We Played Hooky!

Our girls were up for school yesterday, eating their breakfast, when we told them you are not going to school today, you are going to the City!  Woo Hoo! 

Due to budget cuts, and a mean and nasty retired Superintendent (sorry, couldn’t help myself), our children have no class trips this year.  We told our girls, forget that, we will do our own field trips, and yesterday was trip one! 

So, as much as it was really about enjoying the city at Christmas time, we did take time for lessons, about history and architecture and being aware of all of the different jobs people have.

Even though I had not yet wrapped a present or even sent a Christmas card (shameful!), I left it all behind and headed to the city.

So, since today is now the day that I need to wrap all of those presents, and send those cards, I am going to share some pictures quickly.  There will be no watermark, or no border, just some pictures.

All but ten years of my life, I have lived within an hour or so of NYC and I had never been to the top of the Empire State Building, until yesterday.

 We Played Hooky!

 We Played Hooky!

To keep things simple, I only brought our cheap point and shoot and you can not turn the flash off and it doesn’t take the greatest pictures, so bear with me.

A bloggers dream, a candy city scene…

 We Played Hooky!

A few funny moments, M trying to get up on the railing to have a picture taken, and then the picture, too cute,my loves!

 We Played Hooky! We Played Hooky!

We were up on the bench posing for a picture, when we realized we were in the way of another picture being taken, so we ducked.  My husband snapped a shot, it was a fun moment.

 We Played Hooky!

Again, the pictures are terrible, but the windows at Tiffany were stunning.  These pictures do not do them justice, but everything was made from book pages.

 We Played Hooky!

 We Played Hooky!

 We Played Hooky!

Did you know you can make your own Muppet at FAO Schwarz?  It was actually half price yesterday, but we just enjoyed the concept and kept going.  If my Grandfather was still alive, that so would have been a present for him.  We always watched the Muppets together.

 We Played Hooky!

 We Played Hooky!

The windows at Bergdorf Goodman’s were my favorite, filled with vintage elements.

 We Played Hooky!

 We Played Hooky!

What probably was my favorite of the day was the Fendi building.  Can you see the detail of the belts wrapped around the building, stunning. 

I tried to explain to my husband how lucky he was that I don’t actually want a Fendi belt, but that I just appreciate their display for the simple design aspect of it.  He didn’t get it…

 We Played Hooky!

This needs no explanation…

 We Played Hooky!

We covered a lot of ground, all on foot.  We went into Macy’s, FAO Schwarz, and a minute in Henry Bendell (too crowded, left quickly), but other than that we focused on being in the city.  We had an amazing lunch, a simple dinner, walked through St. Patrick’s Cathedral and of course, the Empire State Building. 

When it was all said and done, we were all pooped, but we still were smiling…

 We Played Hooky!

Wish me luck on my wrapping!!! Ho, Ho, Ho!!!

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About Finding Home

My name is Laura and I have been running a small interior decorating business since 2004. I have always had a love for decorating but I never fully realized it until about 10 years ago. I live in New York with my husband and two daughters. They support me and encourage me at every turn. I have always loved the “hunt” for the next treasure, especially when you have to get down and dirty to discover it. I feel like it is time to start taking my business in a new direction. I am not sure exactly what that will be, but this blog is about that journey. About finding a sense of home, a place where we belong and can most be ourselves. Thank you for being part of my journey.

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  1. michelle says:

    What a wonderful day!! Everyone looked so happy!! I love going to the city, for us it is Chicago, it is about 2 hours away but we haven't done it in so long!! I am so happy that you got to spend that day with your family and sorry that you have to do all the wrapping today! :) Good luck my friend and have a very Merry Christmas!!

  2. What a fun day and your girls will treasure the memories. We're taking our four to Chicago tomorrow- can't wait! Hope it warms up a little…

  3. Tanya says:

    I'm so jealous…I've always wanted to come to New York City at Christmas. So beaufiful =)

  4. Denise @ Simply Weekends says:

    What a fun day! I will definitely have to try NYC at Christmas time…it looks so beautiful!

    Denise

  5. Just B @ Love Where You Live says:

    Thanks for sharing these photos from your trip to "the city". I have never been, so these were fun to see. I would love to just stroll past all the stores and see the beautiful holiday window displays. Maybe one day! Happy Holidays to you and yours. :)

  6. Sherry @ No Minimalist Here says:

    Years ago I spent a week in NY City at Christmas. It was a fabulous time to be there. Sounds like everyone had a great time.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Sherry

  7. Laura @ Ms Smartie Pants says:

    What a fantastic day and a great gift, you guys will never forget that! One of these days I plan to go to New York. Would you suggest going during the Christmas season as the best time to go for someone who has never been?

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