Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Start spreadin' the news...

So it was my birthday last week, and much to my surprise my fabulous husband gave me tickets to Broadway!!! I was utterly shocked, he is so dang good at surprises.
The musical of choice...I was SO excited! I have the soundtrack and just love it. I couldn't believe I was actually going to see a show on Broadway!
Along with letting me sleep in and not go to work, he gave me this giant bag of Costco trail mix I have really been wanting. :) I'm easily pleased.
Here is the yummy triple berry cheesecake he gave me. We still have some was gigantic, but it's purple! He's so thoughtful.
PS here is our new house we are in. I said I would post one. Don't you love the porch? There is a swing there that I really enjoy. We really like it here.

Here is the first view we got as we stepped off of our bus. It is still so unreal to see such a huge building. But people in New York would probably say the same thing about my mountains. The typical tourist shot of Times Square. I was a bit overwhelmed at first with all of the people, but it got much better as the day went on.Nate was really excited to see "the garden"And I was totally stoked that I was on BROADWAY!!!!!Look who we found in the middle of Times Square! Singin' his pants off (ha ha ha)

Nate tried to make me go stand with him so Nate could take our picture, but I refused.

I found my favorite pal in Planet Hollywood.

Nate found his, too. We saw The Dark Knight and Nate is on a joker kick.

Here is where TRL is shot; this picture is for Stacey.

I really loved Central Park, even though it was raining.

As I'm sure most of you know, Central Park is HUGE. This picture is showing how it's just right in the middle of the city. Crazy!

This street was totally blocked off from traffic and it was just lined with vendors. We got some super sweet fancy $5 sunglasses.

We HAD to try a New York hot dog, for my dad, and they were disgusting. Most definitely the lamest $2 hot dog ever. Aren't these supposed to be famous or something? Mega gross. Nate says my dad's New York onion sauce is 90 times better than the actual New York onion sauce.

It's totally against the rules to take pictures inside the Theatre, but Nate snuck this one before the show started. Spectacular!! Center seats, too.

I couldn't belive that we were really here! I was loving every second, trying to soak it all in.

After we came out of the show, I just couldn't get enough. I was a bigger fan than ever, now having actually seen it, and was taking pictures of everything Wicked.

A bird's eye view of Ground Zero.

They are working on building The Freedom Tower in their place.

There is a flag that survived from the day the towers were hit and it is hanging right above where the new tower will be. The flag is dirty and ripped, and it's very humbling to see it.

Here is a giant billbooard showing what the freedom tower will look like in 2012.

It is so hard to imagine two gigantic buildings taking up this space, yet at the same time, it is so stange to see a giant hole and gap amongst all the other tightly wedged buildings.

This is the merchant marine memorial in the harbor. It kind of made me sick to my stomach.

There she is! Smaller than I expected...

Nate waiting to board our ferry, in his new sexy $5 aviators.

A breathtaking view from our ferry on the harbor looking to the south end of the city.The north end of Manhattan; can anyone find the Empire State Building?

Ellis Island...very cool

I have to constantly look at this picture because I still can't really believe that I was there!Nate was really happy to go to NY again, it's been since he was in high school.
As Nate told me as I was clicking away on my camera, you can never have too many pictures of Lady Liberty. And since it was such a perfect sunset night, I couldn't resist.New York Harbor. All ships have to enter in through the same route-past Ellis Island and in front of the Statue of Liberty before docking. Interesting...

The Statue is positioned directly east, toward Europe, so Nate is waving to our friends Chris and Brittany in France.One last take; sometimes I think I am a real photographic genius, until someone's head gets in the way.New York has manufactured everything, even waterfalls. I guess they felt left out or something, so they have several of these ugly waterfalls all over the harbor. They cost millions of dollars and are supposedly some art form. Whatever-weird.This is Brooklyn, with it's crazy waterfall-the tallest of them all.

The infamous Brooklyn Bridge
Random waterfall underneath the bridge; I thought it an odd place to put one, but the whole things is odd anyways.Trying to be picturesque again. The bridges, looking into NY.Nate's engineer brain was pondering about going under this gigantic bridge that was SO old, built by some measly engineers. This part of our ride made him very nervous.I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of our ferry ride. What an awesome hubby I have, and what an awesome birthday!Our fancy ferry-my first time riding a boat in the ocean!

It's been some time since I have seen such a spectacular sunset. Maybe it was all of the open sky, or being over the ocean...Or maybe it was just such a wonderful contrast from the nasty New York subway! Nonetheless, I absolutely loved it, and thought it was a perfect end to our day.

Monday night we had our good friends Ben and Kaylyn over for dinner and FHE. We have had so much fun spending time with them this summer and creating some really great memories. Kaylyn flew back to Utah tuesday and Ben will go Friday. Thenm, the day we leave here to start driving home, they start driving to Texas for Ben is going to get his PhD down there. We had a great time on Monday, and ended with, of course, Killer Uno. Those Uno cards have gone through a lot this summer. :) We will be waiting at Christmas time for a rematch, Cummings'!

Last night, the crew at Curves took me to The Melting Pot as a going away party. I'd never had fondue, but I'm pretty sure I ate enough last night to do me in for the rest of my life! Thanks girls!


deidra said...

Glad that you loved NYC! Good work Nate on the surprise-- he earned huge husband points with that one! :-) Doesn't the NYC Subway make you grateful for the Metro? My first time riding it was in the winter, and it was bad then, but the summer is terrible! I couldn't have handled my daily commute on that one!

Carly said...

happy late birthday! i have been wanting to go to NYC forever and this post makes me want to go even more. as always, i love your pictures and reading about all the fun things you're doing.

Megan said...

Happy friggin Birthday! I heart NYC and the naked cowboy. He reminds me of the 'cake' music video he is in. I got a picture with him when I was there - he was sweaty and it was nasty. Glad you had a fun time. I ams uper jealous of you seeing Wicked...and on broadway.

Jenni said...

Fun! Fun! Fun!

Kylie said...

I'm so jealous!!! I love the music from wicked! Maybe someday....

Mare and Rob said...

10 points for Nate! Seriously, that's an awesome gift! I love Wicked so sooo much! I'm glad you got to see everything too. FUN!!!

Brad and Darci said...

holy cow! pretty you are making me miss NY so so much. i am really jealous that you got to see wicked- it is so incredible! I am glad that you had such a fun birthday/weekend. and I am really proud that you saw naked cowboy- even though he is totally creepy that is just one of those ny moments you have to have!

stacey said...

Thanks for the pic. You see that big Lion King sign above the studio? Yeah, I was in there.

Zack and Callie said...

So cool! Happy birthday to you too! I'm glad you got to go to new york! I love love love wicked! It is so fabulous! What a cool birthday present. I definitely didn't do anything that cool for Zack! You got some cool pictures!

Paul, Janie, and McKay said...

Hi guys! I definitely want to go back to NYC some day - I've been there twice and have some pics in the exact same spots as you guys. LOVE IT! Oh, and I had some jam at that place in Amish Country to. I had a big pickle there too. MMmmmm... I am so glad you guys are getting to do all that fun stuff. Thanks for posting all of it.

Dereck & Shelly said...

Wow Sara it looks like you are having a fun summer. Are you guys going to come back to Logan or are you going to be living out of Utah for now on? Keep in touch with me I haven't seen or talked to you in a long time.

Dereck & Shelly said...

Oh I forgot to tell you happy late birthday!