Long Weekend in NYC

Thursday/Friday

Last Thursday, John and I flew to NYC for a long weekend filled with work and pleasure. Well…we tried to fly out in the early evening, but thanks to very long weather delays, our flight turned into a red-eye and we landed around 6:15AM on Friday. Blerg.

Needless to say, we were exhausted when we landed. But, because I had a VIP meeting scheduled for 9:00AM, we hustled to get to our hotel so that I could get ready for the day.

After my work commitments were over, I walked back to the hotel and took a disco nap while John continued to work. Later, we picked up a late lunch from Cava and had a lovely picnic in Bryant Park.

After lunch, John and I took the subway to Tribeca and visited a Room & Board store. Since there is not one near us in Houston, we took the opportunity to look at some ideas for our new home. In total, we spent three hours perusing the store. It was exhausting, but in a good way.

Later, we walked over to Hudson Yards to do some exploring.

We did some shopping while we were there, and also managed to snag a table at the Tak Room, Chef Keller’s new restaurant, for dinner.

John and I shared a salad for an appetizer and it was delightful. The homemade cheese croutons were amazing.

For my entree, I chose the bucatini…because how does one pass up homemade pasta?

The pasta was divine. We skipped a formal dessert (we ended up picking up some cookies from Bouchon Bakery) and toured the Vessel in Hudson Yards.

The sun was beginning to set, making our experience unforgettable.

Afterwards, we walked back to our hotel and stopped by the Empire State Building. There weren’t lines or crowds and we practically had the place, and the views, to ourselves.

Saturday

We were up early on Saturday morning. I walked to Barry’s Bootcamp for a workout, and John walked to Soul Cycle for a morning ride.

I had been wanting to try Barry’s for a while, so this was a treat for me. I really enjoyed my workout and left quite sweaty and sore. I picked up John from Soul Cycle on the way back to the hotel and we had a quick breakfast in our room.

Since the weather was gorgeous, we decided to walk through Central Park to get to the Met.

We had such a great time slowly making our way through the Park.

Once we made it to the Met, we explored the new “Camp: Notes on Fashion” exhibit.

The exhibit was glorious.

John and I loved the examples of “camp” that were displayed.

And we also recognized some of the pieces from popular culture.

We were starving after our museum visit, so we picked up food truck fare and had a picnic in front of the Met.

We took a long walk after lunch and ended up stopping by MOMA for a quick visit. Later, we relaxed in our hotel room before getting ready for the evening.

For dinner, we were lucky enough to get a reservation at Per Se.

We had an amazing three-hour dinner full of delicious food and wine. Since our 13th wedding anniversary is just around the corner, we decided to celebrate a little early.

We had grand plans to walk home, but rain prevented that from happening. So instead, we took an Uber to our hotel and promptly passed out into dual food comas.

Sunday

John and I woke up early on Mother’s Day and we both walked to Barry’s for a sweaty workout.

It was fun working out with John — we should do it more often!

We hurried back to our hotel, packed, and got ready for the day. We made it to EWR pretty quickly that day and our flight departed around noon without delay.

Once we got back to Houston, we met my parents and George at the Rosenberg’s house for a special Mother’s Day dinner.

We had a quick, but great trip to NYC, and a delightful Mother’s Day.

Easter 2019

We spent Easter weekend with my side of the family (the Cruz/Rosenberg/Hunter clan) in Austin, Texas. Overall, we had a great, quiet, low-key weekend.

George and I drove to Austin in the afternoon of Good Friday (John came later because he had a work meeting). Traffic was terrible and I spent the whole time wishing we had a bullet train option between Houston and Austin. G slept for most of the ride.

For dinner that night, Nelda made a great fish dish for everyone. Later, we checked into our hotel (the JW Marriott) room and slept like babies that night.

On Saturday, while John went to Soul Cycle, Nelda and I ran the ASH Dash 5K benefiting the Austin State Hospital. It was a small, informal race and we had fun.

While we were running, all of the kids were at the Hunter’s house where my Mom made breakfast.

