October 2009


#10 – The Leaves – We were there a little too early for the full change of the fall colors, but we did see the beginning and there were spots of color here and there. It was so beautiful, so I can only imagine how gorgeous it must be in full orange, red and yellow!

#9 – Papa Driving in NYC – We were all quite proud of his maneuvering through the crazy streets of the city. We laughed (and gasped) several times throughout the journey. The best part was when we were stopped at a light, and Sally rolled down her window and touched the truck next to us.

#8 – Empire State Building – If you didn’t see the pictures from this post, check it out. It was a crisp, clear night … the view was amazing! When I asked my friends what to do in NYC, they all agreed that I had to do the Empire State Building at night. I definitely agree.

#7 – Tea & Carriage Ride. In honor of my grandma’s birthday, we surprised her by going to tea at The Plaza Hotel and then taking a carriage ride through Central Park. It was so much fun! I absolutely loved Central Park … it’s such a beautiful, calm place.

#6 – North End: Boston’s Little Italy – LoVeD it here! I wonder why?! 🙂 Mike’s Pastry was just amazing, as I already mentioned in my previous post. And Caffe Vittoria is a legit Italian bar (and by bar I mean coffee shop). My latte macchiato took me back to Venice … it was just grand!

#5 – Sea Swirl!! We were in Mystic, Connecticut (way cute little town with fun shops), and I was craving ice cream. One of the tourist guides to Mystic recommended a few ice cream places, one of which was Sea Swirl. The thing about this place that caught my eye was that Rachael Ray had eaten there on her show “$40 a Day,” and I LoVe Rachael Ray. 🙂 So my quest … find Sea Swirl and have ice cream there. Well we found it, and I’m not gonna lie it wasn’t what I was expecting. It was just this little hole-in-the-wall kind of place on the side of the street. It was the kind of place where you go up to the window and order and there are picnic tables outside. I told the girl I was a big dork and I was only there because Rachael Ray had been there, haha. She had actually been there when Rachael Ray was there and she told me what she ordered – the codfish sandwich. So all this effort … and she didn’t even get the ice cream! But since I was hungry I decided to be brave and try the sandwich. Note to keep in mind: I do not like fish! Oh. my. goodness. The sandwich was InCrEdIbLe!!! In fact, it’s just before lunch as I’m writing this, and now I want one for lunch. Do you think I can make it to Connecticut and back in 1/2 an hour?!

#4 – Ear piercing! I told Heidi months ago that I wanted to get second holes in my ears. We decided we wanted to get it done on this trip if we could find a place. The process of trying to get our ears pierced was hilarious … we tried to do it our 1 night in Providence, and after 3 piercing and tattoo parlors (or is it a shop – I do not know), more lessons in piercing and gauges than I care to know, and several thoughts of “Am I going to die in here?!” … we did not get it done. In Boston, right before we had to leave (literally … I was afraid we were going to miss our plane, haha!) Heidi and I spotted a Claire’s … and we came out of there with second holes, permanent souvenirs, and a mission accomplished.

#3 – Hot cocoa and talking. On the last night of our trip (in Boston), Heidi and I really wanted some hot chocolate to drink. There was a downpour, we were soaked, we were cold … we wanted to drink warmth. We were back at our hotel, and we weren’t really sure where to go at that late hour to drink hot chocolate. So Heidi, Sally and I headed down to the “lounge” in our hotel to see if they could satisfy our craving … and sure enough, they had hot cocoa … and whipped cream! 🙂 The three of us sat and talked for a long time and had great conversation. 

#2 – Story time with Papa and Grandma. There were lots of stories and fun conversations and memories throughout the trip, but the highlight was in the car driving from New York to Connecticut. Sally asked Papa and Grandma to tell us the story of their relationship. We got to hear everything from when they first met to their first date to their first kiss to their wedding to their honeymoon to their anniversaries and much, much more. So fun! 🙂

#1 – My favorite moment from my trip … the end of my plane ride to New Jersey. It was sunset … there were beautiful, huge, white, puffy clouds … there were amazing colors dancing across the sky … I was listening to the Sovereign Grace song “Glorious & Mighty.” It was one of those mountain top experiences of seeing God’s greatness through His creation and worshipping Him. He is truly amazing!

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I had to dedicate a whole post to Boston, because it was my favorite part of the trip. I LoVe the city of Boston! We got into Boston on a rainy Sunday afternoon, got settled into our hotel, and then I went out with a friend from college who now lives there. I got to spend an hour and a half on a personal guided tour of the city (we drove around, because it was raining), which was awesome! I learned a lot of random facts about places and got to see all the highlights. We then met up with my grandparents and cousins at Union Oyster House – the oldest restaurant in the United States.

View from Papa and Grandma's hotel room - so beautiful! Heidi, Sally & I ended up with a private balcony with that view!

View from Papa and Grandma's hotel room - so beautiful! Heidi, Sally & I ended up with a private balcony with that view!

Enjoying our lovely seafood dinner

Enjoying our lovely seafood dinner

On Monday, we took a trolley tour around the city. The trolley stops at all the hot spots and you can get off for as long as you want and hop on another trolley when you’re ready to move on. It was a good way to get around if you’re not inclined to walk. Boston Common and Boston Gardens are beautiful! We had a lot of fun taking pictures there, and thanks to photographer Sally, we got a lot of good ones. We had a fun dinner that night with my friend and saw some more sights. Good times!

The original Cheers bar (the food smelled amazing!)

The original Cheers bar (the food smelled amazing!)

