Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

Here are the kids' pictures they do each year for their dad!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Best Food in NYC

After our day in Manhatten, we went back to our hotel for a lovely afternoon nap, then got dressed up to go eat at Vivolos!

Meridith and I had a competition to see who could hail a taxi first.... I won.

The food was so amazing LOOKING as well as DELICIOUS... we HAD to take pictures of each of our plates:

 Meridith ordered the Shrimp Fettuccine

Mom ordered the Filet of Salmon

I ordered the Mushroom Risotto.... everyone's favorite.

And Angie ordered the Sea Scallops.. YUM!
 The service was amazing, and the food was the best we've ever had! We were treated like Queens, and then recommended we try their champaigne... this was after we had been drinking wine... and of course, we ordered dessert!

We were so full from such amazing entrees, but with the entrees as good as they were, we would have been fools NOT to try their desserts.... so we split two!

Tiramisu

Chocolate Cake with chocolate ginache and ice cream.

We left that place smiling... and full! Next time you are in NYC... You must not leave without eating there! Seriously!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

NYC - Day 3

On day 3, we headed to Manhatten... via SUBWAY!!! Yikes... But we started off our morning with a wonderful breakfast at La Pain Quotidian, just down the block from our hotel. They had amazing organic breads and treats!



 It was time for the Subway.... We quickly figured out the ticket purchasing, and made our way to the correct train.



Our first stop was the Staten Island Ferry to do a Statue of Liberty drive by...
 We arrived at the station just as they were closing the doors for the 10am trip, so we hung out and went first in line on the 1030am ride... here are all the people waiting BEHIND us... and yes, they all fit, with lots of room to spare!
The view as we pulled away from port...
 Mom and Angie enjoying the view...

And there she is!

We sat/stood on the upper deck... it was nice and breezy and had amazing views!
(Meridith & Mom)
 (Meridith & Angie)


Luckily, we were able to get off the ferry, walk up to the station, go back in, and board the same ferry we came on so we didn't have to wait for the next trip... it was a quick turnaround!!!

A quick photo op with the 3 sisters...

and then a nap...

We got off the ferry and then walked toward Wall Street... along the way, we came upon a large bull in the street, where tons of people were standing and posing with it's backside.. so we thought... WHY NOT?
The history behind the bull via wikipedia...
Charging Bull, which is sometimes referred to as the Wall Street Bull or the Bowling Green Bull, is a 3,200 kilograms (7,100 lb) bronze sculpture by Arturo Di Modica that stands in Bowling Green Park near Wall Street in Manhattan, New York City. Standing 11 feet (3.4 m) tall[1] and measuring 16 feet (4.9 m) long,[2] the oversize sculpture depicts a bull, the symbol of aggressive financial optimism and prosperity, leaning back on its haunches and with its head lowered as if ready to charge. The sculpture is both a popular tourist destination which draws thousands of people a day, as well as "one of the most iconic images of New York"[3] and a "Wall Street icon"[4] symbolizing "Wall Street" and the Financial District.

...I would also like to note that rubbing the nose, horns and testicles of this bull are said to give you good luck!  However, we only made it to the bull's backside.
Our story... there were so many people waiting to take their picture with the backside of this bull, that we had to plan our attack for our opportunity...  Angie came diving in from behind the legs, and Meridith and I dove in near the um... backside.  Crazy thing, while Mom was struggling to get up front to take our picture, I kid you not, the number of cameras that came out and started taking our picture was freakishly scary.  Did we resemble celebrities? Possibly.  Or perhaps they just heard the Wilson girls were in NYC, and they just happened to be so lucky to see us in the Financial District. 

Watch for our photos to soon be appearing on buses all over Asia....

Up next, Wall Street...
 ....and an annoying Sponge Bob who only left us alone after throwing $2 in his bag and posing for a picture... icky. Below is a picture of my forced smile... quickly followed by application of hand sanitizer.

 And what walk on Wall Street would be complete without a quick browse through Tiffany & Co.

I sent a little text message to Nick, telling him not to worry if he sees any unusual activity on our credit cards, we were just doing a little shopping at Tiffany's... his response:

The credit cards have been cancelled.. effective immediately.

Ground Zero was our next stop. 

