Sunday, January 3, 2010

let's hear it for new york

Friends! We just got home last night from New York and we are so excited to share with you our fun. Confession: we can't get enough of the Jay Z Empire State of Mind video. Feel free to watch it as you view these photos.

Brian's parents and his sister Kim are serving a mission in Queens, New York. They teach classes to young adults on scripture in the evenings and during the day they visit families from a ward they have been assigned to. We spent Christmas day with some of their friends from that ward.

Above: Tim and Alice.
Below: Anita, Mark, and Kim!
While visiting Bob, Carol, and Kim we got to:

Ride into the city and see the Off Broadway Show "Ragtime".

Eat the yummiest Japanese ramen, Kim seriously dominated the chopsticks.

The next day we got to go to church and meet all of the members of the Jamaica Queens ward where our "fearless threesome" serves. They were all as friendly and darling as Briana, Brian's new friend shown above. It touched our hearts to see how they truly love Bob, Carol, and Kim. But it was even more touching to see the way our missionaries loved the people in Queens. We are so proud of them for serving.

We left NYC for a few days to take a short trip to Puerto Rico on the Jetblue. We LOVED Puerto Rico and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for sunshine, warm water, quaint cities, and an easy getaway. While there we found:

Adorable cobblestone streets filled with little boutiques in Old San Juan. It reminded me of Espana!

The old Spanish military forts.

We were amazed that I can do this!

Beaches, beaches, and more beaches.
We headed back to New York after a small 24 hour detour at the San Juan airport. A volcano erupted on Montserrat, an island nearby in the Caribbean. Our gentle Utah skin was so scorched we couldn't dare brave the beach another day but with some persistence we got ourselves back on another flight to New York so we could spend the New Year with our New York family.

New Years dinner with cute Kirk.

And like true New York tourists, we decided to go to Times Square to watch the ball drop. We didn't go down into Times Square area until almost 10:00 p.m. when there were already 1 million people there. Fortunately we made a few friends and we were able to get close enough to at least see the ball at midnight. Embarrassingly enough I got all choked up at midnight. There were so many people from all over the world with their loved ones, celebrating together. It was really sweet!

I already said it: We are alright being tourists!

My cute cousin Matt let us stay in his apartment in the city (shown above) and so we spent a few days there playing with Kirk and Bob, Carol, and Kim as well. We got to go to the temple, the Empire State Building, dancing in the city, and to H&M of course. We also were invited to eat a traditional German meal at the home of the Bishop out in Queens. It was so delicious it blew my mind! Don't let Brian's face fool you here.

And now we are home, feeling really good about 2010. We can't wait to spend it with you here, or wherever you are vicariously through your blogs! Love, love, love to you this New Year!


Alexandra said...

willies- HOLLER. i love that video, love you guys, love that you went to nyc twice this holiday. jealousy. you're too cute!!!

Steve and Jen said...

WOW! sounds like all your wildest dreams came true-eh?
Glad you had a super trip (In both places!) Glad you are home and BTW...
your salad and potatoes on c-mas eve were amazing. But I didn't really expect anything less!
I love your cooking skills!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I'm glad it was so fun!

AaReAn said...

k. you guys are so cute. love these that you were ACTUALLY there to see the ball drop. so jealous...but in a good way!

Jake and Jenna said...

i'm so glad you're home because I MISS YOU OH SO MUCH. sounds like you guys had a blast.

hanner said...

your hair is so long! i luff it.

Kerianne said...

fun fun fun...

Alison said...

thanks for the spandex!

Nichelle said...

for sure the coolest NYC trip documented because of all the time spent with the jamaica queens ward gente. that looks like the best mission in the world. i have a friend co-worker name monserrat and she's from ecuador, i had no idea she was named after an island! nate and i heard all the people that go to times square for new years eve wear diapers cause of the whole one million people thing trapping you far from a potty. did you guys see any adults getting their diapers changed? working for the airlines is THE BEST job

JO said...

We were watching Time Square in Nauvoo that night! We knew that there had to be someone there we knew, even if we didn't know who!

soda girl said...

Sounds awesome!!! You are so funny. San Juan looks BEAUTIFUL! So jealous! You're right, LETS HERE IT FOR NEW YORK!

Sweet Nums

Jendar said...

andrea, i wish i could have seen you while you were here in nyc. so i've met brian's parents before. small world. oh, and how great that you got to go to p.r.!!! i wish i could have been there to show you around myself. i usually go there for the holidays but this year my parents weren't there so i decided to go to spain instead to visit my brother. i think it's great that you are working for jetblue. my sister has been working for them for over a year now and she loves it. sounds like a fun job. xo

Brooke said...

You guys are the cutest ever. I adored your pictures and of course your narration. That's always the best part. I love you Andrea. And I miss you too!