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I’m in a New York state of mind

We just got back from an amazing, exhausting and all too short (and expensive!) trip to NYC.  Although I have been several times, and my husband spent much of his life living there, we always find new ways to explore the city.  This is the second time we have taken the girls, and it was a whole different ball game. The girls are old enough to know what they want to see and do, but still too young to really have enough energy to do it all!  We spent way too many hours walking to toy stores and looking at American Girl dolls, but still managed to get in some culture and (amazing) food.  The best part?  Taking the girls to Washington Heights to see where their Daddy grew up when he moved to the U.S. and watching him share a bit of his Dominican culture with them…along with the most delicious food from Malecon.  Too bad our hotel did not have a fridge and leftovers were not an option.  Ugh.  So good.

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Most of our first day was spent on the train, does Amtrak ever run on time?  After spending way too many hours aboard we decided to check into our hotel and stay close by.  Luckily we were staying near Times Square so walking around was easy…a bit too easy.  A visit to the Plaza (looking for Eloise), ridiculous pizza for dinner, American Girl doll store (we broke down and bought Eleanor Kit), Toys r us and the Disney store.  Crazy.

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After crashing for the night we spent the following day going to Central Park, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park again to check out Belvedere Castle and headed uptown to Washington Heights for a walk around the “hood” and eat dinner.  Dessert was shaved ice on the street and we returned to walk around Rockefeller center.

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Our last day we headed towards the water.  First we stopped in Hell’s Kitchen to check out the flea market…which was a big disappointment compared to the bargain deals we have around here.  Then we headed to the South Street Seaport, had lunch and took the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty.  It was an absolutely beautiful day.  After exploring the sights, we headed back and went to Rockefeller center again, this time in daylight so that the girls could check out the Lego store.  So cool.

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It was a much needed trip out of town, but as with every vacation I am now recovering by doing laundry, grocery shopping, unpacking etc.  I always feel like I need a vacation from my vacation.  Right?  It might take a few days before I post about sewing, but I have a bunch of back to school sewing along with a few projects for myself…as well as my goodies from Purl to show you (couldn’t just do toy shopping!).   You might notice the cute little drawstring backpacks the girls wore on much of their trip.  The best thing ever.  Super easy way to get them to carry their own gear.  Perfect for the little lego cameras they used nonstop.  Tutorial of how to whip em up coming soon.  Until then I am going to relax, drink my coffee and start the laundry!

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*yikes.  I just previewed my post and saw that all of the girls outfits were handmade.  I guess I favor my own creations when it comes to packing…this way the girls have no choice of what to wear- ha ha.

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