Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Orleans Day 2

After sleeping in until 8:30 (!!!)...

Can we take a minute to just talk about sleeping in until 8:30? I was so excited to get to sleep this long. No one woke me up once! I think the food and sleeping in (and my company of course) were the best parts of vacation!

After sleeping in until 8:30, we got ready and headed out for breakfast at Cafe Beignet. Alton Brown put it on the Food Network as his "Must Eat New Orleans," so we knew we had to try it out. When we got there around 9:30 it was packed. They have a long, narrow little store and people were saving all the tables before they even had their whole party there so there wasn't anywhere to sit. Somehow when we got there the line wasn't long at all and we walked right up to the front to order. We each got an order of beignets and split an andouille sausage omelette, grits (yuck) and some bread.
When we went to find a seat there was one table that finally opened up so I went for it, and a lady that was saving two tables ALREADY (and hadn't ordered yet) made her husband go grab it before me. I just looked at her and she offered the other, smaller table to us. I was just happy to have a place to sit (and that I didn't have to throw down)! It was SO good! Our beignets weren't super hot (or fresh I'm assuming), but they still tasted amazing. Cody said we should've shared an order of beignets since they come with 3 and we got an omelette as well, but I told him I was so glad we got our own because I had no problem eating all three of mine!

After breakfast we walked around Jackson square some more and took more pictures. At 1:30 we had to meet our tour. We had a free walking tour around the Garden District. We took a streetcar to our meeting spot. It was about a half an hour ride and it was nice to have a minute to sit down! 

We had already been walking so much that my feet were literally DYING. The day before my right food started hurting, and by Friday, they both hurt so much. It honestly they both had to have small breaks and every step the bones were breaking more. It was so awful. Of course I didn't want to say anything to Cody about it because I knew he'd say lets just go back to the hotel and that's BORING and not what vacation was for, so for the most part I just tried to ignore it. We got to the meeting spot for the tour and besides feeling like I needed a wheelchair the whole time, it was awesome! 

We started in the Lafayette cemetery and our tour guide was really great, telling us about the different tombs and why different things were important to the people there and what things meant. She explained that when someone is buried in their tomb, it gets SO hot that it literally becomes a personal crematorium. After 1 year and 1 day, if another family member passes away, they open the tomb, pull out the old casket and literally all that remains are ashes. They put the ashes in an urn, push it to the back, get rid of the coffin, use a new coffin for the other family member, seal up the tomb and the process starts all over again. I always wondered how one small tomb could have an entire family of 10-15 names on it, but it all makes sense now!
Ferns growing out of the cemetery wall
Cody took some really amazing pictures of the cemetery and the homes on the tour, but they haven't been edited yet, so I'll add more in later! 

Our tour took us all over the garden district. We saw the Commander's Palace Restaurant (which is super famous - Mark Twain has been here, Jefferson Davis, Emeril Lagasse used to be a chef here), Sandra Bullock's home, the home they used in Benjamin Button as well as Django (haven't seen either of those but it was still cool!), John Goodman's house, and more! Right by John Goodman's fence there was a little tennis ball - our tour guide lives near the Garden District and said she has seen him out walking his dogs a lot. I told Cody I bet he hasn't been able to find that tennis ball and maybe I should take it and throw it back over the fence for them, which would alert his dogs, which would alert John, so he'd come out, stop me, thank me for throwing the ball, invite us in for lemonade (or hot chocolate since it was freezing), we'd talk for hours and laugh about Roseanne and we would all become best friends… By the time I had finished telling Cody about my plan we were like a block and a half away from his house and the tennis ball (and our chances at friendship and being written into his will) were long gone.

After our tour we went to Still Perkin' for some hot chocolate since we were frozen and it had started to rain. It was the best hot chocolate I've ever had and I had to take a picture of it since they had given me some heart foam :) 

When we got back to the French Quarter we were starting to get hungry since it was about 4:30 and we hadn't eaten since our beignets that morning. We wanted to try a muffuletta so we headed to Central Market to grab one. We had heard and read great things about Central Market but it's basically just a grocery store that also sells these sandwiches. A muffuletta is this huge sandwich (that picture is 1/4 of it) on super yummy bread, with meat and "olive salad." It's basically olives, celery, cauliflower, carrot in a bottle of giardiniera and it's amazing. So, so, so yummy. 

