did. She was so brave and was taking on the big waves with me and Chris.

My cute grandma

These next few shots are some cool shots that Chris took with his camera and then did some fancy editing.

My amazing dancing daughter, so cool with the pier as her backdrop!

A message for my man... yep it's true!

At dinner with my parents

My special birthday menu (look at the top Left hand corner)

The reason why I picked this place. I love their coconut shrimp!

Ready for my Alaskan King Crab!

My birthday present! Best gift ever!