Well, she did it.
Against me trying to stop her, my sweet Kensington turned ten on Saturday.
Andrew and I wanted to make this birthday extra special, so we decided to go to NYC for a girls weekend with Erika and Ebby Lee. We left early Thursday morning and had the BEST long weekend!! Erika said it and I totally agree…Kensington and Ebby Lee are like at the perfect age for a trip like this. They’re still little and so sweet (they wanted to play at the park and go to American Girl), but they’re big enough to be super fun, easy going and the perfect little travel companions.
Here’s a little look at our trip to the Big Apple to celebrate Kensington turning TEN!
My alarm went off at 2:50 AM but it was so worth it! We picked up Erika and Ebby Lee for our super early flight to NYC! Can you tell that we’re pumped?!
We landed!! Let the fun begin!
After getting our bags and heading to the hotel (we stayed at the JW Marriott on Central Park South and loved it by the way), we walked down to the Food Hall at the Plaza Hotel to pick up a late bite for lunch.
There are just too many yummy things to chose from here! Erika and I ended up with lobster rolls while the girls enjoyed pizza.
Lovin’ life at the Food Hall! After this, we made our way to the park…
…the girls played and played plus climbed on the rocks. After this, we walked down Fifth Avenue…
Strolling down Fifth with coffee in hand is my idea of a good time! While we were strolling, we walked into Saks and before we knew it, Erika and I each had makeovers at one of the beauty counters. Hahahaha…
…listen, there is no better time to make me over than after I woke up at 2:50 in the morning. Don’t we look nice?! This lady at the counter was so sweet and showed us some really great goodies (I’ll do a new makeup post soon!). After Saks, we walked to…
…American Girl 🙂 . Please note, after Erika and I bought our makeup, we got “free with purchase” totes that the girls wanted to carry. We arrived around 4:30 and it was deserted. We enjoyed the place to ourselves! After this, we walked back to the hotel and changed for dinner…
Someone tell me when they got this big?!
Our first dinner was at The Mercer Kitchen! We all gave it two thumbs up!! Erika and I split the truffle pizza and the burger (the waiter recommended both!), and they were outstanding!
Truffle pizza with a burger and fries? Yes, ma’am!!
We were in bed pretty early (after such a long day!) and then ready to take down DAY TWO…
Elevator selfie for the win!
First stop on day two…
…La Pecora Bianca for breakfast. It was so good!!!
Sausage and Broccolini Fritata anyone? YUM!
These two were so pumped about our day!
First stop after breakfast? Macy’s! I mean…who doesn’t want to go to their 34th Street Store if even just to walk through and take a peek?
Our second stop is right behind them 🙂 .
After Macy’s, we walked right to the Empire State Building. Friends, there was no one there!! We walked right in and got right up there! We bought tickets that allowed us to stop at all three floors (the top being floor 102!). Here we are at the first stop!
Beautiful Manhattan below!
Stop #2 was outside!
I have traveled so much with this girl and it’s always SO MUCH FUN!!!
Side note: my earrings can be found HERE.
Our final stop was floor 102!
Whoa! That’s high!
After this, we took an Uber downtown to…
…this. Friends, in all my years and all my travels, I have never been to a more comprehensive and well thought out museum. We spent a little over two hours here and still probably didn’t see half. I highly recommend this for anyone coming to NYC. What we learned and saw here will stay with us forever. We have had some amazing conversations since we left, and I really can tell it made an impact on my sweet girl. I really loved this stop.
After we left, it was a little later and we were hungry, so we heard there was a big festival going on in Little Italy and decided to check it out…
…HOLY MOZZARELLA! This was SO FUN! We were here during the annual Feast of San Gennaro festival and it was HAPPENIN’!
The whole place was packed and smelled like a yummy Italian feast. Ebby Lee and I opted for pizza from a street vendor…
…while Erika and Kensington each got pasta. We grabbed our food and sat on a curb to watch…
…SO MUCH FUN!
After this, we walked on up to…
…this girl’s favorite cupcake place!!
Georgetown Cupcakes never disappoints! After this, we headed to Times Square to see what was goin’ on…
…it was packed and festive as always! From there, we walked back to our hotel to change and get ready for another fun dinner…
…elevator selfie before dinner!
Our restaurant that night was in the middle of the park (where cars can’t pull right in), so we took this instead! Nothing beats a rickshaw to dinner!
We tried out The Loeb Boathouse for dinner and it was SPECTACULAR! Our table was on the water and the food was out of this world!
The waiter even brought over bread so that the girls could feed the fish and turtles below.
Three cheers for seafood spaghetti! Erika and I also shared a crab cake that would have been photographed, but we ate it too fast. Ha!
They asked why we were in town, so when we told them that the next day, K was turning 10, they brought out dessert and sang 🙂 .
After dinner, we took a carriage ride through Central Park.
It was beautiful!!
Name that fountain! Which six sang and danced in it???
The next morning, we woke up and this girl…
We started our day with breakfast at Sarabeth’s!
Ah! Ten! I just love her so much!!
After breakfast, we walked A LOT! We walked through Columbus Circle up the Upper West Side, through the park at 91st street and back down Fifth. Then, we walked over to…
…Dylan’s Candy Bar!
After that, a quick lunch and sundae at…
A girl and her sundae 🙂 .
After lunch, we walked over to Bloomingdale’s where she picked out a new dress and shoes for her birthday. Psst: My top is HERE.
And then…she wanted to climb on the rocks in the park some more 🙂 .
We ate a big Italian dinner at Carmine’s…
…where we had no fun at all 🙂 .
I love this pic because it’s so THEM!
Framily birthday dinner! After this, we walked right next door to see…
Friends, it was AMAZING! Even if you don’t bring kids, I think adults will love it too!
We were so excited for the show to start! While we were sitting here, my sweet friend Ashley Spivey tweeted Patti Murin to tell her we were there and to see if we could go backstage after. What?! What?! Patti Murin is ANNA! She was so gracious and added our name to the list so that we could meet her after the show…
…eeeeeeeeks! I mean, how cool is that?! It’s ANNA!! Patti was so sweet to us! Kensington’s birthday was MADE!
We even got to go on stage after 🙂 . It was such a special night!
The next morning, we boarded a flight home filled with lots of wonderful memories of this girl’s 10th birthday.
It was such a special trip, and I’m so blessed that sweet Erika and Ebby Lee wanted to come too. I will always remember our time in NYC!
Okay, want to see something really cool and here THE BEST NEWS EVER?!
MY FRIEND AMY HAS FINALLY OPENED AN ETSY SHOP!!!
Agh! I’m so excited about this!!! Here is Kensington’s 10th birthday sign (above). Isn’t it PERFECT?! After 10 years of me begging and pleading with her, she has finally been able to open a shop that I so hope you will all check out! Her signs are all custom and they’re GORGEOUS! Amy’s creative genius never ceases to amaze me. I went around my house and snapped a few pics of all the “Amy” signs we have at our house…
I am so excited for her! She is so talented and I’m so happy she’s sharing her gift with others. You can find her on Etsy HERE. It’s called HERESYOURSIGNBYAMY.
Have a wonderful day, friends!! xo