Saturday, September 29, 2012

New York Finale!

 Sunday, August 26, 2012 -
Our last full day in New York City!
After the Natural History Museum, we cut across Central Park to get to the MET!
 Love how beautiful this is!

You can understand why so many people are obsessed with Central Park when it has views like this!

We passed 2 weddings happening at the exact same time while walking through the Park!

The NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art!!!!!

 Ready to experience the Met!

Such a cutie little husband, just going to NY museums with his wifey!!!

 Thinking with Socrates.

Thinking harder with Socrates.

Constantine!!  The first Christian emporer of Rome!

Here's a little culture for you::
"With an apple, I want to astonish Paris." - Paul Cezanne, 1891-92
'Still Life with Apples and Pears'

'Study for "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte' - Georges Seurat, 1884

"Water Lilies" - Claude Monet, 1899

Sculpture of John the Baptist!

Wade and I in Egypt!

While the Met was pretty fascinating, there was just so.much.stuff. It became overwhelming after a few hours there, so while it was so interesting and we are so glad we went, it felt good to get out into the fresh air and see the modern New York City!!

Back at FAO Shwartz!!!!  How beautiful is this!!!

Get in my mouth!!!!!!!!!

The famous piano!!!

We finally made it to the Stardust Diner for our last dinner in Times Square!

Obviously, I had to get the Frank Sinatra Pizza Burger....

...because look who was over our booth!!!!

Yes, I cleaned my plate!

Wade's mushroom and bacon burger was delicious, too!!!!
How cute is this??  It's so that you know you're in the Fashion District!

Macy's!!!!!!!!  Look how huge it is!!!  It's an entire block long and several stories high!!!  Ahhhh!

Of course, we had to go as far into Madison Square Garden as we could and take pictures!!
And of course, Wade started cracking jokes about how "he grew up at the gahrdehn."  Hahahaha!!!  So funny!!

This reminded him of {insert best Brooklyn accent here} back in '86 when him pop brought em to dah gahrdehn.  ;)))))

We loved being lazy our last night in NYC!  Eventually, we made it back to our hotel and just slowly walked around, taking in the last of the sights.  Here I am, outside of our hotel, spelling:


{Somehow I forgot the N, but you get the idea!} ;)

After buying the New York Times so that I could always go back and remember what happened in NY the week we were there, we walked around the corner and found this!  The NY Post Office!  Why are all of their buildings SO beautiful?!?!

My last picture of NYC at dusk.

There was a Lindy's Cheesecake attached to our hotel, so we felt it only was right to indulge in NY cheesecake one last time.

Bluberry Cheesecake...
Ehhhh, it was good, but it can't touch Junior's!  I'm ruined forever!!!!!  Haaa!

My breakfast for in the morning.
Don't you think this is so appropriate??
A NY apple while leaving the Big Apple.
I loved the pun and had to do it.  ;)

 Monday, August 27...
Time to fly home!
Here we are on the AirBus...  after we left the Amtrack and before we got on the Airport Shuttle.  NYC airports are MUCH more complicated than those in Lafayette!  Haaa!

Arriving in Houston!!!!!!!!
Hello, G.W. Bush!

Last meal of our trip::  Fudrucker's!!!

First, can I say this is a trip I will never, never, NEVER forget?!?  I feel like we have truly tasted and experienced New York City!!  I know we hardly scratched the surface of all the things there are to do there, but for a first time trip, I think we did pretty good.  :)  While my heart is certainly here in Louisiana, I can definitely say NY is a fabulous place to visit and I am soooo looking forward to telling everyone about my adventures there and planning my return trip back!!!  We've decided we are all going back when Meg turns 40.  Look for us back here in 2025.  ;)
I love you, Wade Poole!!!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

It's so true what they say.
There really is NO place like home...

After seeing this slogan EVERYWHERE for 5 days straight, I have to close out our trip with it.... 
I heart

New York IV

Sunday - Our fourth and final day in the magnificent NEW YORK CITY!!!!!
We started it off by heading towards Tim Keller's Church, Redeemer, on the Upper West Side!
Here is a precious little firetruck playground that reminded me of my favorite Mackeys!

If you don't know who Tim Keller is, look him up!!!  He has quickly become one of our favorite Christian authors; he has such a passion for the Lord!  Here are a few pictures from the church!
The 10-page long bulletin.  And I'm not even kidding!!  Ha!!  It was like a book!

Since T. Keller preaches 4 out of 6 services Sunday morning, we were hoping we had picked one of the services that he would be there!!  And we did!!  Thank you, Jesus!!  We were soooo excited!!!

The gorgeous, gorgeous church!!!!!!!!!

When we walked out of church, we were shocked to see how the empty streets had turned into a full-fledged street market!!!!  It was amazing!!!

