Hanging Out with the Family and in NYC

The past week my life has been a whirlwind of activity – not only was it Thanksgiving and I was hosting 10 for dinner, but my daughter came home from Africa where she has been the past two years – Oh! and I think I mentioned that she was bringing her African dog, Kindii home with her to stay with Mom and Dad until she finishes her service in Africa.

This is what my daughter could not wait to do as soon as she got home – snuggle on the sofa and just chill.


The flurry of activity that followed her arrival home was crazy.  We started to decorate for Christmas and went to the tree farm to get a tree. Kindii went with us. Since she has only known the sub Saharan climate –she sported her new sweater to stay warm.


Went to a tree lighting in the neighboring town of Skippack, PA that evening.


On Saturday we got up early to spend the day in NYC.  My daughters surprised my hubby and I for our wedding anniversary.  A full day of fun with them along with going to the Christmas Show at Radio City and then dinner.  It is something they fondly remember doing when they were growing up and wanted to keep the tradition alive.

NYC street

We arrived early, parked at the Port Authority and walked down to 34th street.


Can’t spend a day in NYC without getting a hot pretzel – and it was only 10AM.


We went to Macys. It was 2 days after the parade and Herald Square was back to normal. Did I ever tell you that I was in the parade one year while I was in college. I was dressed as a boxer and was with the float with Wally Amos… AKA the Famous Amos cookie guy.  He gave out cookies the entire parade route.  It was a fun experience.

Macys Herald Square

It was festive in Macy’s – even in the vestibule.


My youngest is a shopper and loved – all of it!


I liked the pops of delicious color on these Pantone tins and mugs.

Pantone Tins and Mugs at MAcys

Macy’s on a Saturday afternoon is always busy.  With my display background – I go to check out the displays and can only imagine how long it took the display staff to not only make all these arches, but to install them, too.

Main floor of MAcys in NYC decoraated for Christmas

Out on the street – Macy’s windows are done in a fantasy theme.

Macy's Christmas Windows

I did like these little windows with jewelry showcased with red light bulbs.

Macy's Christmas Windows

Then off we went to stroll up 5th Avenue. It was a beautiful day – very warm for the end of November.

the Empire State Building

We passed by Lord and Taylor. I love their windows the best.

Lord-and-Taylor-Christmas Windows

Old-fashioned and childlike.

Lord and Taylor Christmas Windows

They were all very sweet and colorful.

Lord and Taylor Christmas Windows

My daughters wanted to go see the light bulbs they remembered always seeing as children when we visited the city, so we headed over to 6th Avenue to see them.  They used to be old fashioned light bulbs like in the window in the precious photo. Now they are LED – gotta keep up with the times.


I am going to use this photo for my Christmas card this year. Last year, my oldest was in Africa and I just sent out a card without a photo.


The big red ornaments are still as they remembered.

Big-Red-Onraments in NYC

Headed over to Rockefeller Center.  Silly sisters.  When they were little they entered a Gingerbread House making contest and created the area around the skating rink.   My sister helped them and they won a prize for the most original entry.   They included the tree, Prometheus, the rink , along with all the details.


I thought these were very festive. They lined the entire walk from 5th Avenue down to the skating rink and tree. My mind was taking them apart trying to figure out how I could make them myself.

NYC-Rockerfeller Center

They were setting up for the tree lighting that will be on NBC tonight – Wed Nov. 30th.


Rockerfeller Center in New York City

The trees on the streets looked so pretty lit with white lights even in the daytime.


We got cupcakes at the Magnolia Bakery.

Magnolia Bakey

Magnolia Bakery

Ate them immediately so I didn’t get a photo of them – they were very pretty and DELISH!

Magnolia Bakery Box

We had tickets for the 4:00 show at Radio City.  I remember going to Radio City as a child with my Brooklyn cousins. We would go to see a show and a movie there.   We always wanted to sit in the balconies and run up and down all the staircases.  My college graduation also took place here – so it holds many happy memories.

Radio-City Music Hall in New York City

It is a pretty impressive place.  Lots of crystals – everywhere.


They even serve lighted rum drinks that you can enjoy while watching the show.


Seeing the Rockettes always makes me smile.


After the show we went to dinner at a French bistro called Pigalle on the west side.  Good food and not too pricey.  The trees look magical at night.

New york city Trees-at-night

Passed Times Square on our way back down to the Port Authority to get the car and drive home. It was a very enjoyable day.


Now the house is quiet again. My youngest went back to school and my oldest is traveling to go on some med school interviews.  I hope to get the house decorated inside and out in the next few days since things have settled down.

I plan on keeping things simple, yet festive. All the boxes are down from the attic and I swear this is the year that I am going to edit all of it and take what I don’t use to the thrift store.   I hope I succeed.

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  1. one of my bucket list items is Xmas in NYC, and now I feel like I’ve done it a little. Thanks for taking us along with y’all.

  2. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures of NYC!! Makes me want to return sometime soon. Your family looks lovely – all the best to you for a warm and blessed Christmas season!

  3. I have always dreamed of going to NYC. Thanks for making me feel like I was there while I sit in my cubicle in a small office in Alabama :0) I appreciate the mental escape!

  4. Family trips are such fun! Great pictures!

    Where in Africa was your daughter? One of our daughters was in Uganda last spring for seven weeks and is going back next June. Why was she there?

