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We won a day of New York City tourist entertainment, so my husband and I decided to use it for ourselves and leave the kids home!  It’s been decades since we last went to the top of the Empire State or took a bus tour around Manhattan.  The Ride was ridiculously touristy but once the guides got wind of the fact that we are FROM NYC – they were relentless and tortured us through the entire ride .. which made it even more fun. We caught some of the Macy’s Flower Show prep and got to go to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum which I enjoyed more than my husband.  A kiss on the Top of the Rock topped off the day before we did our short commute home and fell into bed.

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views from the Empire State – haven’t been here since 1980!

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giant tea cup outside Macy’s loading dock

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Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum

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clearly I enjoyed this too much

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girls enjoying Michele

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finding murals downtown

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.. and great downtown art on buildings

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view from top of the rock

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ready for bed!

 

We had another round of cousins come through!  We took them to Oculus and lower Manhattan for some slide and playground time, then invited them along to find eggs in our alley.  While the boys went to a Yankees game, the gals went to see an acrobatic show titled  ‘Something’ in Times Square.  Zoe loves the huge cupcakes sold outside of the theater.  The weather was unseasonably warm so kids were able to dye eggs outdoors (whew.. less mess).  Ezra is super proud of his ‘galaxy egg’ seen here:

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checking out Oculus at World Trade Center

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these girls mean business…

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my mom’s old technique for making paw prints make believers of even the older kids

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sharing their stash

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Zoe loves chocolate!

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the galaxy egg

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warmer temps and a city view from the playgrounds

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The cast of ‘Something’ poses with the girls

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look ma! it’s as big as my head!

Angelo’s baptism

Little tiny cousin Angelo was baptized a few weeks ago.  All we know is that Paul and Ezra cannot get enough swim time together, Sophia and Zoe still love to ‘scrub’ Uncle Towel’s (really Uncle Carl’s) head, and that Angelo is adorable.  Can’t wait to see him again!  He is growing too fast..

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wiggling a lot in mamma Trish’s lap before the service

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my brother the proud papa

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with the proud grandma… aka ‘bubby’

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old friends catching up

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dads with beards

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‘Uncle Towel’ is a snuggle bug

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these 2 can’t get enough of each other and are even starting to look alike

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Little Zoe is proving to be quite the gymnast.  We finally got her to a gymnastic class after getting worried that she’d knock over furniture at home – and she was given an award at the end of all the sessions for being such a great listener.  I think she looks pretty dang proud in these photos, doesn’t she?  And we are mighty proud of her too:

 

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so fearless – I hope she never loses this!

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and Louie rubs her feet when she gets home

This winter has left us a little stir crazy.  For a while there it seemed like our kids were starting to refuse to go out and about with us. Loving the new house and alley so much, they wanted to stick around at home more.  But then suddenly this weekend it was actually Ezra who had a strong desire to go back to my favorite museum – the MoMA!  HE actually begged us to go.  And so we did .. and enjoyed a pop art show of 60s art and culture, and Ezra even pointed out Starry Night as one he remembered as his favorite.  I guess his art classes at school are paying off..?

And he even had a trip to Carnegie Hall (thank you to the Seows) to see a chamber orchestra, and enjoyed it.  Some city culture sinking in perhaps?

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enjoying Chagall

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Skating at Bryant Park

Even though the temps were warm, we could do a few wintery NYC things like ice skating in Bryant Park.  A February-break staycation is always fun when you get to catch up on city outings like this, and the rink wasn’t even crowded with tourists shockingly!

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beautiful views of the NY Public Library and surrounding buildings

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Zoe finally standing and skating on her own (well, sort of)

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folks in their business attire pop out for a quick turn on the ice during lunch hour

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Quick! one last loop before the Zamboni comes out!