Friday, December 31, 2010

New York Christmas.

Well, I am currently at 30,000 feet en route to good old Utah and can now cross "Have a New York Christmas," off my bucket list.
This last week was a success. I finally got to see all of my family!! It was so great.
On Christmas Eve we arrived to a festive New York City apartment and just hung out and played games, Christmas Day we went to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The Rockettes are ridiculously talented. Here is a picture of me and my momma at the show..

After the show, we went (or at least attemped to) "America's Tree." aka- The giant christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.. seen in Home Alone 2. One of the greatest Christmas movies. This is the best picture I could get. This place was SO crowded, I barely had time to snap a picture.

After that, we went to dinner at a fabulous restaurant called Five Napkin Burger. I am telling you, there is nothing like New York City dining. As we were eating, I noticed the couple next to us staring near the window. I look over in the general direction and it is freaking Bill Murray eating dinner with friends/family.
The funny thing about seeing celebs in New York, is that no one seems to really make a big deal about it, unless you're a tourist.
Here is a pic of Josh, Thomas, and I at the restaurant..

The weather in the Northeast was quite crazy for the first few days.. blizzard blizzard blizzard. All the airports in the area cancelled all flights which meant Jason's family would not be coming, but we are from Utah and Utah KNOWS a blizzard. So Jason and his family drove right into the storm for 6 hours and made it to New York City. What Chammmmpsss.
Those New Yorkers like to make a much bigger deal about the snow than needs be.
After the first few days the snow stopped, but the chilly temperatures did not. It was freeeeezing!!

The rest of the trip was spent enjoying each other's company and going around the city doing fun New York things. You better bet your ace I went to Levain Bakery, known for the most delicious cookies ever. And they truly do have the best cookies ever. If you ever go to NYC, go to Levain! My brother may or may not have had a cookie-gasm on the sidewalk near central park due to the chocolatey goodness.

I could not have asked for a better Christmas vacation and better people to spend it with. I loved it so much. But I am ready to go home and spend the last 2 weeks I have in Utah with good friends. I have missed my friendies. Shae lover don't worry I am coming for you! 
I also cannot believe 2010 is over. Really? It seems like yesterday I was getting on a plane with my girls to go on our fabulous senior trip in 2009! Crazy how time flies, (cliche?)

Reflecting back on 2010, I don't think there has been a single year in my life where I have changed and grown so much as a person than this one. I do have a sneaky feeling, though, that next year I will say the exact same thing. It was filled with ups and downs, a whole lot of self searching, and a whole lot of wonderful traveling. I had a pretty good year I'd say.. but I could not be happier to be starting a whole new year. Some say New Year's Day is "just another day,"  which it is.. but to me it signifies new life and a new start.. or just improving. There is always room for improvement in life. I am so excited for this new year and what it will bring... one of my good friends is taking a leap and getting married in March, who knows what other weddings will happen this year among my friends, another good friend of mine got the opportunity to be a camp counselor in New York in the summer, and of course.. a biiiig move for me.. happening fairly soon. I could not be more excited. 

I will also be turning 20 this year! Woo, I know I know, not that big of a deal.. but I will officially be out of my teen years. I can't decide if I am relieved or sad.. 
I decided instead of "New Year's Resolutions" I am making some goals I would like to attain by the time I turn 20 in May. 
Inspired by my mother's 50 by 50 challenge, I decided to do the same but a 20 by 20 challenge. I am only sharing it with all of you because I hope that by doing so, it will make me that much more accountable to the challenge. 
Here goes..
-Read 20 Books
-Watch 20 Movies
-Write 20 Letters
-Lose 20 Pounds

So if you'd like to follow me on this journey, I will be updating on the challenge probably about once a week. 
I already finished my first book and my first movie! 



I don't have my full list of movies or books done yet, so if you have any recommendations.. please!!! 

Well I hope all of your New Year's Eve's are fun and safe. 
I love you all. 
May 2011 bring you much love.

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