Monday, January 26, 2009

I'm baaaaack!!

Well hellooooo there! First of all, thanks for your sweet thoughts about my son! He's doing GREAT -- actually improved quite a bit within 24 hours. So I felt OK leaving town with my stepdaughter, more on that later. And I am overwhelmed by your comments on the pantry. Glad I wasn't the only one who was gaga over it!

Before I tell you about our trip...I have to give you a rundown of my VERY VERY BAD week last week.

Saturday night, on a date with my husband, our car was broken into while we had dinner. Window smashed, bags taken, police report, all the fun stuff. Felt so relieved and blessed when an hour later, they found our bags tossed just around the corner and all that was taken was my husband's iPod.

Took three days to get my window fixed because of two mess ups with the window replacement companies.

Found our our son had pneumonia, as you know, right before both my husband and I were leaving town to separate places and leaving him with family. NOT fun. He's never done breathing treatments and was a champ, but I was a bit of a mess at the thought of leaving him.

He was doing much better the next day, I was feeling better about leaving town. Then we realized a STUPID financial mistake that cost us $1,000 -- and I felt like it was MY fault. My sweet husband argues that but I felt completely responsible. I cried. A lot. (A lot a lot.)

I had to leave by 3 a.m. Friday morning to get us to the airport, and ended up getting NO sleep that night because of my mind racing. None. Zilch.

I pulled out of the garage at 3 a.m. and proceeded to back (slam.) right into my sister's car. Hard. Cussed a bit, pulled up into our garage to get around her, and then ran over my son's not-cheap stroller. RAN OVER IT. Needless to say, it's a goner.

So, you can tell by now, I really, really, REALLY needed a weekend away. That came in the form of a school trip with my stepdaughter to New York City. Some of you already know my love for this city. We love it so much, we got married there. So it was just what I needed. I had to share some of my love with you all:

I took advantage of our free time that first day by walking around and getting my NYC mojo back -- it's been a couple years since I've been there. I stumbled upon this:

Any of you that are Sex in the City fans know this little bakery -- I never really watched the show, but have heard about this place for awhile now. I knew I must. have. a cupcake. I wish I had the nerve to take pics inside...but I will only go so far. I'm a tourist through and through. But these were REAL New Yorkers in line...I couldn't do it! It was just beautiful...old fashioned tin lights, tile floors. Beadboard everywhere. Aqua subway tiles. Carrera marble countertops. GORG!!

I got a pumpkin cupcake with cream cheese icing. Oh. my. Goodness:

Stop with the goofy eyes, my girlfriend said. So she tried again...

Now, stop with the freaky eyes. Tried again:

There we go. I wasn't processing well -- I had been up for 24+ hours straight and that cupcake was blowing my mind!!

Times Square is ALIVE. No other way to put it:
People don't think of NYC as a family vacation but you SHOULD!! There are so many fun places for children! You could spend days just in FAO Schwartz, Toys R Us, Central Park, the Hershey's store, the M&M store -- it's endless.
There is a massive ferris wheel inside Toys R Us:
There are so many fun things to look at in the store -- a life-size Barbie house, massive Lego buildings, the coolest Thomas train table I've ever seen (my son would DIE!), and more fun stuff, like this guy, who moves around and gives you the stink eye:
Told you:
Look at the all of the M&M colors to pick from at the M&M store! Three floors of this stuff!:

If you go, you must see a show. One of our favorites is Wicked:
This time we saw Billy Elliot and it was A-mazing. I can't even tell you how amazing. It will take your breath away:
Kids would LOVE Lion King, or Little Mermaid. This time we saw Shrek, which wasn't one of the best I've seen, but young kids would have a blast!

And you have to go to the top of something. On my first trip to NYC, we were able to go to the top of the Statue of Liberty, but you can't do that anymore. We've also been to the Empire State Building, and this time went to the "Top of the Rock" -- Rockefeller Center. Best view I've seen yet. This is facing north, toward Central Park:
Looking down at the city:

And south, toward the Statue and the Empire State Building. The twin towers stood all the way down at the end, slightly to the right. You can see how bare the sky looks there now. Still hard to see it that way:


Sigh. I love this city. I just adore it. I can't really explain it, but I love it like a person. Weird, I know...it just makes you feel alive.

Boy, did I need it this week!! Now, I'm recovering from 18 hours of sleep in four days. I'm off to take a nap. :)

61 comments:

  1. I love that city like a person too. I could go every year. I haven't been in several and your pictures are making me ache for it. Hope your week is better.

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  2. My heart aches just seeing those pictures. We were there for a week this summer and I SOOO badly want to go back. Some day I will, and it will be awesome!

    We didn't visit the top of any of the buildings, but when we flew into La Guardia we went right over Manhattan. It was breathtaking.

