Flying into wintry NY from sunny LA was magical for all of us. We left 80 degree sunshine (not complaining, really I'm not) and arrived just as NYC was getting chilly and all decked out for the holidays.
Our first day was one of those absolutely perfect, mild, Autumn days with Central Park still blanketed in golden leaves. We spent all day poking around the park and enjoying every bit of it.
And lots of selfies ...
Entertained and were entertained ...
And basked in what was likely the last of the mild weather in that neck of the woods.
Before calling it a night we took in the incredible art installation windows at Bergdorf's on Fifth Ave.
Little Benicio, who is currently obsessed with trains, was absolutely wide-eyed every time we descended into the subway.
Day 2 in NYC dawned rainy and cold.
So we sought shelter in the Natural History Museum, beneath the belly of the giant blue whale.
And ended our stay in the city with the perfect chocolate pudding at The Odeon.
(By the way, in case you're interested, we were very pleased with our first stab at a boutique hotel in Tribeca called the Duane Street Hotel. It's by far my favorite "budget-conscious" hotel discovery in NY. There aren't really any other small boutique hotels in that area, and to me it's perfectly situated out of the commercial hustle and bustle that is Soho these days.)
Thanksgiving morning in Princeton we awoke to an inch or two of snow on the ground. Just enough to be super duper exciting for this little Californian who'd never seen snow before in his life!
We got to spend time with long lost cousins and dine on lobster for our Thanksgiving dinner, deliciously prepared my Marc's gourmand of a dad.
The next couple of days we spent either cozied up inside ...
Benicio adoring Opa and Opa's kitty ...
Or poking around the Princeton campus with our very own Professor as our guide ...
(while Marc of course took insanely beautiful Instagram photos ... )
These two spent the whole trip, as usual, killing us with their general cuteness. Lulu is such a good, loving big sister to Beni, and he is such an incredibly happy, joyful little guy to be around. It just doesn't get any better than this!
I'm incredibly grateful for all this goodness in my life. It hasn't always been so, in fact it's been a bit of a long and winding road getting here, so I'm just glad that I know enough by now to stop and revel in the awareness of my blessings more often than not these days. That's the goal, anyhow!