January 1, 2013


Many of you probably spent New Year's watching the ball drop in Times Square from the comfort of your own home. Have you ever been to New York City? I can't imagine actually being in Times Square to watch the ball drop.  I much prefer to be in my warm house, in my cozy pajamas, drifting in and out of sleep.

We went to New York City for the first time the day after Thanksgiving, what's that called?, Oh BLACK FRIDAY. Yeah I know probably another crazy day to visit for the first time. It really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be though. No we didn't wake up at an ungodly hour with the plan to shop. We just wanted to see the city because we never had before. This was my glimpse of the New Years Ball.

It looked so tiny way up there! New York City really transforms at night.

Times Square in particular was packed.

After seeing Times Square on a pretty typical night I decided that watching the ball drop in person was not an adventure I would like to go on. 

My expectations weren't very high since I don't consider myself a city loving person. Crowds of people aren't really my favorite thing either. We went with my sister-in-law and her husband. I love them. I wish they lived closer.

Where we live now in PA is not very far from NYC, so we drove to Staten Island and took the ferry. It's free and has great views.

 We couldn't have asked for better weather. It was beautiful.

Getting off the ferry puts you in the financial district which is not as crowded and eases you into the madness. We didn't really have a solid plan, which was good and bad. There was so much to see and explore, one day is definitely not enough.

NYC is beautiful in it's own way, it really took me by surprise. The contrast between the old and the new.  There are lots of natural elements too. It will be fun to go back in the spring.

There were so many interesting architectural details. It was hard to take everything in and capture all that I wanted to.

Seeing the site of 9-11 was very sobering. St. Paul's Chapel across from the site is definitely a place worth visiting.
 There is so much history in that place.

May this New Year bring you HOPE and be full of blessings. I'm humbled that you read my blog and am thankful for my newest followers.

I'm excited to see what this year will bring. I already know that a new kitchen is in the works. I've been working on it non-stop the last 4 days. The goal is to brighten the space up. I think it's working. The difference is already HUGE. 

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