If you would have told me one week ago that I’d be in New York for the weekend, I wouldn’t believe you. But it’s true…I just got back from a WAAY last minute trip to New York and it was amazing and meant to be.
It all started when Kyle walked in the door last Wednesday night asking me if I was spontaneous. Ha! Me…spontaneous?! Ummm…Sure!
He was just returning from a business trip to Seattle and his younger sister Bree (remember Bree on SYTYCD?!) talked him into sending me to New York to see her dance compete at the A.C.E. Awards (Award for Choreographic Excellence) in New York City. The dance she choreographed was being dedicated to our little Afton Jean.
It was midnight and I said “YES!” and freaked out (with excitement, of course). I had a few blog posts to write, shower and pack…I didn’t sleep Wednesday night at all. But how could I when I’d be in NY the next day. CRAZY!
Looking back, this trip was guided by a higher power and I am sooo thankful that I got to go. Here’s a travel log of my trip via my iPhone. This was my 5th trip to New York, and I am still amazed by this city.
I think I “overgrammed” a bit on InstaGram, but I had to…I was in New York!
Last Thursday was a horrible day to travel. There were a bunch of rainstorms that made for a bad day to fly.
I had a 3 hour layover in Denver and on my flight to New York, our plane ran out of fuel circling above Laguardia Airport. They sent us up to Syracuse New York for fuel. By the time our plane landed, it was 11 PM New York time. It was suppose to be landed at 5 PM. Oye! I was on that plane for an extra 6 hours, but it was all worth it.
Bree needed to grab some black pants for some behind the scenes stuff during her dance, so we ran into Forever 21. Only this was a 4 level Forever 21. Oh how I love this store. What was suppose to be a quick in and out turned into a good hour. The store where I live is jam packed and sooo not fun to shop in. This store was so nice and neat.
From Times Square, we had a few errands to run before the competition. One of the places we all wanted to see, was Ground Zero. We didn’t have enough time to see the 9/11 Memorial fountains up close, but I loved seeing the new Freedom Tower.
From downtown we headed uptown in a cab. I loved seeing so much of the city in a quick amount of time. We were on the edge of the city. It was fun to see the bridges up close. Here’s the Manhattan Bridge (pretty good photo for an iPhone pic, don’t you think?)
a beautiful ribbon for me to wear to their special performance which was dedicated to our little Afton. I cried. All 5 of Bree’s dancers along with Bree and Logan also wore a small white ribbon in Afton’s honor. It was so sweet.
Their dance was one of 16 pieces competing, and it took 3rd place. The girls did such a great job. The dance is so moving. I wish you all could see it in person. I will share it here once it’s live, along with a few of my other favorite numbers from the night.
Spontaneous?! Who me? …You betcha!
ps. Once Summer slows down a bit for me, I’ll be back to posting with more regularity, but as for now, I’m just flying by the seat of my pants.