We were going to eat at Central Market but they had just closed down their "seating section" so we took our food back to the hotel and just watched tv and hung out for awhile to warm up. Around 8 we decided we needed to go get some dessert, so we went to the Red Fish Grill for dessert. Cody got the banana fosters cake and I got the double chocolate bread pudding. Unfortunately I felt awful, so I hardly ate any, but Cody really liked his and I took my leftovers back to the hotel and went to bed. Cody wanted to keep walking around, so he walked down Royal Street trying to find some street musicians before going back to the hotel.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Orleans Day 1

Cody has always wanted to go to New Orleans and I have always wanted to stay far away from New Orleans. I've never had the slightest desire to go there - actually I've always heard how disgusting it is and wanted to stay far, far away. But because I'm such a kind, loving, thoughtful wife, I decided to plan a trip there for Cody's birthday. (Also I started researching the food New Orleans is famous for…so much for being kind, loving and thoughtful…I just wanted to eat well)

I wanted to have the trip be a surprise for Cody, but even though he says he loves surprises, he really hates them. Plus I wanted to use his points he's accumulated when he used to be away from home 90% of the time for our hotel and flight and I didn't know how to do that without him. I ran the idea past him and figured he'd shoot it down, but he was all for it and the planning began! 

We were going to fly there on Thursday, Jan 8 and fly home Sunday night the 11. His birthday is the 10th, so it worked perfectly for a little weekend away. Also, because he has so many points, we used them to fly his mom out here to watch the girls for us. They were all thrilled about that and we were thrilled to have her able to come be with them!

Our flight there was uneventful and easy. The girls didn't seem sad because they were so excited to see their grandma and have some fun with her! Once we got to New Orleans we got a taxi and headed to our hotel. We stayed in the Roosevelt New Orleans - Waldorf Astoria. It was gorgeous. It reminded me so much of the Palmer House in Chicago. Everything was so ornate and gold, with giant chandeliers and intricate floors. 

I had called the week before to see if I could upgrade our room - that would be my one surprise to Cody since the trip couldn't be a surprise, but the girl wanted me to pay $100 which I wasn't willing to do. When we got there, we got upgraded for free because Cody is a "whatever member that gets upgraded for free." I was glad I didn't waste $100 on that! We also got free drinks (or would have if we drank). The man kept going on and on about how "You can't say you stayed in the Roosevelt New Orleans until you have the Sazerac from the Sazerac Bar. This is a very strong drink, better suited for the gentleman. So for the ladies, I would suggest…" He went on and on until I finally said, "How about a drink for pregnant ladies?" He stopped and replied with, "Juice." 

We put our stuff in our room which was a nice two-room suite. It had a little living room with a half bath and then a separate bedroom with a full bath. I was so excited the bathroom even had a tv so I could watch HGTV from the shower! 

We started walking around downtown and checking out the sites. We were both starving so we found Johnny's Po-Boys and started our weekend feast. I got half a shrimp po-boy with a half order of seafood gumbo and Cody got the roast beef po-boy. 

Roast Beef po-boy. (We didn't take one of Cody's) Pic here 

I was so excited because there was a giant shrimp in my gumbo, only to pull it out and realize it was a soft shell crab!! I stuck it back in…We both liked the sandwiches but they're pretty dry so you have to deal with that.

We kept walking around and found Jackson Square. The Marines band was playing and singing and it was so fun to watch. Apparently New Orleans was celebrating…something…that weekend, which is why they were there. It was FREEZING, so we sought refuge in the St. Louis Cathedral that's right off the square.

It is so gorgeous and was still decked out for Christmas (as was most of the city) so we got to see the Nativity that was set up and all the pretty flowers they had. I walked up to the front while Cody was taking pictures and sat down and started reading their Mass books. When he caught up to me and after taking more pictures, I made him walk down the aisle with me like we had just gotten married since we never really got to do that. He tried pausing after every step, but I told him that wasn't cool anymore. 

Picture of Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral from steps across from Jackson Square
We spent most of the day just walking around, taking pictures, listening to street musicians, finding old antique shops to explore and escape from the freezing cold.


