Sunday, July 19, 2009

Part 1 of Mom and Kiley's visit...

Although, being away during the summer months is always filled with lots of fun adventures, sight-seeing, and so much more, it just never feels like home! #1 because we know it isn't permanent so from day 1 we are excited to return back to Utah, and #2 because we are both so close with our families, it is very hard to go from seeing them every day to....not seeing them at all. Fortunately, we have many different forms of transportation and the wonderful thing called "airplanes" that can bring them to us:)

Me and my mom:) I missed her SO much!

My mom and Kiley flew in to the BWI airport last Sunday around 4:00p.m, and after picking them up we decided to drop their bags off at home, and go to dinner at Texas Roadhouse. ( you can't guess who picked the restaurant...yep!...Dustin!) After stuffing ourselves full we came home to get some rest before our trip to New York the next morning, bright and early. Little did we know what we were about to encounter...

We woke up early so that we could get on the earliest bus at 8:00a.m. We were trying to get there in time to check in to our hotel, and freshen up before going to Wicked on Broadway, which started at 2:00p.m. We made it to our bus stop, and we sat there and waited til 8:00, and knowing that these buses are very punctual, we got anxious that we had missed it. We asked a man near the stop where the bus usually stops to pick up the passengers going to New York, and we were nearly two blocks away...yes, we missed it! We called Dustin and he booked us a ticket onto the next bus which came in a half an hour from that time. We hopped back on the metro and headed to our next stop, asked for directions just to be safe, and....we missed it...Ahhhh! Now the panic was setting in. We had these tickets to Wicked since March, and we were not about to miss it too. So...we had Dustin look up another bus stop and time, and we finally caught the 9:30 bus. We were still strapped on time because it takes 4 hours to get to New York from D.C. The bus driver on this bus was about 90 years old, and after having stopped two times picking up more passengers, he took his precious time to take tickets. And an hour later...yes, 10:20 to be exact, we were finally driving. You can only imagine our nerves by this time...

What more could happen on our bus ride?....The driver stopped at a rest area so that we could all eat and take care of any business that needed to be taken care we knew we were going to be late. A half hour late, at this point. We reloaded the bus, and I mentioned to my mom that we should double check our tickets just in case it could have magically changed to 3:00 instead of 2:00. The tickets said 2:00, unfortunately, but the tickets weren't for Monday, they were for WEDNESDAY. We weren't even planning on staying that long. We had bus tickets back to D.C for Tuesday afternoon! We laughed so hard, and we made reservations to stay one more night.

We decided to buy tickets to do the tour on the double decker bus. It was the best decision we could have made! We learned so much of New York's history, and saw more than we would have if we walked everywhere!!!

Empire State Building

I loved this building. Our tour guide didn't know the name of it, but I loved the unique architecture.

Brooklyn Bridge

Tiles wrote on by children affected by the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centers

This building is where slaves were once imported and sold

Gorgeous view of the city during our Night tour.

Riding the ferry to the Statue of Liberty

Mom, Kiley, and Me


This is our "I can't believe I just saw the Statue of Liberty" face:)

Lunch in Little Italy which was actually ran by a man from Guatamala...interesting... but oh, so good!

Street where Sara Jessica Parker lives

Greenwich Village where Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler are filming "Bounty." If you know me at all, you know this was probably my favorite part of the trip:) ha

Kiley at Hard Rock

Mom and I at Hard Rock

Our lovely hotel room for our "extra" night. Every color in the rainbow was in this room!!! ha

Ya, I am a little vertically challenged so I couldn't reach very well...This is the piano from the movie Big.

Kiley and Rocky

Rocky and I havin' a quick match before lunch

Kiley and the famous "Naked Cowboy!" He was hilarious. Oh, and...he is a reverend believe it or not...

And last but not least...a great ending to our wonderful trip...WICKED! It was the funniest thing I have seen in a long time! I absolutely loved it! I cannot wait to see it again!

After a wonderful show, we went by the hotel to pick up our luggage, to catch our bus back to D.C. And, guess what?...That's right! We missed it!!!! said online to board it across from where it dropped us off. lied. It was on a whole other street than where it dropped us off! So, we waited 5 hours, and after tears of frustration, we got on the 10:00 bus. Thanks Court for finding us another bus ride home!

Look...a bus!!! yay!!! Buses our not our friends, we decided. Next time I think flying is a better option for us!


Corey and Arleen Jensen said...

Looks like you had a good time. That is too funny about the bus.

Camille said...

Ok my lovely offspring....way to pick that first pic with my "LADY and the freakin' TRAMP" hair-do!!! Too funny!!! I look like a dork! Oh WAIT! I ALWAYS DO :) Thanks for the GREAT trip!!! I haven't had a girly GIGGLE party like that in SOOOOO long! All the bus prob's made it even more memorable! It's so funny to picture us 3 retards running our butts off only to MISS another bus!!! What can you do but LAUGH!!! I love you and I miss you! You are my fun, wonderful, beautiful daughter-pal and I can't wait to see you again!

mason said...

How fun! There is nothing better than a good laugh with girls!! Looks like you are living it up. Way to go!!

Zach and Tiffany said...

OOOOh Tash! This sounds like quite the adventure :) I'm sure you guys had tons and tons of fun! I want to go back to NY already. maybe I can convince Zach to do a one-dayer with me...that would be fun!!!! Why not, huh? We all missed you!!

Brenna said...

Looks like fun!!! I am glad that your mom and Kiley got to come visit you.

Tyson and Lana Hansen said...

That is the funniest story I have ever heard!! At least ya made it right?! lol! Your pics are amazing! Oh and I love the naked cowboy!!! That's hilarious! Who woulda thought a reverend??