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  3. I love NYC too! Just one trip in '03 and I was hooked!
    Can't wait to go back!

    Glad your son is doing better.

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  4. What a great trip. I had the twins come over and look at your pictures of NY. We cant wait to go and visit. There was alot of "ohhhhh Thats cool" and "Look at THAT!!" LOL
    You really DID need this trip. You poor thing. Going through all that happened the week before. UGH! Big hugs :)

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  5. I am so sorry your had a bad week before you left. I am glad your son is feeling better. Thanks for sharing your trip to NYC. I have never been in the city. I did see the twin towers from the interstate. The sky does look bare. My sister loves NYC. She has.. taken her daughter there since she was a little girl.

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  6. What a fun post! I too love NYC and am desperate for our trip this October.

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  7. Your.week.sucked. I hope it gets better! It sounds like your trip was fun. Stop by an enter my drawing, maybe your luck will change and you'll win!

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  8. Hi Sarah,

    I love NYC too, but it has been forever since I have been there...looks like we need to mosey over that way again soon, my boys would have a blast there!

    I have a pic of me with the twin towers in the background, very sad now.

    I am really sorry about your son and the cars and the bank error...I know how frustrating that can all be!

    Stop by my blogs this week, 18 giveaways on Bella Casa and 1 giveaway on bella casa news!

    Take care!

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  9. One day I am going there! So happy to know your little guy is doing much better and you enjoyed your trip despite the mishaps.

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  10. Wow, that's both horrible and wonderful. I can't believe your string of bad luck! To top it all of by hitting your sister's car?!...so bad.

    I'm glad you had fun in NYC though. That sounds like a well deserved getaway. Welcome back!

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  11. Thanks for the NYC pics - the hubby & I want to visit so badly! One day...

    Glad your son is getting better!

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  12. After a week like that you deserve that cupcake and more! The city photos are amazing, I want to go so bad! Sorry to hear about your crazy, yucky week. Hope this week is better!

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  13. I've never been there so it was nice seeing your photos and that cupcake! Yummy!

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  14. I hope your life takes a turn for the better! I have to admit I am slightly jealous of your weekend trip! I have always wanted to go to NYC, and hopefully someday I will get there! Your pictures were wonderful!

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  15. Sounds like a crappy week, but at least you got to finish it up with something spectacular. I live out west, and I have only been to New York once in my life. About eight years ago. My hubby and I won a trip there from a work party. I absolutely fell in love with it! I could live there. So different from the small town I live in now, but it seriously was the funnest trip I ever took. I am glad you had a great weekend!

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  16. I'm soooo glad you got some time away! It seems like you needed it!

    I'm having serious city envy. I'v always wanted to go to NYC. I still have not. But oh do I want to!

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  17. I have never been there but I WANT TO GO SO BAD. Someday....

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  18. Sounds like a good ending to a bad week! Glad you had a nice time and thanks for sharing!

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  19. oh, I wanna go back......and go to the magnolia bakery! How fun....
    Oh, so sorry about your run with bad luck.......glad your trip made the incidents just a bad memory!
    enjoy your nap!

    Suzanne

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  20. Oh man, what a week! I'm sorry about all of your misfortunes and glad that it's over. Beautiful pictures of New York, It's still on my list of places to visit. Hope this week is much better :-)

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  21. I was wondering where you were! What a fun trip! I have never been to NY but dream of it one day! Great pictures and I am craving me some fancy shmancy cupcakes right about now! ;)

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  22. NY IS amazing. And I too LOVE it!

    So glad you got to get away, especially after the week you had!

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  23. Oh I LOVE New York City and I LOVE Wicked! I'm so jealous!

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  24. NYC is one of my most favorite places to go. There is so much to do and see. :) I found you through Stampin Up Mom's blog. :) I'm now a follower. :)

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  25. So sorry about the crappy stuff, so glad for all the happy stuff!

    :)

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  26. What a week!! I, too, LOVE NYC!!!! I want to go back SO bad!!

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  27. Dang girl! What a week!

    I've never been there. I would love to though!

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  28. Sorry you had so much bad luck getting out of the house!

    I first heard of Magnolia Bakery from Sex and the City, and I've always wanted to try one of those cupcakes! With a girlfriend while talking about sex of course.

    Looks like such a fun trip! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. NYC is seriously the BEST PLACE.... oh EVERRRRR! I'm so glad you had a great trip with your StepDaughter! I truly hope you have a much better week!

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  30. You poor girl! I'm not sure I could have survived a week like that! Glad you got some R & R time. I have actually never been to NYC, love your pics.

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  31. Sarah, honey, I'm so sorry you had such a crazy week! Sounds like some things that I would totally do.