That night we went to 801 Royal and enjoyed some seafood nachos. I have been craving nachos my whole pregnancy (still am in fact…and a soft pretzel…just to add that in…) and they did not disappoint! Yummmmm now all I want is nasty, melted nacho cheese. 
pic from here

After dinner we kept walking around and found a little dessert place that had ice cream and cannolis. I was beyond excited to have a cannoli and ended up being pretty disappointed. Cody got strawberry ice cream and his ice cream was SO sweet and my cannoli was so NOT sweet, but we ate it all anyway. Of course :)
We walked to the hotel by the way of Bourbon Street and crashed. We walked about 8 miles our first day!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Preslie Turned 5!

Preslie Pie has a hard birthday. Being born only 4 days before Christmas, and 4th in a continuous line of holiday birthdays in our house (5 if you count Axel), she has NEVER had a birthday party. Chloe's always been the lucky one and had a birthday party every single year (some of them being larger than others…)

Anyway, this year I decided that Chloe got to take a break from birthday parties and it was Preslie's turn. I think we'll do it that way from now on. So much easier for me and by the time Preslie's birthday gets here I'm not as "partied out."

Preslie said she wanted a Frozen party, but I didn't want to go totally Disney crazy, so we just did a few Frozen things here and there.

I have to say, after doing such a big, extravagant, "Pinterest" party for Chloe when she turned 4, doing one for Preslie that was understated, much easier, and more focused on the actual birthday girl instead of all the extras was SO MUCH BETTER.

I love a good extravagant party as much (or more?) than the next person…but maybe for when they're older. Or maybe not. Can we just calm down with all the extras and focus on the actual person we're celebrating?

Stepping down off my soapbox.

We invited some of Preslie's friends over and played games, opened presents and had cake and ice cream. It was pretty relaxed the whole time and Preslie had an absolute blast, which was the most important part. When the kids first got here we had them go upstairs and play for awhile, and then they came down and we played a game with balloons where you have to catch them in a funnel. That lasted about 3 minutes, so we moved on. The next game we played they had to be blindfolded, holding a pie tin filled with cotton balls on their head. They had to use a spoon to scoop up the cotton balls and put them in a bowl in front of them. It's actually REALLY hard! I tried doing it to explain the game without a blindfold, and I didn't get any. The kids loved it and each had 3 turns!

After that we got out twister. It was hilarious to watch these kids on this huge game where their feet couldn't reach from one color to the next try and spread out on it. We were cracking up!

After games, Preslie opened presents. She is not shy to show how much she loves her gifts.

She was the most excited about a Frozen scooter her friend had gotten her! We also bought her a scooter we were giving to her the next day (on her actual birthday) so now Preslie AND Chloe both have a scooter and they love riding them together!!

We bought Preslie this apron and matching chef hat (which I thought she would love, but has never worn) because she LOVES being in the kitchen with me. Anytime I'm making anything she wants to be there and she calls me "Chef Mommy"

I wanted to make a Frozen cake, and what's easier than buying the toys and sticking them on? I originally was only going to put Anna on because I was not willing to spend $20 on an Elsa the same size. Luckily I found the other characters at 5 Below - all three for $5! I'm much more willing to do that (but that's also why Anna is a giant)

Preslie had such a great birthday and we had such a great time celebrating her! We love her so much and I'm so grateful for her big 5 year old self!!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Christmas 2014

This year for Christmas we decided to stay home and enjoy it with just our little family. In 2007, Cody and I went on a cruise for Christmas, so that year we didn't give each other gifts and didn't go see any family during the holidays. While I absolutely loved the cruise, when Christmas day came, I was kind of sad that we were alone and didn't have anyone else to be with! However this year, I didn't feel that way at all. I love just having our family together, just worrying about our own traditions and doing whatever we want to do for us. Don't get me wrong, I tried to get other people to come visit us! I just didn't want to travel :)

The girls were so excited on Christmas Eve. Luckily I had started wrapping presents a couple nights in advance, so we weren't up too late after they went to bed.

 The next morning I woke up early to make breakfast and every once and a while would hear the door to the girl's room open, ever so slowly, and one of them call out.

"Can we come out NOW?"

I remember how long Christmas morning takes from when I was little! Finally around 7:30 or so I woke up Cody and we let the girls come out.

Santa had brought two big presents, so they were set up next to the fireplace. They had gotten a new kitchen (something Preslie has been asking Santa for for 2 years) and a train table. Originally Santa was only going to bring the train table, but I felt so sad Preslie wasn't ever getting her kitchen and I found a friend that was selling her Kidkraft for only $50! I was so excited. Santa loves a good deal :) 

At first the girls only saw the tree and the presents and didn't even register the Santa gifts at all. Preslie came down first and just stared at the kitchen like she didn't understand what it was at first and didn't know why it was there…and then it all clicked and she started screaming like a crazy woman. 

