That’s not any particular order, just what’s been up the past couple of weeks. For my birthday my husband treated my sisters and I to a trip to New York City. It’s been a few years since the three of us were together and my birthday was a perfect time to make it happen. We had about a month and a half to plan and I think we did a pretty great job of it. Off to New York we went with my mother and niece joining us as well. Having just recently been there in December with my husband and kiddos, I felt giddy to be able to do some of those things I didn’t get to on my last trip.
I won’t go into boring detail of all the things we did, but will share a few cool moments. Being in NYC I had to obviously go by and visit my cutie pie surrotwins. Adorable little munchkins that they are, we snuggled and loved on them that first evening. My sister and I had dinner with their dad and played with and fed the boys. We had a great evening catching up with my surrofamily.
Aren’t they the cutest? Excuse my disheveled appearance, I don’t travel pretty. Look at my beautiful sister, Alma, though! Kenny & I actually bought those outfits for them. Texas flag and cowboy boot pants…LOL
I also wanted to sing the praises of Big Apple Greeter. It’s a wonderful organization made up of volunteers who will welcome you into their lovely city and show you around for a few hours. The greeters live in NYC and are extremely knowledgeable of the different neighborhoods…and it’s FREE. You sign up on their website, choose a neighborhood you’re interested in visiting and you get assigned a greeter. Seriously, check it out. We were lucky enough to get matched with a great guy, Robert Hartling. So sweet and really just showed so much of the area we never would have even explored. If you have the opportunity to visit NYC, head on over to the Big Apple Greeter website at www.bigapplegreeter.org and sign up to be matched. I sound like a commercial, right? LOL Well, Robert was that great.
I wanted to share this photo of all of us, the only one of the trip, I believe. We rode the Staten Island Ferry (free, yeah ) so that we could get a view of the Statue of Liberty. It was cold and windy but so totally worth it. Quick tip, if you ride the ferry with the sole intent of seeing the Statue of Liberty, head on up the stairs to the top, right side when you’re headed to Staten Island. Left side when you’re coming back to Manhattan. Well, we stood outside snapping our pictures and doing our thing and during all this my sister was busy making googly eyes at some random chic. No, she wasn’t trying to get her number. She was hoping the lady could snap our picture. And that she did. Thanks to the lovely, random stranger this picture exists.
So I did promise I wouldn’t share every moment but I must tell you about our great day in Chinatown. We were very lucky in that we were visiting when the Chinese New Year festivities were happening. When we made our way to the parade route we (lucky again) got some great spots right at the beginning of the route right up against the street barriers…score! So much fun, great amazing energy and super cold and windy. Oh, did I already just say that again? Well, it was and I’ve been living in Texas for a few years now so I’m just not used to it anymore. Thankfully we were standing right next to where the MetLife people were set up and they were giving out free gloves. Yeah, hit us up, MetLife! But yes, fantastic day in Chinatown celebrating the New Year and get this…this is the year of the snake and I was born in the year of the snake. So does that mean it’s going to be an extra special year for me? I think that’s exactly what it means. And while there were great participants all around in the parade, beautiful dragons, adorable little children, etc., I absolutely need to share a nice little surprise along the route.
Yes, a great birthday trip with las Chicas Alvarado. I’m so grateful to my husband for treating us to such an amazing trip and bringing us all together. Great times, funny stories, and wonderful memories…I love my family. Vacaycay!!! (That was just for you, Alma!)