    Guhhhhrrrrl! NYC is the place to go! I heart that city like a person too and I've been a total of oh, one times. I wanted to go so badly that some girlfriends and I went for my 30th birthday two years ago. In fact, let's see...stayed in TS, went into that fantastic M&M store and had my pic made with the gorgeous green M&M girl which I'm obsessed with green M&M's btw (long story), went to the spa, went shopping at Macy's, went to the Museum, Central Park, Chinatown, Little Italy, saw Wicked (also my fave show)...ahhh...it was a fantastic four days. I was energized and we went from like 9am until midnight non-stop every day while we were there. I'm seriously jealous that you just were there! Glad you had a good time though. ;)

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  32. You had a really bad week.....but looks like you had fun in NYC! I've never been there, but always wanted to go. Maybe someday....I am going to Maui next week! My parents are taking us on a family vacation. Can't wait!! Hope this week is better for you! Kristen

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  33. i'm sorry you had a bad week, but it sounds like your NYC trip rocked! thanks for sharing the pictures.

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  34. I never really had a desire to go and never understood why so many people loved it...and then I went. And now I cannot wait to go back!

    We were a little spoiled because it was a business trip for my hubby, so we stayed at the W in Time Square! It was amazing!

    I heard they are discussing opening up the Statue of Liberty again! That would be so great!

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  35. And I got so caught up in the whole NY thing that I forgot to say that I am glad your son is feeling better and I am SO SORRY for your crummy weekend! They say bad things happen in threes, so I think you are in the clear!

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  36. I hate that you had such a bad week- actually a terrible one! Love this post about NYC! How exciting!!!!!
    Hope your son is feeling much better!!!! Hang in there!

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  37. I love your blog!! When it rains it pours!BUT if ya need to destress NY would be the place! I went once last year and LOVED it, I would like to go back every couple of years!

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  38. I LOVE NYC!!! We lived there for 4 years and man, do I miss it!! Thank you for letting us live vicariously through your trip! :)

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  39. I have been trying to talk my husband into a family vaca there for like 3 years now. He says it's no place for a family vacation... But I think I'll show him YOUR POST! It makes me want to go soooo bad!

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  40. NYC is on my dream list. I have seen Wicked. Loved it!

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  41. Wow...sounds like the week was wonderful. I am sure going there made up for it. Looks like NY would be a blast. I have never been but I would love to go.

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  42. wow is all I can say! When it rains it pours!! Pics were great, and I can't wait to see your next project..your blog I think is my favorite! I can't wait to see what you do next!

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  43. What a fun getaway! And you totally deserved it after the week you had. I am dying to got to NYC. I think I would LOVE it! Thanks for taking us with you on your trip via blogging.

    ~Amanda

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  44. So sorry about all your troubles! Sounds like you had a fabulous weekend in NY! We really need to take the kids there. Thanks for all the suggestions.

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  45. So sorry for such a crappy week. But so happy that you got to make up for it by having a wonderful trip! NYC sounds fun and you took some fabulous pictures!

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  46. I'm dying to go to NYC. I've never been. It looks awesome!

    PS -
    I've been TOTALLY intimidated by the Cricut until this week. Now, I'm in l.o.v.e. Hardcore.

    Glad you had a blast! Sounds like you really needed it - bless your heart!

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  47. OMG.... I'm SO very sorry about your week! Dang it anyways! But oh how fun that you got to go to NYC. I've never been there and definitely never thought of bringing my son there - but now that's definitely on my list of places to take him! How fun, fun, fun! Hope this week goes much, much better!

    Smiles,
    Jen

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  48. I am ** SO ** with you!
    I love NYC.

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  49. Wow Sarah, you weren't kidding when you said you had a BAD week!!

    NYC looks awesome! I've never been, and I think I'd be a little scared to go! but you made it look like lots of fun!!

    ~Tidymom

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  50. Oh my gosh! I LOVE NYC too! I went on the Sex and the City tour around town and we got to have a fabulous cupcake too! Glad you got to get away after all the craziness you had happen!

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  51. We took a girls trip to NYC this year. It was amazing! Boy did you ever need it after that week you had!

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  52. Wow, you need more than a nap after all of that. I've always wanted to go to NYC, maybe someday!!Sounds like you definitely needed the weekend away. I hope you have a relaxing, uneventful week! LOL

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  53. What a bad start to a great trip...glad things got better! NYC is the best...a GREAT distraction! I love reading your blog!

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  54. Oh so fun!!!!! Loved this post!
    ♥Jen

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  55. O Gosh! I love this post! You really made my day!

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  56. What a week! Glad you were able to get away and enjoy a yummy cupcake and some sites!

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  57. I cannot believe that week you had. So happy it is over for you since it is June, 2009 as I am writing this. Thanks for letting me visit NYC. Never been there...but your pictures are great!

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