23 January 2012

Boston/New York Trip

On October 26 we all boarded a plane and took off for Boston.

(not my proudest picture taking moment)

We took the red eye which ended up being not so bad. Westin didn't want to sleep but was happy watching shows and I wanted to sleep but couldn't get comfy enough to do so. We landed in Boston around 5:45 (i think) and headed back home to eat a little bit then went back to bed. Westin did some world class sleeping on this trip and slept in to after 10 nearly everyday. (I think)

After we were rested enough, or when Westin woke up we headed out to Emily's school field trip to a local grocery store that has its own farm around it. I found it to be quite interesting.Westin was mostly interested in running around and Matt wanted to take pictures of every little thing on the trip. I loved the weather while there. I was afraid of being so cold but it was fun to be wearing jackets and not getting hot after a while and to wear our rain boots!

Westin is so good at eating apples whole. He would rather it like this then cut into slices.

...and the farm llama.

During MY nap, Grandma, Matt, Westin and Emily went to the Aquarium. I was told they loved it. They had an adventure trying to find it, the lost Emily briefly and they had even more of an adventure getting home. They made it, and loved it so a job well done.

That night, my cousin Micheal and his wife Stephanie who happen to be in Matt's sisters ward in Boston came over for dinner. It was fun to get to know them a little better since we have never lived close to each other.

The next morning we were off to New York! We got up bright and early, were very grateful to a friend that took us to the bus stop and loaded a bus to take the 4 hour drive SOUTH to New York City. This picture was taken by Matt.

First thing we did once we got off the bus around 10:30 was grab a slice or two of pizza. I think it was our goal to eat as much New York pizza as possible. This place was yummy and we got pizza there at the end of our trip before we got back on the bus.

After that we unloaded our stuff at the hotel which was just outside of time square and headed out to our first adventure. On the way we realized our map and timeline were left in the hotel (major bummer).
We bought a 3 day pass that got us into most of the site seeing places.
In this shot we were on a boat up and down the Hudson River. It was a fun tour that described different places and buildings in the city.
Behind us here you can see the new Freedom Tower next to ground zero. It is going to be quite the building. I can't be held responsible for the way I look, especially my hair.

All of these pictures are of us on the boat. Pretty boring stuff.

I think this picture is to document the line we totally cut. We didn't really cut we just ended up in the line that went faster then the other.

In between boat rides (you could jump on and off through out the day) We headed to the 9/11 memorial. We didn't end up going to see it because of unkown circumstances and we were all really bummed about it. Anyway, we headed looking for some food and ended up walking by the Occupy Wall Street, which I found to be very scary. (Scary stinky people)

Next up, the Ellis Island Ferry. We opted to not ride it but instead took a break to check some stuff out.

More breaks and waiting for the boat tour to take us to see the Statue of Liberty.

Again, no one can be held responsible for their looks.

Dinner was at the Shake Shack. Best. Burgers. Ever. Seriously, I would have eaten there for every meal. We ended up there for 2 meals in our 3 days and 2 nights of being there.

That night we went to the top of the Empire State Building. It took forever to get through line. I mean forever. When we got up there we found out our camera was broken. It was the only camera we had besides our phones so from now on we are taking pictures with our phones. I really liked the Empire State Building, it was a clear night so we could see all the city lite up. You could hardly tell it was so late because everything was so busy.

With our passes, we were also able to go on the sky ride. I will never do it again and encourage no one to ride it. We all thought it was going to be similar to Disneyland's Soaring over California. It was nothing like it. Very jerky, very old and extremely stupid. I'm glad I didn't pay extra for it

12 January 2012

Phone Pictures

All of these pictures were taken from my phone. This is the best we are going to get since, once again, our memory card was lost and I have no photos from September to October 2011.

Westin and his cousin Logan started a pre-school/play-group on Wednesday and Friday's. He goes for 2 hours and basically plays and learns a new letter each week. On the first day they both showed up in the same outfit. Doesn't Westin look like he belongs in California with the hair and no shoes?

Matt was car shopping and every once in a while Westin and I would join. Westin LOVED getting in and out of cars. He also loved pretending to drive any chance he got.

We house sat for a couple in our ward for 2 and a half weeks. hey live a bit closer to the beach so Westin and I took some walks down to it.

This picture is from the house we stayed at. Westin always went exploring. Luckily he never got into anything too serious. We really enjoyed house sitting. It was in a fancy neighborhood and a house that our house would fit inside ONE of the rooms. It was fun to be spread out and I really enjoyed having a big kitchen. It lasted just a bit too long.

Mornings consist of 2 or 3 bowls of cheerios and a show on the ipad. The kitchen of the house is in the background.

We were waiting for Dad to come home and this is how Westin smiles now. I actually love it.

When we got back from the house sitting we came home to Grandma and rain. We loved both. Westin loved to golf in the rain, especially when he hit the ball out of a puddle.

Westin got a hair cut from Grandma, he doens't look happy in this picture but he was totally happy watching Mickey Mouse, he even held his ear for her.

Westin Logan and I went back to Arizona with Grandma. I caught Westin folding his arms AFTER the closing prayer. He always does it late and after the amen.

Costco trip, I always get asked if they are twins in public. The double seat in the cart doesn't help.

We pulled out Grandpas train set and Westin was in heaven. It is the perfect size for him and he pushes it in circles for hours.

To get home from Arizona my sister Stacy drove us. We played the whole time. Of course. Went to the beach.

Disneyland, this is on the California adventure side.

This was on some ride that I wanted to throw up on. Westin wouldn't ride it with just Grace, "Mommy do it too"

The Bair cousins. We were all on the Ferris wheel and loving it, while trying not to throw up. This picture perfectly sums up the personality of everyone. Thats Stacy's arm with the pink shirt and she was terrified.

Then we went to a pumpkin patch, we choose the hottest day to go. Both Westin and I were red faced by the end and sweating. Westin kept going for the small pumpkins, I think because he wanted to throw them.

Our pumpkin, Westin loved telling us it was Mickey every time we passed it. Matt did it and I think he did a pretty good job.