New York City-Part 1

Hi Friends!

Whew!  We just got back yesterday afternoon from four full days visiting New York.  I’ll forever remember this as the trip when Nixon and Bowen decided they would try to touch every square inch of the city we covered WITH THEIR HANDS!  UGH!  If I had a dime for every time we said, “Stop touching the wall/handle/rail/etc”.  We’d ALL be crazy rich!  🙂  Other than that, we had an absolute BLAST!  

I’m here to share Part 1 with you today…

Our flight left bright and early at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday morning. This cutie was my flight partner.  

We landed and headed straight to our hotel.  Our hotel was across the street from Macy’s.  Great location!  If you look really closely to the left you can see some super raunchy paintings on the side of the building.  Yes, they were right outside our window.  I tried to keep diverting their little eyes to the Trolls sitting on Macy’s.

The view from our hotel rooftop was AMAZING!

At this point Ebby Lee felt bad.  She had a nasty cough, sore throat, and just felt icky.  She was a trooper and didn’t want to miss a thing.  I felt so bad for her, but seriously she was tough!

We were starving and walked across the street to the Shake Shack.  A sweet reader recommended it (thank you!) and I recognized it immediately.  It was a great spot to grab a quick meal.  My burger was tasty and I HAD to try these fries.  Right?…

Yes, yes, I did.  🙂  Because #vacation.

We were about fifteen minutes away from our house on the way to the airport when we realized we’d forgotten the stroller.  There just wasn’t time to go back, so we hit up the city without a stroller!  I was so impressed with their little legs. 

Second stop was the Empire State Building.  At this point I’d hit my “stop touching that” limit.  hahaha!


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You guys!!!  hahaha! 

The walls on the way up to the top of the Empire State Building were clearly way too tempting.

These views were awesome!

All the heart eyes for these views.  And let me introduce you to Mr. Ham…AKA Bowen.  🙂

The top was incredibly windy and Bowen was loving it.

Then we made our way over to Central Park.  We caught the side of the Plaza Hotel.  Can you name the movie?

The views in Central Park were so gorgeous.  The trees were all different colors.  The weather was great.  It just couldn’t have been a better afternoon.  We grabbed a little hot chocolate/iced tea/coffee snack and made our way to a playground.

And yes, Nixon carried his football ALL DAY LONG.  He and Tab played football in Central Park and I’m sure Nix would tell you carrying it all day was totally worth it.

After all your recommendations, we decided we’d try out Ellen’s Stardust Diner.  This restaurant is staffed with guys and girls who are trying to make it on Broadway so every waiter and waitress sings!  There’s always someone singing so it was super entertaining!

A reader had said the food wasn’t the best, but the entertainment was worth it.  We’d completely agree.  The waiters/waitresses make this such a fun dining experience.

It’s hard to tell but our booth was up front.  At one point or another each of our kiddos got gazed at, pointed at, or hair twirled with while a singer was singing to them.  Ebby Lee was so embarrassed.  Nix played it cool and Bowen slept through the entire thing…

The girl in purple was singing with the microphone while Bowen slept.  Sidenote…that girl had the most beautiful voice!  She was my favorite of the night!

Bowen woke up for just a second, moved to my lap, and was out again.  We were all exhausted!  My alarm had gone off at 3:00 a.m…I was ready for a shower and my pajamas!

We walked back to our hotel and called it a night.

Day Two began early as well.  The whole reason our trip was taking place was because Tab was assigned the Army/Air Force game at West Point.  We decided just renting a car and driving up would be the easiest with kids and luggage.  So this was us…
at 7:30 a.m. driving through downtown New York City in our mini van.  We had a private tour scheduled at West Point and didn’t want to miss it.

Traffic was super light so we had plenty of time to stop and enjoy the views.  This stop was awesome!

There were several photographers in the background who come up to take pictures of this falcon that lives in that tree.  My kiddos thought that was so cool.

I just couldn’t get over the leaves on the trees!  The trees in Texas go from green to bare for the most part.  It’s been a long time since I’ve seen such gorgeous colors!

We arrived in West Point with time to spare so we grabbed a good breakfast.

We are breakfast people and the eggs, bacon, and pancakes didn’t disappoint.

At West Point, we met up with the rest of Tab’s crew and got a tour around the campus.

