our week in NYC

For Thanksgiving Break [yes, I know that was forever ago - horrible blogger right here] my parents surprised our family with a trip to New York! Yes, my parents are amazing! Sadly- my sister, who is playing college ball, wasn't able to come - we missed you so much!  But it was such a nice break from the semester, just what we needed.  However, when we got back, we were thrown back to into the stresses of finals weeks so that is why it has taken so long for me to post about this trip! That & I have had the hardest time narrowing down the pictures. I wish I could post them all!  
Let me start by saying we had the prettiest flight into New York.  We seriously saw it all - beautiful clear skies, the most amazing sunset & then the city lights as we landed in the dark! Minus the creeper sitting next to us on the plane, it was a perfect flight.
We were in NYC for a total of five days - a few of which were a little cold & rainy but that didn't stop our party! Every day, umbrellas in hand, we walked all over that city!
We took this fun little 'cruise' around & to the Statue of Liberty. It was extra gloomy & cold this day so for most of the tour, I stayed inside the boat looking through the windows, but of course, Kalvin wanted to be outside on top of the freezing cold boat. I have him to thank for quality photos haha.

I still  can't believe how big Central Park is! We thought it would be awesome to visit the Central Park Zoo - if you can call it a 'zoo'.  We couldn't help but laughed at how small & ridiculous it was. The only zoo-like animals we saw were some seals & some sort of cheetah. The rest were birds, ducks & other little animals. After, we continued walking the park up to the Museum of Natural History.  I loved seeing the ice skating rinks & the carriages pulled by horses. It all reminded me of Home Alone!
I still can't get over Time Square.  I have never seen so many buildings & lights.  These pictures were taken around 11:30 pm & the whole place was just lit up like it was daytime.  Our first night we walked around Times Square & found ourselves caught in the middle of a Ferguson riot... I couldn't believe. I won't lie - it scared the heck out of me. Traffic was complete stopped & before long some fights broke out. How's that for new experiences?
It was Kalvin's top priority to eat some sort of meat [I don't even know what it was] from the street vendors chart. He use to eat it all the time in Spain so we spent the week searching for the perfect cart.
Call us crazy, but we spent Black Friday shopping up & down 5th Avenue. I was in heaven. Of course, my budget didn't quite cover the $3500 purse I wanted but it was still so much fun to just window shop! I did find my happy place inside of Nike Town - imagine that. haha.
Can you guess who decorated their tree's with little blue boxes? Again, I was in heaven.
Don't let my forced smile fool you - by the end of the trip, I was not a fan of the subway. I would much rather just walk. Something about the smell... ehh.
Momma got us awesome tickets to see The Rockettes & the Chirstmas Show at Radio City Hall. After the show, we walked around Rockefeller Center & saw the giant Christmas tree & ice skating rink. We missed seeing the tree lit up by a few days but it was still so pretty!
^Family pictures are just hard for us so we just let other families pose for us haha^
While in NYC, we took advantage of all the New York Cheesecake, duh.
Also - our view from our room was my favorite!!
This city was like nothing else! It's a whole different world there. After a very long wait - we finally made it to the top of the Empire State Building. The view was gorgeous!
I constantly have to make sure he's actually smiling. Little stinker.
One of mine & Kavlin's favorite stops was the 9/11 memorial.  It was breath taking.  After actually being in the city & seeing where the building were, it puts 9/11 into a whole new perspective.  It just breaks my hear to think about how many people were involved. 
Here we are, all bundled up waiting for the Macy's Day Parade. Thanks to mom, we had some really good front row spots, well everyone except Kalvin & my dad - the had a giant plant in front of them during the entire parade. 
This was us, sitting on top of a freezing cold & wet tour bus. I may or may not have complained about this decision. Also, notice during the trip, Kalvin made an accident trimming his ridiculous beard and had to pretty much shave it all off!
The weather didn't bother us to much except, I wasn't able to take as many pictures as I'd like because my camera kept getting wet! I'm Kalvin was just fine with it though!
Overall, it was so much fun! New York is a world of its own & definitely somewhere you need to visit at least once in your life! Shout out to the best parents in the world for such an amazing week!
 This is as close as we get to a family picture, with Kalvin [like always] volunteering to take the picture.
Until next time New York!!
 And because this is as close as we get to a journal, we have to document the 'No Shave Novemeber' beard...
 Uhh, he looks so mean haha.  The picture doesn't even do his beard justice in my opinion. 
And then of course, he was so sad he messed up & had to shave it so short. Luckily for him, it grows quickly!
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  1. AHHH! all of this looks so fun - the parade, the 9/11 museum, the cheesecake, the rockettes (so jealous!) and the views! NY is a dream and your pictures are so fun - i'm glad you had a great time!

  2. isn't NYC just magical? we just went again this summer, and I love it every time! your blog is sooo cute!