Thursday, December 22, 2016

NYC Round 2

The gnomes decided to go on one more trip to NYC before Riana moves. It's a good thing we did, because they ended up moving even sooner than they were planning. These pictures are so out of order, but I'm losing steam real fast on this massive update, so deal with it. 

This trip had less pictures and more food than the last trip.

Here's a little video Riana made, which will tell a much better story than this post will.

 I forced everyone to do Top of the Rock and I don't regret it. I hope they don't either. It was freezing and it had been a long day, but it was really fun.  
So much cuddling. 

This pizza hit THE spot. I am still thinking about it. It was perfect. I want so much more. Joe's Pizza, btw. 

 A little stroll through Central Park. The leaves were way further behind on changing than Utah, but they were still gorgeous. 

We ran into the Travelocity gnome in Central Park and we all lost our minds. It was just such a fateful coincidence. This is how our conversation went with the travelocity photographer: 

Us: Hi, we have kinda this weird thing with gnomes and we were wondering if we could take a picture with that gnome and maybe you could take it for us?

Lady: Yeah, but I have a weird thing too. I can take your picture, but you have to promise not to post it on social media until the end of the week, because the gnome is supposed to be in Mexico right now. 

We all agreed, except Riana apparently had crossies, because she posted it the next day, she was too excited to wait! 

We went to Occulus, which is new WTC buildings/monuments? It was pretty cool. All the stores there were way out of our price range so we ended up just talking on the balcony for like an hour about nothing and then leaving. We are such bad tourists. 

We took a food tour, we had just eaten and had plans for dinner, but that didn't stop us from eating at every single stop. Also, we were all holding cronuts and desserts from our morning. We are so gross cool.  

I think this was my favorite thing on the tour, creme brulee donut from donut plant. It was soo good. 

Ryan came out with us the first day and we made him take pictures of us. He didn't come out with us again after that. JK, I think he did, he's too nice to care. 

One morning we woke up early to get in the cronut line. If you don't know what a cronut is, look it up. It's this insane craze from the baker Domnique Ansel. Every month he creates a new flavor. They sell out every single day, usually within an hour. You have to wait in line if you want a chance of getting one. We were so worried we wouldn't get one, but we got pretty good places in line and ended up with plenty to spare. 

This one was banana, dulce de leche combo. It was SO good. I want to eat one every day. 

Subway times were weirdly fun again. We had some extensive talks about the subway villages.
Juje raised a great question: "Do they just jump down and run to their house?" 
We may never know. 

Riana's friend scored us tickets to the Tonight Show. It was the thing I was most excited about it and it totally lived up to my expectations. 
They were super strict about no pictures, no cameras, no phones, and I was so nervous I was accidentally going to pull mine out and get kicked out. Natalie almost got kicked out for bringing a backpack for her breast pump, but luckily people are scared of breast pumps, so she made the cut. 

The guest was Ricky Gervais and we got a free book! Woot Woot. 
I had so much energy, I was AMPED up. We had to wait in a room for what felt like forever before they brought us into the studio. Then some funny guy came out and made sure we knew how to laugh. Then it was JIMMY time. He is just as charming and friendly in person. He did his monologue and the interview and then while Michael Buble was setting up for his performance, Jimmy came out into the audience to chat. He stood right next to our row and just answered everyone's questions for about 10 minutes. He was so great. I love him even more now. At the end of the show, he runs around the audience and everyone reaches out to touch him. We mauled him with high fives and hand holds and back pats, we love you Jimmy. It was such a great night! 

Another stop for treats. These cookies are legit. I bought for Nate but like a fool I left it out on kitchen table and Sooky (Riana's dog) got to it. Sorry Nate, better luck next time. 

The last thing on our to-do list was the TODAY show. We saw the whole crew, sneaked into a selfie with Hoda and had a good real good time. Those guys are real pros. 

It was such a great trip. I love these gnomes of mine. See ya next year. 


