Saturday, October 16, 2010

October 7-11th

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Josh and I had the amazing opportunity to go on a somewhat 'spontaneous' trip to the East Coast last weekend after receiving the invitation to attend a friend's wedding in New Jersey (separate wedding post coming). We decided to take advantage of the kid-free weekend and tacked on a few extra days so we could visit Ammon (Josh's brother) and enjoy some leisure time in New York City.

After arriving late Thursday, we spent the night at the Marriott Fairfield Inn, close to the Newark Airport, opting to take the train into the city the next morning. We hit Manhattan around noon on a gorgeous Fall day with no predetermined agenda and enjoyed casually strolling around the city. (After just coming off of an exhausting Disneyland trip, the casual approach and pace of this trip was just what the dr. ordered.)

We were giddy as we realized this was the first real kid-free trip we've enjoyed since our last trip to NYC 4 1/2 years ago. We couldn't believe we could actually hold hands, sit by one another at the restaurant & even steal a kiss or two without at least 2 children in between us. It was magical.

**Important note to all our friends & family: We gladly accept invitations to any and all 'adult only' functions from here on out, especially if it requires an overnight stay in a far off location.

Some of our favorite things we did included:

1. Seeing the Broadway Play Mamma Mia (storyline set to ABBA music). Entertaining & fun, but not one I'd spend the money to see again.

2. Dinner out at Bar Americain (a Bobby Flay restaurant). Amazing food! Best filet mignon I have ever tasted!

3. Visiting Josh's brother, Ammon & having him show us some of the delicious local places to eat & sightsee. We enjoyed a great lunch outdoors at Rue 57 on Friday and another fabulous lunch on Saturday overlooking the water at The Frying Pan. We topped off the food fest with dessert at Billy's Bakery, sharing the most ginormous piece of red velvet cake you have ever seen.

4. Shopping on Canal Street. 'Louis, Chanel, Coach. You like Miss?' Ha ha.

5. Beautiful views of the New York skyline and the World Trade Center/Financial Disrict from the Milennium Hilton Hotel where we stayed while in the city.

We love NYC and can't wait to return!