Monday, 12 December 2011

The Massive Update

I have been the worst blogger lately. There just has not been that much going on. Our adventures have slowed down since Lyndon is busy with school and I  came down with mono two weeks after Cosette was born. The mono has keep me out of action for a while. I am finally starting to feel better and it is December! But I will tell you what has been going on.

Christine at the Toys R Us store at Times Square.

Lyndon in downtonw NYC.

So I came down with mono the night before we were supposed to move to the city. It was awful. Since I could not travel Lyndon went up witn my Dad and brothers, Eston and David. So once again we were separated for a few weeks till I was healthy enough to make the journey up there. Luckily Coco did not get sick. Lyndon was here during Hurricaine Irene. Manhattan was not hit very hard. Lyndon said there was some mild flooding in down town but that was about it. He went walking around the city after the hurricaine had passed and said it was completly empty. Thank goodness he was safe. Cosette and I flew up when she was 5 weeks old. At that time she was starting to smile. Now she smiles all the time.

David, Eston, and Dad by the Manhattan Temple when they helped Lyndon move up to the city.

Lyndon down on 66th Street by the Manhattan Temple.

Hippos in Central Park.

Eston inside one of the hippos.

We live in the part of Manhattan called Morning Side Heights. It is a lot more residential and all of Columbia University is located in this area as well as their affiliate schools. We really like the area. It is described as having more grocery stores than night clubs. We live in a tiny one bed room apartment but we love it. Our window has a stunning view of the law school and Harlem (if you down about ten blocks north you find yourself in Harlem). We live right across from the law school which is awesome! Lyndon is able to go from home to school so easily. Central Park is about six blocks south from us. It was stunning when the leaves were changing color. There is a family in our ward that lives on the top floor of our building so we have a lot of fun with them. The elevator in our building is the slowest elevator in the world. It is a little scary to ride in it at frist because it slowly creeps up clicking as it reaches each floor. At least it works. Moving with out an elevator would require a lot of muscle. Living here requries a lot of muscle anyway because you have to walk a lot. It seems like any time I leave the house even when Lyndon is with me it is an epic adventure to get anywhere. Thank goodness the public transportation is excellent. There is a subway stop just a couple blocks from us on Broadway. However, there is no elevator so if we ever take the stroller we have to carry it up and down the stairs. Alothough this may seem challenging practically everytime I take the stroller out by my self there is always at least one person who offers to help me carry the stroller up and down the stairs. This disproves all the things I have heard about New Yorkers not being very nice. I would not say they are friendly though. 

Beautiful Central Park on a gorgeous fall day.

View of Harlem from our window.                               

We have done a lot of the sights. My sister Bethany goes to school in Pennsylvania so she has come a few times to visit so we do the sights with her. My Mom came to visit and we saw a lot of stuff with her. There is a Megabus from Knoxville to DC so it makes it really cheap and somewhat easy to get from New York to Tennessee. Lyndon's Uncle Steve came to visit us too. I have really enjoyed going to the Met and walking around Greenwitch Village. There is so much to see. Everyday is an adventure if you want it to be. 

Aunt Bethany and Coco when she came to visit.

My Momma and Cosette at Toys R Us.

My sister Bethany, me, and my Momma with Cosette in Central Park. The sun was shinning in our eyes.

Our ward is fantastic. We are in charge of teaching a sunday school class for the parents of pre-nursrey age kids. There are a ton of babies! Coco has many many little friends. The mother's lounge is usually pretty busy. It is great! There is a mothers group that gets together really often. Our ward boundaries are the smallest out side Utah so everyone lives pretty close to each other. Our ward building is in the Manhattan Temple. Its located downtown by the Lincoln center. It is really pretty down there. 

Columbia (You might recognize it from some movies).

Times Square.

Coco with her Halloween candy (aka Mommy and Daddy's candy :-)).

The Statue of Liberty. We took the Staten Island ferry for free and you get to go right by the Statue of Liberty. Pretty sweet deal.

Me and Bethany at Columbia.

Mommy and Coco.

Coco and Dadddy ready to go trick or treating.

Coco and Daddy.

Happy Birthday to Lyndon!

Lyndon's delicious german chocolate cake.

To sum it up we are enjoying our time here.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

New York Livin

So I started this post a while back and forgot to post it so here is what was happening a few months ago....

We love the city! New York life is suits us well. Our experience last year in the UK has really helped with the transition to NYC. NYC and London have a similar feel to each other.

