Get ready for a huge load of pictures because I just can't help myself.
We obviously had to start off the trip with cronuts.
I seriously can not express how good cronuts are. They are one of the best things I have ever eaten. So lucky that my family feels the same and waited in line with me.
Then we hit the town.
Times Square was necessary as was the Toys R Us there because it is closing at the end of the year.
(So COOL to see all the Mormon.org Christmas ads)
Then we ate at Shake Shack. But I was too busy eating to take any pictures of that. After naps an some down time we went to Rockefeller Center. I have always dreamed of seeing the Christmas tree there so I was so so happy to see it. It was just as spectacular as I imagined.
The next day was time for the big event. The Utah basketball game against Duke. I am obviously always a Utah fan deep down in my heart but Duke may be my one true basketball love. So I was a little conflicted. But Duke had enough fans at the game and Utah needed my cheering. So I cheered when I saw Coach K for the first time and then I fully committed to Utah.
The game was too intense for my liking. Utah had a big lead starting the second half and then they let it slip away. With just a few minutes left the Utes came back and tied it up. We should have won the game with our last possession but instead it went to overtime. The Utes really stepped up and pulled out the win. I am really glad they won despite the fact that the refs were seemingly trying to give Duke the game. I hate to blame things on the refs but these ones were really ridiculous.
Also, Jimmy Fallon was there...but he was cheering for Duke. I guess we can forgive him for that. (he is in the white sweater in the following picture)
We walked along the highline after the game and it may have been my highlight of the trip. It was so cool.
The next day we hit up Central Park to walk to the Temple.
There is something magical about Central Park. It is so peaceful and beautiful even though it is right in the middle of such a crazy city. It is something so unique that there is such a huge chunk of nature right in the middle of the busiest city. I love it. I wish I could have just strolled for hours but it was a little chilly and we didn't have much time.
The LDS Temple is one of the most striking things in New York. It is so peaceful even when looking at it from the outside. You can just feel the Spirit and the importance of that building.
After visiting the Temple we traveled way down town to see the 9/11 memorial. The first time I came to New York I got to go to the top of the twin towers. The terrorist attack happened about a year after I first visited and I feel so lucky that I got to have that experience. Going back to the Memorial was very humbling and special.
This tree is called the Survivors Tree. It was found among the rubble and was taken off site to be regrown and was replanted onsite. I just think that is amazing.
On our last day we we as far south as we could to see the Statue of Liberty.
We were all having a really good time until....I got pooped on. Definitely not the highlight of the trip.
We had a really wonderful trip that we will all remember for a long time. Thanks Mom and Dad for the spectacular trip!!