My daughter wanted a girls-only trip to NYC
for her 16th birthday…
My girl and her grandmas
She finally got her wish a couple of weeks ago!
We had big (unrealistic) plans to see almost every major tourist spot, see some shows, take some dance classes, and most importantly- find pointe shoes that fit! (Oh, and eat lots of good stuff!)
I’d bought the NYC Pass before we left. It’s a pretty good deal, and although we didn’t see but 4-5 things out of the 80+ we could have we did get the right to jump to the front of the line in most places. Figuring most things cost at least $20+ each I think it was worth it… REALLY worth it when you are short on time. If we’d had another day we probably could have used at least 4 more places, if not more. If we go back with the boys I’ll get it again, just because its worth it to me to not have to wait. I’d say if you get it make sure to look on the website and plan what you’ll be doing each day, just to get your money’s worth.
So what DID we end up doing?
LOTS of walking! (Subways are HARD to figure out!)
Times Square hotspots (M&M store, Toys R Us, Ellen’s Stardust Diner, etc.)
Weekend before last my girl and I went on a fast and furious trip to Dallas.
She had an audition for an ABT summer dance intensive and we thought we’d just make a “girl’s trip” out of it! (We had never been on a trip without the boys!)
We stopped by my grandma’s before checking into our hotel and had a fast but nice visit with Grandma, my aunt and uncle and “little” cousin. I gauge the age of my marriage by how old he is because he learned to walk at our wedding! Let’s just say he’s mid-way through college and a handsome fellow so I remembered our 20th anniversary is coming up this year…
Emily and my idea of a good time always involves really good food so we went to Zorba’s, our favorite Greek restaurant, and had a truly marvelous meal. I might have embarrassed Emily a bit when I asked the waiter how to say avgolemono a few times. Divine soup it is. We topped it off by getting some baklava to take back to the hotel for breakfast!
Before the auditions we walked a mall to work off some nervous energy, and then had to head to Coppell. It was a great studio. There were so many trying out (including several of her friends from here) that they ended up starting an hour late so we didn’t get out until five. On the way home we found another great restaurant called Tiramisu’s in Coppell. Great food and we had the place to ourselves. Then it was on the road again for home. (Only a five hour drive home…)
It was our first “girl’s only” trip and it was so much fun to do what we wanted to. Hope to take a longer one soon! NYC maybe?
My 3 cuties were: J- trumpeter angel, M- cannon soldier and one of the dragon’s feet, E- lead rat and lead angel (she changed it to angel and mouse sitter because she lead the tiny mice and angels out on stage and around! They were so precious!)
My rat scaring Clara
My little cannon soldier (photo by Paul Henry)
Mine is the trumpeter on the right and E is big angel in middle