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Skating in NYC

Time for a little catching up.  

2013 ended with a holiday season as busy as ever.  We trekked into NYC to attend Greg’s company Christmas Party.  I thought it would be a good idea to drive instead of take the train.  Every time we attend a nighttime event in NYC, we dread the train ride home.  We  dread racing along with two tired children to catch a train, hope for seating and then deal with the 90 min train ride.  We always say “we should have just driven in...”  So I did.  I drove into Manhattan the week before Christmas.

Big mistake.

It had been years since I drove into the city and I was not mentally prepared to battle the people, the traffic and the pedi-cabs.  I was terrified of getting caught in the middle of an intersection due to the gridlock of too many cars and too few lanes.  At one point I seriously considered calling my brother, a NYPD officer for an escort!  Well.....I was mostly serious.  

I do give myself credit for keeping my calm.  It took me a few minutes to unwind after I arrived at Greg’s office but now that my Mom also works at the same company as Greg, I was able to visit with her while he was in a meeting and the girls got the bonus of some Grammy-time!

It is really hard to stay stressed when this is the view outside Greg’s office.

I have written about his company party before so I’ll skip the details.  I will just say once again how grateful our family is to his company for providing this night for their families.  It is one of the highlights of the year for my girls.  


  1. How cool is that.. Fun fun fun! Good for you driving in....Blessings to your year!

  2. It must be so cool to live so close to New York City. You get the benefits of the big city without all the craziness in your every day lives. I have always wanted to visit. Love the pictures.

  3. Magical! I can only imagine what driving into NYC the week before Christmas is like. I think it must be like driving in downtown ATL during the Olympics, which was one of the most stressful experiences of my life!

    Happy New Year, Jess!

  4. The views are gorgeous and what a fun experience, the traffic would make me a little nutty. And I think I would have called my brother for sure!!

  5. I still can't imagine living so close to NYC. Yay for making it through the traffic. I would have freaked! What beautiful pictures. It sounds like a magical night.


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