Tuesday morning after breakfast, all five of us loaded up and hit the road to the big city. It takes about an hour to get from Dan and Laura's to the outskirts of NYC, but obviously with traffic and what not it took longer to get into the actual city. When we first got to town we headed to SoHo to go to Kelsey's favorite store. From there we headed to Little Italy and Chinatown and did some window shopping and browsing at the store fronts there. We ended up finding some cute purses and jewelry that no one could say "No" too. By this time we were all starving and decided that lunch was next on our To-Do List. The last time Laura and Dan were in NYC they found Heartland Brewery and wanted to share it with us. I had the most amazing plate of Tex Mex Nachos and a delicious adult beverage, sorry no pictures. After lunch we wandered in and out of some of the boutiques and shops around Seaport. I was also able to see the Brooklyn Bridge!
After leaving the Seaport area we headed to our hotel. For our impromptu trip to the city we stayed here...
Around 6:00PM we hit the city streets to walk to supper, but along the way we went by...
By this time the rain set in and we took refuge in the the BIGGEST M&M store I have ever seen! There was just about every colored M&M you could imagine, as well as clothes, jewelry, and statues of the characters. Do you have a favorite character? I've always like Yellow, he crack's me up. I also had the opportunity to try the Dark Chocolate Mint M&M's, holy cow they were yummy! The rain had begun to let up and we decided to brave the sprinkles and head back to our hotel. Along the way, Kelsey climbed into a fountain on a dare. Did you know you can get arrested for that? Oppsy! Thankfully, we didn't get caught. To wrap up a great day we all had dessert and drinks in the bar of the hotel and then headed to bed.
Wednesday morning Dan and Laura headed back New Jersey and left Kelsey, Luke and I in the city to be collected by Tommy, my chaffuere. We had breakfast downstairs in the hotel and then headed towards Central Park for a carriage ride. While it may be touristy, I didn't care I needed some horse-time! Joey took us on a great trip and our driver Ian told us all about the park and neighborhood.
This is the last photo I snapped in the city and it's very "New York"...
Leaving the city we went through the Lincoln Tunnel, which spurred an entire conversation of Elf quotes!
"I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel."
" I'm a cotton-headed ninny-muggins."
"SANTA! OH MY GOD! SANTA'S COMING! I KNOW HIM! I KNOW HIM!"
Once we were back in NJ we were all spent! Exhausted hardly covers it. The evening was spent watching movies, eating Chocolate Covered Pretzel ice cream, and relaxing.
Thursday after packing and breakfast, Tommy showed up and took me back to the airport in Philly. Matt and Bella both showed up in Bloomington to collect me, talk about the welcome wagon! I'm not sure who was more excited to see me, Matt or Bella? The trip out to New Jersey was wonderful and I'm so grateful for the Muirhead/Young family for having me out to see them! I'm ready to come again whenever you are!