The morning of 9/11, I was in surgery watching an appendectomy as a nursing student when the surgeon asked one of his nurses to turn up the radio.  We then heard the announcement that a plane had flown into the first tower.  After the surgery was complete, our nursing instructor sent us home, where I proceeded to be glued to the TV for the next several days.  

Back then we were still dating.... Nick was stationed at Quantico, but was scheduled to be visiting the Pentagon that morning, so of course after hearing about the plane hitting the pentagon, I began to panick.  Fortuntately for him, there were not enough buses to take the group of Marines that were scheduled to go on the trip, so they cancelled their Pentagon trip. It was several hours before I heard from him later that day.

Where were you on 9/11?

There was a lot of construction going on at the site, so it was fenced off.... but we spoke with one of the workers, and he was nice enough to fill us in on what was going on.


The tower farthest to the right was built after 9/11.  They started building it 7 years ago and it was completed 3 years ago. The building to it's left is going to be the new Tower #1, if I remember correctly.
 The white building in the middle will be the Plaza...
 ...and they are building 2 reflection pools in place of the fallen towers.

 It was humbling to stand on that sidewalk and see how magnificent these buildings must have been.  I could not even begin to imagine the events that took place on that day.



These are on the walls of the building adjacent from the site.  Around the corner is Engine #2, and a memorial where we stopped in and saw an amazing tribute to the people who were involved in and lost on 9/11.

We stopped for lunch, walked through Trinity Church and Cemetery. Then headed home on the Subway.  On this eventful ride we witnessed a lady riding on the subway with a pet bearded dragon on her chest... just enjoying the ride.  Strange.

End of Day 2 in NYC - Empire State Building

After our adventure at the wax museum, we walked toward the Empire State Building (which is open until 2am, and we were told that seeing the city from up there is best at night!)....

But before we began our evening tour, we stopped in at another Irish Pub for some late dinner...

There, we were surrounded by many handsome Marines in uniform, as it was fleet week. One of them came up to our table and told each one of us we were beautiful.  Now, whether he was sober or not, should not matter, it was both flattering AND entertaining.

Our delicious food... 
okay MY food was delicious, Mom and Meridith's caesar salad didn't really taste caesar-like, but it was a good time!

We made it to the Empire State Building around 11pm, and made our way up up and UP!

 
 
We were on the 86th floor... and this is looking up to the 102nd floor... which is an option we opted out of... 86 was HIGH ENOUGH!!!

I never thought I had a fear of heights... too bad anyways... but when I looked out over the edge and looked down, the immediate weakening in my legs and tingling feeling I felt throughout my body helped me to determine I was not very comfortable being up that high!

Here are a couple quick videos to help give you an idea of what the view was like...
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Day 3 coming soon!

Weekend of Water & Bubbles

To start off this post, I have to share with you the ice cream cake we made for Nick's birthday, which was on the 1st...  BUT, since he was working late the 1st, and 2nd, we couldn't celebrate until Friday night.. the 3rd! 

The kids helped me make an ice cream cake, per special request from Daddy....

Addison wanted to help write on his cake, so picture us both grabbing onto the icing bag, and fighting over where the writing should go...

 Take two.... as serious as these two crazies can be for a photo...

Trevor was so upset that we couldn't celebrate Daddy's birthday on his ACTUAL birthday, but when it came time to cut into the cake, all the disappointment was gone.  And everyone was happy!

This weekend we had Trevor's last soccer game, and then we headed home to fill up our kiddie pool! But that soon got replaced by a water shooter fight between Mommy, and Trevor & Addison.

Now, before you start judging me in the picture... you need to know that I was soaked to the bone, no thanks to Trevor and Addison's strategic moves of ganging up on me, and drenching me.... there was always one chasing me with a water shooter, and one at the pool with their weapon filled and ready to nail me as I tried to refill my own shooter...  So opportunities like the ones above needed to be taken whenever possible.
Don't Judge!

Sunday morning was a cloudy and warm day, so we brought out our bubble machine and filled the neighborhood with bubbles!





 I love this picture! I think he was taking a big breath in to blow some bubbles off his bouncy ball!

Superstar!
Don't you love her outfit choice for the day?


At this point, they were standing in front of the bubble machine with their mouths wide open trying to catch a bubble in their mouth.... bluck!!!

  Who knew a $10 bubble machine from Target could be so much fun!?