Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Finally a new post :)

I am completely overwhelmed by blogging especially because I am six months behind :). But to appease a few of you and to get some of this guilt to go away I will give a brief update with a few pictures and be done with that! Get ready for a lot of slide shows :)


Probably one of the BEST things about living here is going to the US OPEN. Katie and Jeff came up from DC and we were able to go to a few matches, so much fun!


Travis graduated, wahoo!!! It was so long ago but I am so proud of him and all that he accomplished. Trav's parents and grandparents came out to be there for the ceremony.

Trav and I got jobs and moved into a new apartment. I am working for Amalgamated Bank (I know it's a mouthful) and am really enjoying it. Trav is working for American Continental Properties, a development firm, he is managing a portion of their retail portfolio. Our apartment is pretty close to our old place but closer to the subway so we are loving that.....

Halloween, some of our friends threw a party and it was a lot of fun, do you like our costumes. With everything that was going on right then we had no time to plan a costume so this is what you get for $10 at Michael's.


Trav was called into the Bishopric and my dad and Julieta came out along with surprise visitors, Trav's dad, mom, Zack and Kristen, came to support him. We had so much fun will all of them and showing a few of them NY for the first time! Thanks for coming out we will accept any of you again ANYTIME!

Ok this is it for now all of this picture downloading takes a lot of time! Agh I am exhausted......

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Summer in New York!

Well this last week marks ONE year in New York. It is hard to believe it has been so long it feels like we got here yesterday. Here are some pics for reminiscing.....
{All the Wood's and Olsen's belongings!!}

This summer has been quite a crazy summer as far as weather is concerned, it has basically rained everyday up until the last two weeks or so and now it is so hot and humid. But we have been able to get out to do a few fun things.

For the Fourth of July we went to the Delaware River Gap with some friends for some tubing down the river and camping. It was a lot of fun and good to get out to enjoy nature.....

After camping we headed to Long Beach on Long Island, it was my first experience on a New York beach overall it was great with the exception that you have to PAY to get on the beach now that is pretty lame. We met a bunch of people from the ward out there and it was a lot of fun just relaxing and playing games.
{The Boys}
{The Girls}
Trav and I have spent a lot of time in the park this summer, hours upon hours upon hours actually. It has been really nice when we have had good weather we just pack a picnic and head to the park with our books. On my birthday weekend we went down to do the row boats in Central Park, I have been wanting to do them since we moved here and Trav surprised me with it, it was so nice.

In July we also had a chance to go down to DC to visit Katie and Jeff......It was so great to see them, we have missed them in New York but it was fun to see where they are now and have them take us around their city. Scott, Marylynn and Zoe met us down there too! We just hung out ate good food, saw DC and enjoyed friends.

Other than that Trav and I have just been enjoying what NY has to offer in the summer. We have been to a few outdoor movies which have had spectacular views! We also went down to one of the Piers a few weeks ago to watch the Guitar Man in Central Park play some tunes it was great and the people watching was awesome.

Our lives have been crazy stressful this summer, but we are trying to make the most of it. I started a new job in June and have grown to really like it, the people are great and I am understanding the work a lot better so it makes it easier. Trav is still on the hunt, August has been really slow and dead for people getting back to him, but we are hoping that the first few weeks of September with be successful.

I have been missing family and friends so much lately :(, I am pretty homesick. It is hard to not have a trip to Utah planned to look forward to. Hopefully when Trav gets a job we will get tickets home even if it is just for a long weekend!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Please PRAY for MAGGIE!!!!!

Well just when we thought things were looking ok for Maggie she is taken back up to the hospital. Two days ago she got a very high fever so she was taken up to the ER at Primary Children's. It turns out that she has a bad infection and they are giving her a bunch of antibiotics. Her body is not releasing any of the fluids so she is completely puffed up and swollen, the doctors just keep saying she is "very very sick". She can use all the help she can get poor thing, please keep her in your prayers. Updates here.
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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

For RENT!!!!!

So it is that time again, the time to rent out our condo! We have some GREAT renters in there now and wish they could stay, but they are moving to Alaska :(.

Just thought we would post our condo here to see if anyone is interested or knows anyone who might be :).

Two blocks away from the Governor's Mansion a condo built with every detail in mind. This is a beautiful 2 bedroom one bath condo with all newly refinished hardwood and slate floors in a gorgeous historic Avenues building. Exposed brick, granite counter tops, clawfoot bathtub, fireplace, stainless steel appliances, gas range, front load washer and dryer, ample storage, private entrance, designated parking, bay window, GREAT location and much more. Close to the U of U, LDS Business College, and Downtown. $1200/month. Available AUGUST 1st.

Large Living Room

Nook perfect for office space!

Sunday, June 28, 2009


Last weekend Travis and I had the chance to go to Boston to visit Michelle and Sean and sweet MAGGIE! It was a super last minute trip because we weren't sure if they would still be in town over the weekend. So Thursday night we booked our bus tickets and found a place to stay for a few nights, and after work on Friday we took off :).

Normally we would buy BOLT bus tickets but since it was so last minute they were all sold out and we had to go with the Chinatown bus LUCKY STAR......not so lucky. It was kind of a bummer because all week in NY it had been overcast and rainy and that Friday the sun was finally out and we were stuck on a bus, not just a bus, but a bus with NO A/C. It was sweltering in there and we couldn't even crack a window finally Trav asked the bus driver if he could pop open the emergency things on the top of the bus and boy did that make all the difference. Not only that but THREE times the bus stalled on the FREEWAY, we had to pull over and then cross our fingers that the bus would start again. It was just one of those things that you have to laugh because you can't do anything about it.

