Saturday, May 25, 2013

New York City Trip- Day 2 in Pictures

Day two of our trip began with Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. That place was amazing! My favorite was Taylor Lautner. So funny to take pictures with him!

After the wax museum we headed to the NBC Studios to get a tour. As I walked up the stairs I noticed someone very familiar being interviewed in the cafe area. It took me a minute to process that Trace Adkins was sitting right in front of me! It took even longer to process that this was an actual celebrity and not another wax one. Ha! There was hardly anyone up there, so I asked for a picture after. So cool! Penn Jillette and Trace gave us their ice cream after. So good!

It was awesome to see the SNL studios in person. No pictures were allowed, but I wish I could have captured how small that room is in person. They even told us that the celebrities are actually in a 4x6 wooden box behind that famous door they run out of at the beginning. I literally was shocked that so much can happen in such a small stage. 

After the NBC building we headed over to take a speed boat ride to see Lady Liberty. The statue and island are closed right now for repairs, but we were able to get pretty close. 

Another cool tidbit from the day, we found a DC Cupcakes location! It was the best cupcake I've ever had! Coincidentally, we decided to go just after touring the Body Museum (so, so gross.) It was well worth it though! 

To finish off our day, we had dinner at Planet Hollywood, and went to see the views from the Top of the Rock! The views were yet again, breathtaking. 

I hope you all have a fantastic memorial day weekend! So thankful for those that have served our country! 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

NYC! Trip Recap Part 1

Guys- I'm in love with a city. NYC is probably one of the most colorful, exciting, fascinating places I've ever been. Last time I was in the city was after winning singing contest. I didn't get the chance to explore much, because I was so busy prepping to perform in front of some big time casting directors. Although it was a fabulous experience, I'm so glad I finally got the chance to see the city.

First things first- If you go to the city, buy one of the New York Passes. I cannot say enough good about this. It easily paid for itself after the first day, and it got us into EVERYTHING. Another tip: Buy a week long subway pass. You get unlimited rides for a little over $30. For a girl not from the city, this seemed a little steep at first, but it was well worth it.

We started our day off with a trip the the Empire State Building! We enjoyed the Skyride (all of this was covered by our pass!) and after started to take the extraordinarily fast elevators to the tip top of the building. Here's a little tidbit for you- My husband is absolutely terrified of heights. I tried to make him hold my hand when a worker, fondly known as Renita, shooed away my hand thinking I was part of the high school group. "Leave Joe ALONE!" She exclaimed. She then proceeded to whisk my husband away with a hand around his waste and another holding his hand tightly. The cougar. ;) She ushered him through the crowds and gave him a personal tour of the building. It was hilarious! Naturally, I stalked them the whole time snapping pictures. The view was breathtaking. It was a great start to our trip because it allowed us to see how the city was laid out.

After stealing my husband back from the warm embrace of Renita, we left the ESB to use our passes for a bike rental. We biked around that city like you wouldn't believe. It was terrifying. At one point, I was far behind the group. I was in the middle of an extremely busy intersection when I realized I was peddling and going no where. My. Chain. Fell. Off. Awesome. Finally, my husband came back for me and realized what happened and laughed like crazy. The bikes definitely were a great way to explore. We saw so many different places!

We ended our day at Times Square. I asked a police officer: "Where's Times Square?" He gave me the funniest look and said "...You're right in the middle of it." HA! We took lots of pictures, then walked around Manhattan for the night. It was a great start to the exciting trip.

Up tomorrow, I will talk all about my first celebrity encounter! You won't want to miss it! :)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Weekend Madness & That Time I Went Viral on the Internet

Hi friends! Let's play catch up. I'm in the midst of packing for a big trip to NYC. Can you believe it? I will be touring, watching a Broadway production, and living it up as a chaperone for my husband's student's senior trip. Needless to say, just getting ready for taking a week off of my own job has been taking up a crazy amount of time. Any other bloggers in the big apple?

Where do I even START with last weekend? It was packed start to finish with so many fun things. After I got off work on Friday, I headed to my Mom's house to spend some time with her. We had a great time chatting and spending some time together. Saturday I was up bright and early for a THREE hour ballet practice! I am part of an alumni performance for my old studios 50th anniversary. I can't even tell you how thrilling it was to see my dance family again. I love them all so much! I have been so sore that I've hardly been able to walk! I definitely miss the exercise and how in shape that class got me.  On Saturday night my fabulous Aunt Julie took me to a concert! SO MUCH FUN. I love how alive concerts make you feel. I love being surrounded by music. Sunday was spent at my Aunt's lake-house on their new pontoon. Yes, please. I think I will just repeat that weekend a million times in my head.

My hubby turned 25 last weekend! We celebrated it last week in a combined birthday party for my sweet little sister and him. I am so thankful for the two of them. The party turned out super cute... a little too much pink for my hubby, but I think he's learned to deal with my pink obsession. It works.

Fast forward a few days, and we have yet another jam-packed weekend. In 48 hours I had another three hour ballet practice, went to a wedding, went to a party/bon fire, went to church, and celebrated mothers day. We are even going out tonight to celebrate more! I've been having more fun than I can even begin to say.
Picture from 2 years ago at the studio... I need to take some new ones! :) 

On another note, I finally achieved fame... sort of. One of my husband's students let him know that a bunch of her friend's from other schools were sharing one of those cheesy picture quotes, and when she took a closer look she realized it was her teacher! Someone stole one of our engagement pictures (apparently over a year ago on a few sites!) and slapped on a quote. Well, it went crazy viral and now we are seeing it everywhere! When I put it on Facebook, we had a few others mention that they had seen it floating around as well and thought it looked like us. Joe's first reaction? "And just like Mike Wazowski's moment of fame, my face is covered by the text." I die. So funny!

Happy Mother's Day to the most beautiful, selfless, giving woman I know. I'm so thankful for my Momma! She is everything I aspire to be and more. I cannot even begin to express how much I love this woman! Isn't she stunning? 

Have a great start to the week! 


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

What I'm Loving Wednesday <3

I'm loving Vera Bradley's baby line. Hello, cuteness! Seriously hoping I have a girl someday!

The Kate Spade gold dot cases are fabulous. Such an adorable way to flaunt that fancy phone! I still can't get over this gold dot obsession. I hope it's here to stay.

These shabby chic Toms are just WAY too cute. Unfortunately they sold out before I could get my hands on a pair.

Monogrammed floppy hats? Um, yes. Send one my way, please!

If you see anything you like, the links are here. Enjoy! :)

Happy Wednesday, all! Hope you all have a fantastic, productive rest of the week. I love that we finally hit the halfway point!