New York, NY

I’m now back in the Queen City after a great weekend celebrating the boyfriend’s birthday. We flew up to New Jersey on Friday and stayed at my mom’s house with my two youngest sisters. My family even purchased a little birthday gift – a large “I Love New York” apple ornament to commemorate the weekend. So excited to display it on our tree! We had a great time with my family – played a few games, enjoyed a great dinner, and started off the birthday celebration with some pumpkin roll and red velvet cheesecake!

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Saturday morning we headed to the city and started with lunch at a local burger place. While I love visiting NYC, I am quite appreciative of Charlotte’s cost of living (ha!). We had purchased matinee tickets to see Chicago on Broadway before our trip and spent the afternoon at the theater!

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The show was fantastic! And much to our surprise, Billy Ray Cyrus played the lead of Billy Flynn. We searched for Miley, but she was nowhere to be found. After the show, we walked over to Radio City Music Hall and Rockefeller Center where we ran into these holiday favorites:

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We then braved the crowd for a photo in front of the Christmas tree. Cheese! This year’s tree was from a two towns over from my hometown. Exciting!

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We then headed to Saks Fifth Avenue to check out the beautifully decorated window displays and to do a little shopping before having dinner with one of my greatest friends from college, JB. She had booked us a reservation at Cafe Select, a fondue restaurant in Soho (so trendy!) and we enjoyed a bottle of wine and some tasty fondue among the three of us. I was so glad to have one of the best people in my life finally meet Handsome. So happy we got to spend time with you, JB! Xoxo.

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Sunday started off rainy, so we opted to ditch our original plan to go ice skating in Central Park and instead spent the day at the Met seeing a few exhibits. We both enjoyed the large Monet collection the best.

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Our final stop before saying goodbye to the Big Apple was the New York City Public Library, which is actually one of my favorite spots. I could sit there all day and just admire the silence that you can find in a city that never sleeps. We were sad to leave such a great weekend behind, but we’ll be heading back to NYC in January with the boyfriend’s family for another jam packed weekend.

Since today is the boyfriend’s official birthday, we will be continuing the festivities with a home cooked dinner and treats at a local dessert bar. Happy birthday to you, Handsome! Looking forward to many more days to celebrate with you. I love you : )

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