We finally made it to Boston and found the apartment we rented just fine. In fact when we showed up the owner upgraded us from the plain bed and bath to the actual apartment with a living room and kitchen too. It was so nice :).

Saturday morning we headed over to the Children's Hospital in Boston to see little Mags.
She is so freaking adorable, she was having kind of a rough day and wasn't super happy but she was hooked to so many wires and things who would be. We pretty much spent a lot of time at the hospital holding Maggie, getting updates and visiting with Michelle and Sean, it was fun to be there with all of them.
We took Mags for a walk in the courtyard of the hospital she was so tired...... zzzzzzzz
We did however get to go out for a few hours with Michelle and Sean to get them out of the hospital for a little bit. We walked to Fenway park which was really cool to see!
We found FREE cotton candy at Bestbuy :).
Went to Fanuil Hall in downtown Boston had dinner and walked around.
Also walked around Copley Place to window shop and just see the city.
I really LOVED Boston, from what I saw I would love to go back and see more. It was clean, green and historic. It was a lot of fun! Thanks Michelle, Sean and Maggie for a great weekend!!!
Maggie with a big smile :).

Saturday, June 13, 2009

What we've been up to......

Well I just want to start by saying "It's about time", I know that is what everyone is thinking. Sorry but I haven't had a camera, plus while Katie and Jeff were living in NY Katie updated her blog and we pretty much did everything together so everyone could just refer to her blog :). But now that Katie and Jeff have left NYC for DC :( (we are sad and miss them!), it is time I take responsibility for this blog I started.

Trav and I have been back in NYC for about two weeks after our FUN visit to Utah. For those of you who don't know we have decided to try and stay in the city for a while. Travis is done with his classes, he is writing his thesis this summer and graduates in October. But we decided that we would stay here in NY and look for jobs! Needless to say that is what we have been doing for the past two weeks straight. I found a temp job that I have been doing for about 4 days it is going good so far nothing glamourous but it keeps me busy. Trav is still on the hunt making some good contacts everyday just hoping something will come through, keep your fingers crossed.

Other than that we have literally been LOVING NY in the SUMMER it truly is awesome! There are some many fun FREE things to do and FREE are always really good......

As I mentioned we don't have a camera so I haven't been able to document the last few weeks through pictures :( but a camera is on it's way so I will be taking lots of pics!!!!

Last week Trav and I spent the majority of our days looking for jobs which honestly is exhausting. We were able to get out a few times to enjoy some of what NY has to offer. We were able to hang out with our friends Scott and MaryLynn and their sweet new baby Zoe, she is adorable. We've been on fun walks in Central Park with them.

On Friday night we met Brianne and Jeremiah at the American Folk Museum, they were having some live music and drinks and it was FREE. The museum had a cool Kaleidoscope exhibit going on and they had some really neat quilts like the one below that mimicked what you see in a kaleidoscope, they were very impressive. After the museum we went to the BURGER JOINT for burgers and shakes, yummy! They really do have one of the best burgers in the city.
Saturday night Trav and I were able to hang out with Shawn and Annie we met them near their apartment and walked through the park to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We have been there several times, but this was the first time we were able to go to the rooftop garden. There was a neat tree sculpture that covered essentially the whole patio. The views from up there were amazing.
On our way back we stopped for dessert at a little cafe that is known for its popovers. I had never heard of them, it is a pastry that you top with ice cream and chocolate and it was awesome, I would definitely go back....thanks for the suggestion Annie.
Sunday afternoon we headed down to the park and literally spent the entire afternoon just lounging around and reading, it was a beautiful day. A little later that night we went to Central Park, the Classical Theater had a free play that was going on. It was really neat how they set it up, the performers started in one area and as the scenes changed the actors moved throughout the park and the audience followed. It was really fun.
This week we stayed pretty busy with me working and Trav having a few night meetings he had to go to so we didn't get out much. Monday night, the day before my work started we actually found a fun thing that was going on, it is called Taste of Times Square. A bunch of restaurants from around the city come and set up booths and prepare samples and tastes of their food. So when you arrive you buy tickets and purchase your food with tickets. There were so many people there and so much great food, we had crab cakes, Asian salads, gnocchi and two kinds of cheesecake. There were also a bunch of street performers and music. They only do this once a year so I am glad we didn't miss it!
After being inside for most of the week when the weekend rolled around we were ready to get out of the apartment. We stopped by the Fashion Institute of Technology and went to their museum. They had dresses and gowns on display from the late 1700's to present. It was interesting to see how they styles changed. The dress below is has Swarovski crystals all over it, that dress must be super heavy.
After that we headed over to Grand Central where they have a small exhibit of the NY Transit projects they have going on. There are I think 7 major subway projects that NY is currently working on and the museum just gave details and status reports on each of them, it was crazy to see that some of these projects have been in the making for up to 80 years and they just now have the funding to get it done.
We wondered over to Times Square when were done there, they recently closed down Broadway to cars in the Times Square area and the city brought out a bunch oflounge chairs for public use so we just hung out down there for an hour or so and people watched, gotta love that.

This morning we woke up early, to get a good start on the day. There is a new park in the Meatpacking District called the HIGHLINE that opened this week. We decided we wanted to go check it out, it was really awesome. It used to be an old train line and the city came in and developed it into a beautiful modern park.
We then walked through the Flower District in Chelsea, where the street is surrounded by fresh flowers and shrubbery. I want to go back to buy an orchid or at least something green for our apartment.
After that we made our way back up to Central Park where they were having a Summer Stage Concert Series, we wanted to stick around to hear a few songs.....I guess Ruben Stoddard was there, Trav loved it :).

Needless to say it has been an eventful few weeks. We are really excited to take advantage of all NY has to offer!