32 in NYC

I had quite the glamorous birthday this year as I flew up to my home state in New York for an Italian family wedding. We’re talking $150 a head for the reception “Italian Wedding!” I packed up my little suitcase and left my hero-of-a-husband and 4 children behind for nearly 5 days unsure of what I would do with myself  without them! My time up there was spent re-visiting childhood memories, seeing Italian relatives, eating THE best Italian food and pastries, cross country runs through the amazingly gorgeous upstate farmland, laughing a lot with my parents and Uncle, and of course, taking the train to the big city where we walked a ton, shopped, ate New York bagels, saw The Rockettes at Radio City and finished the day off with reservations at Carmine’s where I enjoyed my favorite dessert of all time : Tiramisu. Amazing! Though I missed my sweet little family, it was such a fun trip and good for me to remember who I am apart from them (because they are so much apart of who I’ve become)  being so thankful for the ordinary life that I live with them everyday. Truly a blessing. Hello 32!

(and to my amazing, sacrificial pastor-husband: THANK YOU for encouraging me to go on this trip and for joyfully serving in the home while I was away. I don’t deserve you!)

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Coffee at the airport

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Sunset from my Uncle’s place, where we stayed.

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I probably ate 10 apples while I was there! Nothing like a New York apple. These stands are everywhere – you can go in and get warm apple cider donuts and fresh produce.

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This is what I saw growing up…Catskill Mountains in the background.

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So much beautiful farmland

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My grandparents home. We were neighbors with them and I have many a memory of walking to their house after school.

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The little town of Germantown where I grew up.

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My grandparents graves

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This was the house I spent the first 15 years of my life in. My bedroom was on the left, second floor.

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And this was our Church, Clermont Bible Church

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My dad and his only brother, “Uncle Lou” before the wedding

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Shopping in the eclectic town of Rhinebeck, NY – not far from where my hometown.

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Little quaint shop in the neat town of Rhinebeck

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We visited my great Aunt Fannie (my grandmothers sister – she is 2 of 6 sisters that are living) She makes the best Italian meatballs ever!

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It was brisk. This was the high.

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Our train

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View from the train into the city

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I finally remembered how to be a New Yorker again 🙂

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Grand Central Station

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New York bagels. Yum!

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Apparently, I’m behind on the latest fashions 🙂

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This Macy’s is 9 stories high with 6 Starbucks inside. So fun! My birthday purchase was a vest and 3 pair of LUCKY brand pants (my favorite!) all on sale 🙂

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I had to try on these 7 inch spikes. Diva.

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Time’s Square

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I loved all the fresh flowers and produce on the street-sides

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Taxi’s every. where.

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Rockefeller Center – Ice rink in the middle of the Big Apple.

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It was a fun show!

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Birthday dinner and THE best dessert! A great way to turn 32.

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