Heidi and I made a new friend, hehe

Heidi and I made a new friend, hehe

Enjoying our new friend

Enjoying our new friend!

So cute!!

So cute!!

Papa and his twins

Papa and his twins

Kisses for Papa

Kisses for Papa

Heid & Han
Heid & Han
In the gardens

In the gardens

On Tuesday, Papa and Grandma parted ways with us and headed up to Maine. Sally, Heidi, and I went to Harvard and walked around for a bit. Then Heidi indulged me, and the two of us went to Little Italy! We went to Mike’s Pastry, which I was told not to miss (So true – I later enjoyed the amazing creme puff I purchased there). Then we went to Caffe Vittoria, which was recommended to me, and I had a delicious iced caffe macchiato. So yummy and tasted like Italy to me. 🙂 We met up with Sally and headed back to our hotel and then to the airport. We were all so sad to say goodbye and to be leaving these wonderful places we got to experience. I am so thankful for the opportunity to take this trip – it was a blessing in many ways! I will still post my “Top 10” list … I purposely left some things out of these last 2 posts so as not to overlap too much. 🙂 For now, I leave you with one final picture …

These are EvErYwHeRe and EvErYoNe loves them!!

These are EvErYwHeRe and EvErYoNe loves them!!

Many of you may know that I went on a trip to the East Coast a few weeks ago. I was supposed to go on a trip to Italy, but that did not work out and the Lord had other things in store for me. There’s too much to put everything we did and all the pictures we took … but here’s an overview and lots of pics (I will try to get more pics up on Facebook for those of you who want to see more).

 On Wednesday the 23rd of September, I flew to Newark, NJ, where I met up with my grandparents. Thursday we went to New York City and saw the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Empire State Building. I stayed in town a little longer and walked through Time Square to see the lights and the buzz.

gma,papa, han NYC

At the Statue of Liberty with NYC in the background

My Foot Picture for the trip! Can you believe how big Lady Liberty's foot is?!

My Foot Picture for the trip! Can you believe how big Lady Liberty's foot is?!

NYC was so beautiful from the top of the Empire State Building!!

NYC was so beautiful from the top of the Empire State Building!!

Me & Grandma

Me & Grandma

Thursday night, my cousins – Heidi & Sally – flew in. The next morning, we drove into New York City (go Papa, go!). We surprised my Grandma for her birthday and took her to tea at the Plaza Hotel and then went for a carriage ride through Central Park.

Tea at the Plaza

Tea at the Plaza

Heidi & Me in front of the pretty bridge in Central Park!

Heidi & Me in front of the pretty bridge in Central Park!

I HaD to do a fish lips picture ... I couldn't resist! ;)

I HaD to do a fish lips picture ... I couldn't resist! 😉

 We then headed up to Connecticut, and Heidi & I became the official navigators, hence the picture with the map and the worried look of wondering how we were going to get from point A to point B (which I think was actually taken heading into NYC from New Jersey). We spent the night in Connecticut and spent Saturday morning at Mystic, CT. It is a beautiful area with quaint shops AND … Sea Swirl. What you might ask is Sea Swirl?! Well … it’s part of my “10 Top Highlights from my East Coast Trip” so … you’ll have to check back and read a later post to find out!! 😉 Man, I am so mean, haha. But continuing on …  

Uh oh

Uh oh

Having fun, hehe

Having fun, hehe

Still having fun ...

Still having fun ...

Beautiful Mystic

Beautiful Mystic

How cute is this place?!

How cute is this place?!

 We ended up in Providence, Rhode Island that night, where Heidi and I discovered their Little Italy and the cutest cafe with the most amazing crepes!! The two of us ate there Saturday night and then made Papa and Grandma go with us for breakfast the following morning (we let Sally sleep in). I got to have one of my favorite Italian pastries – sfogliatella. It was yumm-o!

If I could remember the name of this place, I'd totally recommend it, haha!

If I could remember the name of this place, I'd totally recommend it, haha!

From Providence we headed on up to Boston, Massachusetts … which I will tell about in Pt 2! Then I will post my “Top 10” list … so stay tuned!

So the last few weeks have been pretty busy for me. A couple weeks ago I was in charge of planning food for about 60 people for our Bible Study retreat. Yeah, that was a whole lot more work than I realized … but it was great! 🙂 Then a couple days after retreat, I flew to the East Coast, where I met up with my grandparents and two cousins. We traveled through 5 states in 7 days. Needless to say … it was not exactly a restful vacation. 🙂 This week the exhaustion of the past few weeks finally caught up with me … especially Friday afternoon. Allow me to explain what happened …

On my afternoon break I decided to lay down for a few minutes, because I was so stinkin’ tired! I went down to the comfortable couch in the lounge, set my alarm for 10 minutes, and enjoyed a nice rest. When my alarm went off, I was very sad because I had not fallen asleep (which was not a surprise … I’m not one of those people to lay down and immediately fall asleep). I thought to myself … “Self, you have a couple minutes of break left, just lay here a minute more … it’s not like you will fall asleep or anything.” Next thing I remember: waking up (a little confused by my surroundings), seeing the lounge door open and someone walk in, and hearing the words: “Rita (my boss) just wanted me to check to see if you were in here.” I quickly realized what had happened, looked at the clock, and was alarmed to find out my alarm had gone off 45 minutes earlier!! I ran upstairs to customer service and apologized to my boss and sat down and tried to work. Problem was, I was dizzy and so disoriented from my long, deep sleep that I could barely function! And the day was almost over anyways, haha.

Moral of the story … always get up to your alarm at work 🙂