After a few harrowing weeks of dealing with some pretty scary issues with my elderly mom who lives with us, we decided at the last minute to surprise the kids and take them away for a few days to their favorite places in New York City! Because my mom lives with us and I’m her sole caretaker, we don’t get to go away at all because she can’t be left alone in the house for longer than an hour or so. I guess I could have hired someone to come in, but she wouldn’t have liked that (and neither would we) so we have stuck very close to home since she moved in with us over a year ago.
I’m so lucky because I don’t have the type of kids that have to go, go, go all the time or constantly bitch about going to Disney or why we can’t go on vacation ever. They’re happy with picnics on the town common or going to a movie for a few hours. I’m so thankful that these little kids are mine because they make a very stressful situation a lot more tolerable and enjoyable.
That being said, there have been tears here and there because we can’t just go on a whim to do something as a family. There has to be planning involved. Scheduling a CNA to come and take care of my mom so that we could drive them back and forth to my mother-in-laws house. That sorta stuff. Needless to say, it’s been a rough patch for everyone.
My mom fell a few weeks back and has been in the ICU and now a rehab facility. For now it’s the right place for her because she’s really having trouble with confusion (no doubt because she hit her head so hard when she fell in the middle of the night) and physical limitations after the fall. Her depression is also heartbreaking and concerning so it’s really the best place for her to be now that she needs 24 hour skilled nursing care. So… as you can imagine, it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions for everyone here, especially these 3 little kids who really needed something positive to look forward to and get excited about.
We decided to take an impromptu trip to NYC and visit some of their favorite places that we all enjoy together. Because we could only get away for 2 nights (I had to be back for another CAT scan for my mom on Friday), we packed in as much as we could and had the kids pick what we did and where we went. Staying at our favorite hotel, the Marriott Marquis, is always a must. I don’t think it’s because of the view as much as it is the elevators that are open to the entire lobby and soar quickly up to the top of the 45th floor! The kids LOVE those elevators! The front desk clerk is a wonderful woman who really gives the kids the royal treatment every time we’re there. This time, she said she had a surprise for them and gave us a room looking directly over Times Square and the famous New Years Eve ball! Plus, we were able to watch the Good Morning America set and see Michael Strahan himself walking around the set outside below our window!
The kids chose to have dinner at our favorite restaurant, Becco, over in Hell’s Kitchen. If you haven’t been there yet, definitely go. It’s outstanding and they have “all you can eat” pasta, which is our favorite thing in the world!
Once we left Becco and started the walk through Hell’s Kitchen, down 46th towards 8th Avenue where we went to our favorite gelato shop to indulge in some sweets after such a fabulous meal. Amorino is a little hole in the wall that features the most deliciously rich gelatos I’ve ever had! It’s usually completely packed with a line out the door but it’s worth the wait. Especially when you pick up your cone at the end of the counter and it’s shaped like a rose! Complete with a delicious little macaroon perched on top!
The next day we spent at our favorite place in the world (next to our house): Yankee Stadium. It’s like a home away from home where we all have such a wonderful time, indulging in our favorite baseball players and all the great food that Yankee Stadium has to offer! Hubby got great seats too, which was so awesome! My middle kid is the biggest Yankee fan (especially since my dad died last year, she’s sort of thrown herself head first into being obsessed with them like he was.)
After about a 1 hour rain delay, the game went on and our team won! What a great time we all had, being with the other fans and watching all the action and home runs happen right in front of us! We were all hoarse from the hootin’ and hollerin’ we did as we cheered on the home team! And to walk out of there listening to Frank Sinatra croon was epic for all of us!
Our last day was spent over in Rockefeller Center at the FAO Schwartz store, Lego store and American Girl store. The kids had never been to FAO before so it was pretty cool seeing all the neat toys and different things that you don’t see at Walmart or big box stores. The Barbies alone were just fantastic!
So that’s what’s been going on with us and what we’ve been doing to keep busy over here. With summer winding down and still a ton of stuff on our “Bucket List” to do, we’d better get moving on checking off some more stuff on our list of activities!