May 31, 2009

Weehawken Revisited

I know it sounds sexier to say we went to NYC but the truth is we stayed in Weehawken at my sister's place and though we did make it to the city every day, we never managed to leave Weehawken before 1pm. All in all we had a great trip and I'm looking forward to taking my girls back there sometime next year. I did take some pictures, but I probably won't get around to posting them any time soon. I'll let you know when I do.

We arrived on Wednesday after catching a flight from Austin at 6 am - that SIX O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING - which of course means we had to get up, dress, and be heading toward the airport by 4:45 AM. Aside from my staying up until 2am to get everything ready to go, the travel went extremely well. At the Newark airport, we hired a car to take us to Weehawken and were at Meredith's by 12:30pm or so. We chilled at the apartment, then went into the city at 5pm. Magda fell asleep on my lap in the Lincoln tunnel (big surprise) and was thrilled to get to ride in the stroller for the rest of the evening.

Thursday was Magda's first Broadway musical. We all went into the city together for dinner at Cafe Un Deux Trois. Afterwards, Mom took Simone home and Meredith, Magda, and I went to see The Little Mermaid which she loved. She was a little perturbed when I didn't get her the $40 Ariel barbie doll, but she ended up being quite pleased with her new dinglehopper. After the show we got autographs on her playbill from some of the cast. We diddled in the theatre too long to get Ariel's, Eric's, Triton's, or Ursula's. But we did get Flounder, a couple of sailors, the chef, and a couple of the sisters. Magda was particularly taken with the young boy who played Flounder.

Friday was Simone's first trip on the subway and the grandmama of all girlie shops: The American Girl Store. Three stories of American Girl dolls including matching outfits, fun accessories like horses, picnic tables, and bubble baths, a pierced ears kit, a doll hair salon, and a doll hospital, Just Like Me dolls, Historical dolls, Bitty Babies, and a cafe. After Magda picked out her baby, Cupcake or Flower Power (depending on what she's wearing), we had afternoon tea in the cafe which was too over the top girlie for words. The cafe provided little booster seats that attached to the table for the dolls as well as a little tea cup for her. The food was pretty good, though it put Magda on a sugar high that led to a spectacular crash on the way home.

Saturday we went to Central Park, did a carriage ride with John (our driver) and his horse, Bingo, in their canary yellow carriage. Then we hit the zoo where we saw a feeding of the sea lions. Meredith and Magda also had a great time petting and feeding the animals at the children's zoo. Saturday night, Meredith was left in charge of the children and Mom and I got to see Next to Normal with a late night dinner after the show at Joe Allen. The show was really very good but not really what Mom or I were in the mood for. The food at Joe Allens was great. I can see why Mom like's to make it a point to eat there every time she visits the city.

And now it's Sunday and we're back home for one night before going up to Wichita Falls for Roger Einhaus's funeral (more on that exceptional man in a future blog).

Posted by jfer at May 31, 2009 11:08 PM

Roger Einhaus? Was he the man who organized the ski trip we went on in early 1995? If so, I remember what an exceptional man he was and how fond you all were of him. Even if I'm thinking of someone else, I'm sorry to hear about the passing of friend so dear. Hugs.

Posted by: Meredith O. on June 4, 2009 6:25 PM
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