EAST COAST ADVENTURES PART 4

NEW YORK CITY!

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If you missed my previous posts recapping our trip, you can catch up with
Part 1 - Philadelphia and Atlantic City HERE.
Part 2 - Baltimore, Gettysburg, and Harrisburg HERE.
Part 3 - East Stroudsburg and the Poconos HERE.


It’s our fourth and final day of our trip and we spent it in
NEW YORK CITY!!

We travelled with Mark’s sister, Karen, and her husband, Shannon. They have been to NYC a few times and since we had ONE DAY, we let them choose what all for us to see and do! They did a GREAT job! It was fast and furious and FABULOUS!


Day 4 - Here we go!


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Saturday morning we took our FIRST train ride! Our train left very early from Philadelphia. It was about an hour and a half ride to New York City!

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We arrived in Grand Central Station!




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And when we walked outside…

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We were at Madison Square Garden.

We found the subway, purchased our first Metro cards (tried to act like we knew what we were doing! Ha!) and rode to Battery Park to see…

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the Statue of Liberty!
Definitely a must see and a very humbling moment. Since we only had about 12 hours in New York City, we chose not to go to Liberty Island. However, Mark and I want to make sure we go on our next trip!
* A fun side note - When I was in the 3rd grade, I composed and performed a song on the piano about the Statue of Liberty and I WON 3rd place in the STATE!

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Next, we visited the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero.

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Everyone remembers where they were when they heard about the twin towers on 9/11. I was in college at Hardin-Simmons University. We were having the Inauguration of our new University President that day therefore classes were cancelled. I was enjoying a slow morning at home drinking my coffee and watching Good Morning America. They went live after the first tower was hit and then I watched with the rest of the country as the second tower was hit.

I have seen the images on TV, read books about what happened that horrific day, and have seen Ground Zero and the memorial sights in photographs. However standing there, at the actual place where the two towers once stood, is something I will never forget. Remembering the lives that were lost and those brave men and women who responded. I do hope to go back and tour the 9/11 Memorial Museum someday.

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We walked through St. Patrick’s Cathedral and took in the amazing architecture.


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Absolutely gorgeous stain glass windows!


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Stunning. I could have sat in there for hours looking at all the intricate details.


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We walked and walked and walked! Got in all our steps and MORE!


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So much to see! We were trying our best to take it all in!

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Mark decided to try a New York City hot dog for lunch. I mean, when in New York, you gotta have the street hot dog, right?

The rest of us had 99 Cent Fresh pizza! We grabbed a couple slices and found a spot outside to enjoy our lunch. It just happened there were seats available at the Starbucks across the street. #winning

There are obviously some great places to eat in NYC but again when you are there for 12 hours, our priority was taking in the sights - not the food! 😉

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We found the Ed Sullivan Theatre!


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Times Square! Being on Good Morning America is on my bucket list but snapping a picture in front of it would have to do for now!


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We had tickets to the 2:00pm Broadway show, Waitress, with Katharine McPhee!!


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We were excited for our first Broadway Show! Mark and I both LOVE musicals!

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It was SO GOOD! It was funny. It was witty. The singing was AMAZING!
LOVED. IT.


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When you see your name in lights, you get excited! Ha!


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Karen had been telling us about this amazing cheesecake from Juniors. After our show, we grabbed a slice. It was FANTASTIC! Gosh, I love a good cheesecake and this one did not disappoint! Mark and I shared a slice on our way to Central Park.

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It was gorgeous weather!


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It was much bigger than I expected!
I’m not sure what I expected exactly, but there were so many trails and things to see that we couldn’t do it all. I loved seeing the locals running through the park. I really wanted to grab my tennis shoes and enjoy a run through the beautiful scenery. It also reminded me of the Friends episode where Phoebe runs with Rachel. You know the one where she runs all free like a kid would run flailing her arms in the air?? So funny! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m not sure we can be friends. Ha! #friendseveryday


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Speaking of… we found the Friends fountain!!
I sent this picture to Alyssa (she’s a Friends fanatic more than her Momma!) and she was just a little bit jealous. I think we’ll have to take a girl’s trip to NYC!


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We started making our way back to Grand Central Station.

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We did a little shopping popping into a few stores. Mark bought a new watch at Fossil. I’ve never known someone to collect and love watches like Mark. New watches make him happy! :) Shannon grabbed a few items at the Under Armour store too.

When we arrived at Grand Central Station, our train was delayed a few minutes so we grabbed a bite to eat in the train station before boarding. We rode the hour and a half back to Philadelphia, grabbed an Uber back to our hotel, and got to bed around midnight. A few hours of sleep and we were back up at 4:00am to catch our flight home Sunday morning.

