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Celebration!

by Kiran on January 18, 2011 · 16 comments

in Family & Friends, Travels

I am a little overdue with these posts – Oopss… No regrets as I have a policy – when I am surrounded with loved ones, I try to disconnect myself from blogging and such. Precious moments spent with families and friends should be treasured as much as possible :)

But I hope you would enjoy scrolling down the memory lane with me. Loads of pictures and cherished memories to share :)

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Woke up bright and early on Christmas day after driving long hours for the last two days.

After the photo sessions and mingles with some friends, we bundled on layers to head on into the city. New York City. It was bone-chilling cold, but we wanted to visit NYC on Christmas and share in the joy :)

I am so bewildered by tunnels. There seemed to be many connecting New Jersey with New York City. This is Holland Tunnel – by far, the busiest tunnel I’ve came across.

The thing that I most love about New York City is not only how colorful and vibrant the billboards are at Times Square or how envious I get whenever someone mentions its famous farmer’s market, but the idea of living there someday. Seriously. There’s something in the whole vibe of NYC which makes me wish I had ancestral property facing Central Park! Wishful thinking ;)

Ignore that uber pink ensemble. What was I thinking? Pink overboard :D

Whereas, the Hubs went ahead with neutrals. Browns. Oatmeal. He looks adorable, the only thing that matters. Oh, and the obvious comfort against a chilling night. Obviously.

This one is for you Girlfriend! A huge Forever 21 billboard that transmits live action of people in Times Square. What a cool way to entertain customers and bystanders. Can you spot us?

I <} you Forever, 21.

The only thing I miss about New York City are the Broadway shows. Wanted to catch Mamma Mia, alas, the tickets were SOLD OUT! I got a glimpse into what Broadway musical is all about when Spring Awakening was in town a few months ago, and I must say, live Broadway shows are interesting. It requires a lot of talent and props to ensure one doesn’t get lost or bored in the whole experience. Have you watched a Broadway show before?

Met my long lost buddy Elmo in its uber red ensemble. Beneath those furryness, lies a character that kept whispering, “You need to pay me in cash”. Hello, you are missing the moment here. There should be a “free hug” law. Sheesh.

This was taken in front of a shoe boutique at Rockefeller’s Plaza. Look at those sparkly and bedazzling pumps! I would imagine this as any woman’s DisneyLand ;)

Left an Operation Beautiful note – an easy method to encourage positivity. It starts with post-its, pen and a camera (even phone camera would do). I left this note at Times Square’s TGIF in the hopes of making someone smile :) We had our dinner and returned home for some needed R & R. We were pretty tired with layers of clothing!

Blizzard hit the up North states for a full day! We were trapped at home and didn’t want to risk driving in treacherous weather. Something that we are not used to coming from the Sunshine State. Once the wind settled, we were out to see the damage. Well, for New Jersey residents, it was a damage. For us, it was an unforgettable and beautiful experience. Tarun and I were like bunch of 9 year old’s, playing and taking in the beauty of snow. This was our 1st snow experience and it was so much fun. We wanted to create a snowmen, but the snow was too dry and powdery. So we took on the next best chore:

Throwing snowballs ;)

Making Snow Angels ;)

Am I a goofball or what?

Are you kidding me? 20 inches of snow? Wahoo!!!

After goofing around in the snow, we got to experience snow shoveling. As much as we loved playing in the snow, shoveling is way too serious of a chore. We are thankful for our lawn-mowing in Florida. Thank you lord :)

What would you prefer – A snowy or sunshine winter? I love snowy Christmas, now that we have experienced winter.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 angela January 18, 2011 at 2:32 PM

I want those sparkly shoes!!! As much as I love where I live now and feel nowhere else is truly home anymore, I miss living near NYC. I grew up going to Broadway plays and would love to take my daughter someday. I don’t REALLY miss the blizzards though. We had one here in Oklahoma last Christmas and it completely trapped us at home. Fun to play in every once in awhile, but I definitely don’t miss having to deal with it all winter long.

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2 Kiran January 18, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Angela,
Don’t we all ;)
Lucky you, growing up watching Broadway plays. It would be nice to have a mother-daughter day out at a Broadway.

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3 dinu January 19, 2011 at 2:54 AM
4 Kiran January 21, 2011 at 11:18 PM

Dinu,
Thanks :)

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5 Barry H January 19, 2011 at 5:46 AM

Love those snow pics!
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6 Kiran January 21, 2011 at 11:18 PM

Barry,
Thank you so much and Welcome to Chatterbox :)

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7 Evan Thomas January 19, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Such a fun trip! We were supposed to drive from MA to NYC to see Wicked on Broadway the day after Christmas, but the storm cancelled those plans :-(

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8 Kiran January 21, 2011 at 11:22 PM

Evan,
Glad to see you here and Welcome to Chatterbox :)
Yeah, the blizzard at that time was a bummer. Overall, it was a fun trip and I love visiting New York City. Perhaps we can plan for a future Broadway show together. Keeping our fingers crossed till then.

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9 Bess January 19, 2011 at 8:00 PM

What a fun trip and great photos!

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10 Kiran January 21, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Bess,
Thanks my dear, you are awesome :)

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11 Jackie January 19, 2011 at 11:13 PM

Looks like a great trip! I love New York and miss it a lot (I grew up less than 2 hrs from NYC so we made tons and tons of trips up and some of my BFFs still live there).

Um, I’m OBSESSED with your photos. The one of you and Tarun shoveling and the one of you in Times Square almost looks Photoshopped. How could the backgrounds and foregrounds be that gorgeous? Amazing. And the models are pretty good looking, too, so that helps! :)

Great recap and what a lot of wonderful memories for you two!
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12 Kiran January 21, 2011 at 11:31 PM

Jackie,
Welcome to Chatterbox and thank you for such lovely compliments :)
It was indeed a great trip. I love NYC – such a lively city with tonnes of attraction. Regarding the photos, I’ve got to admit I have an amazing DSLR camera. The 2 photos that you are referring to, amazingly, it’s RAW (Straight Out of Camera – SOOC) without any touch-ups. I used a close-up (portrait) 55-200mm lens for these shots. Although, I did use Lightroom to adjust the contrast on the rest of the clicks. Just so you know :)

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13 mum January 23, 2011 at 8:06 AM

You look so cute my little girl, in that pink jacket. Its awesome!!!! feel like hugging u !!!!!
LOVE U BOTH SO MUCH!!!! MISS U TOO!!

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14 Kiran January 26, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Oh, thanks Mommy! You are awesome and we are missing you so much :)

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