We are back home after 10 fabulous family-filled days in New York! I have SO many pictures and stories to share, so, to spare you from a 100 picture post, I’ll be splitting them up among a few different posts. The first thing I wanted to share was our time spent in New York City. I know I have mentioned it before (and have written about our love story in the past), but NYC is a very special place for me and Brett because it’s the city where our relationship began. I lived in Manhattan for 2 years while I completed my master’s program at Bank Street College on the Upper West Side and Brett and I spent MANY, MANY weekends exploring the city and falling deeper and deeper in love. At the time he was living in Boston (and then later in D.C) and to this day I wonder how much money we spent on the Bolt and Mega Bus, traveling back and forth. One things for sure, NYC is a fun and romantic place to fall in love so when we were planning our trip back to NY I knew that we would HAVE to spend some time there.
Tuesday night my in-laws generously agreed to watch Leah so Brett and I could take the train into the city for a romantic date night (they live on Long Island-about a 45 minute ride from the city). When Brett and I were planning our city date we knew exactly where we wanted to go for dinner-Fred’s-a restaurant on the Upper West Side where we had our first date 6 years ago! The restaurant is one of our favorites; delicious and quaint with a fun dog theme (restaurant patrons bring in their own pictures of their dog to hang on the walls).
I ordered exactly what I ordered on our first date: the veggie burger with avocado and a side of fries. Luckily, Fred’s seriously has one of the BEST veggie burgers (and fries) in Manhattan (and trust me, I have eaten a LOT of veggie burgers around the city..) so it wasn’t tough to order it again! I seriously ate soo much because who knows the next time we will be back!
After dinner we spent some time walking through Central Park and around my old neighborhood. I couldn’t help pointing out all the places that brought back memories, “Hey, remember when we ate at that Italian restaurant and I lost my credit card??” and “That’s the grocery store I would hike all the way home from because it always had the cheapest cereal!” Brett, to his credit, listened intently and laughed at all my stories as I reminisced. Although he did think I was crazy when I kept saying “Can you believe we are back here?? I think I’m going to cry…” over and over again. I can’t help it; pregnant emotions or not, this place means a LOT to me. And to us as a couple. It’s where I sat in my apartment and wrote epic 30 page emails back and forth, it’s where I would smile while shlepping the kids I nannied for around the Children’s Museum and a text message from Brett would suddenly appear on my phone, it’s where I realized that I had found the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.
Standing on the corner of my old street: 90th and Central Park West.
We finished the perfect date night with a trip to the Shake Shack for custard (my all time favorite NYC destination). The flavor of the day was toasted marshmallow with Swiss chocolate pieces and it was AMAZING. Sadly, we were both so full from our huge dinner that we could only split this small cup, but it was worth the belly ache to eat even a little bit.
Wednesday morning we headed into the city with Brett’s family to visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this museum, and I have to say, it is amazing (in a very emotional and sad way). Walking through the museum; seeing pictures, hearing original voice mails from the day of, truly feeling as if we were experiencing the day all over again, was very overwhelming, but I’m so glad I got to experience it.
After spending some time at the museum we broke away from his family to head back up to the UWS to visit one of my favorite grad school friends and her darling two kids. Sadly, I didn’t get a picture with Marika, or of her precious one year old Stephen, but I did manage to remember to take a picture of Leah and Lucy together! They are almost exactly 2 years apart and Leah had a blast playing with Lucy and all of her amazing toys. I am so glad we got a visit in, as brief as it may have been!
Next, we hightailed it up Broadway to our favorite pizza place. It’s no secret that both Brett and I LOVE pizza and NYC sure does have a LOT of good pizza places. While I was living there we would try multiple places every time Brett came to visit and we quickly came to the conclusion that Broadway Pizza definitely made the best pies on the UWS. So we just HAD to go while we were in the neighborhood!
Leah, who was so exhausted from her play date and our full city day, fell asleep on the way so she missed out on the pizza eating. But, being the nice parents that we are, we made sure to save her a piece of her to enjoy when she woke up.
After enjoying some delicious pizza we headed back down to lower Manhattan and did one last stop on the High Line before making our way out of the city.
And with that our time in NYC was sadly brought to an end. I was so thrilled that I got to spend some alone time in the city with Brett as well as a fun family day showing Leah around one of our favorite places in the world. Up next, pictures from the wedding and a story of our dancing flower girl!