Please note…the football.  

I mean…West Point couldn’t have been more beautiful!  The base was so pretty!  I don’t think Bowen could handle the sun.

These cannons were a hit with all the boys.

West Point Academy barracks….see what I mean?  SO pretty!

That big stone building with the massive doors is the mess hall.  We were told West Point has about 4,400 cadets and they all eat at the same time.

The inside of the mess hall.  It reminded me a lot of the dining room on Harry Potter.  They serve all meals family style and everyone is finished within 15-20 minutes.  Isn’t that crazy? 

We were there just in time to see them all march in for lunch.

They watched them all walk in and saluted each and every one.  Super cool to witness.

Our tour ended in the obstacle course room.  There might be a more legit name for it, but I can’t remember.  Every cadet at West Point has to finish this obstacle course and their grades depend on their time.  Each cadet also has to pass a gymnastics class and survival swimming.  No doubt about it…the rope climb would eliminate me! 
I spotted three soldiers marching around our hotel room while I was getting ready for dinner.

The crew had their “crew dinner” at Billy Joe’s Ribworks in Newburgh, New York.  This spot was right on the river.  Super cool spot with delicious barbecue.

I was the lucky grown up sitting closest to the “kiddie table”.  haha!  I guess that’s what happens when most of the people at the table belong to you.

Bowen thought Luke was the coolest!  And doesn’t Bowen look like he’s seven in this picture?!

When Tab refs a football game they all have to be in town for meetings and dinner the night before, so we stayed close to West Point Friday night.  This way we were ready for GAME DAY on Saturday morning!

Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll be sharing Part 2 on Thursday!

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  1. 11.8.16
    Leslie said:

    I spy a Stella and Dot bag! I love mine in the same pattern! I carry it with me every time i'm away for more than 24 hours. Renting a car in NYC, you guys are BRAVE! Can't wait to read about the rest of your trip!

    • 11.8.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      It's my favorite for traveling! That bag can expand and hold a child if I needed it to. Haha!

  2. 11.8.16
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    I don't even know where to start…the view from your hotel room in NYC (such a good location!!), the Empire pics, the Central Park family pic, the diner, the burger, the fries…so much! That being said, now I really want to visit West Point. Those pictures and the nice things you said about it, makes me want to go tour ASAP. Stunning. The campus looks stunning! I loved every single bit of this post! I can't wait for more!!!

    • 11.8.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I'm telling you, the Shulls should check it out. That place was beautiful. I couldn't get over it. You guys should visit sometime.

  3. 11.8.16
    Unknown said:

    I have read your blog for years and I can't believe you were in my town! I grew up in Newburgh and still live there with my three kids. It is a beautiful place to visit. So glad you enjoyed your visit.

    • 11.8.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      You have the cutest little town. We had a late dinner so it was too dark to see the river. That view has to be amazing!!

  4. 11.8.16
    Meagan @ The Clanahan Fam said:

    What fun memories for your kiddos! And let's talk about how jealous I am of cute winter coats and scarves!!! #whereisourcoldweather

    • 11.8.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I was hoping we'd be bringing the cool weather with us. 🙁

  5. 11.8.16
    Anonymous said:

    Well, if you need me this week, I'll be planning our trip to West Point! Haha! That area is just gorgeous this time of the year, and I LOVE all of the tradition surrounding the school! What a fun trip friend! Loved all of the sweet pics of your fam having fun!!

    • 11.8.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      It was stunning! Your family would love to visit!

  6. 11.8.16
    Britt Hensley said:

    What a super fun trip!! Love that Home Alone picture!! 🙂

    • 11.8.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Thank you! Yes, we had a blast!

  7. 11.8.16
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    What a wonderful trip! So sweet that Nix carried a football the whole time, what a great memory throwing the football with his dad in Central Park! And good for EL being such a trooper. I'm quite sure I wouldn't have been. I'm such a weenie when not feeling well. And yes, Bowen looks like such a big boy!

    • 11.8.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      You know I would have stayed in bed and told them to have fun and take some great pictures. I'm a major weenie when I'm sick.

  8. 11.8.16
    Paula said:

    Looks beautiful! I want to visit upstate NY! On my bucket list!

    Carrying that football…priceless!

