Sunday, June 26, 2011

ARUBA jamaica ooo I wanna take ya to Bermuda...

We started our trip at the Restaurant Hadicurari for my Mother's Day dinner. This place was fantastic. Right on the beach and the food was fantastic. The owner of the restaurant would say to us... "Hun-ee-moon-airs!! You come 2, you leave three! Next year we need high chair!" We laughed... little did he know we are veterans with 2 at home. Well to make it funnier, this restaurant was right next to our hotel so we heard it EVERYDAY for the next 6 days. Oh gee... funny guy.
Right next door there is an outdoor dance floor and lots of young people jamming to LOUD music. Luckily Steve and I were in the mood to dance so it didn't bother us and once dinner was over we joined them and had a BLAST! We were the tallest people on the dance floor and of course the best dancers :)

Crazy Dinner at Senor Frogs. Probably never again. haha

We took a Snorkel Cruise with the Jolly Pirates on their pirate ship around the Shipwreck and Reef. Fascinating. As far as the size of the ship, it is sunk at a very shallow depth. You can see every detail on the boat from the surface with a pair of Snorkels on.

Steve was so proud of this Jeep. "Look at the tread on those tires! I told them I wanted great tires... that's all I needed, great tires and GUTS"

Wish Garden - 1 mile long down the coast. Rocks stacked on top of each other. We built our tower and made a wish. I hope it comes true! Wish us luck!

Steve saw someone in distress. Stuck in the Sand.

He came to their rescue!! "Come see me at the Duty Free store at the Airport on your way out of town. Bottle of Wine on me!!" The man says to us. :)

Natural Bridge - the other bridge came crashing down just 1 year ago. I hope this one stays standing much longer. It is beautiful!

Bushiribana Ruins built by the original inhabitants of the Island of Aruba - the Arawak Indians.

Natural Pools. You can see how the water was hitting the rocks and crashing over the natural pool. There were like 50 little crabs that would run their little bodies sideways to get back up the rock after being pushed to the pool. Most people had left by the time we got there cause the Ocean was getting a little Scary. p.s. Saw a fish while snorkeling in here that was the size of me... I am not kidding. Okay he was the size of Ethan but still...

Milton and Rachel - Arubans that did not have a 4x4 to get to the natural pool so they rode their bikes... with flat tires. We of course told them to throw their rusty bikes on top of the Jeep and hop in for the rest of the 5 mile mountain terrain ride.

Apparently Milton's bike used to be a tandem? hmm...

snorkeling at Baby Beach.

Guadirikiri Cave which is 30 Meters Deep.

We went to eat at the restaurant named the Screaming Eagle for my birthday. I met a woman in the airport terminal when we first got in that had a 2nd or 6th home or something in Aruba (big $$$ obviously) Anyway, she said that the two of us needed to go to this restaurant because it was so romantic. Well, we took her advice and so glad we did. Never had either of us had such an amazing meal nor had either of us been in a place that was more romantic (or pricey) :) But I will tell you this... I will NEVER forget it.

Parasailing - 1000 ft up in the air!

Aruba was far more family friendly than we were expecting. When we go back we will definitely be taking the kids with us! I would recommend Aruba as a vacation spot!

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Arrived at our Fabulous Hotel, the Hilton at Times Square surrounded by Hell's Kitchen. We spent our first several hours in New York just trying to keep up with Josh Ferguson. Josh is Jeff's Best friend who is out there working as a fashion photographer. He made it very clear that we were not to wear bright colors nor any shirts with graphics on them. We did not listen very carefully. He was obviously embarrassed of us because we spent the whole day chasing him from one monument to the next. Central Park, Trump Tower, the LDS temple, Hell's Kitchen, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (AMAZING), Times Square, Grimaldi's Pizzeria, the Brooklyn Bridge, Financial District etc.

We had heard all about Grimaldi's Pizzeria being the best pizza in NYC so we took our chances with the crowd and headed to the Pizzeria underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. There was a line formed out on the sidewalk with a rope running down the middle of the curb. Grimaldi himself would come out and yell "How many?!" If you don't answer, you get skipped, if you do not have your whole party with you, you get skipped, if you don't have the exact right number of people in your party for his opening.. you get skipped. Many parties of 4 started splitting up into 2's so they could get in. Once you are "accepted" you are placed in the only opening available. Even if that means at a table with complete strangers. The tables are so close inside the pizzeria it's as if you are eating on top of eachother anyway. But I will admit... It IS the best pizza I have ever had. Dunno how he did it either. I don't get it. I COULD NOT figure it out, and if you know me, I am like "little chef" from Disney's Ratoutielle. I can SMELL and TASTE Everything. Usually to a point I can pick out the ingredients. I hear he has ties to the mob and has rights to the most amazing cheese in the world. ??!?! I wouldn't discount that claim so fast...

