Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New York City: In a Nutshell

Oh, New York City.

It dampened my spirit to leave, and I was planning my next trip before we even left.

The cozy room we stayed in, at the Tuscany in Midtown East area. We loved staying here. It was a restful haven after the hustle & bustle of the big city all day. It was far quieter than Times Square, which is an area in which we were told several times we should stay. I say skip the crowds and noise, and venture over to a calmer side of town. The hotel was still still only 2 or 3 blocks from Grand Central, so getting around was easy breezy! Not to mention, we were surrounded with an amazing selection of coffee and dining! (Then again, it's New York City. When are you not?!)

Loved the carpet in the room! All around, great decor and ambience.

The first evening there, we took it easy. Grabbed some coffee from 2beans and strolled down to Grand Central.... and then to some shopping and Times Square.

I thought the ceiling in the main concourse was so intriguing. 

Speaking of 2beans.....I wished I could have taken this place home with me!

The quintessential visit to Times Square!

I was electrified at the motion, lights, excitement, frenzy and all-around energy and vibe of NYC, particularly this area! We Texans tend to be pretty laid back! 

We stopped a friendly European family and asked for them to take a photo of us. We returned the favor!

SO.....I have this thing for macarons! I also have this little thing for anything & everything that reminds me in any shape, form or fashion--of France!! (I've had the itch to go back lately!) So we were headed for another breakfast restaurant, when we stumbled upon this adorable little Paris-inspired cafe! They had an immense collection of macaron flavors and splendid coffee as well! We went for breakfast every morning! 

Speaking of Breakfast!! One morning I had quite the large appetite, so I opted for a sandwich from the lunch menu. So divine!! And, we shared the Nutella crepes for a dessert---after breakfast! Hey, it was our anniversary! ;)

We then strolled down to Rockefeller Center......

((I had to take a selfie infront of the Today Show and send it to my momma---I grew up with the Today show as our morning soundtrack every single day... Seeing it was pretty much the cat's pajamas.))

And for the record (because I'm obsessive) here's the selfie.

No sooner did we round the corner, we ran into Joss Christensen, Olympic Gold medalist in men's freestyle skiing in Sochi just the week before. We also met Gus & Nick (silver & bronze). Meeting these three guys that made history- that was pretty incredible!

We then went to the very top. Goes without saying that it was a fascinating view of one of the most amazing cities in the world.

Our next venture was to meet Lady Liberty herself.

What an incredible experience! This was one of the only times in my life I can say that I was speechless, in total awe. She was so immense and simply majestic.

Strolled down Wall Street while we were in Lower Manhattan...I felt like I was in a movie!!!...I always wanted to be an extra!

Photo fun during a quick subway ride!

This is 1 WTC, the new World Trade Center.

Ground Zero was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. Not many have ever, or will ever come close to this.

We spent quite a long time here. I am at a loss for words to describe what this view, above, did to me. 

Friday was rainy for most of the day, so we spent it exploring a few neighborhoods such as Soho, Greenwich Village, Upper East side to name a few....we made quite the full circle! But we ended the afternoon by slowing down a bit and enjoying the Art of the Metropolitan

I will definitely be making my way here again our next trip! 

This mocha had to be one of the best that's ever graced my tastebuds. That's all!

And this berry tart....don't get me started! Thoroughly enjoyed this cute little cafe, Le Pain Quotidien. If you're reading this, you owe it to yourself and your overall well-being to order this Brunette Organic Hazelnut Spread. You are welcome in advance. I just husband saw me looking at it to acquire the link and hence commanded me to order a jar. We wanted to buy a jar that day, but didn't for fear of our luggage being overweight on the way home! I couldn't afford another ounce.


This was just my short & sweet montage of our 5th anniversary trip to New York City. Yes, 5th!! This trip was in every sense of the word, inspiring, relaxing, and pure fun. Stephen & I love to travel together. We love to venture to a place in which we are completely unfamiliar, and learn the ropes by way of hitting the streets and becoming acquainted with locals. 

Are there any sights, museums, shopping, restaurants, or any other "local" experiences you recommend in NYC? We're already planning our next trip back, and hope to take family and/or friends along! 

I am happy to have finally spruced up this blog with a post! Thank you for visiting, 


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

What we've been up to...

Where did the time go????....

Twenty thirteen is one-third over. Twenty Twelve was cram packed, and much to my chagrin, none of it was blogged about. Without further ado let me present, in chronological order, a photo montage of the various happenings of the past 62 weeks. 

I walked from Houston to Dallas in the span of three weeks.

Sorry, this is the worst photo my myself I've ever seen, but imagine walking that far during Texas.

I became an AUNT!! What a blessing Laila has been to our family.

I just love her!

We gave the house a facelift:

We both turned another year older {same month!}

Stephen recorded an album!!...

A concert in a local park...

I hosted and decorated a wedding shower for my brother-in-law Tim and his fiance Janese...

They got married a few weeks later. I had a lot of fun helping decorate and styling the bridesmaid's hair the morning of. So honored to have been a part of their big day!

(photo credit: Jenny Martell Photography)

Completed multiple custom bedding and drapery projects, such as the next two... This is such a fun job!

Then we traveled across the world....

To an island in the Indian Ocean...Sri Lanka! 

I was able to meet my husband's extended family for the first time. He hadn't been there to visit in about 10 years. {Oh, and I got to wear a Sari!!)

And other adventures took place as well!!...

We also made a stop in Dubai, UAE. Here we are at the top of Burj Khalifa, world's tallest building. Second worst photo of me (this was right after a 15 hour flight, having been awake for a day & a half!)

A few weeks later we took an impromptu ski trip to Keystone, CO. Spontaneity at it's best!

Followed by a trip to California a few weeks later to visit some friends!

We also toured Napa Valley in a Mini!!...

 Back to working on the album release....a photoshoot ensued! 

We squeezed in some date nights, as well! 

Had a MUCH needed photoshoot for our 4th Anniversary!

(photo credit: Hassas Photography)

At last, we released Stephen's first album, Cover Me!! Click HERE to buy!

Release Party!

About a week ago, we said farewell to my Brother-in-law Tim and his wife Janese, as they flew to Sri Lanka to work as missionaries there. Click the link below to read more about the mission!

I was also able to squeeze in "girlfriend" time...

So thankful for a FULL, productive year. Amazed at God's blessing on our family, business, and church. There is so much to look forward to!!