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.)
This weekend we celebrated my grandpa’s 95th birthday!
My Popie is an amazing guy. Smart, funny, and kind.
It was great to get some of the family together- we don’t do it enough it seems.
We had a red, white, and blue themed BBQ lunch. Mom used baskets and apple crates from her house for decoration and storage. We bought yellow mums, red peppers, and black-eyed susans in pots to use as flowers so we wouldn’t waste anything. Mom had a ton of red white and blue fabric she’d bought to make a quilt and we used that on serving tables and just brown craft paper from the hardware store on the tables. Turned out really cute! We made banners out of twine and strips of torn fabric which were adorable.
I’d made ten dozen cupcakes! Vanilla Bean, Lemon-Lime, Chocolate Caramel, S’mores, and Coconut! Look for more pictures and recipes soon on the cooking blog.
Of course my camera decided to protests AND my phone’s memory was full so I couldn’t take any pictures. The ones above my ten year old took with his camera!
My youngest turns 6 tomorrow and guess what kind of cake he wanted???
Hint: What do whips, golden idols, treasure maps, and snakes have in common?
The kids helped me shape some cool stuff from fondant and tootsie rolls (you just heat up the tootsie rolls about 12 seconds and they get soft enough to mold!) We painted with petal dust and paint pens (food coloring.)
I left for the airport on Thursday thinking I was going to the windy city to tag along on a work trip for my hubby. I was honestly dreading the wind and COLD temperatures (even went and bought long undies.) We arrived at the Dallas airport to make the connecting flight and I looked up and saw the gate said “San Diego” instead of “Chicago.” ???? That’s when he whipped out a jersey that said “THE BIG 40!”… (WHAT?)
Me & My Cali Buds Tailgating
We got to tailgate with my best bud and her hubby and watch the Chargers win!
Misty Del Mar Morning
I didn’t miss the snow a bit, and loved hearing the waves crash on the beach at night (with the windows open!) cappuccinos on the patio, facials, massages…. Scott spoils me and might regret it now!
My friend Alison had a phenomenal post today on the whimsical. (One of my favorite words.)
She made a list on her last birthday of things she wants to do this year and that has me inspired. I turn a big birthday in December and want to celebrate it. I am going to start working on my things to do this year list now! I’m going to try to make it focus on the unseen, but don’t know how well I’ll be able to manage that.
Here is a start:
Say more positive than negative things to my hubby
Say more positive than negative things to my kids
Paint the trim in my house
Meditate on a regular basis again
Start back in a regular yoga regimen
Take another art class
Finish Sewing the things I started
Get the baby albums finished (my youngest is 5 already…)
Organize my pictures
Travel to at least 2 countries this year
Connect with my friends more
Read a classic a month with my kids
Start a family journal
Talk to my brother more often
Get rid of the clutter
Make at least 3/4 of my Christmas gifts
Get the rent house sold or rented
Okay, that’s half of my list. I am going to revise it and post the whole thing on my birthday!