New York! New York!
I was able to spend 7 glorious days with three of my very best friends in New York City. We had such an amazing time and did everything that you could possibly think of. We were total tourists and we had no shame. I love you girls!
The Seinfeld Restaurant
The Manhattan Temple
Little Italy. The food here was amazing and the Gellato was even better.
Shopping on Canal Street. And yes! Of course I bought a knock off purse!
The Financial District
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Eating at the Restaurant Serendipity. From the movie...Serendipity.
Times Square...multiple times!
Broadway show. This is the only picture I took of us that night. I don't know how that happened? We saw "In The Heights".
Empire State Building
Tasha, me and Holly with the Big Apple in the back!
Me and Holly on the Brooklyn Bridge
Grimaldi's Pizza in Brooklyn. We waited in line for an hour and a half! Totally worth it though :)
The Famous Gray's Papya Hotdogs. Yum!
New York Public Library - Gorgeous!
Grand Central Station
My sister Caressa is living in Philladelphia and I was able to spend the day with her. I am a total loser though and didn't take a single picture while we were there. she was really good to show me around. We started our day off by pampering ourselves at a day spa, toured downtown Philly, saw the Liberty Bell, ate at a fabulous boathouse restaurant and went to a red carpet Movie premier. It was a lot of fun.
I was also able to spend the day with my sister Melissa and her little girl Caitie in New Jersey. It was so fun to be able to see them! Her little girl is so adorable and I loved spending time with them. I was also able to see their new beautiful home and get to know her husband Shane a little bit better. Thanks for being such fabulous hosts. Once again...no pictures. I could seriously kick myself.
I was able to spend the day with my brother Rob, his wife Chelan and their little girl Charlotte in D.C. They will be moving to Africa in August for Chelan's job with the foreign services. It will be their first assignment and they are very excited for the adventure. I hope to be able to make it out to see them while they are there.
We had so much fun in DC. Rob and Chelan were excellent hosts. We even got caught in a real D.C. rain storm. We were out being tourists and all of a sudden it just started pouring buckets and buckets of rain. We were soaking wet and it was a lot of fun. Thanks you guys for showing me such an amazing time!
The Air and Space Museum
Charlotte on the carousel
The Washington Monument
The Capitol Building
Good ol' Abe Lincoln
The Ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz found at the museum of American History
We met up with Matt's brother Chip and wife Laura in DC for a fun cruise to the Bahamas. Our ship left from Norfolk Virginia which is about 3 hours from DC. It was a lot of fun. The cruise was six days and we stopped in Nassau and Freeport. The beaches in the Bahamas were so beautiful and the water was the perfect temperature. I didn't take a lot of photos but here is a sample of what we experienced.
We spent a day and a half at the infamous Atlantis Resort and it really was amazing. If you have a lot of money this would be an amazing spot to take a family vacation. They have beautiful pools, waterfalls, gorgeous beaches, a very impressive aquarium and really fun waterpark. We had a lot of fun playing at Atlantis.
Minature golf on the ship.
It was a long fun trip and I was excited to be home until the pilot came on the overhead and announced in a joking tone "It is a beautiful summer day in Portland. 56 degrees and raining." Welcome home.