Phil and I both needed to go to NY for work, so as usual, we made it a family affair. I only had one meeting so I spent most of the time playing with the girls. I get more excited about these things than they do. Our first 2 nights were in Manhattan and Madeline insisted that our first stop should be the American Girl store. I surprised them and took them to dinner with their dolls. I was shocked because Mazie actually got into it more than Madeline. She loved feeding her doll dinner. Then, we stumbled on the most amazing thing ever – Santa at Macy’s. Magical doesn’t even begin to describe it. It was amazing. The pictures don’t do it justice because I only had my camera phone at that point. Just a little hint – don’t take 2 small children to the city by yourself without a stroller. Your arms will hate you. Anyway, we stood in line for about half an hour and then were transported to the North Pole. We circled around this incredible village on our way to see Santa. There were trains, bakeries, dancing bears, piles of presents by the sleigh – everything you can imagine and more. If you go to NYC in December, this is a must do on my list. Once you get to Santa, they only allow one child in at a time so it’s not chaotic. And, it’s free – unless you want to buy the picture.
Here is a little sneak peak of the incredible windows. These were at Macy’s, but department stores all over the city have spared no expense making it a magical experience.
The fun really began when we met up with our friends Ollie and Mag. We took the kids to see the tree and to FAO. That evening, I had a meeting but they went to see Santa at Bryant Park with Phil. The funniest part of the trip didn’t get captured on camera. We couldn’t catch a cab so we put our kids in a wagon on the back of a bike in NYC traffic. It was an experience – a funny one. Then, when he tried to charge us $68 for a 5 minute ride, Mag’s mad negotiating skills kicked in and saved us! Whew…way, to go Mags! Next stop, more awesome friends! Seeing our friends Caitlyn and Logan was a real treat because we haven’t seen them in about a year. The kids had a great time playing while the adults caught up. I can’t say enough nice things about this sweet family. Wish we could spend more time with them.
I’ll be honest, I wanted to see Angelina Ballerina more than Madeline, but she did LOVE it. She actually said before we left for NY that we could split up when we got to the city and she could go to American Girl and I could go to Angelina Ballerina. HA! After the show, Angelina invited all of the girls to go onto the stage and dance with her. Madeline stared at her in amazement before she did a little twirl jump! After the show, the girls got their autographs and posed for a picture with the actors.
Family fun day!! We got together with Phil’s brother and sister and let the cousins play. I love watching them play together. They only get to see each other a few times a year but they never miss a beat.
When I tell you that this was an action packed trip, I mean we meticulously planned one thing after another in 5 different states. After 2 days in the city, 2 days at my mother-in-law’s house, and one day in Jersey, we found ourselves in Pennsylvania! I took the girls to a science center in Harrisburg that was pretty neat. The had a few themed play areas, stage, and water table. Their favorite part was the ambulance. It had sirens, lights, and dress up inside.
We also made a stop at Chocolate World in Hershey, PA. We took a tour, watched a 3D show, and saw the house made out of chocolate. The details are incredible. Apparently, there are a lot of fun things in Hershey at Christmas. Unfortunately for us, it all happens on the weekend. We still had a nice time though. I got a little outlet shopping in which you know I enjoyed.
That pretty much sums up our week. I’m so thankful that we have the opportunity to travel back and forth, see our friends and family, and let our girls experience so many things. We do not take it for granted and praise God for every sweet memory we make with these precious gifts He has given us.