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In case you missed it, Part 1 of my New York City New Year’s Eve can be found here.

When we woke up it was New Year’s Eve.  While we were showering and getting ready, we noticed it had started snowing outside. Here’s the roof of the building across from our hotel room.

It was so exciting for a bunch of Texans. We got all bundled up for the cold and snow. It wasn’t terribly bad wearing a beanie…that means you don’t have to fix your hair too much.

After getting all bundled up we headed out exploring. Not a minute from our hotel, I spotted this artwork on a store front.

We went to the real Rockefeller Center to see the tree and go ice skating. It was magical ice skating in the snow. Totally worth the $28 and forcing our way through the 100 pe0ple in the skate rental/storage room. Here’s me waiting in line.

After we left Rockefeller Center (honestly it felt like we were there a long time…breakfast, trying to find the ice skating rink, standing in line, getting skate, ice skating, returning skate, trying to find the way out) we wandered around the city for a while.

We ended up at Central Park. It was more beautiful than I remembered…I think the snow had something to do with that. Linsi and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stage a snowball fight.

Here’s my favorite shot of the whole trip. Is my wallpaper on my computer at work. Are you ready?

Soon enough we were starving, so we set off to a place recommended by one of Taylor’s friends. It’s called Westville NYC and we visited the West location at 210 W. 10th Street in Greenwich Village. Luckily we got our names on the list before the 3:00PM cutoff for New Year’s Eve. The food was great and the atmosphere was even more awesome. This was honestly one of the best spots of the trip. I got a burger, but if I had it to do over, I would have tried the market veggies. 

After eating our late lunch at Westville NYC, we went back to the hotel to rest for a bit. Linsi and I ran a few errands (printing our bus ticket confirmation and buying some NYE Prosecco and wine) before heading out again for New Year’s Eve.

We hopped on the subway…

 and headed toward Times Square. Once we got there, we stayed for a few minutes after getting through the security checks. Here I am with the ball in the background… 

and a super close up of the ball. 

After just a few minutes, we decided we were going to find something else to do, since the ball was so far away and small anyway. Besides, it was at least 3 hours until midnight, and with no food or bathrooms, we were better off doing something else.

 We found finally found Jack Russell’s Pub. Where we enjoyed a few beers and a good amount of people watching. I don’t know what time it was when we left, but we decided to get some food and head back to the hotel to watch the ball drop. Thank goodness for late night New York Pizza joints!

Back at the hotel, we turned on the tv to catch the festivities…

and popped open our prosecco for a midnight toast to the new year.

Not long after the ball dropped, we went to bed. We had a long day and another full day ahead of us.

To be continued…


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Mom, my wish came true

It snowed here in Beaumont last night.  Here are the inital flurries we saw around 10PM. 


And here’s what we woke up to this morning.  Taylor over heard a kid telling his mom that his wish came true!






It is truly magical seeing everything covered in white.  I know I saw snow growing up in Colorado, and tiny flurries come down every few years.  But it has been MANY years, since I’ve seen anything like this.

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