Day 3 - Black Friday

After having a cup of the "world's best coffee" at Starbucks (sweet nectar of life) we made our way to Gimble's... I mean Macy's.

The window displays started with a touch screen computer that let you write a letter to Santa. After sending your letter to Santa the rest of the window displays tell the story of how your letter gets to the North Pole... very cute.

With all the colors and moving parts it was hard to get a good photo amongst the crowd. We were just amazed at how intricate these windows were... just darling!

The display ended with Santa and we couldn't help but hear Buddy the Elf's voice.... "You're not the real Santa, you sit on a throne of lies, you stink, you smell like beef and cheese!"

We walked inside the 10 story Macy's for a peek. Santa was on the 8th floor with a line a couple of hours long. He was well sequestered behind a beautiful toy train display of which none of us had the patience to wait through, so on we went.

We did some more shopping, Liv had a huge dilemma... to get an American Girl doll at the American Girl doll store (I can't believe we didn't get any pictures of it!) or go back to FAO Scwhartz to build her own muppet. In the end the doll of the year, Chrissa, won her over. Lex of course is all about the clothes!

Then we made our way to Times Square, Liv nearly died when she caught a glimpse of the Naked Cowboy... her reaction was hilarious. When we got back to the hotel later that day, she said she would have been devastated if she didn't get to see the Naked Cowboy... the girl kills me!!

It was Liv's lucky day because she also got to meet a "celebrity" (as she put it)... good old Spongebob.

Exhausted, we headed back to the hotel to take a break from the crowds and drop off our bags.

After resting our feet for a little bit we decided to check out Grand Central Station. None of the pictures turned out... I was tired of carrying around our bigger camera and there just wasn't enough light for our little one to take a quality shot.

We grabbed some dinner there and walked through some cute holiday shops that were set up and called it a night.

I don't think any of us wants to go home to reality but we miss our furry family members soooo much and can't wait to see them tomorrow!


Day 2 NYC - Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! We decided to relive the first Thanksgiving... awkward if you end up having to sit next to the guy that is half naked at dinner!

We checked out the start of the Macy's parade route last night to watch them blow up the balloons and due to the ridiculous amount of people we just couldn't make ourselves go back for the real deal... maybe next time?

Instead we decided to head downtown to take the Staten Island ferry to get a good view of the city and the Statue of Liberty.

Of course our lady Liberty was by far the prettiest view!

We traveled back uptown to Rockefeller Plaza, we were really happy that we decided to skate the night before in Central Park... it was half the price, twice the size, half as crowded and much more scenic.

Liv couldn't resist another Elf moment on the escalator!

We took a ride 69 floors up to the Top of the Rock to get a birds eye view of the city...

Then we were off to the Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.
It was a darling show, perfect for putting you in a holiday mood.

I end up getting stuck carrying everything everywhere we go so at this point I ended up looking like a complete jackass.

Then it was dinner time! It was quite lovely to sit and enjoy a dinner that I didn't have to prepare or clean up, between the wine and the cappuccino we sailed through dinner with ease and I am sure widened our waistlines while we were at it.

Me and Lex are getting ready to go out and hit some door buster sales, our first stop is midnight at the apple store... feeling like this could be an insane idea but we are doing it anyways!


Day 1 NYC

No we are not in a third world country this is the Buffalo airport with some tough guys with machine guns... are you kidding me... this can't be necessary!

First we traveled through the seven levels of the candy cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops and then through the Lincoln tunnel! NEW YORK CITY!!

After checking into the hotel it was off to the Museum of Natural History. It was amazing! We had no idea what to expect and it was beyond anything we could have imagined.

You've got to love an okapi!

Another Elf moment...Liv just couldn't resist the revolving door on our way out of the museum, thank goodness she didn't puke!

Before we made our decent into the subway system we all reminded each other that the gum stuck to the railing was not free candy!

Then we headed over to central park, it was gorgeous.

At dinner we realized that our taste buds were alive for the first time in years! Erie is not known for it's culinary diversity... or anything else for that matter!

We went to check out the Apple store and FAO Schwartz and then it was back to Central Park to Wollman's Rink for some ice skating. I thought we took more pictures, but we didn't. The setting was just beautiful, surrounded by tree's (this really pretty weeping willow) and then all the buildings beyond. It was all misty and magical!

I wanted to say so much more but we have been up since 4:45 this morning and we are exhausted and need some sleep so we can do this all again tomorrow!