Monday, December 23, 2013


Last Sunday I headed to Charlotte to meet up with my BF Jessica and away to New York we went!  Jessica is getting married next summer and we decided since she has never been to NYC, we would have a fun WAIF weekend!  Tina took the train in from Pennsylvania and Tara was already in the city waiting on us to arrive!  What a fun trip we had!  Jessica & I started our trip off with a laugh with our taxi ride.  Its always an adventure with us!  When we made it to our hotel Tina & Tara were waiting on us and we knew our room as soon as we stepped off the elevator...
On the plane
Enjoying our expensive cab ride...

Arrived at our room!!
Sunday night we headed to dinner at Tortilla Flat.  I think we were all starving because we actually got there really early.  It was delicious!!  We had dinner and stayed for their trivia night.  It was a fun fun night.
Our first attempt at a group picture in the elevator

Since waifs love bikes this was a definite photo opp
What are the odds?! Our waitress had on a UGA shirt

Blurry, but Tina found some Ravens gloves!
Monday we got up, got ready, and headed for breakfast.  Tara was the best...she would find restaurants for us and all we had to do was get ready and head out.  After breakfast we got started with a lot of walking to see the city.  We started with a stop at Macys...

...then we headed into Times Square stopping in any stores we felt necessary:)  We had to go into Toys-R-Us to see the enormous Ferris wheel inside the store.  We then made our way to Rockefeller Plaza.  We were anxious to get our first glimpse of the big tree!   It is so big but the best view is of course at night when the lights are so beautiful!

From Rockefeller Center we made a stop at St. Patrick's Cathedral, the American Girl store, and then had to see all the amazing windows at Saks and Bergdorf.  The Bergdorf windows were my favorite.  Each window had a holiday theme...Halloween, Valentine's Day, 4th of July, April Fool's Day, and Arbor Day.  Not all the most popular holidays but these windows were amazing.  The pictures do not do any justice at all!

St. Patricks...there was a lot of renovations going on so this is all I took.

The Holidays on Ice windows at Bergdorf Goodman...So pretty!

Valentine's Day

April Fool's

We made a stop at FAO Swartz then made our way to Central Park.  This was so pretty so I have lots of pics!  After leaving the park we went into the plaza for a quick stop then caught a cab back to Rockefeller Center.  It was getting darker and the tree was looking even more beautiful.  This was definitely one of my favorite things from the trip!
The Plaza
Plaza lobby

Central Park

One of our many "selfie" stops!
Hailing her first cab...or standing there while Tina gets one

So many beautiful lights
We had tickets to see the Rockettes that night.  This show was FABULOUS!  It was another favorite of mine on the trip.  They were so good!  The entire show was great and I hope to see it again one day.  You weren't allowed to take pictures of the show but I did snap a couple on my phone.  The live nativity at the end was incredible so I had to try to get that!  I can't say enough about how great it was.  
Inside Radio City Music Hall

The Live Nativity at the end of the was beautiful

Rockettes costume history

While Tina & Tara get a cab...we take another selfie!

A look into Times Square at night

We had a great dinner after the show then headed back to our hotel to crash.  All that walking makes for some tired waifs.  The hotel had hot chocolate and cookies each day and we really loved this little treat too!
Tuesday we were up ready to go again.  This day we woke up to snow!!  It snowed most of the day and we loved it.   We had breakfast then took the Subway down to the Staten Island Ferry.  We were going to try to get a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty.  We got lucky and were able to see her.  The pictures show how snowy and foggy it was.  We could see better than the pictures show.  It was very neat.  And out of all my trips to NYC this was my first Subway ride!
We loved seeing the Christmas trees for sale on the sidewalks

Our breakfast stop

You can see in this picture how hard it is snowing
Subway selfie!  Just bought our first ride!

Leaving on the can see the snow and fog

Lady Liberty through the snow

After we got off the ferry we made our way to Starbucks!  Nothing like a warm mocha as you walk through the snowy streets!  We went to Wall St. then onto the 911 Memorial.  The last time I was in NY the site was still in the clean up process so seeing the pools was nice.  It still hurts to think of all the lives lost on that day.  I have to say that those memorial pools are so peaceful and calming and in the midst of such a big city that is nice.  I look forward to going back when the museum is complete.

The original Capitol
Waifs & Washington

The North Pool

South Pool

Loved this pic that Tara took
 We had to head back to the hotel at this point so we could thaw out and dry out.  Snow doesn't sit on those busy sidewalks very turns to water.  I didn't have on rain boots this point my feet were starting to get cold and wet.  We got to the hotel to change and then Jessica & I headed out for a little more shopping.  A couple of hours later we headed back and all headed out for another yummy dinner.  We even made a donut stop afterwards.  I would say we had quite a memorable trip to the city.  I love my waifs and our trips are always such a blast.  So thankful for each one of them!

Our dinner spot

Wednesday we headed back home.  It was a fun trip but I was so excited when I got to see my babies, and my sweet hubby!!

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