Sunday, March 29, 2009

in like a lion, out like a lamb?

now it's almost april. and kansas city saw very little snow this winter. i even bragged on 3 or 4 different occasions of 70 degree weather smack dab in the middle of the winter season here. you know what happens when you brag about a mild, relatively snowless winter?

i sat by my window yesterday afternoon and watched our beautiful spring flowering trees as they were covered first by..

a layer of ice,

then by snow.

and lots of it.

the weatherman likes to call this a "winter storm."
i call it karma.

when life brings you lemons? make lemonade!

the poor guy was brought to life for only about 5 minutes before col- i mean, derek johnson (chiefs linebacker), sent his snow guts flying.


meanwhile, i'm plotting a way to get rid of old man winter for good..

Saturday, March 28, 2009

more from NYC.

Times Square

St. Patrick's Cathedral

View of city from Pier 17

Lady Liberty

Ground Zero

I came back with over 350 pictures in 5 days, which still doesn't capture so much of what we actually got to see. New York is ginormous, to say the least. We saw a lot, and did a lot. (and did I mention we ate a lot, too?)

a ferry ride across the bay to Liberty Island and Ellis Island
Little Italy - we dined at Scott & Amanda's favorite place: Angelo's
Pier 17 for a view of the water and Brooklyn Bridge
5th Avenue shopping district
Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) - 2,000,000 square feet
Financial District - New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street, Federal Hall (where George Washington took oath in office)
Madison Square Garden
Central Park - 850 acres
World Trade Center site aka "Ground Zero"
SoHo, TriBeCa, Upper East Side districts of Manhattan
Times Square

I'm sure I'm leaving some things out - but it at least gives you an idea.

All thanks to our tour guides and hosts, Scott & Amanda! :)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

the big apple.

march 18-25, 2009 fulfilled a life-long dream of mine; the dream to visit NYC. what started with my love for the New York Knicks and the desire to visit Madison Square Garden, has broadened with age to the appeal of ‘the city so nice they named it twice.’my new favorite cousin-in-law, scott (sorry Jamie:)), flew colby and i to NYC during colby’s break last week to visit with him and his fiancé, amanda. we left summer-like weather for a much cooler climate, and even had snow on the first day of spring! colby always loves a reunion with his cousin (you should see them together.. or perhaps it’s better you don’t.), and I very much enjoy amanda’s company. we tried to stop eating long enough to see some of the city, and spent most of our time looking UP!

Monday, March 16, 2009

in true irish spirit.

on st. patrick's day, we turn our attention to all things irish: the color green in its entirety, the shamrock, irish pubs, and.. the irish setter. (what? well, ok, maybe not everyone.)

i'm using the holiday as an excuse to introduce you to the upcoming addition to our family - our irish puppy.

the puppies are only 4 weeks old now, so we won't actually get to bring one home for another month. last weekend, colby and i drove to paola, kansas to meet the pups. the above picture is one of two males that we are interested in. but with 10 faces just as cute as that one, it's hard not to want them all! but macy could use a brother around here to cause some mischief with... ;)

as for st. paddy's day.. we're gearing up for a high of 80 degrees and sunny. don't forget your green! sláinte!