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:
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!
We were amazed that I can do this!
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.
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!