Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Dear Blog

Hello there old friend. I've missed you. I've got lots to tell you. And I'm going to. Soon. I promise. You're on my list of things to do. Along with photo editing, staining the fence, scrapbooking, playing in the backyard, more photo shoots, among other things. But for now, know that you're on my mind. I promise.

Love me.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

New York Day 5

Well sorry I got a little side tracked around here. Been doing house stuff and haven't really gotten to the blog :)

We've been sodding the back yard, building a fence (well actually REGAN has been doing those things), having a few fun shoots (more on my photo blog),
going to waterton (a post soon about that!) with grandma and Lindsay, watching nieces and nephews and settling in. We are good.

So back to New York....
Lora asked "Did you have time to visit it? " It meaning the LDS temple in NY. No we didn't. We just walked by it :)

Our Last day in New York.....

We started the day out with, surprise.... walking :) Went to B&H Camera which was completely and utterly overwhelming and huge. I didn't get a thing there. It was a fancy smancy pro shop where I felt like I wasn't smart enough to enter. I like my good ol' Camera store in Calgary thanks very much.

Then we walked to the UN. On the way we passed....

The United Nations was the one thing Regan wanted to do.
And I am glad we went. It was amazing. The tour was awesome. And I learned a lot.

This cool sculpture was outside. See reg in the reflection?

Recognize this from the general assembly hall??

Just a little hanging out time with the Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon .
DSC_0110 (he's short)

All around the UN there were these amazing pieces of art from all different countries. It was wonderful. So many weren't really able to take pictures of, but this one i just loved. Even though this isn't the best photo... it is all made of tiles. It was beautiful.

It was a foggy day and the tall tall buildings looked cooool.

We walked all the way back and caught some lunch and then off to the airport.

New York was fun. I am glad we went. And I am especially glad Susie and Ryan and Sadie let us impose and crash at their house and eat their cereal.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

New York Day 4

Denise asked "What camera did you take along?" We've only got one. And it's my big Nikon D-80. So i took that :) But even if I had a smaller one, I would have take my big one. I see part of the pleasure of travel (not that I've done THAT much) as taking pictures in new places.

Crystal asked "How's your new house ??????" It's marvelous. We are still settling in. Getting things hung up, getting a fence put in so we have a yard, waiting for our new kitchen table and chairs to arrive. The thing I probably loving the most is totally the dishwasher. i looooooove it. :)

Day 4:
This day I had been waiting for. You might not know it about me, but I loooooooooooooooove art museums. Really I love all museums. But add in some art, and I'm in heaven!!! The Metropolitan Museum of Art was very very high on my list of things I wanted to do in New York. And Regan indulged me on it. We spent pretty much the entire day there. We got there a half an hour after it opened and stayed til it closed. And it was wonderful.

We started out in Greek and Roman Art in the Greek Scuplture Court.

Now just because I love art museums doesn't mean I buy into the full art way of thinking. I mean when I see the words "heroic nudity" used to describe Greek sculptures... i'm GONNA laugh! Or colossal or ample used for round ladies....


This is a mosaic made of teeny tiny pieces of rock.
The time and skill it would have taken to do this... amazing! And some rich person just had it made to fill a spot in their floor....

Be still my heart, it's the Great Hall

Hit Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas.
Now this picture does NOT do this justice AT all. It is actually the roof to a ceremonial hut. Each family paints a shield and a roof is made out of them. It would have four legs holding it up the air and the the ceremony would take place underneath it. It was huge too.

This is actually a carved boat from one of those human eating tribe way far away. Wonder if they had to sacrifice someone for the team to get it back?? :)

Quick stop in Modern art

Saw some Picasso. Which was totally cool. I saw a few REAL Picasso's.

The kooky but oh so fascinating work of Salvador Dali. See the Madonna and baby in the ear?

Lots of wonderful sculptures!

Another fascinating one.
This was actually telling the story of a man who was starving to death and his children loved him so much they were willing to let him eat them so that he wouldn't die. Hence the seriously torn look on his face.

Stopped in at the Cafeteria for a really surprising good lunch.

Then off to the European Paintings.
And the best of the day, 19th Century and Early 20th Century European Paintings and Sculpture.

Can you tell I am EXCITED here??
i looooooooove Monet.
Reg said I was a little like a kid in a candy store at this point.

love it

love, love, love it!

Then off to Musical Instruments (where we got to sit down and list to a performance by a women's choir), the American Wing,
(this one is one of Regan's favorite paintings of the day) the photo doesn't do it justice at all either!)

Drawings Paintings & photographs,
and Arms and Armour. Which was cooool.

i look tough eh?

Had to walk back through Central Park so we looked for Belvedere Castle which was awesome!

The view from Belvedere Castle.

Amazing greenery around the castle (and really through out the whole park!)

This sums up my feelings on the MET.

While walking back down Broadway we spotted this...
The New York LDS Temple.

Ended the day with the Phantom of the Opera.

I've wanted to see this for a while. It was so different from In the Heights. Couldn't BE more different. The stage work, the costumes, the chandelier falling. All amazing. And of course the music was amazing.

Dinner at a Greek restaurant in Hell's Kitchen.
Back to Susie's to crash.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

New York Day 3

Heather asked "how did the kids do while you were gone?" All of them did great. Eli slept okay. Which is about all we could expect for him. Alden and Lucy were their usual pretty easy going selves (and besides they were at grandma's which is always fun!) I am very grateful that both my mother in law and my sister in law Lindsay watched our kids for us so we can do this. I've said thank you. But I really mean it. Thanks again!!