One of our traditions growing up was that my mom would always sit next to the Christmas tree and hand out presents one at a time. We would all watch the person opening and it was always in a random order. It was awesome and made Christmas morning drag out niiiice and long - just the way I like it. One of Cody's traditions growing up was passing out all the presents right away and then going around and opening them in order from youngest to oldest. When Cody and I got married I swear we have never fought about anything like we fight about Christmas traditions :) We both love our traditions so much and think they're easier/better/more wonderful. So this year I decided we need to figure things out for ourselves and not do traditions from only one family. I like the idea of going in order like Cody's family did, but still was too sad to pass out all the presents at once. It makes the tree look bare instantly and makes me so sad! So instead I would pass out only one present to every one, and then we went in order to open them.

Charlee modeling her new jammies from Grandma and Papa. 
She hugged her Olaf all morning! She loves him so much
This year we decided to have a boy Christmas. Well, Cody did. Eventually I got on board. We have so many princesses and girl toys that I'm never even excited to do Christmas shopping because I just don't want any more STUFF in our house. But I knew that the girls would absolutely love some trucks and cars and "boy toys" if they only had access to them. They totally loved it. …Well, except for when Preslie opened up her Nerf Gun. She didn't know what it was and took one look at it, turned to Cody and said, "I am NOT a boy!" But after Chloe opened hers and we got them out to show them how they work, she was SO excited. They play with those things all the time now!

This was our crazy aftermath. It was long and drawn out and a mess and happy and perfect. 

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Chloe's First Day of School

Chloe became a kindergartener yesterday. It was rough. Mostly for me. I have been beyond nervous about the thought of her being gone 8 hours a day (8:00-3:30, but we have to be there around 7:45 so she's not late) and only being around me for about 3 hours a day. What if the world teaches her things I don't want her to know? I know I want her to be a capable, caring, independent adult, and she won't be able to if she hasn't ever had to do hard things, so this is good for her. I just keep telling myself that. These situations are good for her, and for me. She's growing up, and that's hard. I remember her as the tiny little baby that made me a Mom, not this big kindergarten girl.

I said this on my Instagram page on Saturday. It pretty much captures my feelings exactly, so I wanted to post it here. Today I had a mommy-daughter date with the girl that made me a mommy. We went back to school clothes shopping and out for hot fudge sundaes after. She told me she's mostly excited for kindergarten but she is scared of one thing..that everyone will laugh at her. She has told me me this fear before and it breaks my heart every time. It's the reason she is so shy and never speaks except on a much smaller level. She is getting better, but I'm terrified for her. The other night I cried myself to sleep thinking of her having to sit alone at lunch or play alone at recess because she is too afraid to make friends. I want her to become more brave and able to deal with these situations but I also just want to scoop her up and keep her at home with me forever. I don't know if I could ever be excited for back to school.. I'm mostly scared out of my mind and heartbroken. It's an awful combo. And while I wish I had some adorable pictures of just me and Chloe together on our MMD, I wanted to take it all in and not have any technology get in the way. I will always remember me saying- ooh, this dress is cute! And her replying, Yeah, I think I want to buy that one. (About every. single. thing!) 

Sunday night, Cody gave her a father's blessing for school. It was perfect and I bawled through the whole thing. He said that she "will be a leader in school…" and "teach those around her." That helped my heart to feel like she'd be ok. I kept thinking, "She's got this. She's got this."

On Monday morning, we snapped a few pictures and walked over to the school. (Side note, I'm going to have to take like 4 showers a day because even though the school is only across the street, it's HOT and HUMID outside! I can't wait to walk over in November when it's cool!) We found her classroom and said hi to her teacher. She sat down in her desk and got that nervous, scared look on her face. She was trying so hard to be brave and I just wanted to hold her and tell her to let out a great, big cry to get it out of her system. Of course she would never do that, but it would've been nice if we could've cried together!I knelt down beside her and asked if she was ok, and if she was happy. She said, "…kind-of…" Which in Chloe talk means, "I'm actually really nervous but I don't want to tell you… I almost started crying again, but Cody tapped my shoulder and told me I had to leave. Chloe wouldn't let go of my hand. Again, holding back tears. We walked out and walked home and then the phone calls and text messages began, and a friend even brought me a drink from Sonic as a pick-me-up. People are good. My brother, Noah, has been calling me a lot to get me through it. He kept saying, "It's hard. That's what being a parent is. But you can't raise kids. You're raising adults. They have to do these things so they can become the adult you want them to be." I spent a lot of time looking at this picture I have in our home - 
It's true for her, too. I want her to be a strong tree, even though I'd much rather her be able to stay under the shade of the mama tree and not have to deal with the harsh winds, rain and sun. 