We were looking for Breakfast and Josh told us to go into a little convenience store the size of my bedroom that looked disgusting. Had Josh not told us it was safe we would NOT have eaten it. It was delicious, and the people yelled at you for your order and yelled at you if you ordered wrong and yelled how much you owed them and did not smile. It was AWESOME. just exactly cliche' New York Breakfast.

The actual Rebuild of the World Trade Center. The feeling was unexplainable. Though we are smiling in the next picture we really just stood there in awe for about 20 minutes. It truly feels like they are rebuilding the nation
There are still buildings with the windows blown out and boards up. There is also many buildings still missing. It's a humbling experience to see it in real time. Wish I had been back even sooner. I think it was important for me to see and FEEL. Intense.

These last two pictures are of a place in the heart of the Financial District in downtown New York City. Just across the street from the site of the World Trade Centers. I LOVE this cafe. Panini & Co. It had EVERYTHING! Every kind of pastry and dessert you can think of, pasta made to order, sandwiches, and a mix in salad bar. It was like Walgreens but for delicious food. (You know how Walgreens has so much stuff!?! Like random stuff you didn't know you needed but when you see it there you are like "I Need that!" like fuzzy slippers that turn into a neck pillow for airplane travel or a ch-ch-ch-chia pet in the shape of Matt Lauer. That kind of needed stuff.

The Famous Wall Street Bull, NYSE.

I LOVE this pic. This is our CD Album Cover. Really sweet Architecture and Art pieces in the financial district.

On the NY Subways. Since it is the only way to really do New York. Josh just made us ride it everywhere for one; to save cash but two because we were so afraid we would be bombed if we went down there. p.s. we weren't bombed in the metro.

This is a picture of us waiting in line outside an underground Comedy Club that Josh found. There were 3 comedians that night. The first guy... made me scream/laugh he was so funny. The second guy... also hilarious. The 3rd guy... let's just say it was like one of those moments when you are channel surfing and it just happens to be on an episode of Jerry Springer or MTV's "The Grind" the moment your step-Father walks into the room. You feel like you need to explain yourself but if you do, you only look more guilty. So you get that it was awkward.

New York was wonderful and I totally get why people feel so attached to the city. It is amazing and so rich with history. I cannot wait to go back, I feel that in 3 short days it became MY city. I <3 NYC.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Have you been to Aruba?

Steve and I just booked our 2011 trip! Heading to Aruba in the Bahamas. Have any of you been? What are some things we should look into?

When we went to Cancun last year it was a BIG help to have talked to friends about things to do. We were hooked up with a lot of great people while we were down there and we're hoping you all have some great input or contacts.

Hooray for getting a tan in 2011!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Neck, Nog N' Snog

We started the evening 'round the dinner table with slippery noodles covered in decadent sauces, Homemade Rosemary bread dipped in Oil and Balsamic and light leefy greens parading 'neath sweet red tomatoes and candied mushrooms. The dinner was accompanied by Mint and Vanilla Hot Chocolate garnished with striped candy cane stirring sticks and petite marshmallows. In tall crystal glasses flowed sparkling apple-cranberry delight, and apple-peach cider and in a tall glass vase the Egg Nog.

Dabney shared stories of Christmas apast and Ryan joked while Kenny G's Christmas album filled the soundwaves. Small baby T was soothed by the humming of the fireplace in the living room and the warm glow of the Christmas tree lights.
Light chatter took place near the tree, mugs filled with steaming hot cocoa splooshed and splashed as the laughter continued.

We then found ourselves snuggled up in a Shuttle Bus to sing to neighbors and friends. A carol or two with a dance and a jig. Dashing through the streets of town, laughing all the way.

Cheers to good company and even better friends!!

I am thankful for friends that I can rely on and depend on for selflessness and entertainment. Thanks for a wonderful Neck, Nog N' Snog 2010!