Lyndon is loving law school. He says it is the hardest academic experience so far. He is keeping up with all of his reading and other school work and has started a philosophical group at the law school. He can meet with his advisors to discuss internships, etc coming up in the next few weeks. 

Cosette is now three months old! She gets cuter everyday. She smiles all the time and is starting to giggle. It is so cute. She has also started to try rolling over. She is not quite there yet. She gets her body in the weirdest contortions trying to roll over I am afraid she might hurt herself but she never does. She is perfect! I say that because she is almost sleeping through the night. We have had a couple of nights of uninterrupted sleep. It is great! 

I am not doing to much. I have gone out and explored the city a bit. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is my favorite thing I have done so far in the city. I love it! There is so much to see you can spend days in there. 

She is smiling! :-)

Our sweet baby Coco.

Lyndon touching the toe at Yale. Yeah, we visited Yale. It is set up very similar to the English universities. There are different colleges with in the University just like at Cambridge. Yale was pretty cool especially since I am a huge Gilmore Girls fan. Yeah, I got to visit the college Rory was in. It was awesome! Not to mention the architecture was beautiful. 

Now that we have been In NYC for a little bit I now understand why people Love NYC. And we sure do!

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

First Weeks of Life

Cosette is almost two weeks old! Since her last doctors visit she weighs 7lbs and is perfectly healthy. She is a really good baby. She does not cry very much only when she needs a diaper change or when she is hungry. The only time she has really had a crying episode was in the car on her first outing in the world. She is even allowing Lyndon and I to get some sleep. The first few nights her prime awake time was from 1am to 4am but after being home for a few days she has figured out her nights and days. For a week now she falls asleep around 1am only waking up once to feed and going right back to sleep till about 8 or 9am. She is the best baby! She loves to be held so lucky for her she has plenty of family around that love holding her. Her Uncle David is completely in love with her. He is always wanting to giver her kisses. She likes to listen to the bugs. We sometimes take her outside during the cooler part of days and she will fall asleep listening to the bugs. We love her.

Her first outing was to the Mayfield Dairy Farm. She had to wear a hair net while we took the tour. They did not have a small hair net so she wore one that was made for men's facial hair. She was adorable. We love her!

Monday, 25 July 2011

Cosette Alexandria is born

We've had a busy few days. On July 22, 2011 at 4:51 am Cosette Alexandria Plothow was born in Knoxville, TN. She weighed 6 lbs 13 oz., and was 20 inches long. She is beautiful and our perfect angel. We are proud and honored to be her parents. Christine and Cosette both had a healthy delivery, and both are recovering well. Life is busy as we prepare to move to New York in a little over two weeks. Here are some photos of our sweet baby.

Her world debut.

First family photo.

Thanks to Bella Baby Photography for taking such beautiful pictures of our little girl.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Paris Trip

You cannot live in Europe for a while without taking the time to do some traveling. Our most recent adventure took across the channel to the beautiful city of Paris. We took the Eurostar from London to Paris. I felt so European, haha. The Eurostar is amazing not only because you can leave from London and be in Paris in only a couple of hours but it goes under the ocean. I find bridges and tunnels that allow us to travel under bodies of water fascinating! We spent four walking filled days in beautiful Paris. The only down side to our trip was having to spend the night at St. Pancreas, because our train left before any other transportation was available, and having two hours before our bus left for Cambridge when we got back from Paris. But we made the best of it by snagging the comfy chairs at 24 hour Starbucks in St. Pancreas and drinking some delicious hot chocolate.

The first place we visited once we got to Paris was the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral. It is the oldest Gothic Cathedral in the world. It was stunning and probably my favorite thing we did in Paris. Napoleon was crown emperor there as well as Henry VI of England (but he was crowned King of France). The Rose window was beautiful. All three Rose windows were stunning. I was looking at one thinking it was the famous one (it was beautiful!) and Lyndon tells me to look at the one on the opposite wall which was the main one and it was even more beautiful than the one I was looking at! Inconceivable! Later we made the ascent up to the top of the towers. We were part the last group that they let up in the tower for the day. While waiting in line there was another American couple who barely missed getting in so we let them cut in front of us and they paid our way. We love getting things for Free! We climbed over 300 steps to the top of Notre Dame. I really enjoyed seeing the gargoyles and the view of the city from the top. We also saw the giant 13 ton bell Emanuel. Victor Hugo's novel, Hunchback of Notre Dame, was brought to life. Going down the 300 steps on a spiral stair case was not fun. We both were very very dizzy once we got to the bottom.