    • 11.8.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      It was so pretty! Add it to your list!

  9. 11.8.16
    Bfg78 said:

    I, too, want to visit West Point now! Beautiful pics of your sweet family having fun! And I'm thinking Nix holding the football hopefully kept him from touching everything else?? Great that y'all can travel with Tab for some fun away games! Precious memories made, esp throwing football in Central Park!

    • 11.8.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Yes, the boys had a blast playing football in the park!

  10. 11.8.16
    Megan @ Letting In The Light Blog said:

    Why must they touch everything?!?! Story of my life. Looks like a great day in NYC and that West Point miss hall does look like it belongs in Harry Potter. Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your trip!

    • 11.8.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Hahaha!! Why must they touch every wall?!!

  11. 11.8.16
    Lisa @ Pork Chop and Possum said:

    I'm from NY and this post was so awesome to read! I'm glad you guys had a great time!

    • 11.8.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      We loved it!! 🙂

  12. 11.8.16
    Brooke Richardson said:

    So much goodness in this post. It makes me want to go back to NYC ASAP and take my kiddos too! West Point was beautiful. What a nice time of the year to go as well. Chilly but not crazy cold!!!! I can't wait for your next post.

    • 11.8.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      The weather was amazing. Part two is coming up on Thursday. 🙂

  13. 11.8.16
    Kjlb37 said:

    So. much. fun. I love it all. We live in the northeast and I'm so happy you were able to enjoy our fall foliage. Some years are better than others. And I too am putting West Point on our bucket list. Can't wait for tomorrow's post;)

  14. 11.8.16
    Elaine Welte said:

    This made me reminisce about the ASU Army game so many years ago…. isn't West Point just gorgeous?!

  15. 11.8.16
    laina said:

    So fun! Your kids will never forget these fun trips! Does your husband have any South Carolina games on his schedule?

  16. 11.8.16
    LongoriaLisa said:

    Love it all! Been to NYC twice but only in winter. Love all the autumn colors so I'm going back! Which hotel did you stay at?

  17. 11.8.16
    Keisha Dawson said:

    I love seeing all of your pictures of West Point. My cousin attended college there, and it amazes me every time I see pictures. What an incredible place!

  18. 11.8.16
    Erin (No Bohns About It) said:

    Oh girl, if I had a dime for every time I had to say that I would be dimeless because I gave up years ago!! My son once chewed used gum in a cab. And just the other day I wrote a post about my daughter licking the door of the subway. I was disgusted at the time, but oh well! Strong immune systems. Glad you had fun!

  19. 11.8.16
    KW0410 said:

    wow – looks like an awesome getaway!! can't wait to see part 2 🙂 The football-carrying is too cute for words!

  20. 11.8.16
    Christy said:

    I absolutely love West Point! My Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa all went there and seeing your pictures brings back such great memories of visiting there as I grew up. I'm so glad to see that y'all had such a good time there! It really is such a special place. Looking forward to your next post!

  21. 11.8.16
    Lindsay's Sweet World said:

    What an amazing trip so far! I'm sorry that Ebby Lee was sick, though… WHY does that ALWAYS happen before vacation?! Somebody always has to get sick! It looks like she was SUCH a trooper, though. Sweet girl.

  22. 11.8.16
    Amanda @ That Inspired Chick said:

    I laughed so hard at sweet Bowen passed out at the restaurant!! Hahaha! That boy is so fun to be around. Loved the post! I think a Girls Trip to NYC would be so fun!!! I haven't been in years!

  23. 11.8.16
    Unknown said:

    The picture of the boys saluting the West Point cadets almost made me tear up. The sweetest!

  24. 11.9.16
    Jules said:

    Headed to NYC in a few weeks. We land at a funny hour and wanted to grab coffee and snacks in the afternoon so we arent too full for supper later. Where did y'all stop in the park for coffee and snacks?

  25. 11.9.16
    Erika Slaughter said:

    I don't remember the name. It was a small little cafe close to a playground and a ball field.

  26. 11.9.16
    stacy said:

    Where's your cute coat from?

  27. 11.9.16
    Unknown said:

    I loved seeing your pictures of West Point! My son is a cadet there and my hubby is a grad! Isn't it gorgeous?! Go Army!