Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New York Part 2

On our second day in New York Bridgette and I decided to stick to Manhattan and check out some of the places that we hadn't had time to see on previous trips.  Above all, we just enjoyed walking around the city in the scorching hot sunshine.

The day also included lining up at TKTS for tickets to the evening's performance of Evita starring none other than the always adorable Ricky Martin.  I still swoon at the memory of that sexy man on stage... ;)

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I'm back...

Well folks, it was a busy summer!  Between multiple trips to the Island, a family camping trip in Washington, moving to a new place, a trip to New York with my friend Bridgette, two weddings, a long weekend in the Okanagan, and many many hours of work I can honestly say that I am EXHAUSTED!

While I never relish the end of Summer, I am happy that Fall has arrived and with it a return to structure and normalcy.  As I write this I have the Packers game on and the crisp fall air is coming in through my giant open window.  Tonight I even plan to make my first pot of soup (Kale and Lentil to be exact) - definitely a sign that Fall has arrived.

So, as you might guess we have lots to catch up on.  Let's start with the New York trip, shall we?

In July my friend Bridgette and I took off for a 4 day getaway to New York.  We had been planning it since I came home from my East Coast vacation last September.  We decided we had to go to New York when I mentioned to Bridgette that I had a ticket voucher for a Yankees game during the 2012 season due to my game being rained out.  Clearly this meant that we had to go to New York together because we absolutely wouldn't want the tickets to go to waste.  We flew out on a Cathay Pacific red eye flight from Vancouver to New York on a Friday night and were absolutely flabbergasted at how amazing Cathay Pacific was.  We arrived in New York very very early Sunday morning, walked to our friend Tera'a place, changed, and set out to the Bronx for the Yankees game.  Needless to say we were a bit tired but the game was fantastic.  It was a scorcher (the whole week was) but it was a great day!

Some pics from day one:

Yankee Stadium - waiting for the game to start


LOVE me some Derek Jeter



Yankee Stadium

On the way home

On the way home

Happy Sunday!!


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Weekend Trip to Victoria

I recently spent the weekend on Vancouver Island visiting my parents.  I spent a couple days in Victoria and then headed up to Parksville for a couple fun filled days of beach walks, mini golf, and general relaxation.  I don't know what it is about the island but I immediately feel myself relax when I get there.  That said, the process of getting there is never as relaxing as I want it to be.  I don't quite understand why I can never seem to be early for the ferry... I also cut it uncomfortably close and then curse myself the whole journey hoping I won't miss the boat.  Silly, I know.

This particular weekend was no exception.  By the time I arrived at the ferry and sat down in my seat I was exhausted from all the rushing and stress - definitely not the way I wanted to kick off my long weekend.  Lucky for me a surprise was waiting for me and all the other lucky passengers on the ferry: a performance from Headwater.  The Vancouver based band was en route to Victoria for a couple shows and their impromptu show helped turn my day around.    


Later in the day while waiting for our takeout from Noodle Box to be ready my Mom and I went for a quick walk through Chinatown.  If you get a chance to head over to Victoria be sure to explore Chinatown and check out Fan Tan Alley - there is so much history and there are so many beautiful things to see.  It is a must visit!

Fan Tan Alley

Fan Tan Alley

Fan Tan Alley

Fan Tan Alley

Monday, June 11, 2012

A Day at the Races

This past weekend we celebrated Missy's birthday at the Hastings Racetrack.  The whole crew showed up including my nieces and nephew all of whom were enjoying their very first track experience.  The sun was shining, the crowd was energized, and it was an amazing day had by all.

For me horse racing is less about the competition or making a smart bet and is more about the actual animals themselves.  As a former equestrian I miss being around horses every day.  When you spend every Saturday of your childhood driving out to the stables, tacking up, and spending hours on end with your horse it is hard to not feel a kinship with these gorgeous animals.


Watching the races

Scouting the horses

A horse racing enthusiast in the making


The Races


*love x 2*
Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Lucy's 1st Birthday!

Last weekend my cousin hosted a lovely 1st birthday party for her amazing little girl at Trout Lake Park in Vancouver.  The ladybug themed shindig was a fantastic way to celebrate my beautiful niece and everyone had a great time.

The spread

Ladybug cupcakes - banana chocolate, yum!

The spread

Super cute birthday girl!!

 Super cute niece #2 - I'm a lucky Auntie

Birthday Girl showing off her walking skills

Delish treats

Figuring out the cupcakes