Wednesday, September 30, 2015

New York City (family style)

(view from our room)

We took the kids to NYC for fall break. We stayed at the Hyatt Times Squares, which must have been designed by a quilter because the hallways were painted like this...

And the carpet looked like this...

I feel a quilt bubbling in my brain, but I digress.

The kids in Grand Central Station.

Oh yes...New York! We started the first day with the boys going for a run in Central Park, while the girls window shopped on Park Ave. Then we went to the Apple Store, Grand Central Station, the Empire State Building and then to a play. We had great seats at "Wicked" and I loved it and Kelly thought it was good but I'm pretty sure both boys fell asleep. Oh well, can't win them all. LOL

On top of the Empire State Building with One World Center in the background.

The next day we went to the 911 Memorial, the top of One World Center, the Statue of Liberty and back to the hotel for a nap. The boys went to see a movie while the girls snoozed. Then we had quite the cultural experience in Times Square and let's just say the boys now know what a woman looks like wearing nothing but body paint. (I'll let you google that one yourself!) Yep. That happened, along with the singing naked cowboy. Like I said, it was quite the cultural experience.

At the memorial in front of One World Center.

From the boat on the way out to Ellis Island.

The next day we went to the Nintendo World Store where the kids had out-of-body experiences and completed their Christmas wish list. Then we took the subway to the American Museum of Natural History and were able to see all of the special presentations except for the butterflies. I think I was the only one who was sad about that. No worries, I'll visit it next time. Then we went to see 'The Lion King' which the kids LOVED. Bill and I enjoyed it but were not as impressed as the kids. We had a hard time understanding several of the characters, and luckily know the story so we could follow along, but it was frustrating at times.

In front of the Natural History Museum which had lots of quilt patterns 
hidden amongst the science displays.

That was all we could stand, so we took a flight home the next morning and now are all being loved on by doggies that missed us very much. Luckily, they have nothing to complain about because our house/pet sitter is a super nice guy who gives them lots of love and treats. I feel so much better knowing I'm coming home to a house full of happy pets, collected mail, and that things have been supervised properly while we are away. 

Oh, and we just happened to see the president while he was in town. 
See him waving? 

Now I just need a nap to recover from my little vacation!



  1. Oh, how I wish I could be in New-York as well, how lucky you are! It seems you all enjoyed the vacation. The hotel looks wonderful and most of all you saw the president, wahoooh! Last year in Paris I had a similar adventure : the Queen of England passed in her car in front of me as I was waiting to cross the street! And President Obama was in Paris at the same time but I was not lucky enough to see him.

    1. Hi Christine, I don't know why your comment did not reach my mailbox, curious. Oh well, we did have a wonderful time and the crowd was so excited and cheering so loud for the president, it was quite the thrill. I had never been that close to a president while in office. I did have the honor of serving President Ford and his wife Betty while they were on my flight from LAX to MIA but he was long retired when I was a flight attendant. Seeing the queen would be awesome!

  2. What beautiful moments with your family....thank you for sharing Diane !

  3. So glad you loved my hometown - sounds like had a perfect vacation! Sorry about the desnudas, but I am so happy to see you picked up all the terrific design details that the city has to offer. Take it from me - they will find a way into you quilting . . .

    1. We did enjoy it very much! I had lived in the city for a year many, many years ago, so I knew what to expect. It is much different viewed through quilter's eyes though. We plan to go back!

  4. Looks like a blast! Fun memories, good and bad, with the family.

  5. What a great trip! I've always wanted to take a trip to NY, thanks for taking me along, through your blog!

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