Sunday, December 11, 2011

A small bite of the Big Apple

Jon decided it was time to part ways with his beloved BMW since it has passed 250,000 miles and with traveling every week, the constant repairs were getting too much. He needs something more reliable and could use something with much better gas mileage. So he started shopping around the US via for his perfect match. He found his new lovely lady (an Audi A6) in NYC so lucky for us, we got to take an unexpected babymoon and spend a couple days together in the city. It was actually my first time there so we just hit the major highlights and then drove home over 2 days.

Jon was able to use his points from all his traveling to get a free hotel right in SoHo (yes, there are some benefits!). We had dinner at a great Italian place that friends recommended in Little Italy where everyone was named Anthony or Joey and brought dessert back to our tiny hotel room. It was so strange to walk out of our hotel the next morning into a city full of people. It really felt like a different world than little old Des Moines (and I noticed how out of place we were since I'm pretty sure we were the only ones in the city not wearing leggings or skinny jeans...or all black :)

We walked around Times Square and Rockefeller Center and then went to Chinatown for lunch.

We had Dim Sum (which we learned were "small bites" served in steamer trays that they just walk around offering to you one after another) at a very authentic Chinese restaurant. It was a fun experience. I enjoyed watching a four generation Chinese family at a table nearby with a little baby eating noodles off of her mom's chopsticks.

We went to the park near the statue of liberty that overlooks Ellis Island. It was amazing to think about Judie sailing into that exact spot on the Queen Mary when she was 7!

It was the perfect little short visit. We had so much fun together, like we always do when we have a little break from the rigors of parenting. It's always so refreshing to be able to focus only on each other and to still feel so in love with my adorable hubby! :)


  1. Brent and I still talk about our babymoon to NYC over 5 years ago! We went for Dim Sum too and laughed because we had no idea what we were picking from the carts passing by because everything was in Chinese! When we left to come home, brent said it was the first time in his life he felt like he was leaving a place where he belonged :) maybe someday :) so glad you guys got to cram so much in a few days!

  2. What a fun trip! Great 'excuse' to go to NYC. I need to remember that if I want to get Michael to go somewhere with me I just need to find a good deal on a minivan in a fun place! :) Clever!
    Looks like you had a great babymoon. And Hav, you look great!

  3. SUPER FUN!!!! I have always wanted to go to NYC!

  4. We LOVE NYC!! ...where's the car pictures??!


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