I *heart* NYC…

OK. I will admit. The first time I went to NYC? I hated it. Really hated it.

But then I went with my dear friend Nichol and met up with Kelly there. And it all changed. I now love it.

Those who know me well know that I am one of those people who never stops. Never sits. Never relaxes. My mind is always running and thinking of "what do I need to do next." Constantly. Then I went to St. John in the Caribbean and my mind was able to rest for the first time ever. (Especially when on a boat.) I could only find rest in the islands.

Until NYC. I think the hustle and bustle of the city keeps my mind for over-thinking. Instead there is so much to see and hear and do. It is a great escape for me.

Therefore, I have been there twice in a few weeks. 🙂 I decided to take Kay this last weekend and she loved it so VERY much. This was especially meaningful to me because Kay got to meet Kelly. Kelly is such a strong, smart, independent, adventurous, joyful, loving gal – exactly the type of person I see/hope Kay grows into.  Seeing them next to each other? Made my heart happy…

062110 NYC Kelly and Kay

I love the little flower shops scattered throughout the city…

062110 NYC Flowers 

I also love the oasis-like parks in the city. LOVE them. My favorite is Bryant Park. This was in Madison Square Park…

062110 NYC Me small 

(I get a lot of questions about that necklace. Jana gave it to me for my birthday. So fun. You can find HERE.)

I LOVE the flowers in these parks…

062110 NYC Kay

(By the way – that dress Kay is wearing? We both bought it. We wear the same size dress, but I didn't want to share – ha.)

Kay and I also like all the restaurants where you can eat outside basically on the sidewalk. So fun to people-watch…

062110 NYC Kay Dinner 

And the shows. Broadway has a way of grabbing your soul and drawing you back. We saw Wicked (Kay's fave), Chicago and Promises Promises (my fave – second time seeing it). Kelly got us to go to the stage doors to meet the actors afterward. LOVED this. Something so cool about it. Here is a picture of Sean Hayes (from Will and Grace) that Kelly took…


Sean was SO kind.  And Tony Goldwyn from Dexter, Ghost, etc…

062110 NYC Tony

Kristen Chenoweth was in Promises Promises, too, but we couldn't wait any longer for her – had to catch a plane.

I wasn't going to share photos from this trip here (I feel I have shared too many non-crafting things lately) but several people requested them. I know I love seeing people's travel shots. 🙂

Ah… I *heart* NYC… and I never thought I would say that.

I will be back tomorrow with a crafty post. Night!

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62 thoughts on “I *heart* NYC…”

  1. Thanks for sharing some photos from your super fun trip to NYC with Kay. Looks like you had some delightful weather. The pics of the flowers and parks are so beautiful.
    Can’t wait for your next adventure!!

  2. AH makes me want to go visit NYC so bad! That’s on my list of places to visit still. This year is Vegas baby! Next year I’ve decided to hit Disney World for my 30th haha. Now I want to squeeze NYC in there too. I love your personal pics too! 🙂 So fun!

  3. Thank you, Jennifer! Wonderful photos – Kay is growing into a lovely young woman. I thought the same of NYC, but I loved it too! Everyone always said how unfriendly New Yorkers were, but we found exactly the opposite……

  4. love love love Kay’s cardigan. Where is that from? She looks so grown up in that pic. Looks like you had lots of fun!

  5. Sounds like a really FUN trip! You two are so cute! Love the necklace–thanks for the link! And seriously whatever you share whether it’s crafty or not I enjoy reading about it. 🙂

  6. I don’t mind at all when you share “non-crafty” things. That’s part of blogging. I so enjoyed seeing these pictures of your trip! Kay is so darling and it looks like you had a fabulous time! Thanks for sharing!

  7. So glad you had so much FUN! Great photos, thanks for sharing! My sis and I got to see Wicked on Broadway as well, with Kristen Chenoweth & Idina Menzel! Such a fantastic pair together. Great to have a break!

  8. How could you not be in love with such pictures, just busting of joy? Kay looks stunning! (And you and Kelly also 😉 ) Don’t hasitate showing personal pictures, jsut because you feel this is a crafty blog. It isn’t. It’s YOUR blog. And nothing screams more YOU than fab pictures of smiling people!

