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Looking back…

Happy New Year’s Eve! As I pause to look back over the past year, I realize it has been full of good things and blessings!! Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • Two of my goals for the year were to a hike a 14er (14,000 foot mountain) and run a 5K, two things that I never imagined I would do. I am so proud to say that I did both, and more than once!! I do not at all consider myself “athletic,” so reaching these goals was very empowering to me. And I found I love to hike 14ers (as long as they aren’t too scary!). We are planning to hike more 14ers this summer, and I plan to do at least one 5K this year.
  • Travel! We have been SO blessed to travel to some wonderful places this year –NYC (twice!), Boston, MO to see one of my dear friends and her sweet new baby, TX to see family, Seattle to see family. I love to travel and am so thankful for the opportunity to do so. One of our goals for next year is to travel to Europe (which would be my first trip there!). Yippee!!
  • New job! I am so thankful for my new job. Yes, there are days where I wonder what I have gotten myself into, but there are also days that are wonderful. I have met so many amazing veterans and am so blessed to be able to serve them each day. I am also lucky to have coworkers who are also great friends.
  • Family. We have had several opportunities to spend time with our families this year, which is a huge blessing since we all live so far apart. It was sad to see my sister leave CO, but I am thankful for the opportunities she has in MI!

I am excited to see what 2011 has in store!! Many blessings to each one of you today and always. May the new year bring many wonderful things your way!

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Thanksgiving Day!!

On Thanksgiving morning, we got up reallllllly early–we had come a long way to see this parade, and we were determined to get a good spot! The parade didn’t start until 9 am, but if you don’t arrive early, it’s almost impossible to get a good spot. We left our apartment about 5:15 and walked to Central Park Ave West to claim a spot. All of the front row spots were taken, but we found a great second row spot that had a great view clear of any trees or other viewing obstacles, plus there were only kids in front of us, so we could see nicely over their heads. We staked ourselved there for the next few hours!

Waiting for the parade–see how happy Jason was?! We had been up fairly late the night before, plus it was pretty cold that morning.

Our rock-star spot–we ended up at the corner of Central Park West and 68th. One thing we found remarkable was how happy everyone was! With that many people crammed into such a small space, it could have gotten chaotic and ugly, but everyone was enjoying themselves and in the holiday spirit. It was amazing!! The people around us were great!

And the parade begins!! This moment was so exciting to me!

It was pretty overcast Thanksgiving Day, so many of our pictures turned out pretty dark. And we have TONS! I will just show you some of the highlights.

Snoopy and the Macy’s Stars!

The classic turkey float!

The Sesame Street float was great–complete with Oscar the Grouch!

The highlight of the parade for Jason–Jimmy Fallon!

The ballons were awesome!! Shrek was HUGE! I think it would be pretty cool to be a balloon handler.

This was the apartment building directly behind us–there were people on all the balconies!! That would be a pretty amazing view!

 

 It was awesome to see the balloons travel down the street and through the tall buildings!

And the best part of the parade–Santa!!

 

 The end.

After the parade, we headed back to our apartment through Central Park with the thousands of other people going home, too.

When we returned “home,” we first took a much needed nap! After napping for a couple hours, we had Thanksgiving dinner. It was SO good!!

Our Thankgiving feast!! The turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and mashed potatoes were all from the catering company and were all amazing!! We made the green bean cassarole ourselves–but the funny thing is, we couldn’t find the french fried onions! So we had green bean cassarole minus the onions.

The rest of the evening was very quiet–most everything was closed, so we relaxed, watched “Miracle on 34th Street,” and just took it easy. It was a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

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Secret Santa!

Wow, my Secret Santa is on the ball!!! My secret santa package came in the mail today, and I was SO excited!!! It was from girlville!

Fun fact about this box–alfredsmom sent this to girlville from Korea!! Wonder who I can send it to next?!

Goodies from Trader Joe’s!!! I LOVE TJ’s, and there is no Trader Joe’s anywhere in CO!! I admit I have already opened the candy cane cookies for a sample–YUM! The bottom package is chocolate covered pomegranate seeds–I haven’t tried them yet, but I can’t wait to do so. They sound amazing! And I love gingerbread, and the ornament is so cute! She is so sweet, she even sent the pugs a bag of peanut butter doggie cookies from TJs!

 The doggie cookies even had this sweet pug tag on them! Love it!!

It was a very sweet and thoughtful package!! Thanks, girlville!

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New York: Day 1

Ahh, so behind in blogging. I need to blog about our Boston trip, but I think I will do NYC first. Several months ago, we were discussing what to do for Thanksgiving. We almost always spend the holiday with family, either they come to Denver or we travel to Seattle.  As we were tossing around ideas, I said, “I have always wanted to go to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. We should do that this year!” So we did!!

We left eaaaarrrrrlllly Wednesday morning (6 am flight from Denver). We weren’t sure what to expect, with the holidays and the new security hullabaloo, but we arrived at the airport in plenty of time. We flew Denver to DFW and then DFW to LaGuardia. Everything went super smoothly!

We arrived in NYC about 2:30 that afternoon and took a taxi to our apartment–yep, we rented an apartment for our stay in the city! We discovered, through the internet, that there are a number of people in NYC that rent out their apartments to visitors when they are away. We rented a one-bedroom apt on the Upper East Side, and it was GREAT! It was awesome being in a more residential, less touristy area and seeing what real NYC life is like.

 

Jason enjoying his first slice of pizza of the trip!

Shortly after we arrived, we stopped at the corner restaurant for a slice of pizza and then shopped for a few groceries and picked up our Thanksgiving dinner. We also found a catering company online that was close to our apt, and we ordered most of our Thanksgiving dinner from there. I had no desire to spend tons of time in NYC cooking, and it was great!!

In our apartment getting ready to head out for the evening–had to have coffee, because we had been up since about 3:15 am!

After picking up food and a few groceries, we headed to the balloon inflation! Every year, the night before the parade, they inflate the giant balloons by Central Park around the Museum of Natural History. You can go visit as they are doing this. You cannot imagine the number of people that were at the inflation–it was crazy! But so much fun to see the balloons you see each year on TV up close and personal.

Waiting among the crowds of ppl!! It was insane!

After we saw all the balloons, we headed to Greenwich Village for pizza and to the Bitter End for drinks and live music. It’s one of Jason’s favorite things in NYC! We heard a very interesting band, and then headed back to our apt for bed. We had another early morning ahead of us!

Pizza from Joe’s Pizza in Greenwich Village–SOOOO good!

LOVE the Village–my favorite part of NYC!

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