Day 3.
My legs and feet were tired before we even started! But we walked anyways!

We started out going on the subway down to the south tip of Manhattan. To be honest I was quite nervous about getting on a New York subway. It wasn't so bad. Waaay cleaner than I had expected. And no scary people. (phew)

The subway took us right down by ground zero. Right between where the twin towers were was a neat church with a graveyard.

It was the church that the fire fighters and volunteers all went to when they needed a break. It had a very moving tribute to all the volunteers and the firefighters who died in it.

We went to a museum down there dedicated all to Sept 11th and all those who died. I remember very vividly where I was that day. I had just gotten to work at the Lethbridge Herald. And the wires and the tvs were going crazy with information coming in. And the newsroom was buzzing. And I remember standing staring at the tv in shock. In a lot of ways I have no connection to Sept 11th. I live in a relatively quiet, safe environment. But being there and seeing all the memorials moved me. I know death and I've felt the loss of it. And seeing all the mementos of aching loved ones left behind. Wow. That's all I can say.

Then on to a huge store called Century 21. For shopping. It was crazy and huge and lots of sweet clothes. We spent some moooooola there.

Then on to the Brooklyn Bridge
Hard to get a photo of you on the bridge without anyone else on it! There were lots of people around there!

Reg-o-rama on BB. (Notice the big Century 21 bag in his hand)

This picture just makes me think of....
spider man spider man, does whatever a spider can...

Since I knew we were going to NY I wanted a picture of a street lined with taxis.
This was as close as I came. They're there... far away.

And so many door ways that were so cool.
This one is down by wall street. Saw the big bull (it was surrounded by people waiting to take pictures and really I didn't care enough to wait in line to take a shot of it! So just trust me in saying we saw it)

On to a famous church on the corner of Wall Street and Broadway.
And inside there just happened to be a symphony practicing. So we got to sit down and enough amazing music for half an hour (or more)

Then we walked to China town. Which was crazy. Walking down crazy busy streets with people standing on the side whispering brand names to you. "Hey pretty lady you want Gucci?" Stuff like that. We walked until I heard purse brands and then we followed some strange person into a hidden room at the back of a store. Where they had to knock to get us in. And I picked out my purse. It was weird. And a little creepy. But I got a rocking purse that I love. And it's a Versace. Well not really. But it looks like one :) China town was waay to crazy to take any photos. I was just trying to walk and stay close to Reg.

Then on to Little Italy.
Little Italy
We stopped in a real Italian bakery and had some sweeet pastries. mmmmm.

Just a little break at another cool door... ooh and there's my cool purse too!

Okay let's face it I made reg take my picture at the cool door.

Then on to Washington Square park and a quaint bookstore.
I was dying at this point for somewhere to sit down....
But it wasn't happening on here.
Cause it was like Rush hour. We caught the subway back up to Midtown (where Susie lives) And I thought I was going to vomit from nervousness of all the people standing squished against us. And a lady on the train started freaking out a bit cause someone was grabbing her.....

But it all worked out okay. We got off at a good stop and no funny business.

Got a snack and then went to In the Heights

An amazing Broadway show. We had sweet tickets.
The set from our seats.

I felt like we walked for AGES on this day! I tried to map it out on google maps. Now this isn't the EXACT streets we walked on. But it's pretty close. We got lost a few times, did a lot of backtracking. And a lot of walking!
This is just our walking in the south end where got off and on the subway. But it kinda of gives you the idea of where we walked. (in case you are wondering this map shows 6.2 miles of walking)

Then we went out to eat and home to Susie's to crash til the morning.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

New York Day 2

First off question from Lesley: "How did you even decide what you wanted to see in such a short space of time?" I did a lot of research online and in books about New York and made a list of things I thought would be cool. Then asked Susie and Ryan what they would do. And they made a list of what we should do and when. They were our travel guides. They had already been there for two months and done a lot of the touristy things already. So they knew what to avoid and what to do in the same days. It was very handy!!

On to Day 2.
Started out taking family pictures for Susie and Ryan in central park. Seriously a dream to shoot here. I could have spent days finding new spots to take pictures.
Two of my favorites...
(okay technically this is three in itself, but whatever....)
There are more over here if you wanna see more from our shoot. (Thanks to Ryan and Regan for indulging Susie and me on this :) )

Sus took a couple for us too...

a bit more central park

(i LOVED central park!!) it was sooo cool.

Then on too FAO Schwartz. A rocking cool insanely huge toy store where we got something for our three kiddos.
Alden loved this picture of lego Batman!

Then we walked around a bit and saw LOTS of cool churches.



St. Regis :)

Hello 30 Rock!
(we love 30 Rock!)

We went up to the Top of the Rock.
It is way faster than the 2 hour wait at the empire state building AND you can SEE the Empire State building AND you can get a special pass so you can go up twice in 24 hours. So we did it during the day and at night.

See there it is!

In all it's glory.

THEN we did a boat tour of the harbor.
(I say that like it was no big deal, where we actually walked ALL day. From one place to another. The boat ride was a GREAT relief of the heat and my aching feet!)(and it was cool!)

I collect Sailboat pictures I've taken. This can go with my Nova Scotia ones...

The boat ride took us right out by lady liberty

Which was coool

And we got good views of all the cool famous bridges


And great views of the skyline

And we ended the day going back to the top of the rock at night.
Which was COOL.


Seriously we walked a LOT.
And tried tons of different enthic foods. Which was cool.