  9. Jennifer, so pleased that you took the time to share such wonderful photos, it looks as though you and Kay had such a truly wonderful time and such a fun time. It is so nice to see different things on blogs other then crafting, don’t get me wrong I love all crafting things, but it is nice to share personal things sometimes. Thank you for a rare insight into you life 🙂

  10. I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and thoroughly enjoy each post whether it be crafting or non-crafting! So post away to whatever your heart desires. Thank you for your wonderfully entertaining and inspiring blog! Aloha!

  11. HI Jennifer, you took one of Kay’s picture with behind is the Hydrangea flowers. Looks so the same as the Hero Arts stamp..that flower. They are so beautiful and look so well-matched with Kay’s dress and she’s a grown up beautiful woman now.
    You two look so wonderful with the pictures and the flowers are so beautiful blooming along in NYC.
    Have fun then!

  12. oh what a wonderful trip. it looks like you had such a wonderful time. kay looks so happy! what a great 15th birthday!

  13. Thanks for sharing those pictures! SO much fun! I’d love to go to NY once… You know what, your daughter makes me think about Scarlett Johansson, she looks quite alike her! 🙂

  14. I am so glad that you shared pictures. What a great trip and how wonderful for Kay to have experienced NYC with you. You both will never forget the trip.

  15. I was hoping you would post a few pics and tell us how Kay liked NYC! I’ve only been once, and absolutely loved it and can’t wait to go back!

  16. I was hoping for pics too. Don’t worry, we are enjoying hearing about it. Kay looks so happy to be there in these pics that she is lit up like a Christmas tree. Love it!

  17. I, for one, can’t thank you enough for posting the pics of NYC. We moved from there to Orlando several years ago to care for my grandmother and it does my heart good to see “my city.” My office was on 6th & 46th and my hubbie and I would have lunch every day in Bryant Park…thanks for sharing!

  18. I’m glad you decided to share photos, I *heart* NYC, too. I’ve been twice with my mom and hope to take my daughter there someday.

  19. Great pictures of such an awesome trip, glad you both had a lot of fun and I am sure it is a birthday gift Kay will never forget 🙂

  20. I enjoy your non-craft posts, too.
    Love the photo of Kay in the park!
    A broadway play is “on my list”—hopefully one day

  21. I always enjoy your photos. Looks like a very fun trip. I’ve only been to New Your City once and I didn’t like it, either. Maybe I should go back!

  22. Awe… I’m so jealous! Love your sundresses!

    I had dreamed of living in NYC as a fashion designer when I was a teen like Kay and in Sept ’08 I finally got to go with a girlfriend (best way to see NYC I think). We also had such a wonderful time! My favorite spots were the bakeries and life in and around the village– I could totally imagine a life there, but for now I have my romanticized memories. Ha-ha!

    Isn’t it fun seeing everywhere you’ve actually stood in about 50% of the movies? I notice NYC in ads, etc. everywhere now! 🙂 There are some bonus features on “You’ve Got Mail” that trace the map where they shot so we had to go try a famous hot dog and such. While we were there we saw Bill Clinton and Lance Armstrong come out of Late Show and I got to meet Chris Rock in person. Waiting outside with the paparazzi, excited by who we may see was so much fun!

    Sorry for such a long response. I could talk for hours. LOL! 🙂

  23. Thanks for sharing your personal side. I enjoy posts about the kids. They are precious! Will Kay be sharing any of her creativity with us this summer?

  24. As much as I like your crafty blogs, I enjoy looking at the pictures of you and the children. Even of blogs like these there can be a lesson learned. Like: It’s not a bad thing to every now and then take a step bake and enjoy. Kids grow up so fast. Thanks for sharing.

    p.s.: Couldn’t help but notice that the color of the hydrangea matches the lovely dress.
    Beautifull colorscheme for a card!

  25. Wow , it looks like you had a great time in NYC with Kay!! I am so excited as my family and I are going there this summer for our vacation, for the first time.

  26. Wow..what a wonderful trip for you Jennifer..wanting to spend time with just Kay and have her experience something that you love is just awesome! Thanks for sharing the pics with us..just gorgeous!

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