Thursday, December 20, 2018

New York Christmas

Derek, Tatum and I spent Monday and Tuesday in New York City as a part Christmas trip, part early birthday celebration and part tradition as Derek and I usually go but it was Tatum's first time!

We got into town just before lunch time and visited with friends at Derek's old hotel for a bit before walking to lunch - we passed Eric Trump on the street on our way to Nobu.  It wasn't as good as the Malibu location which we love but we enjoyed it and Tatum LOVED the window seat watching the cars go by.

We did a bit of shopping after and had plans to walk over to the Christmas stuff but Tatum fell asleep so we just went back to the hotel to relax.

Tatum got so much loving and attention from the hotel workers and strangers - everyone was so kind! They had a cute stuffed dog waiting for him and he welcomed anyone that would hold him... He was definitely in an NY state of mind.

The three of us went down to the lounge to enjoy a cocktail  before heading out for the night.  Not pictured is Tatum's sippy cup and Micky Mouse Clubhouse on our phones.

The tree area was on our way to dinner so we made a quick stop on our way to watch the Saks light show and Tatum was memorized by it - we loved watching him enjoy.

Dinner was at Tony's DiNapoli - we'd never been but we wanted something family friendly and it was delicious - family style and amazing Italian food.  We met one of our best friends for dinner and had a great time catching up.

After dinner all four of us went back to the tree to enjoy a few festive minutes - there isn't much like it!

The hotel has wood burning fireplaces and it's one of our favorite parts!  We knew with Tatum we'd be back early - although a bit past his bedtime so we planned for a glass of wine, a Christmas movie and enjoying the wonderful fire.

The next morning our plans were to relax!  We got room service and let Tatum run around while we packed up and got ready for the day.

We spent the morning at Bryant Park, back to the main tree in the daylight, visiting the newly reopened FAO Schwartz (which will be better for Tatum next year) and grabbing lunch.  It was much colder on Tuesday so we opted to skip visiting Central Park which we'd planned on.

We grabbed some hot chocolate by the fire and then headed back home to get ready for this fun and festive Christmas week!


  1. Magical!! NYC at Christmas is my favorite place on earth to be! B and I went back in 2012 and we are thinking of taking the kids next year. EEK! I'm giddy even thinking about it.

  2. What a super fun trip to the city! Looks like an absolutely magical time & Tatum looks like he had an amazing trip!

  3. What a beautiful hotel - which one is it?

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