Wade was starving and decided he needed to try this sausage with peppers and onions...

Huuuuuuuge lunch!!  Huuuuuuuge smile!!!  Hahaha!

Look at this!!!!  Fresh spices!!!  Fresh teas!!!!  How cool!!!!!!!

We finally found Joe's!!  The coffeeshop Shan specifically picked out for me!!!!!!!

Before coffee, though, I needed to eat!!  So we stumbled across this cute little place:

If I had to pick the second greatest meal of NY (obviously, pizza is number ONE!), this would be it:
A Fruitful Granola Wrap!!!  Y'all.  I know it sounds and may even look like it wouldn't be out of this world..  ohhhh myyyy goshhhhh.  It's a honey wrap filled with granola, fresh blueberries, strawberries, bananas, and yogurt!!  Definitely one of the BEST surprises ever.  It was phenomenal!!!!!  Trust me.  You need to experience this!

Back to Joe's!!!  Please look how cute the menu is!!  And can you see the ladder to the left??  It looks like a metal pole..  yeahhh, that's how the workers climbed to the top to slide the menu boards apart and put all their purses and stuff behind the boards.  How crazy?!  How cool?!

Me - "Do y'all do latte art here??"
Barista - "Yes!"
Me - "Okay!  I need whatever will get me the latte art!  That's why I'm here!!"
Barista - "Haa!!  Okay!  So you want a latte latte?!"
Me - "Yes!  A latte latte!!"
We both laughed and she got busy.  They were definitely the sweetest people we met in NY!
HERE is the latte art!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks, Shan and Jon, for this unique New York experience!!!!  {Even though I did have to add sugar!!!  Vanilla latte on me, next time!!!!  Haha!!!}

Have you ever seen the movie, "A Night at the Museum?!"  It's based off of this museum!!!  

 The Museum of Natural History!!!!!
See Teddy Roosevelt riding out front?!?!?!

Reallll dinosaurrrrrssss!!!!!!  Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

Just being BFF with T-Rex.

The entrance to the African Hall!!

Real ivory elephant tusks!!!!

I don't remember where or what period this was from...
only that these are fancy hair clips the women would wear.
How sweet that they liked to wear cute hair clips back then!

Wade loved imitating the exhibits...  :))

Chain mail!!  It's a soldier's uniform from the Crusades!!

Hahahahahaha, my 12 year old hubby!!!!!!!!

The Alaskan moose find Wade whereever he goes...  ;)

My bear with a grizzly bear!!

There was a North American Hall, filled with exhibits of animals like skunks, bobcats, oppossums, raccoons, etc...  It was CRAZYYYYY to see all the foreigners freaking out about animals we see all the time!!!!  I laughed when I was a group of Chinese girls squealing and laughing at the skunk's display!!!  They couldn't get enough pictures!!  How funny is that?!?  Sooo neat!!
It's "Under the Sea" time!!!

Can I pleaseeeee have a chair like this?!?!?!

Everything is in real, actual life size!!!  This is a jelly fish!!!  Can you imagine seeing THIS at the beach?!?!

The largest animal in the entire world!!!
The blue whale!!

It's not hard to believe Jonah was swallowed and lived in a giant fish for 3 days if that fish was anywhere near this size!!!!

My husband is sooooooooo strong, y'all!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Me and the cute little sea lion!

Giant Squid attacking a whale!!  And Wade.  :)

The Reptiles Hall!!!  Grosssss!

Had enough?!?  Ahhhhhh!!

In the dinosaur hall!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Count how many dinosaur fossils you recognize from "Ice Age!!"

Look at the wittle bitty baby dinosaur!

Hahahaha, I love that kid!

Dinosaur eggs!!!!!!

LOVE LOVE LOVING this museum!!!!!!!

Mommmmmm.  These armadillos are here just for you!!!  Look how big they used to be!!!!

Saber Tooth Tiger!!!!!!!

Ice Age animal!!!

Wade and the Mammoths!!!!!

Me and D.  ;)
Overall, this museum was the most fascinating out of them all for us!!  We absolutely loved it and would go back in a heartbeat!!!  Sooooo fuuuuun!!!

 It's a big day.  We're living off of food from the streets!
Here we are, getting our very first NY hotdog!!!!!

And eating it WITH sauerkraut!!!

Believe it or not... it was actually kinda good.
And I hate hot dogs and sauerkraut.
Haaa, maybe I was just starving!  But it really wasn't that bad!!!


Next up:
Our New York Finale!

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From childhood friends to high school sweethearts, and now newlyweds and brand-new parents, Wade and I can only thank Jesus for His incredible blessings. Our three children are the ULTIMATE gifts from God and we pray that our lives glorify Him. He is our everything.