Monday, July 14, 2014

New York Day 2

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!


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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. 




Wednesday, July 9, 2014

House Tour

Since moving in to our new house here in Texas, I've had a few people asking for a video house tour. It's only taken 7 months to complete, but I did it!

I would love to share our house tour with you!

However, I am extremely, super duper a wee bit terrified hesitant to post a complete video of my entire home online for any and all to find and map out how they will kidnap my babies.

So, if you'd like to see it, I would love to share with you, as long as Cody and/or I know you and you're not a crazy murdered/kidnapper.

Just leave me your email in a comment and I will gladly send you the link!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

New York Day 1 (part 2!)

After we left the cathedral we started heading to find some lunch. We decided to go to Juniors, which is famous for their amazing cheesecake! On the way we had to stop and take a few pictures of the sites...
Naked Cowboy! I ended up seeing about 7 "Naked Cowboys" (And 2 "Naked Cowgirls") but this guy was the real one! 

The Lion King! We ended up seeing it later that night.

We made it to Juniors and even though we were all starving, a lot of us shared. Which was a good thing, because the servings were huge!

Maybe this looks just like a regular bacon hamburger…but it was giant! I shared it with my mom. And the onion rings, oh the onion rings. They're huge, and doughy, and not crispy, and so, so good. It's probably hit or miss, because a lot of people have to have them crispy, but they're amazing. Oh so good.

Before we got our food they brought out this huge bowl of pickles right in front of me. I hate pickles, but Chloe LOVES them so I had to take a picture to send to them. Cody said when he showed her, her eyes got huge and she said, "I want to eat ALL THE PICKLES!" 
(We talk about pickles at least once a day at our house. Preslie and I are the "pickle haters" and Cody and Chloe and Charlee are the "pickle monsters" because they love them..)

They also brought out pickled beets. I sent Cody a picture of this, too, and he asked if they were good. I told him someone else tried and they said they were, but he told me I had to try...




I decided I liked them. But only enough for one bite. They weren't bad, though!

Then came the desserts...
We ordered two for everyone to share. This is the Devil's Food Cheesecake

And the Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake. Both were amazing and we would take a bite or two and pass the plate along, until...

This was all frosting. We would've eaten it, but we were all so stuffed by then.

After Juniors, we dragged our tired feet back out on the streets and headed to Soho. 
I was super nervous to ride the subway at first, because my knowledge of the subway consists of Adventure's in Babysitting (knife in the foot anyone?), and Full House and Boy Meets World (Both get stuck in the subway on very, very important days.)

Luckily, the subway for us was awesome. (Except Even when Amy and I saw a giant rat!) 

I took this when no one was around…So people couldn't laugh at my tourist-ness

First we stopped at the cutest store, Purl Soho

It was gorgeous. I honestly felt like I could've stayed there all day looking at all the gorgeous fabric, material, and colors.

Isn't this the cutest little dog?




Ahh beautiful. I bought some fabric there and a pattern and was so excited about them!
After we left Purl, we went to Kate Spade. Again, I was in heaven :)
I was so in love with this dress. And the shoes (not pictured). They were both amazing. The dress was only $548 and the shoes $348. NBD. …Too bad I can't even handle buying a $20 wallet from China town without stress. Sadly, I left there empty-handed.

Afterwards we hit up China town and little Italy but only for just a second. It was way too hard to walk around China town with 6 of us because all the shops and the sidewalks are so small. So we went to the Cannoli King and grabbed my second cannoli for my second day. It was ammmmazing. Better than the first.


Yum don't you just want to take a bite? (I didn't eat it at the place but took it back to the hotel for later. I was still stuffed from cheesecake!)

We got back on the subway and got off near a little Swedish candy store called Sockerbit. It was cute! I thought it was funny they had two Asians working the store, because it's a swedish store :) We filled up our bags and I took pictures of the candy I got so I could remember what it was called and what it was supposed to taste like before giving it to my kids.






By this time, we were all pretty wiped out and couldn't stop saying, "I'm so excited to just sit all night!" We went back to the hotel, changed, and hurried over to see our shows on broadway! Amy, Mom, and Katie saw A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (and loved it) and Brooke, April and I saw The Lion King. It was fun! 



To be honest, I didn't love it. It was good, but for some reason I was being extra critique-y, and kept thinking, "I could've saved a ton of money and watched the movie." But, it's a classic Broadway hit, so I'm glad I can add it to my "Have-Seen" list. Maybe I didn't love it because the only other Broadway show I've seen is Wicked…it's hard to go next after that!

It was fun to spend time with April and Brooke, though! After the show we just went back to the hotel because we were all pretty exhausted after such a long, fun day.

But before we got back to the hotel, we saw Zach Braff on the street! He was coming out of another Broadway show and there were people everywhere trying to get his autograph. You can just barely tell it's him from these pics - we were across the street and didn't cross because he was so surrounded by people it wouldn't have been worth it. Plus non of us really care about him :)


Wow after reading back through this post and the last, I feel exhausted! But that day, I was so pumped full of energy and the city I loved every second!! Day 3 is on it's way!

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