Over Labor Day weekend, we took the train to New York City and visited Tom's brother, Mike, and his family. Their family is VERY accommodating (and appreciated for being so). Even though they live in a two bedroom apartment on the east side of Central Park, they invited us to stay with them. With all four kids (our three and their one) sprawled out in the living room, and Tom and I in KK's room, we felt quite welcomed, if not a bit cozy.
|The famous Nathan's Hot Dogs was our|
first stop at Coney Island.
We hung out on the beach and relaxed. Tom and the kids got into the water (which had been quite stirred up from Hurricane Irene), and amongst all of these already perfect moments, KK asked me to show her some yoga poses.
|Authentic Chinese restaurant in Chinatown |
where they hand pull the noodles. Shown
above is the cook throwing the dough,
preparing it for hand-pulling. Delicious!!
Saturday we walked through Central Park and made our way to Hell's Kitchen to find the delicious sushi restaurant we visited last year. Lo and behold...it was all boarded up! So we went to another sushi restaurant just down the street and found a new favorite.
That night Chinatown offered some great shopping and bargaining. KK had previously learned about an authentic Chinese restaurant that hand-pulls the noodles...so we checked it out. We were all amazed that there was a open doorway into the kitchen and we could watch the cook preparing (slamming the dough down onto the counter) the noodles for our delicious meals.
The next morning a walk in a park near Mike and Holly's house was so beautiful and peaceful. It's amazing how the city can be SO loud and within a couple of steps be so quiet and peaceful.
Sunday's excursion was to Times Square (for some more bargain shopping), a Broadway musical, The Addams Family, and dinner at Patsy's to celebrate James' 16th birthday. Do I really have a kid that is 16 years old???
|The only caption needed: DELICIOUS!!!|
The entire weekend was FULL of Perfect Moments!
Here are some additional photos from our trip:
|A statue of Peter Pan in a nearby park.|
|Tom and Holly enjoying our walk.|
|Boys sleeping on air mattresses in the living room.|
We had awesome accommodations and enjoyed (and appreciated) GREAT hospitality.
|A quick lunch at Nathan's at Coney Island before hitting the beach.|