Fall was particularly great this year. 

Here comes October. 

Conference Half Time. 
We took a walk on one of my new favorite paths. 

I took Sloane to a pumpkin patch one night when Nate was on a scout camp out. Did I go just to take pictures? Yep. Worth it. 

She kept on trying to pick up the hugest pumpkins and after heaving with all her might she would get too frustrated and give up. 

We went to a corn maze one Saturday because Mom thought it would be fun. 
But Mom was wrong. 
Sloane just kept eating nasty dried ears of corn and walking super slow and not staying on the path. We made it about 30 yards in and then turned back. 

I also dragged Sloane to the Pumpkin Walk, I figure I've only got a couple years of that before she realizes it's lame. I always want to do so many stupid activities and it's so nice to finally have a child to blame those on. It's all for you baby girl. 

This one was particularly relevant, because the next day I was flying to NY for another gnome reunion....also, we got tickets to The Tonight Show. But we'll talk about that later. 

Moving on to other Fall times....Halloween

We carved pumpkins and it was actually one of my favorite times. It was fast and fun and I had little to no expectations, which always makes for a real good time. 

She wasn't as helpful as it looks. 

Halloween was a weird time, but also fun. We got some extra costumes from my mom, and so Sloane was a cheetah, I think. She looked hilarious walking around with a little tail and that hooded animal face.

We went trick or treating to a couple houses, and then she got a sucker and it was all over. She didn't care about anything else. We were so scared to take it away from her because she usually freaks her freak, but she was so tired she didn't care. Phew! 

Holidays are so much better with little ones. 


In September we went to Portland. I had some extra miles and was itching to go somewhere, so we booked a weekend trip to the PNW.

The flight left at 10PM and for some reason I thought Sloane would just sleep right through the flight (have I ever met this child?) Well, she didn't. She was wide awake the whole time and had so much to do. We finally made it to the hotel and settled in about 1am. We were tired. 

But the next day we went and explored the gorge and hiked to Multnomah Falls. It was awesome. The hike was harder than I was expecting and I wore the stupidest shoes. It was a pretty hike, but not much to see at the top, so a little disappointing. 

This face. 

These two are so in love and I want to be in their club someday. But I never will be. 

Nate carried Sloane all the way up, I thought I'd be nice and carry her on the way down. Sadly, it was way harder than I thought it would be, I made it, but my hips were lying the next day. 

After that we drove out to coast. We stayed in Seaside and it was the cutest town. I loved it. 
The drive out there was SO cool, it was rainy and foggy and just a little spooky and a lot pretty. We played at Canon Beach for a while. Sloane was chowing down handfuls of sand and we weren't doing anything to stop her. It was a really nice day.

Nate found a sand dollar that I took full credit for. 

We walked around Seaside the night we got there. There were so many cute and fun little shops. One of the best candy stores ever and an arcade that I couldn't get enough of, plus all kinds of other quirky shops. Not a whole of food options, I think we walked up and down the street two times (about an hour walk) before deciding to go to Dairy Queen. We are such foodies. 

That sign behind my lame face says Seaside. 

Arcade Party


After staying on the coast for a night and day, we headed back into Portland to check out the city and see if we could find Fred Armisen. We found some food trucks and ate lunch there and then wandered around for a while. By far the best part of the city was Powell's Books. That place is INSANE. It just goes on forever and forever. We hung out in the children's section for a while and found two of the cutest books and now they are my favorite to read to Sloane. 

The second I put Sloane down, this was the first book she pulled out. For a minute she couldn't get it all the way out, so it just said "My dad is the best" and all I could say is, "YOU WOULD!"

These pics are so cute. I really loved that place. 

After that, we went to a park and played on the swings. I wasn't that impressed with the city of Portland, gotta say it was probably my least favorite part of the trip. Next time we'll just stick to the waterfalls that we're used to....wait, that's not right. 

Peace out PDX.