We tried picking her up from school and it was pretty stressful and hard. I know it's the first day, which is always crazy, so I hope it gets a lot easier. Chloe's teacher gave us a green sign with her name on it. She said if we drive to pick her up, we have to have that sign, but if we walked up, we didn't. So I didn't bring it. When we walked up to the school, I saw all these other parents standing around holding their signs like they're drivers waiting for people at the airport. You can't really see into the school, and they didn't let any of the kids out unless they see your sign, so I didn't know what to do. I didn't know if she was standing right there and would see me walking away to sign her out from the office and think I was leaving her? So I just stood there until a woman came out and said they had taken the rest of the kids into the gym. I went to the gym and looked around. She wasn't there. I went to the front of the school where they said the rest of the kids were..She wasn't there. By this time I was freaking out. More for Chloe than for me. I knew she was there somewhere, but I was hoping she wouldn't be scared or think we weren't getting her and she was alone. 

Preslie has to wear her backpack every day when we walk to school. I always end up wearing it home..

I went in the office and they were worried I hadn't found her, so they were about to call her over the loudspeaker when she walked up with a faculty member. I saw her and said her name and they just let her go to me without showing ID or doing anything. So I was glad I didn't have to actually do anything, but I was also thinking, "Don't ever do that again! Don't let someone just walk out with my baby!!" When she walked up, she seemed SO much older. I know that's crazy because it had only been 8 hours, but she just seemed different. Like she's really not a baby anymore.

I started asking her about her day, and it all was sounding awful. She said they had recess but she couldn't play at all because there were so many kids and they weren't listening to the rules and would push her out of the way and she never got to go on the swings, "and the swings are my FAVORITE part." (Today as we were walking, I told her if someone pushes her out of the way to go down the slide or do something on the playground, to push them back and take her turn. Preslie looked at me like I was crazy and said, "But that's NOT NICE!" …Is it took soon to be teaching them to stick up for themselves?) I asked her how lunch was and if she talked to anyone. She said, "No. You have to be quiet during lunch. They won't let you talk." She also excitedly told me, "I made a friend! I don't' know her name, but she's nice." She said the girl had come up to her at recess and said, "Do you want to play with me?" Oh, my heart went out to that little girl and her mama when she told me that! I kept thinking, I'm sure they've been practicing that ALL week just like we have! Please, oh please tell me you said yes for the sake of that little girl and her mom!!! So I asked Chloe what she said, and she replied, "I said 'I don't know. There's way too many kids out here to even do anything.'" I could not stop laughing. I was like-Chloe!!! You have to say yes! Tomorrow, you have to ask that little girl to play with you! She wants to be your friend! I told her that they didn't have to play on the playground if there was too many kids. They could make up a fun game like she does with Preslie. Chloe said, "Oh, but I never remember that!" I told her it would be ok, she would figure out something, and next time, just say yes!! Preslie asked her what her friend looked like and Chloe said, "She had on a cat shirt and I think pants. Yeah, pants. And she wore long, brown hair." Haha! :)

She said she didn't have a water bottle (I didn't know they needed one) and couldn't get any drinks because their class was too far away and she said she kept telling her teacher and she kept saying no. She also said she raised her hand a lot and talked loud (usually she only talks right in the teacher's ear) and later when she was going to bed, I said, "I'm so proud of you, Chloe." She said, "I am, too. I didn't even remember I could talk quiet. I just talked loud and it was fine!" She's so awesome. 

After the crazy pick-up rush was over, we drove back to take her teacher a first-day of school gift.

