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Thanksgiving Break-Day 3

On the Friday after Thanksgiving, T.J. woke up and was very sick with a cold. Our plan was to venture into the city with everybody, but T.J. was not up to it and so he kept Eva at home with him. I missed them all day, but it was much easier to stay out all day long without Eva.

First, we visited the American Museum of Natural History. I brought T.J.’s work pass which got all of us in for free (tickets usually are $22 for an adult-ridiculous!), so thank you J&J for those complimentary tickets! The museum has an amazing Christmas tree decorated with beautiful origami ornaments. It was incredible. Definitely worth the trek to the museum. The kids loved the dinosaur exhibit, and I love all of the Native American exhibits… I am so fascinated with them! We got there right when it opened which was smart because by the time we were finished it was getting very crowded.

IMG_2136 IMG_2133 IMG_2123 IMG_2121 IMG_2120 IMG_2119We had lunch at Shake Shack, next door. Any day is good when you have a burger from Shake Shack. Delish. From there, we walked a couple blocks to a local market “where the locals go,” we had heard, called Zabar’s. It was actually pretty neat in there, and we all snacked on some cheese.

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We took the subway to Bryant Park, where we walked through their amazing Christmas market. That was probably the neatest thing we did all day, I think. I just love Bryant Park and it was so fun to see it with a ice skating rink and little shops.

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Mary Beth and Mark walked through the NYC Public library next door for a minute, then we walked over to Grand Central Terminal. Sometimes I feel like Kevin McCallister because I’m also obsessed with Christmas trees and love seeing all of the different ones through the area. Grand Central had a beautiful Christmas one and a little train display. The train display was free, thank goodness, but not very impressive compared to Santaland or Cincinnati’s train display. But the banana pudding from Magnolia’s made up for it!

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At this point we were all really exhausted, as you can imagine. But Mary Beth and the kids really wanted to see FAO Schwarz and this was their only chance since they were leaving the next morning. So, we hopped on another train and visited the notorious FAO Schwarz toy store. It was my first time at the store too and holy cow… it is impressive. I have been to the Toys R US on Times Square that has a ferris wheel inside, but this was even cooler! So many floors, so many toys, so much detail. Instead of just having a shelf for their baby dolls, they had a Baby delivery section, babies in little containers behind glass like at a hospital, and workers dressed up as doctors and nurses to help you decide which baby you want to take home. Amazing. I wanted to buy pretty much everything, but I buy 95% of my gifts on Amazon for obvious reasons, but it did give me a lot of Christmas ideas for the future. Anyway… the floor piano from Big is in this store, and little Amelia wasted no time and hopped on the floor before we even noticed she had taken off her shoes! It was such a fun time, and something worth seeing in NYC.

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Well, that was our Thanksgiving break! Thanks to my sister and her family for being willing to share it with us! We all needed a vacation after this vacation because it definitely wasn’t stress free or relaxing since we walked all over Manhattan… but it was a Thanksgiving we will never forget!


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