A few notes:
*Yes, we hit about 5 Starbucks in NYC but I don’t have a picture of any of them. I did buy a mug! If you are new here, I collect coffee mugs when I travel. I’ll have to do a post to update you guys on my new mugs!

*New York City has a piece of my heart! I LOVED it and am planning a trip back!

*If you read all 4 posts, you will see the recurring theme of very little sleep! Ha! This was not a relaxing vacation. It WAS a TON OF FUN!

*If you are from or currently live in any of the places we visited, I would love to hear from you! Let me know what we should make sure to see and do next time! I know there was so much more we missed!

Thank you for stopping by and sharing in our travels!

Happy Wednesday!
XO

EAST COAST ADVENTURES PART 3

Last week, I shared Part 1 and Part 2 of our East Coast Adventure trip. We travelled with Mark’s sister, Karen, and her husband, Shannon and had THE BEST TIME! If you missed those posts, you can read them HERE and HERE.

Part 1 had us visiting Philadelphia, PA and Atlantic City, NJ. In Part 2, we travelled to Baltimore, MD, Gettysburg, PA, Harrisburg, PA, and ended our day in East Stroudsburg, PA.


Day 3, we woke up in the Poconos!

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We stayed at the cutest little Bed and Breakfast, The Cranberry Manor, in East Stroudsburg, PA.
It reminded me of the Lorelai’s house in Gilmore Girls!

It had a cute little Gazebo in the side yard and this beautiful red barn on the other side of the property.

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We didn’t spend much time at the B&B but we did enjoy a wonderful breakfast each morning!

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After our breakfast, we headed to explore Bushkill Falls.


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There are several different trails you can choose to hike to see the waterfalls depending on how much time you want to spend there and how much walking/hiking/stairs you want to do. We, of course, decided to do them ALL! Never know if we’ll be back so let’s do it!

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Friends, this place was amazing!
That’s me and Karen on the bridge!


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The sounds of the waterfalls were so peaceful.

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We hiked alongside the water for a while at the beginning.

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It was so beautiful! The weather that morning was perfect!


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They had a ton of heavy rain come through causing some flooding issues a few days before we arrived. We came across this tree on the trail that had been uprooted by the storms. Seriously, look at those roots!!


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There were SO MANY stairs! See all those behind Mark?
We were working off our breakfast and earning our lunch! Ha!

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Mark found another fallen tree.

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One of the last places we hiked was to the top of Bridal Veil Falls. The views were absolutely breathtaking looking out over the mountains. The perfect end to touring Bushkill Falls!

If you are ever in the Poconos, I HIGHLY recommend visiting here!!


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After Bushkill Falls, we decided we hadn’t had enough fun for one day (or activity! Ha!) so we drove to Poconos Treeventures to zipline!

We had to go through some training to learn how to properly secure our harness to the lines to zipline to the next station and also when transferring from one line to the next. Mark and I have ziplined before but we have always been where a staff person secured us. At Treeventures, you are on your own! You zipline through the trees!

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It took a few stations and then we got the hang of it!



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The course we chose had 9 ziplines.

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Shannon and Mark were the only ones who took their phones on the course. Since we were climbing and zipping most of the time, we didn’t take as many pictures!

We spent about two hours at Treeventures and after all our hiking that morning too, we were STARVING! It was late afternoon and the girls at the ziplines suggested a diner, Pub 570, down the street for lunch.

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I had a pulled pork sandwich with sweet potato fries that was HEAVEN!

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Mark had a philly cheesteak sandwich that was DELICIOUS!


We went back to our B&B to shower and change. The guys wanted to check out Mount Airy Casino Resort that was nearby. We hung out there for a couple hours and called it a night.


Friday morning, we left the Poconos and shopped our way back to Philadelphia. When I say shopped, I mean SHOPPED! We stopped and shopped clothing, accessories, home decor, and even Christmas decorations! We took our time making the 2 1/2 hour drive. We arrived around 5:30pm, turned in our rental car, and checked into our hotel.


We freshened up a little and then called an Uber to take us to Citizens Bank Ballpark!

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We had tickets to the Phillies vs. Mets game! This is the view from our seats.

Mark is a HUGE baseball fan! He played growing up and in high school and even pitched for ACU in college. Visiting all the major league ballparks is on his bucketlist. We checked another one off for him!

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After the game, there was an Old Dominion concert!!

