This year we spent Spring break in NYC for the first time. All the families got together for Dave’s birthday later in the week. We stayed in Columbus Circle, which was a convenient location and we had a great view of Central Park for the week.
My parents arrived the day before us and were staying with Jen. The seven of us went to see Matilda on Broadway. We stopped in Carmines about 45 minutes before the show for a very quick bite to eat. Everyone enjoyed the performance, especially the kids, who have seen the movie several times.
Afterwards, we all took the bus up Avenue of the Americas, which dropped us off right in front of Quality Italian. Dave joined us for dinner, which was one of the best meals we’ve enjoyed together in NYC. My mom was especially pleased with her lobster pasta dish. Lucas continued to perfect his stink-face for no good reason.
My cousin, Sandor, was just returning from Disney that day and couldn’t use some Nets tickets he received so he graciously gave them to us. My dad agreed to join me, so we headed to Brooklyn after dinner. It’s been a while since we enjoyed a game together and we had a great time with amazing seats. Thanks, Sandor!Spring break was off to a great start.
December 30, 2013
- Spent the morning cleaning Dave’s apartment and packing. Lucas was a big help.
- Met Jen for lunch at Serafina on Broadway for our last meal together
- Flew home from Newark. If I have a choice, I’ll never fly United Airlines again. The planes have been upgraded, but a transcontinental flight should have video and/or wi-fi. This plane had neither. They also lost track of our bags on both legs.
- The only thing that saved me was the same thing that will doom me: Candy Crush. I used to ask the kids, “how many games of candy crush has daddy ever played? … Zero.” This was a practical and necessary decision on my part. We boarded the plane and I realized that Malcom Gladwell wasn’t going to cut it. Given the crappy cell reception, I knew downloading the first season of Breaking Bad wasn’t going to happen. So, in a media panic I attempted to download Candy Crush. I was alternating between my iPhone hotspot and my Verizon MiFi. Neither was working well on the tarmac and I had to restart the download once. I felt like I was on an episode of 24 trying to download that app. I may have violated and FAA regulation or two, but LITERALLY just as the pilot revved the engines for takeoff, the icon changed to “OPEN.” That was the beginning of the end – perhaps the worst decision of 2013. I sat between the kids and they coached me for 6 1/2 hours. We’re like a Candy Crush team now.
Oh, Happy 7th Birthday, Olivia!
December 25, 2013
- Jen hosted Christmas brunch at her place with my parents
- Sam (the elf) mysteriously found his way to East Harlem to make sure Santa delivered all the presents to Jen’s
- The kids received too many presents from Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Jen, and Santa
- We went over to Liz and Clarence’s house to spend Christmas with all the cousins
- The kids received even more presents from all of our generous cousins and eemoh
- Grace won the speed poker tournament
- Dinner was amazing and all my favorite holiday foods were represented
- Our white elephant gift exchange was as dynamic as ever with a big group and a three-steal maximum
- Sandor had the last laugh with his hodgepodge of crap (DVDs, books, crap) – there should have been a $100 bill in that bag of crap. But, there was at least a wrapped Kindle in there. Ha!
Thanks again, Haus, for hosting all of us. Merry Christmas!
December 24, 2013.
- Spontaneous trip to Shake Shack with Dave for lunch. It was great, but it’s a little stressful to get a table.
- My dad graciously offered to come pick up the kids in Manhattan and take them back to Tenafly to play with their cousins (so Grace and I could finish our shopping).
- We powered through it and even braved the Apple Store and FAO Schwartz again
- Grace and I went up to Jen’s to wrap gifts and finish cooking food Jen was bringing to dinner
- We headed over to Liz and Clarence’s house for Christmas Eve dinner
- There was a brief white-out on our way over, which almost made for a White Christmas. The kids took full advantage of the accumulation.
- Video games kept both adults and kids entertained
- No holiday is complete without arm wrestling Millie
Thanks for hosting us, Haus!
6:19am flight. Kids were great. Grace and I slept the whole way. Had dinner with Jen, the Chais, and Ken. Grace played her Korean card early, though it helps that we’re staying at Dave’s place in K-Town. Lucas assumed his perch atop Dave’s shoulders. It’s crazy warm here, but not complaining.