Last weekend, Derrick took me to New York City for a baby-free vacation right before I had to start work. This trip was the first time I’ve left Pen for more than a day (never overnight, let alone 3 nights!) and I was feeling a little conflicted about it, but she had a great time with Grandma and Grandpa and we had a great time in NYC, so I think this trip was good for alllll of us.
We got in Thursday evening and spent the night eating some amazing BBQ and then heading to Times Square (where we, of course, stopped at the Disney Store and got PJ a NYC Minnie Mouse shirt). After Times Square, we kept walking and ended up making our way to Radio City, Rockefeller Center, St Patrick’s Cathedral, etc. I normally get pretty stressed out in big crowds, which is why I don’t love big cities, but I didn’t feel too overwhelmed by the hordes of people everywhere.
Friday I think I ended up with something like 30,000 steps! We walked to the Empire State Building and went up to both observation decks. The day was a little cloudy, but we still had a pretty good view of everything. After the ESB, we took the subway downtown. We saw a bazillion things like the NYSE, Trinity Cathedral, the building where George Washington took his first presidential oath (I never knew he took the oath in NY because I apparently know nothing about American history), the Trump Building, Clinton Castle, the Statue of Liberty (well, from a distance at least), St Paul’s Chapel and probably a lot of other things I’m leaving out.
After all that, we headed to the Brooklyn Bridge. We walked to Brooklyn and back, caught a few more impressive looking buildings (some courthouses), and then hopped on the subway to head back uptown towards our hotel (we weren’t too far from Madison Square Gardens/Penn Station).
We hit up an Ale House for dinner that had bookshelves all along one side of the building, which to me seemed like the perfect combination. After some beer and appetizers (and a quick stop at the most ridiculously large Macy’s so that I could see the old wooden escalators), we headed down to the Lyceum Theatre for my first Broadway show The Play That Goes Wrong. Which was so hilarious. I was laughing pretty much the entire night and Derrick, not an avid theater-goer like myself, also enjoyed it.
Saturday, we slept in a little bit (till 8, which seemed very luxurious!) and then got breakfast and headed up to Yankees Stadium for a game. It was kind of fun being at a game where my team wasn’t playing because I kind of just enjoyed the ballpark experience.
After the game, we spent the rest of the afternoon/early evening in Central Park.
We went to another pub for dinner and after grabbing some ice cream, we called it a night because we were both pretty exhausted!
Sunday we went to the airport via the train from Penn Station to Newark, NJ. After getting bumped to first class (thanks to Derrick’s travel and preferred status), we came home to pick up Penny from the grandparents.
I had so much fun in NYC and I loved getting time alone with Derrick. He had to really talk me into it, but he was so right that it was a great idea. He’s a pretty swell husband to take me to the big city, to Broadway, and all over New York! And my in-laws are pretty awesome too for taking such good care of Penny while we were gone! As much fun as our getaway was, I think we both were excited to come back on Sunday to this little cutie though: