Hanging Out with the Family and in NYC

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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. 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


  2. 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.

  3. 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

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

  5. 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:)