Holiday Whirlwind

Hello lovely readers!

I’m back from my trip to the east coast and can’t wait to show you pictures of all the fun! The baby shower my family threw me was gorgeous and truly one of the most special days. Our trip into NYC was exciting and full holiday cheer. And spending time with my hilarious and rowdy cousins was such a treat.

I’m still getting catching my breath from such a busy mini-vacation (this big ol’ bump tires me out!). Once I get settled, I’ll be sure to share all of the details and fun photos!

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Cartier in NYC

Here’s to the Memorial

First, I want to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who commented or messaged me about our baby announcement yesterday! We are so excited to start this new chapter of our lives!

Now, down to today’s topic. On our recent trip to NYC, the spouse and I visited the construction site of the 9/11 Memorial. This is the third time I’ve been to the World Trade Center since 9/11/2001 and each time I’m surprised at the emotion I feel seeing the space where the Twin Towers once stood.

In 2003, the first time I visited the site, clean up was still going on. We walked the plywood hallways around the massive hole left in the ground and looked over thousands of signatures and notes captured on the walls. The pain of grief that still hung in the air silenced our group of normally chatty gals.

In 2004, the spouse and I visited the site and took in what I remember as the beginning of rebuilding. The huge hole in the ground was still clearly visible with a lot of walls taken down and new construction not in place just yet. Even three years post-9/11, the sadness of so many lost lives still penetrated the atmosphere.

On our most recent trip, I could finally feel a sense of change and recovery from the future 9/11 Memorial. The beautiful buildings and eventual park have started to revive the space where so much devastation took place ten years ago. The surrounding areas and the museum that has recently opened pay a beautiful tribute to the people who died and suffered extreme loss as a result of that day. We really enjoyed seeing the progression of the memorial (despite choking back tears a few times in the museum). I am looking forward to returning to the city once it’s complete.

With the ten year anniversary of 9/11 coming up this weekend, please take a few minutes to say a prayer for all the lives touched by 9/11.

“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we are the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world.

And no one will keep that light from shining.” ~President George W. Bush, September 11, 2001

Back Home

Happy Wednesday!

Hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Labor Day weekend! We had the most incredible weekend spending time on the east coast for our vacation. The weather was perfect, we had incredible food, and I got to spend a lot of time with my family.

We literally did everything I had on my list of vacation “to do’s”: we explored NYC, spent an afternoon soaking up the sun on the Jersey Shore, and finally met my nephew, Paxton! He is such a sweet little baby!

We’re back home in Colorado now getting caught up from our days off.  I plan to tell you all about our travels over a couple of posts (there’s too much to share in just one) but I couldn’t resist sharing a few photos. I look forward to sharing more soon.

Have a terrific day!

Seaside Heights
The Brooklyn Bridge
My nephew on his baptism day with his mom & dad! :)

Big Boy, Big Apple, Big Week

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had an incredible weekend! Mine was full of fun activities including two fundraising events that I can’t wait to tell you all about (posts coming later this week!).

This week is a big week: I’m flying out to New Jersey with the spouse to visit my sister and her new son, Paxton! I can’t wait to finally meet my little nephew…although I shouldn’t call him little…he weighed 10 lbs 2 oz when he was born! That’s a big boy! We’re flying in for his christening and spending a few days with family and friends on Jersey Shore. I could not be more excited to get there!

While we’re on the east coast, the spouse and I have a trip to New York City planned. We’ve made reservations at Marc Forgione’s restaurant and plan to see the progress made on the 9/11 Memorial (which I think is supposed to open in a few weeks). We have a few other stops planned including a great lunch place, some shopping (naturally), and hopefully a drink with a close friend. We can’t wait!

Between now and then, I’m trying to turn this week’s “To Do” list into a “Done” list, pack, and prepare a couple of posts for you all to enjoy in my absence. It’s going to be a hectic couple of days!

Well, I hope you all have a terrific week! Here’s a pic of my favorite building in the Big Apple: The Flatiron Building.

What’s your favorite spot in NYC? I’d love your suggestions for our trip!

Via Pinterest.