Hey, hey Tuesday!
It’s part two of our little trip to the Big Apple (click HERE to see Part One). The second day was our biggest and most full day because we knew it was supposed to rain the following day, so we packed.it.in. on this Wednesday. I apologize in advance for all of the pictures…I didn’t think you guys needed a NYC post part three 😉 .
Rise and shine! The sweet folks at Fox & Friends had asked me to be on to show some simple and cost friendly suppers that morning…so the gang all left the hotel at 7:15 AM. I looooove my dress :). I need to find other places to wear it now! And my shoes aren’t current. They’re from Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale this past summer.
I’ve said this several times before, but I’m eternally grateful for the app GlamSquad. I read about them in a magazine a year ago and have now used them four times. You book the appointment on your app and they show up to do hair and/or makeup (they do both for me) plus they can do nails too. It’s like Uber…your credit card info is stored in there, so you don’t have to worry about paying them in person or tipping because it’s all included. Love. Them!
Take your family to work day! This day was COLD, so I took a cab to the studio as to not mess up my hair but my family walked since it was only two blocks away. I loved having them there with me!!
In the green room with this cutie pie.
And this one too!
Here I am in the studio. If you don’t have a copy of Eats, you need one 🙂 . You can cook your way through 2017 with my easy, seasonal and delicious meals! Order it HERE.
And just like that, I’m back in mom mode :). Even though it was bitterly cold (like 20!), the kids wanted me to walk back with them. Andrew took this pic of me…I look a little bit crazy in my outfit while everyone else is wearing coats and layers…but one of these days, they won’t want me to walk with them because they’ll be too cool…so, I better take every chance I get!
I quickly changed clothes and we hit the streets for the day. Smith was showing me his mad face to go with this hat and neck warmer. Hahaha!
Off we went towards brunch!
We stopped inside the Plaza Hotel for grins…
And then I took this picture because HOW BIG DOES KENSINGTON LOOK?! Oh my word. The jeans and Uggs are killing me! Where did my baby go?!
Brunch time at Sarabeth’s across from Central Park. This place is so stinkin’ good! If you’re going to NYC, eat here!
Love my boy! He is wild and crazy but sweet and kind all at the same time.
After brunch, we headed to Central Park so that Andrew and the big kids could ice skate. The line was FOREVER long, so at first, we were really discouraged, but then I walked to the very front and asked the front people how long they had been waiting and they said only 20 minutes. What?! Yes! We ended up only waiting 15. So…if you head to the park to skate, don’t be scared off by the long line…it moves very quickly!
One kid down for the count.
Make that two kids.
My kids were looking the most forward to ice skating. They were so excited!!!
Side note: due to Ashby’s monthly procedures, she can’t ice skate, so that’s why she napped instead 😉 .
This was Smith’s first time to ice skate and he was so excited!
Not a bad view, right? This outdoor rink was so nice! We will totally be doing this again!
At one point, they had everyone get off the ice so that they could resurface it. Gorgeous way to spend the day!
Here come Smith and Andrew!
All smiles (with a few falls!).
This girl right here owned the rink! We were so proud of Kensington! She got right out there and skated like she had been doing it for a long time. Who knew this girl could skate???
So, like I said at the top, due to the rain the next day, we crammed a lot into one day…next on our list, a carriage ride through Central Park. It took us a while to find a carriage that accommodated six, but after we finally found one, we took the long (they have long and short) tour of the park and loved it.
After our carriage ride, we made our way up the Upper West Side and stopped for Starbucks before winding up at dinner…
…at Carmine’s :). This yummy Italian restaurant was just what we needed after a long day of activities.
We smile big for Italian food!
And then after dinner…
…we went to see the Rockette’s Christmas Spectacular!
Our seats were on the front row of the mezzanine, so we had a great view!
My kids trying on their 3D glasses before it began.
Popcorn and kicking was the perfect way to end our day!
Whew! Okay…a few pics from rainy day three. It was cold and rainy but we didn’t let that stop us. Plus…we finished off day three at my favorite restaurant of the trip…
We slept later on this morning and enjoyed breakfast at the hotel before braving the weather. Here we are in Times Square!
Love this guy!
And then we made our way to Little Italy for lunch!!
Warming up in Little Italy.
My view :).
It’s official…Madeley’s favorite food is Italian. Give her all the pasta. All of it.
After lunch, we stayed nice and bundled up and headed to Georgetown Cupcakes. The little girls were all snugly and dry and the big kids WERE TROOPERS!
Little Miss Madeley didn’t make it to the cupcake place without falling asleep. #jealous
This is their “stop taking pictures and get us our cupcakes” face.
We all agreed that Ashby’s cupcake was the best! Her’s was called Santa’s Cookie (they all had Christmas names) and it was almond flavored. Me. Oh. My!
So, as soon as we were done with the cupcakes, we looked around Soho and then Ashby fell asleep too…so we walked 45 blocks back to the hotel. Seriously, my big kids did such a good job and never complained!! We knew getting on the subway would wake the little girls up, so it was raining and we started walking…all 45 blocks.
We paused at the Flat Iron Building to take a look on our way. And then we arrived back at the hotel and dried out a bit until it was time to leave for dinner. Friends, DINNER WAS AMAZING!!! A sweet blog reader commented here last week and told me to try a German restaurant in NYC called Rolf’s because the food was delicious and it was totally decked out for Christmas. BEST COMBINATION EVER!!
This is how Madeley and I feel about German food. My absolute FAVORITE!!
Look inside the window!!!! I mean…pictures cannot even do it justice!
It was insane. The decorations, the Christmas music…it was like stepping into wonderland!
Madeley deciding what kind of German food she wanted. She settled on schnitzel and spaetzle.
I wanted to stay here forever :).
German food with my fam…my happiest place.
Yeah, me too Madeley!
And then we came back to the hotel and all did this :).
That’s our trip to NYC during the Christmas season! If you missed part one, click HERE.
Whew!! If you made it to the end of this post, thank you and I love you ; ). See you tomorrow!