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!)
Coffee at the airport
Sunset from my Uncle’s place, where we stayed.
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.
This is what I saw growing up…Catskill Mountains in the background.
So much beautiful farmland
My grandparents home. We were neighbors with them and I have many a memory of walking to their house after school.
The little town of Germantown where I grew up.
My grandparents graves
This was the house I spent the first 15 years of my life in. My bedroom was on the left, second floor.
And this was our Church, Clermont Bible Church
My dad and his only brother, “Uncle Lou” before the wedding
Shopping in the eclectic town of Rhinebeck, NY – not far from where my hometown.
Little quaint shop in the neat town of Rhinebeck
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!
It was brisk. This was the high.
View from the train into the city
I finally remembered how to be a New Yorker again 🙂
Grand Central Station
New York bagels. Yum!
Apparently, I’m behind on the latest fashions 🙂
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 🙂
I had to try on these 7 inch spikes. Diva.
I loved all the fresh flowers and produce on the street-sides
Taxi’s every. where.
Rockefeller Center – Ice rink in the middle of the Big Apple.
It was a fun show!
Birthday dinner and THE best dessert! A great way to turn 32.