So I always say I’ll do better about posting, but I know that isn’t going to happen, so here is another update. Since my last post we took our trip to New York City and Anthony & Katie got married!
Our trip to New York City was amazing! The plane ride there was great. Kaitlyn loved being on a plane. Getting off however was another story. We had to make a connection in Atlanta, and she cried all the way off the plane to the next terminal. She eventually calmed down, but wasn’t happy about getting off when we landed in NY either. Our hotel was great too. We stayed right in Time Square! Our first day there we visited Toys R Us and rode the ferris wheel inside the store, went to FAO Schwartz, went to Whole Foods, and ate at Roxy’s. The next day Sean had to attend a conference for work so Kaitlyn, Papito and I explored NYC. We walked to Central Park, went to the Central Park Zoo, visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, and just took in everything around us. That night, while on our way to dinner, we passed a theater where “In The Heights” was playing. There was a lady that worked for them that asked if we were interested in entering the lottery. My cousin Sandy told me about this. Different shows offer a lottery, where you can discounted front row tickets, a few hours before a show. We entered and won 2 seats for a great price. So for dinner, we grabbed a pizza and headed back to the hotel to eat then Sean and I went to the show. The show was fantastic! While Sean and I were at the broadway show, Papito and Kaitlyn ate some NY Cheesecake and lounged in the hotel. Kaitlyn had cheesecake each night we were there! The next day (Tuesday) Papito, Kaitlyn and I walked to the American Museum of Natural History. It was a long walk! The museum was very nice. Kaitlyn had fun looking at all of the animals, hanging on the railings, and posing for pictures. After walking around the museum for a couple of hours, we met Sean in Central Park then headed to the Apple store where he picked himself up an early Christmas present. Sean had to head back to his conference, so the three of us walked down 5th Avenue. We walked through Macy’s and saw the Christmas windows at Lord Taylor. We then headed back to the hotel, waited for Sean, and ate at an Irish pub right around the corner from our hotel. It was great by the way! Now onto Wednesday… the three of us ventured onto the Subway this time! We took the subway to the Staten Island Ferry. We rode the ferry both ways and saw the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and the city skyline. Kaitlyn enjoyed the ferry. We then took the subway to Little Italy. I must say Little Italy was definitely Little! Chinatown is taking over! Papito enjoyed it though! He was able to get some Italian cookies he’s been longing for. We ate lunch at a little Italian restaurant, which was delicious, then heading back to the hotel. Thursday was our last day there. We ate breakfast, bought some last minute gifts, participated in the Duracell’s Power the Decade (see a photo of us http://powerlab.duracell.com/?p=80), then checked out of the hotel and waited to head to the airport. Our flight was a little delayed due to a power outage earlier that morning, but we eventually made it home! So all in all, we had an amazing trip! Definitely something we will do again.
Now on to the Wedding!!! December 12th, Uncle Anthony and Aunt Katie were married! It was an amazing day! Family and friends started arriving the Tuesday before and helped with flowers, favors, and any other last minute details that popped up. I spent the morning of the wedding with the beautiful bride. She was so happy and calm the whole morning. We got our hair done, make up done, then once the photographer arrived, she got dressed. Se was beautiful! Sean spent the morning with Kaitlyn then met up with Anthony to fulfill his duties as Best Man. I have to say, being in the bridal party was definitely more stressful than being the bride! We ran into a few bumps that day, but made sure the bride and groom knew nothing of them and just enjoyed their day! The ceremony was beautiful, the reception was a blast, and the next day was filled with much needed rest! Anthony and Katie headed off to their honeymoon the day after the wedding. They stopped in Savannah, Daytona Beach then Disney World! Needless to say, we couldn’t wait for them to come home. As soon as their photographer posts pictures, we will be sure to share the link so those of you who could not make it can have a glimpse of their special day.
Well tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and I definitely cannot believe Christmas came so quickly! The tree is up, presents are wrapped, and family plans are made. We wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas! Love you all! – The Ryan Family