  5. Oh how fun, Diane! I’ve never been to NYC and seeing it through your eyes was just great! You created so many wonderful memories! Thanks for sharing them with us! :)

    xoxo laurie

  6. I don’t know why but I was riveted to each pictures and reading each caption. I think it was because I knew that you were basking in the presence of FAMILY.
    I have never been to New York, so it was a treat to be apart of your tour.

    Give Kindii a hug.

  7. Thank you Diane for taking us with you to NYC! We last went when my middle son was in the parade several years ago. It was such a fun trip and your post brought back so many great memories. I would really love to go back. So much to do!

  8. Hi Diane,

    Great post-what a sweet family you have. I especially love the photo of your daughter snuggling on the sofa with her adorable dog. The dog’s smile says it all! I really enjoyed the NYC photos, especially at this time of year. I’ve never been to New York city, but I have been to Africa…. go figure.

  9. I love this post. Living in NYC, you can sometimes get overwhelmed by all of the tourists that come in to the city between Thanksgiving and Christmas. But it was nice to see such a heartfelt account of your time with your family. Happy Holidays!

  10. What a fabulous day with your family! In New York City no less! I LOVE NYC! Sadly, I can’t drive there for the day….I am 13 hours away! lol Looks like ya’ll had a wonderfully memorable day…..love the Christmas Card photo :)

    Lou Cinda

  11. Thanks for sharing your adventure Diane. Living in Canada, I haven’t been to that part of the States. It sure looks like fun. The best to you and your family during the holidays.

  12. I also loved all the photo’s. You have the most beautiful little family! I was worried about little Kindii flying all that way and not sure if she was under your daughter’s seat or in baggage. I see she is happy, happy, happy as well as her adopted mommy to be home.

    Kisses to you and your adorable family.

  13. Hi, Diane
    What a glorious day you and your family had in NYC. A wave of nostalgia swept over me when I saw my childhood home. I use to work for a department store called B. Altman & Company on 34th and 5th Ave. Great pictures and I am happy you had a great time with your family there. Thanks for sharing.


  14. Thanks for sharing the whirlwind tour. I loved every photo. Your daughters are lovely. Kindii is darling too. Enjoy your time decorating too.

  15. What a wonderful trip and Thanksgiving with your girls and hubby! Looks like you had so much fun – and the african doggie is too cute in his little sweater :)

  16. Oh Diane what wonderful pictures! i feel like I’ve seen NYC myself and I’ve never been there. Your and your family must have had a wonderful time and have great memories for a lifetime! I can’t say which is my favorite, but I sure loved that little window with the red bulbs and the lights at Radio City Music Hall. Thanks so much for sharing.

  17. This brings a BIG smile to my face. How fun for you and your family and your girls to all be together. And what a perfect weekend to go up to NY!! I love your bag in the family photo – is that a recent purchase? (what’s that type of bag called again…newsboy??) Your daughter is a girl after my own heart by lounging on that sofa too. Great photos Diane!!

  18. Hi Diane! Thank you so much for sharing your day with us! Your day stirred up so many memories for me of my past NYC visits. I’m so happy for you that you were able to enjoy the city with your family by your side!

  19. What a great post! I am a born-and-bred Brooklyn, New Yorker now living in Conn., and I miss the city so much!!! Great photos and it looked like you all had a spectacular day. I used to work on 40th St., so Lord & Taylor was always my favorite store too. And that is a wonderful photo of the whole family for your Christmas card!

  20. Thhis is the first time I am commenting on your blog so I first of all I would like to say… you rock and u r one of my top inspirations to start a blog :)

    Secondly I love this post of yourz… its awesome. family time like this means alot……… missing my parents now desperatly :(

  21. Hi, you don’t know me but I am subscribed to your blog, which is great btw. Your trip looks awesome.
    May I ask where in Africa your daughter is?
    Keep it up, enjoying it!

  22. Thank you for sharing that, what fun you had! I love the Rockettes and NYC, a Great Christmas Card picture. I decorated today and thought OK I am going to edit and take to the thrift store…Goodluck LOL, I ended up with one little box for the thrift, everything has memories!


  23. wow – what a great post. I loved the photo story and the enormity of the place is just mind blowing. Living in a rural county of Derbyshire in England, NYC is certainly somewhere I would love to visit. I’m glad that you had a great day and that it not only brought back many memories for you – but hopefully made many more.

    big hugs


  24. Hi Diane! Thanks for the wonderful NYC tour! My sons and I just watched Miracle on 34th Street which made your post all the more fun for me. I’m in California, you know, and have never been to New York. So fun to visit virtually! You and your family look so happy- glad you got to enjoy your girls all together again.

  25. Diane,
    This was so enjoyable. I felt I was tucked right into your pocket and along for the trip. I loved seeing the city, I haven’t been there since the late eighties. Your daughters are lovely. I am happy for you to have these sweet memories.
    Love, Lynne

  26. Hi Diane,
    Loved all the pictures of NYC and your family. We try to go every chance we can. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  27. Wow, such a fun trip:) One of my wishes is to get to go to NY one day and as you have shown us, Christmas time is when NY is the place to be. You have a lovely family and I hope that you and yours truly have an enjoyable holiday season:)