Emanuel Bell

Trying to feed a bird.

Our next stop was the Louvre. And yes we saw the Mona Lisa. She is not an attractive lady, sad for her. But Davinci was not trying to paint a beautiful woman. The reason for all the obsession with the Mona Lisa is the chiaroscuro, the contrast between light and dark. We saw some other of Davinci's works. Lyndon was in his element. He was so happy to see some of the art that he studied in his art history class. He was especially interested in viewing David's work. The Louvre houses David's most famous works Oath of the Horatia and The Coronation of Napoleon which we both saw. It was pretty sweet. Another one of the main art pieces we saw was the Victoria sculpture which was on the cover of the text book we used in the class we meet in: so much sentimental value.

Lyndon with the Victory statue.

The next day we spent at beautiful Versailles. The French Monarchs certainly lived in style. Many of the rooms in the house are named after the Greek and Roman Gods displaying beautiful paintings dedicated to each God on the ceilings of the rooms. The artwork was absolutely fantastic. So ornate and detailed. The house is nothing compared to the gardens. The gardens were stunning. We enjoyed seeing the famous Apollo fountain, the Grand Trianon, and  walking all the way back to Marie-Antoinette's estate. Marie-Antoinette's estate was beautiful. It looked like it was straight out of a fairy tale. If you go to Versailles any time make sure to visit her estate. You will not be disappointed. 

We ended the day at the Eiffel Tower. We were ambitious and cheap so we walked up to the middle section to catch the lift up to the top. We learned some interesting tidbits about the Eiffel Tower and other tall buildings in the world as we ascended to the top. While we were up there the sparkling lights were turned on for about 15 minutes. The view from the top is beautiful! We saw some fireworks off in the distance making an even more spectacular view. We were across the river from the Eiffel Tower at midnight and were able to see the sparkling lights turn on again. Paris is so romantic.

Day three was spent walking around the city visiting the Centre Pompidou, Victor Hugo's house, the Bastille, Sacre Coeur, walking around Montmartre, Arc de Triomphe, and checking out the posh shopping on Champs Elysees. We also made a tourist blunder and order what we thought was a dark chocolate crepe and got a crepe with chocolate and coconut. It was still good. Montmartre was the artists sector of Paris. Sacre Coeur and the Moulin Rouge are located in this area. The walk up the hill to Sacre Coeur was a beast. The cathedral was beautiful but nothing compared to Notre Dame and some others in England. It was not as ornate as many of the cathedrals we have seen. The stone was not covered up with decadent art work like most cathedrals. The outside is stunning though. The view from Sacre Coeur was spectacular as well. At Arc de Triomphe we did not have to walk up the stairs because I am pregnant. The French have very traditional values especially about family. Since I am pregnant they were very nice to us. We took the elevator up instead and enjoyed another beautiful view of the city. The traffic around the Arc is insane! There are no traffic lanes. It was fun walking up and down Champs Elysees seeing all the different stores. We found one store that was selling some Star Wars t-shirts. Lyndon has never been so into shopping. 

Victor Hugos house.


Sacre Coeur 

Molin Rouge. Oh la la. 

Arc de Triomphe.

View from the top.

We could not help ourselves. Paris is the most romantic city in the world.

Star Wars!

Our last day in Paris our goal was to visit the catacombs, Hotel des Invalides, another one of the museums, and eating at a French restaurant. However, our last day in Paris was a Monday. Not much is open on Mondays in Paris. So we ended up only visiting Hotel des Invalides and eating at a French restaurant. The Hotel des Invalides is where Napoleon is buried and continues to be used as a military hospital. The dome of the Hotel is covered in gold. Napoleon's casket is huge and a little obnoxious. When you walk into the tomb there is a opening and you look down on the casket. There are also stairs where you can go down and walk around the casket with artwork depicting the eight achievements of Napoleon. Our French dinning experience was a positive one. We ate at this bistro away from the tourist populated area. Now I understand why people rave about French cuisine. The food was fantastic! It also could have been Lyndon and I were surviving on baguettes and cheese during the trip. That tomato tart we ate was divine.

Our trip back to Cambridge was uneventful. We really enjoyed Paris and were sad to leave. If you ever get the chance to go to France, Paris is a must.        
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