It was perfect weather! They performed for about an hour and then we Ubered back to our hotel to call it a night.

We had an early morning train to catch to NEW YORK CITY!!

Come back tomorrow for the final Part 4 post of our trip!

Happy Tuesday, friends!!

XO



WEEKEND WRAP UP


It’s the first day of October!

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I love October and Anne of Green Gables.
I read every book in the series when I was growing up. In fact, I reread the series every summer for 5 years!

We had early release Friday for Homecoming which has made this weekend feel like an extra long 3 day weekend. However, I’m not complaining! We had a GREAT weekend!

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Mark took off early Friday to attend the Homecoming festivities so we decided to surprise Cutter for lunch! He is Student of the Month for September and we wanted to celebrate him!

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There is a bulletin board in the cafeteria with posters of the Students of the Month. Cutter has been so excited to make the board! We are so incredibly proud of this kid!

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We had about an hour before school pick up so Mark and I grabbed lunch at Perinis Steak House. It is the cutest country restaurant nestled in Buffalo Gap, TX and has even made the Today Show for their famous burgers! If you are ever out this way, it is worth the drive to stop by! Their steaks are AH-MAZING too! And Mark’s favorite are the Cowboy potatoes. He had them with his burger!


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We ate and then headed to the Middle School to grab Carson and attend the Homecoming Pep Rally at the high school. Each week, the middle school students have a pep rally on Thursdays for the middle school football teams and then they attend the pep rally on Fridays for the high school. (The schools are next door to each other so the students just walk over.) Therefore, Carson has attended a few pep rallies this year. However, this was Cutter’s first one!

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When the pep rally was over, we drove over to the football stadium and dropped off Carson and one of his friends so they could find the 6th grade float. Our school has a Homecoming Parade through town to celebrate the teams and Homecoming nominees. #smalltowncharm

This is our big group of family - aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins - plus some friends all waiting for the parade to begin.

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They threw candy to the kids!

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That’s Cutter looking back at us. He was a little shy at first to go pick up the candy but Mark assured him it was ok and then he was all about it! Haha! He’s our candy lovin kid!

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There’s Carson Michael, our big 6th grader!

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We looked over and Cutter and his cousin, Corban, were enjoying their candy! These two are the sweetest best little friends.

We had a couple hours after the parade before the football game so we ran home to change and surprised the boys. Their big sister came home for the weekend!!

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All 6 of us in the car is rare these days!

We decided to grab some nachos before the game.

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The weather was beautiful so we ate outside on the patio.


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We snapped pics while we waited on our food. :)

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Sweet Carson was excited to see Alyssa. He wrote a paper about his family at school this week and wrote about how much he missed her being away at college.

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She’s such a good big sister. She texts and Facetimes with them often. She misses them too!

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Alyssa with her little (bigger) brother! Conner and Alyssa are very close. They are our two oldest and have always had a special bond. Love these two so much!

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Cutter wanted his picture with Conner! #goofball

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Walking into the football game…

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There’s nothing like Friday Night Football in Texas!
We only stayed until halftime. Our younger kiddos were tired.

We won our Homecoming game 49-0! #waytogoindians #loveourtribe

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We were up early Saturday morning for Cutter’s football game.
This is his “game face”!


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His team got another WIN this week!

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We ran by the grocery store after football and grabbed a few items for lunch.

We ate lunch, relaxed a little, and then headed to Cutter’s soccer game.

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That’s Cutter in the middle of the field, #31. He got his second win for the day!


Conner went to the Abilene Christian University football game with friends Saturday night.

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A friend of mine sat behind them and sent me this pic!
Conner sat in the “All You Can Eat” seats. He came home and was telling us all he had eaten at the game. My goodness! ACU lost money on that kid! Ha! #teenageboysneverstopeating

The rest of us spent Saturday evening snuggled on the couch watching a movie. :)

Sunday morning, Cutter woke up not feeling well. He had a low grade fever so we decided it was best to stay home from church. I spent the morning cozy on the couch with my little guy and then I hosted an Open House on one of my listings that afternoon. The rest of Sunday was a mix of football, laundry, homework, and housework.

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Cutter was feeling a little better and we were able to have a family dinner!
And yes, those are pots on the table. Don’t tell my Mom! It was that kinda day. #lessdishes #keepinitreal


So blessed to have all of us together! It makes my heart SO happy!


I’ll have Part 3 of our East Coast Adventure travels tomorrow! Come back to read about the Poconos and New York City!

Happy Monday, friends!

XO


*Linking up with B Loved Boston , HoHo Runs , and the Hello Monday girls.


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