Wow, a blog vacation has the same effect as a real vacation. Once I’ve taken a break, it is near impossible to get back to work. I actually had time to write when my friends were visiting. Since they had a baby with them, we had “nap time” during each day. Instead of using this time to write, I joined the baby and took a nap.
Now that our friends have gone (moved to England actually) I figure I’ll get back to real life. Of course, my “real life” today included booking a vacation for two weeks from now, playing at the park, and teaching 3 year olds to play hockey.
Husband and I have had A LOT of visitors over the last year. We have taken most of our guests to the same general places (Time Square, Central Park, Lombardi’s, Battery Park, Broadway, 5th Avenue, etc, etc). Sometimes we vary it up, depending on our friends’ interests or if they have ever been to NYC. But, this visit was different. This visit included a baby!
I very often say how stinkin’ cute my friend’s kids are, but….well, they really are! This baby in particular is not just cute, but such a good-tempered easygoing baby! This kid has literally flown around the world, allowed hundreds of people to hold and snuggle her, and still manages to smile and giggle most of the day. She’s even a little bundle of joy on the Subway.
Because we had a baby to take around, Husband and I tried to gear most of the outings towards her. Honestly, it’s a little pointless considering she is only ten months old and doesn’t really care where we take her, but we were just excited to do kid-type attractions.
Our first child appropriate stop was the Central Park Zoo. This zoo is small and not very exciting, but they do offer a little petting zoo, just perfect for all the city kids to feed goats and sheep. The sea lions also put on a nice show for us.
For breakfast one morning we took everyone to Alice’s Tea Cup. (We also got to hangout with an old high school friend and his super sweet girlfriend for a day and a half. It was a great reunion! Unfortunately, none of us thought to take a picture together!)
Recently Alice’s Tea Cup has become really popular because Katie Holmes took Suri there the day after she divorced Mr. Cruise, but it’s always been a fairly popular place, especially for little girls. This cute little restaurant is just 3 blocks from our apartment and is decorated with scenes from Alice in Wonderland and lots of tiny chotskies. They make the BEST most delicious scones, offer hundreds of yummy teas, and let every little girl wear fairy wings as they eat! It’s just the perfect place.
Another day for breakfast we did a special tour of FAO Schwarz. We recently learned you can pay to do a tour before the store opens, and we decided this was the best time to do it. The tour includes breakfast, a bag of any candies you like (from the FAO Schweetz area), an informative tour with a toy soldier as your guide, the chance to play with some new toys, and the chance to dance on the famous giant piano without having to wait in line. Every one of us enjoyed the tour, even the baby.
The baby even got to eat her lunch at the fancy restaurant on the 8th floor of the Marriot overlooking Time Square. Her Daddy gets the award for “Best Dad” for sure, he is so great with his daughter. I just love this picture of him feeding her with the skyscrapers and the bright lights in their background.
Their last night, Zoey agreed to babysit so that the rest of us could go out and have a grown-up night. We went out to dinner at Eatery in Hell’s Kitchen, had some delicious food and potent cocktails, and topped it all off with Phantom of the Opera. Phantom was phenomenal, and it was so great to spend some quality time with these two amazing people.
I don’t know how I ended up with such good friends.
Best of luck to them on their new adventures!