This past Thursday, William and I flew to New York for what would become the best weekend of my life thus far.
Back in December William told me he wanted to take me to New York for my birthday – I have been SO excited for this trip and have always wanted to visit the city, but had never been. I truly just thought this trip was the nicest birthday present anyone had ever given to me, other than my parents giving me life 26 years ago!
Thursday night after we flew into Newark we checked into our hotel. The room was much bigger than I had initially thought it would be and the location was great! The first room they gave us was under renovation, so we had to go get new room keys before heading to grab a late-night supper with my dear friend, Laura. We ended up eating at Belgian Beer Cafe where I had delicious mussels and we all caught up on life and discussed the game plan for Friday. After supper, we were exhausted so we headed back to the hotel.
Friday morning we met Laura in our hotel lobby to walk to the closest Sarabeth’s for a delicious breakfast! I had the “goldie lox” which was scrambled eggs with cream cheese and lox, multigrain toast with some of their famous preserves and a cup of coffee. It was SO cold this weekend that coffee was an everyday, multiple times a day treat. After breakfast, we caught the Subway over to the Strawberry Fields entrance to Central Park to explore 10 blocks of the west side of the park on our way to the American Museum of Natural History.
We took pictures at various points along our walk, so it wasn’t unusual to me when we were taking pictures by the Cherry Hill fountain – little did I know that William was about to get down on one knee and ask me to spend the rest of my life with him. I didn’t believe that it was actually happening because he’d been telling me to research locations in Glacier National Park to propose in June! That man really threw me off track with that! Of course I said yes while crying and laughing and reacting with full-body physicality of emotion. I’m not sure what all I said, so if you want to know, you’ll have to ask him – I spent most of the day in shock that I now had a fiance! After the proposal, we explored more of the park seeing the Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, The Ramble and the Loeb Boathouse. It was a beautiful walk through the park with clear sidewalks and snow on the ground.
When we made it to the museum, after paying our entrance fee, we found a quiet bench on the top floor to call our parents and share with them our news! Everyone was expecting a phone call because they’d all known it was coming! I told William’s parents that their son proposed and they responded with, “we knew that – but what did you say?” That reaction made me laugh! After the phone calls were over, we spent over 7 hours exploring the museum and still didn’t see everything! It was such a great day of learning and exploring and we both loved the show we saw on the Dark Universe!
That night we went to a tapas restaurant and enjoyed delicious wine and food and celebrated the decision we made to spend our lives together. We had two bottles of our favorite style of wine, mencia, and many different tasty tapas, but our favorite were the mushrooms!
Saturday morning we went to a mediterranean brunch restaurant then walked through Madison Square Park on our way to a tour of Teddy Roosevelt’s birthplace – Valentine’s Day was the perfect day to visit, even if Teddy’s history with the day is so sad! After visiting the birthplace, we walked what felt like most of Manhattan through Little Italy, Chinatown and Wall Street. We had dessert and coffee in Little Italy and dim sum in China Town where we ate chicken feet!. We walked by Federal Hall, the New York Stock Exchange, One World trade center and the art installation that is being made out of scrap metal from the twin towers. After our long walk, we caught the subway to the closest stop to Studio 54 to see Cabaret starring Alan Cumming and Emma Stone. What an incredible production – perfect for my first Broadway show! After the show, we walked through Time Square with the intention of stopping at Shake Shack but the line was ridiculous and the snow was falling. So, we decided to try the next closest Shake Shack but they closed before we could make it. So, back to the hotel we went where we snacked on some banana bread and chocolate chip cookies I had baked before our trip.
Sunday we headed to the 9 o’clock service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral followed by breakfast at the Starbucks in the concourse at the bottom of Rockefeller Center. We met Laura there where we visited Top of the Rock for incredible views of the city! After our time at the top, we went to Nintendo World, the American Girl Store and Magnolia Bakery where we had some delicious pistachio cake and banana pudding. After our sweet treat, we headed over to Grand Central Station where we finally got some shake shack and where I hit a wall of exhaustion. After Grand Central Station we visited the New York Public Library’s main building before catching the subway back to the Flatiron district and stopping in at Eataly to pick up supper for that night and a birthday gift for my mom. We took our dinner of different focaccia breads back to the hotel and settled in to watch SNL 40, where’d we’d seen them setting up the red carpet that morning. I only lasted for about half of the show before falling asleep – not because it wasn’t funny, but because I was exhausted!
Monday morning we found a little bagel shop a couple blocks from our hotel before walking to Penn Station to catch the train back to Newark.
It was such a full weekend and one I will never forget! New York was more magical than I thought and I look forward to going again the future! I am so thankful to Laura for helping William plan the proposal and for being our guide for the weekend! I am even more thankful for my incredible fiance and the weekend he gave me that made dreams come true in so many ways!
When we flew into Denver, the snow was pretty crazy, so I’m thankful my dad brought the truck to pick us up and when we got home my parents and sister had a small celebration with us of wine, cheese and fruit. They were so excited to congratulate us on our engagement and share in our joy! They also gave us a tea kettle because it was the first engagement present my parents got when they got engaged! I thought that was so thoughtful and kind of them!
Saying goodbye this morning was difficult as always, but I’m so excited to visit my fiance in Idaho in a week! I will never get tired of calling William my fiance – until I get to call him my husband!