Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Calee and Malisalee come to NYC - 1/9-11/2015

This has been a wonderful weekend.  Saturday we took the train from White Plains to Grand Central Station.  We took the Subway to the NY Temple. It was beautiful right across the street from the Lincoln Center.  

We then took the Subway to Times Square and met Malisalee and Calee for lunch and then went to "Phantom of the Opera."  They had attended the Broadway show of Matilda on Friday night.  Matilda is the story of an extraordinary little girl of genius and super powers who decides that despite a bad beginning filled with rotten parent, a terrifying school and a vicious head mistress, her story is to be an astonishing one.  It was written by Ronald Dahl.  

Calee was able to have her dream fulfilled of coming to NYC, attending some Broadway shows, and even ice skating at the Rockefeller Center Rink, before she goes back home and makes her final Alpine German Speaking Mission preparations.  She will travel to the Preston, England MTC for six weeks, starting February 25, 2015.

We went to Planet Hollywood for dinner and then to another Broadway show, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder."  It was a hilarious show about Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by eliminating eight relatives who stand in his way (each played by the same great Tony winner Jefferson Mays).

After the show, we retrieved Malisalee and Calee's bags at the Hampton Inn and took many subways, up and down many sets of stairs, no elevators in sight.   
We returned to Grand Central Station and from there took the train to White Plains.  

There was a drunk guy on the train who got in a fight, his girlfriend cried, the conductor threatened arrest, another plain clothes policeman interrogated the drunk.  It only added to a great day of adventure. We walked to the Marriott Regency Hotel (four blocks) and Malisa and Calee got checked in for the night.  It is across the street from our Avalon Apartments.  It was a day of treasured memories.

Sunday, Calee sang, "The Master's Voice" by Sally DeFord.  David Brooks accompanied her.  It was amazing to find out that he too had served his mission in Oslo, Norway and had replaced JD as the AP.  We had heard him play at the Norway Mission Home when we picked up JD from his mission.  He is a fantastic pianist, and was a piano performance major at BYU.  

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