This is what we do for the joy of the King,
For His peaceable Kingdom,
For a world in despair.
And this is why we bring any hope we can give,
Any bread from the table,
Any touch of His hand.
This is what we do.
This is where we go.
This is why we sing.
This is how we live.
This is who we are.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Happy New Year, friends!!!!  We just got back to the room from the whole Times Square New Year's Eve experience. It was great fun. We only stood out in the unbelievable cold for two hours.  A young couple, celebrating their 4th anniversary today, had been there since 9am!!!! They'd driven from Fort Wayne, Indiana the day before...spent the night in Queens.  They have to deal with catching a cab or subway back to Queens, then driving 15 hours tomorrow. Wow! Some anniversary! But they seemed to be having fun.  I felt guilty just walking 50 yards to our hotel!

Anyway, we started our day by walking down to Macy's on 34th Street. (Lyn wanted to buy some New West perfume--the only place in USA that sells it now.)  On the way we stopped at Bryant Park to watch ice skaters.  It started snowing while we walked there.  (Picture above.)

Right behind Bryant Park is the NYC Public Library and their famous landmark "mascots," the twin lion sculptures.  Since I'm such a book freak, I wanted my picture here.  A young couple inside the library took the picture below of Lyn and me at the library tree.  I dropped my camera right after this picture, and I was afraid it had broken....fortunately Canon makes tough cameras!

Here's Macy's in NYC.  I was NOT impressed.  I love the history of it, but the store itself is nothing to write home about.  The crowds were horrible!!!!!!  We rode their wooden escalator to the basement. (They call it "The Cellar.") A nice experience, but it doesn't compare to a southern CA store. The window dressings were cool--they told the story of "The Miracle on 34th Street." This picture is right at Herald Square--on Broadway--center stage for  the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.

In the afternoon we went to the AMAZING show, "In The Heights."  I would recommend this to anyone!  Great family-centered story. Fun music. Incredible dancing. Dazzling lighting. Definitely deserved it's 2008 Tony Award! The pic above is Lyn in the outfit Kristi and Curtis got her for the NYC trip.  

Lyn in line to enter the Richard Rogers theatre for

The stage for IN THE HEIGHTS.  The director sure
made good use of the space!  Wonderful production!

Tonight we had dinner again on Restaurant Row.  Afterward we went back to the hotel.  We didn't really plan to go out onto Times Square, but we figured we'd regret it a lot if we didn't do it.  So about 10 o'clock we went for it.  A wonderful Marriott employee willingly escorted us out into the fray.  It was such fun!

Here's where we wound up....right by the hotel entrance.  With a perfect view of the Toshiba-sponsored New Year's Waterford Crystal Ball.

Yes, Lyn was very happy.  She looks a little tipsy, but
it's just joy!  She only had coffee for dinner!  :)

When the ball dropped, the confetti began to fall.
It was like a deluge!!!  Beautiful experience!

More confetti....

Thank you, Marriott!!!  It was a night to remember, 
for sure.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone!!!!!!!!!


johnsonandjohnson said...

YAY!!! Such fun and great pictures!

beckie said...

Love the pics of Bryant Park and the Library and most of all...NEW YEARS IN TIMES SQUARE! What great fun! I am such a city girl, I would love to be in the middle of all that royal rumpus!
OH I am sad you were not impressed with Macys. They have an entire floor dedicated to SHOES! And the wooden escalator...amazing.
We were there during their annual flower show...they actually have FRESH flower arrangements all over the store HUGE BEAUTIFUL was something to behold! I would love to see the Miracle on 34th Street windows. One of my all time favorite movies! It was so crowded when we we shopped there as well.
If you haven't already, you must go into Tiffany & Co. on 5th Ave.
Keep having fun, and thanks again for taking us all along with you! xoxo b

Kristi said...

FANTASTIC! Enjoy your last day there!!!!

candice said...

Hi, pictures look fab! Can you let me know did the Marriott staff let you out the fornt of the hotel? we are staying there this new year and are getting mixed reports about whether or not we will be able to get out an watch the ball drop?