Those Big City Lights! || My Girl's Trip To NYC!

Over Christmas, my dad surprised me, my sister, sister-in-law, best friend, and mom with a trip to New York City! I felt like a little kid the entire trip, in awe of every light and tall building! The last time I visited the city was back in 2005 when my dad let me tag along on one of his business trips. This time, I got to have the girls in my family with me, and we had so much fun!

We started off with a trip to the LDS Temple, followed by some delicious cookies from Levain Bakery. While gallivanting around the upper west side, I was definitely day dreaming of living there...

And because it was Saturday, and I have a love for all things old and historical, we made the trek down to the Brooklyn Flea! We browsed a lot of fun vintage clothes and random nick-knacks. We also stumbled upon a family run metal-work and jewelry business where I got a vintage brass tie clip for Curtis with our anniversary stamped on it! It was so fun to watch the stamping first hand, and it made the perfect, meaningful Valentine's gift! We also were filmed for some documentary they were making about a small business that sells Jam! So random, but pretty fun!

The main event of our trip was our night out to see the amazing HAMILTON. I'm still trying to figure out how my dad managed to score tickets to this, but he did, and thank goodness for that!

Without kids, it's amazing all the activities you can squeeze in, and we were masters of this! Before the show, we stopped by a little fashion show, then had dinner at a fun restaurant near Times Square.

And then...Hamilton... Let me be honest, I hadn't really gotten into the hype of this musical before hand. Whenever something is really popular, I tend to go against the grain and not participate- just because. Just to be different. Well, having seen it in all it's glory, I can officially say it was amazing and I definitely teared up and felt emotional during the show! So if by some magic you can find tickets to see it, you should!

On our last day in the city, we braved the cold rain and visited with a friend of ours from college, walked around the MOMA, taxi'd down to Purl Soho so I could gawk at the wall of buttery soft wool, and of course, we got more cookies.

We really packed a lot into our short trip, but the best part was getting that sister-mom-friend bonding time. I can't thank my dad enough for such a fun gift and I'm already looking forward to next year...!

What is your favorite thing to do/visit/see in New York City!? I'm hoping to go back soon with kids and husband in tow and we're gonna hit up all those touristy spots!

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