Saturday, January 29, 2011

Trapped in NYC

It was supposed to be a quick trip to NYC for work. I was to arrive Tuesday afternoon and come back home Wednesday evening. But plans quickly changed...........

Times Square - Thursday, January 27

The East Coast got snow, lots of it.

My flight home on Wednesday was canceled. My rescheduled flight home on Thursday morning was canceled. The airports were completely shut down on Thursday morning and as they opened, flights were still either canceled or sold out. Trying to get out of the city on Thursday was nearly impossible.

The lovely gals at Zocalo Group, who had put together the event I had attended, worked hard to get the 3 of us from Colorado back home again. There was another gal from California, who was also trapped in the city and two PR gals from Chicago desperately needing to get back home. Unfortunately, there weren't any flights until Friday morning.

But I suppose, if you are to get trapped somewhere, NYC has got to be one of the best places to find yourself stuck....especially when surrounded by new, lovely friends.

We had received AMEX gift cards to cover the costs of cab fare. But since we ended up not needing to take cabs, my new blogging friend, Brooke, and I used it to see a show on Broadway. There was quite a storm brewing on Wednesday, so finding Broadway tickets for 50% off was easy. For $60.00 we received 6th row orchestra seats to Mary Poppins. It was FABULOUS!!!!!!!

The snow was starting to come down

We also made a trip to Junior's for their Devil's Food Cheesecake...and we didn't have to wait at all for a table. Again, because of the weather, it was pretty empty and we were sat immediately.

We also found ourselves in Forever 21 for a BIG portion of the trip. Brooke had NEVER been in Forever 21 before, and the one in Times Square is 4 or 5 levels of Forever 21 bliss.

We had a great time browsing the racks and being extra goofy. And I made her go into the photo booth with me. It was fun!

Being trapped in the city was definitely bittersweet. We all had kids to get back home to and daily routines which, in our absence, were becoming quite hard for family members and friends.

So while it was quite magical to enjoy winter in the Big Apple, and the giant, gorgeous snowflakes falling from the sky, getting back home again was JUST as wonderful.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Drama Queen

I laughed......loudly!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Another Reason to Love Her Even More

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Rain Puddles in Heaven

I didn't get to watch President Obama's speech. I missed the live stream. I am sure it will be online somewhere in its entirety soon enough. I did read a portion of it and I found this part of his speech, about little Christina Taylor Green, so very beautiful.

"Imagine: here was a young girl who was just becoming aware of our democracy; just beginning to understand the obligations of citizenship; just starting to glimpse the fact that someday she too might play a part in shaping her nation's future. She had been elected to her student council; she saw public service as something exciting, something hopeful. She was off to meet her congresswoman, someone she was sure was good and important and might be a role model. She saw all this through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted.

I want us to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as she imagined it. All of us - we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children's expectations.

Christina was given to us on September 11th, 2001, one of 50 babies born that day to be pictured in a book called "Faces of Hope." On either side of her photo in that book were simple wishes for a child's life. "I hope you help those in need," read one. "I hope you know all of the words to the National Anthem and sing it with your hand over your heart. I hope you jump in rain puddles."

If there are rain puddles in heaven, Christina is jumping in them today. And here on Earth, we place our hands over our hearts, and commit ourselves as Americans to forging a country that is forever worthy of her gentle, happy spirit."

And it has been found. Here is the speech.

These Little Guys

I am really looking forward to the adventures that these two have together.

Monday, January 10, 2011

It's the Little Things

It's the little things that sometimes give you the biggest your son scribbling his name on the bottom of Woody's boot.

Just like in the movie

I Love to Laugh - Ha Ha Ha Ha

Speaking of laughter, this is what happened when I introduced Isaiah to Angry Birds....funniest reaction ever.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011