After deciding last minute to leave Blake and Sam behind to fend for themselves, Michelle and I & Mom and Dad were off to enjoy New York City! Our cousin Jennifer got married in Manhattan, so we mooched a hotel room off of Mom and Dad, used up the frequent flyer miles and set off to the city that never sleeps. This was none of our 1st times in NYC, so most of the lame, time-consuming, touristy things stayed off our lists.
Friday was the wedding at the Manhattan LDS Temple and reception down in a penthouse on 14th Street. Apparently, it was the traditional NYC reception...great food and tons of dancing!
Saturday was quite fabulous: we started the day on a bus tour - a must! No matter how many times you've been to NYC, it's the best way to get around when you have no where to go.We did have one planned stop to China Town: Operation Handbags. We knew the exact "shopping" experience we had in mind, and yes, it involved an abandoned alley, a dark basement and bargaining with someone who only barely spoke English.
Oh Boy! We got it!
3 Dolces and 1 Prada later, we didn't stop grinning until we were crying at Wicked. Our hotel was really nice and right across the street from Wicked and a GREAT Thai Food Restaurant.
We ended the day at Mary Poppins, which was just DELIGHTFUL!
Sunday was our relaxing day with no plans. We decided to go to the Met, since most of us had never been. We met the most random woman there! She took us under her wing and gave us a guided tour of her favorite spots in the museum, complete with stories and history. It was great! We met up with one of Michelle's friends in Central Park and wandered around.
Dare I say this was the best trip to New York! If only Melissa could have been with us...not to worry, she did get a purse! And to those that are wondering how little Sammie did? Blake, Ray and Nate all said she was on "cruise control." Kept to her schedule and never had an episode. She did so well, it took her half the morning on Monday to warm up to me!