Teacher gift

 I was glad to have a minute to talk to her about what was going on. I had e-mailed her on Sunday night about some of my concerns, and when we walked in she had just started e-mailing me back, so she was glad, too. Her teacher, Mrs. Williford, said she was so impressed and she had a great day. She said after reading my e-mail she figured she would be very reserved and quiet, and she actually raised her hand and participated a few times. She also said she felt awful about not letting her get water, but that she was scared she would get lost because the water fountain was far away from the class. She thought about having her go with a buddy, but then she knew all the kids would want to go. 
I could not stop laughing when she told me - "At snack time, we had animal crackers, and Chloe raised her hand and said, 'I'm gonna be reaaaal thirsty after I eat these animal crackers.'" Hahaha!! But the poor girl still couldn't get any water!

Oh, Chloe. You are my perfect little kindergartner. It's only going to get better from here, sweet girl.

Monday, July 14, 2014

New York Day 3

The next morning we started out bright and early. We were going to spend the morning riding bikes around Central Park! We were all so excited.

Central Park is so beautiful and amazing. At first it was a little overwhelming because we didn't really know where we were going and there were so many people that were hardcore biking/running that you didn't want to be in the way. But after a few minutes of getting the hang of it, it all worked out perfectly and was simply amazing!

Seriously beautiful!

After biking for about…5 minutes :) we stopped for brunch! We went to The Boathouse and sat at the second table from the left in the open space in the picture (on the website).
 It was soooo yummy. They brought us banana bread (umm any restaurant that brings me banana bread to start the meal? My absolute fave.) and then we ordered. 

Mom, Amy and I all ordered Eggs Benedict (from the menu -"Eggs Benedict - Irish Smoked Bacon, Smoke Salmon or Spinach, Hollandaise and Chefs VegetableI dare you to guess if we ordered it with bacon, salmon or spinach… (Also, most amazing carrots I've ever had)

Katie ordered Macaroni and Cheese (with vermont cheddar and gouda and it was the BEST mac and cheese I've ever tasted) and Brooke and April ordered the omelet of the day.
Everything was SO good. We just kept sitting there in amazement that we were really eating at such a beautiful, amazing, picturesque place. When I go back to NYC (someday) I will definitely be going back there!

After brunch we continued our bike ride. We could only rent our bikes for 4 hours and our brunch had taken at least 1 1/2. We could only ride the outer loop of the park and on the map it said that took 2 hours. So we had to hustle!
We stopped by this lake and I just couldn't get over how beautiful everything was. There was this little cabin in the distance that was so pretty. I wanted to go explore it, but decided against it. Lucky, for me, because April and Brooke went there to use the restroom and said that close up it is super stinky and gross. 

We quickly biked the rest. I wish we could've explored the whole park more, but bikes weren't allowed on any of the paths so we couldn't really go into the park. Next time!!

After we had returned our bikes we did a little bit of shopping! We walked past Trump Towers to Tiffany's and did some window shopping. 

Amy said I needed something else in there so you could compare sizes. We didn't really have anything, so just compare it to the ring boxes. Those are normal ring boxes and that diamond almost fills the ENTIRE top!

This was all there is to this Apple Store. You walk in and immediately go underground. The whole store is under the street!
The hotel from Home Alone 2

We headed down to one of my must-have stops - Serendipity!
 I just had to get some Frozen Hot Chocolate! We also wanted to have lunch, but the wait was so long and we had to get back. So we put our names in and decided to just get some frozen hot chocolate and eat later. While we were waiting we headed down the street to Dylan's Candy Bar.

 The owner of this store is Dylan Lauren, Ralph Lauren's daughter.

They had a s'mores bar downstairs. It was a chocolate fountain with graham crackers, marshmallows, as well as rice krispy treats and some other things they would dip for you. Each individual thing cost $1. Not bad for NY, but can you imagine the killing they make off that? Buy a bag of marshmallows for $2.50 and sell each one for $1?? I should've thought of that!

I almost bought this for Cody :)

We went back to Serendipity and I have to say, it wasn't really the experience I was hoping for. 
Maybe because we were in a rush, but I felt like the servers were being super slow and I guess I just felt really anxious to get going because I didn't want anyone to be late for our next activity. Also, the frozen hot chocolate was really good, but I think next time I'll order what Brooke and April got!

April and Brooke's dessert- yum! I think it was called Humble Pie?? Doesn't look humble to me! :)
I also have to say, I have some ammmmazing pictures of Katie from here, but I'm not allowed to post them or I have to pay her $500 :) 

Our next stop was the World Trade Center Museum. It was amazing! I will have to make that into another post because there was so much to see and experience there. 


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