Later, we went to Zilker Park with the Hunters, the Rosenbergs, and my parents so the kids could ride the Ziker Zephyr. They had a great time.

For lunch, we went to Home Slice where we had the best pizza ever. We sat outside and ate while the kids played. I am pretty sure this is our favorite place to eat pizza.

For dinner that night, we had a taco salad bar back at the Hunter’s.

The kids played like crazy that day.

When we went back to hotel I wasn’t feeling well, and by midnight, I was pretty sure I was battling the stomach flu. I felt awful. I felt so terribly that I didn’t attend Easter Mass with my family the next morning. It took me about two hours to shower and get ready that day – I was dehydrated, dizzy, and in pretty bad shape. But it was Easter and I was determined to participate.

Once I made it to the Hunter’s, it was time for the Easter egg hunt.

The kids had so much fun hunting eggs, but an even better time cracking confetti eggs on each other.

For lunch, the Hunter’s provided a great spread of beef tenderloin with all sorts of sides. I played it easy because I was still not feeling well. Thank goodness for mashed potatoes.

We left after lunch so that we could avoid rush traffic that evening. George did not want to leave.

He wanted more time with his cousins and my parents.

We had a great time in Austin, despite my brief illness. Family is everything, and it was great to spend time with ours.

Spring Break 2019

We had a really wonderful Spring Break this year. But let me clarify, while George was off for a week from school, John and I were not “off” from work. While we were able to travel and get away for a few days as a family, we were not able to totally disconnect from our work lives. But, it worked for us. 

I kicked off Spring Break early and picked up George from school early on a Friday afternoon. My Mom joined me and we took G to the Rodeo for lunch and an afternoon at the Carnival. To our surprise, he wanted to try Mutton Bustin. He did a great job.

We spent the next few days of Spring Break in Deer Valley, Utah.

We spent the rest of the Break doing other things. George joined me as I worked from home on Thursday of that week. That evening, John and I entertained a few of his clients in the firm’s suite at the Rodeo. We had a great time at the Chris Stapleton concert.

On Friday, my Mom and I took George to the Houston Zoo for lunch and an afternoon of play. George spent the morning with John in John’s downtown office.

On Saturday, we went through our normal routines – John went to spin class and George and I went to our yoga classes, and the swim lessons. We also took George to the Rodeo (Again!) and spent time looking at the animals, the shops, and of course, at the Carnival.

On Sunday, we took George and a few friends to see “Paw Patrol Live.” George seemed to enjoy it, but I honestly think it’s for smaller toddlers. And, for what it’s worth, I thought it was strange.

We are lucky to have been able to have done so many fun things on Spring Break this year. Most importantly, we are blessed to have been to spend so much time as a family.

Spring Break – March 13th

I was up super early on our last day in Deer Valley. But this was not on purpose – for some reason, my body always sets an early alarm on travel days. 

I took advantage of being up early went to the gym. I was able to get a nice workout in before the sun came up. On my way back to the hotel room, I picked picked up hot chocolate and coffee for George and John.

We had a final breakfast in the hotel at J&G and then returned to our room to pack and get ready. It was such a beautiful morning that we opened the doors to our balconies.

Once all of that was out of the way, George relaxed in the room while John and I worked. Working on vacation isn’t ideal, but such is life, right?

We left the hotel around 11:00AM and made the easy drive to Salt Lake City. We spent a brief period of time at the airport before boarding. Naturally, George passed the time by watching planes.

Our flight was easy and uneventful. We were served lunch on the plane, but I didn’t touch any of it. Flying all of the time means that I have had these meals far too much and the thought of eating a version of this again was too much for me.

We relaxed the rest of the way home — with a mix of napping and watching iPads.

We arrived home in the early evening and had some time to settle in before bedtime.

We had a great little trip to Deer Valley, Utah, and we were grateful for some quality time together as a family.

Spring Break – March 12th

We slept in and woke up to a gorgeous sky and slopes.

We had breakfast at the hotel (again), and this time I opted for a sesame seed bagel with a side of avocado.

