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Month: December 2009

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year!!!

Or Happy New Years Eve!  I’ve been in the frozen tundra of Minnesota with, get this, NO internet connection. It’s true.  It’s like I’ve traveled back to 1995.  We are visiting with one of Bill’s very best high school friends tonight, Paul Roback, and …get this … they have a computer, and internet … and I couldn’t resist at least a very short post. Lots of stories to tell in 2010!!! I just need to get back to an internet…

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Darla Stories – New York City

Darla Stories – New York City

Two quick things I didn’t want to forget because I thought they were SO very funny. The first was that when we landed in New York I called my voice mail and there was a message from my frustrated sister.  It said … “I’ve looked EVERYWHERE for your phone.  Where is it?!?  The phone keeps ringing and ringing and we can’t find it anywhere.”  (The ringing and ringing was really true because there was a mayoral election while we were…

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Peace, love and unicorns …

Peace, love and unicorns …

This past week has been jammed packed. There were school Christmas parties to attend: A Living Nativity at church, complete with camel and donkey ride: Savannah and I went Christmas caroling with her Brownie Troop: And afterwards we made s’mores: There was a Christmas dance for parents in ballet and jazz (please notice the little girl in black … the only girl in black – that would be Savannah).  She had not gone to class the week before and so…

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Compliments of Zales Jewelers …

Compliments of Zales Jewelers …

We didn’t have a whole lot of time on Sunday but Caroline’s Spanish teacher had given her “homework” to do in New York.  Her teacher loved the Eloise books when she was a little girl and envisioned having breakfast at The Plaza Hotel just like her.  She got her opportunity and emailed me that she wanted Caroline to “get to” do it as well.  And if it’s homework you have to do it. We enjoyed their breakfast buffet: (Doesn’t Bill…

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Quick pics …

Quick pics …

Since Bill was joining us for the last two days of our trip, our days of sleeping in were over.  Which was fine … because really, there’s a lot to see and do.  First stop, Tavern on the Green. New York’s legendary Central Park restaurant is closing it’s doors on December 31.  It’s probably time because the restaurant is looking a little past it’s prime (aren’t we all?!), but it’s kind of sad too as it is such a fixture…

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A trip down memory lane …

A trip down memory lane …

Last week I mentioned my first trip to New York when I traveled with my friends Mark and Ashley for the weekend.  Every other time I have been with Bill and some of our favorite memories were made in New York. We first visited together the Thanksgiving after we graduated from Baylor.  Two of our dear friends from college, Jeff and Becca Chance, were living in the city and invited several new Baylor grads who were living on the East…

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I “believe” we had a good time!

I “believe” we had a good time!

Friday morning looked a whole lot like Thursday morning.  Sleep in and get up and ready in time for lunch.  It’s a recipe for success if you ask me. Plus … we had these awesome black out shades in our room that seemed to block out light and sound.  I don’t think I’ve slept that hard or that well in years. We headed straight to lunch in Union Square at Max Brenner’s Chocolate Bar.  You walk in and smell the…

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Howdy New York

Howdy New York

I was so glad to be traveling with Caroline for many reasons.  One was that I hope she gets to travel more in her future and I want her to be prepared … to know how to ride subways, find departure gates, learn that room service is far too expensive … things like that. Right before we left she said … “mom, I can’t wait until tomorrow morning.  I’m going to open the window and say ‘Howdy New York”!  …

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Better than expected … and I was expecting it to be pretty awesome!

Better than expected … and I was expecting it to be pretty awesome!

Y’all, I don’t even know where to begin.  I can’t think of a way to put words to what was one of the highlight weekends of my life.   They say having teenagers is rough … and I know I’m only 9 months into this (and I do have realistic expectations about what the future holds) … but for this weekend in time … having a teenager was perfect.  You see, this weekend I didn’t just have a teenager, I had…

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Grand Central Station … Take 2

Grand Central Station … Take 2

The very first time I ever went to New York City was the summer in between my junior and senior year in college.  I was interning for a Senator in Washington, D.C.  and New York was just a short train ride away so two of my good Baylor friends (who were also interning) and I took advantage of just that. We left from Union Station in D.C. and an hour or so later we were walking out of Grand Central…

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