After breakfast, we went down to the Snow Park Lodge and did a bit of shopping. Lots of the winter clothing items were on sale in the shops and we were able to snag some great deals on ski clothes for future use.

Later, we drove into Park City to take George skating. George had been wanting to ski for a while and we thought this was a great opportunity for him to experience it.

Needless to say, the outdoor rink was delightful and George has the best time. John skied with George and together they learned to skate with these cool plastic helpers.

These two skated for quite a while. My left ankle was a bit sore from skiing, so I watched from the sidelines.

George requested pizza for lunch, so we took him to Davanza’s, a low-key, local pizzeria just off Main Street.

We split two (delicious) pies and had fun people watching.

After lunch, we spent some time walking around Park City’s Main Street and exploring some of the shops.

After our excursion, we returned to the hotel. John and George explored an obstacle course the hotel set up in a ballroom for children, while I hit the gym for a quick workout.

I met the guys afterwards, and we enjoyed some hot chocolate in the hotel lobby. The hotel had a balloon artist there for kids, so George had a sweet lady bug made for him.

We were feeling so lazy that we decided to cancel our dinner reservations and stay in that evening. While we waited for the dinner to arrive, we packed and got organized for the trip home. After dinner, I took George downstairs to get the final s’mores of the trip.

Spring Break – March 11th

We had another epic night of sleep. A day of skiing will knock anyone out, am I right?

We had breakfast again in the J&G Grill. I shared a waffle and order of bacon with George. My waffle maker is currently in storage (I think – but we may have lost it in the flood) and I miss having it on hand.

After breakfast, John and I dropped George off at ski school and hit the slopes together. We spent the next few hours skiing “Success” over and over again. It may sound boring, but it was so much fun for us.

For lunch, we dined at the Snow Park Lodge again. This time, we had sandwiches and chips. We also shared an amazing brown butter Rice Krispie treat that I want to try to recreate in the future.

Post lunch, John and I skied together for a few more hours before I retired to the lodge. I had a few work calls that I needed to take and it was great to do that while watching snow fall outside my window.

I did a little bit of shopping before I met John and we picked George up from ski school. George had another great day and was a little bummed when school was over for the day.

We picked up some hot drinks (I went with apple cider) and spent some time relaxing in our room.

We also ended up snacking on pretzel chips and cheese puffs.

For dinner, we drove over to the Stein Erikson Lodge. Look at one of my cute dates!

We kicked things off with cocktails and I had another delicious Bloody Mary.

We enjoyed our drinks while devouring a cheese plate.

For my entree, I had fish (trying to get in my Omega-3s), John had shrimp and George had chicken. All three were excellent.


However, nothing topped the Yeti dessert that the chef made for George.

 
John and I also enjoyed this lovely s’more confection for our dessert. 

Spring Break – March 10th

We all slept really well on our first night in Deer Valley. 

We kicked the day off with a leisurely breakfast in the hotel’s J & G Grill. To my delight, the new breakfast menu included avocado toast. Naturally, I ordered the toast…

and devoured it.

Afterwards, I made my way to the ski school for a 1:1 lesson. Even though I have skied and taken lessons before, I am a big believer in continuing education. I spent the next three hours skiing and refreshing my skills with a great instructor.

While I was in ski school, George was in ski school too. I spotted him several times and he was having a great time. 

After my lesson, I met John for a quick lunch in the Snow Park Lodge. We tossed back soup and pizza before hitting the slopes together. We spent the next three hours skiing and catching up. It was a great afternoon!

We picked G up from ski school and he was beaming – he had such a great day.

We picked up some hot chocolate and spent some time relaxing in our room.

Since George is having a major art moment, he spent some time coloring.

After showers, we drove over to the Montage for dinner at the hotel’s Apex Restaurant. The restaurant was quiet and cozy and had great service. We shared some potato and leek soup as an appetizer.

For our entrees, John and I both had steaks and shared some sides. George had chicken and fruit from the kid’s menu.

The food was excellent and we were surprised when George said he wanted to go back to our hotel for dessert.

But maybe we shouldn’t have been surprised. Who doesn’t love s’mores?