new york city.

Lightning? Ridiculously loud thunder echoing off concrete and steel buildings? Pouring rain with a tiny umbrella? Extreme humidity?

Sounds more like a recipe for a hurricane than a typical New York summer day — wouldn’t you say?! Anyway, regardless of the crazy weather, we managed to have a delightful couple of days in the Big Apple.

Our first day there, we took a few hours to settle in the hotel. After the short, but refreshing nap, we ventured off into Soho for some shopping. By the time we were half way down Broadway, it started to drizzle, so I opened the umbrella. Apparently, I didn’t notice that Sonya Walger walked by me until Gloria pointed out to me, “Hey, did you see who just walked by you?”

((I’m a big LOST fan, so this was a big deal! I’m so bummed that I didn’t notice someone from LOST!))

For dinner, we decided to eat at Lupa. No joke — this place has amazing food and a homey atmosphere!

I could seriously spend hours in here just conversing over a bottle of wine.

I could seriously spend hours in here just conversing over a bottle of wine and eating their desserts, lol.

The infamous Lupa Tartufo - its the best dessert EVER!

The infamous Lupa Tartufo - it's the best dessert!

By the time dinner ended, it had all ready started to downpour. I know this is going to sound silly, but we decided to walk BLOCKS upon BLOCKS in the rain! When we finally reached Washington Square Park, the lightening started to flash. Within seconds, the thunder BOOMED like I have never heard it before. The skyscrappers magnified the echo of the thunder, and boy, was it scary! Although the weather was not ideal, we had a lot of fun playing in the rain.

It was hard to take photos because of the rain, but we tried our best without getting our point and shoot wet!! Here are just a few of us having fun in the rain:

Gloria is serously a Mary Poppins wannabe. HAHA!

Gloria is seriously a Mary Poppins wannabe. HAHA!

Look how empty the park is?!

Look how empty the park is?! It must be the rain. πŸ˜‰

Even though I got soaked, I still had an amazing time.

Even though I got soaked, I still had an amazing time jumping in the puddles.

Okay, okay… I know that it’s crazy that we walked around NYC in the rain, but it was tons of fun. Seriously though, when is it not fun jumping and splashing around in puddles like a kid?! After playing at the park, we walked BLOCKS and BLOCKS back to the hotel in the pouring rain. We needed to dry off before meeting up with one of our friends.

After drying off, we waited in the lobby to meet up with a friend.

After drying off, we waited in the lobby to meet up with a friend.

The view from the hotel room.(Yes, we could still hear honking cabs up on the top floors).

The view of Soho from the hotel room.

The next day, we headed uptown via subway to gallivant for the day. We just people watched and tried to take it easy.

A shot of Rockefellar on a sunny day!

A shot of Rockefellar on a sunny day!

It looks so different without the Christmas tree and the ice rink. :)

It looks so different without the Christmas tree and the ice rink. πŸ™‚

Tired and hot, I thought it would be a good idea to just people watch.

Tired and hot, I thought it would be a good idea to just people watch.

Oh, and you can’t visit New York without visiting one of the happiest places on Earth — Magnolia Bakery! These are my FAVORITE cupcakes EVER!

My favorite place to buy cupcakes!

My favorite place to buy cupcakes!

All in all, it was an exhausting week in the East Coast. Even though it was extremely tiring, I enjoyed visiting old and new places alike. It is totally what I live for.

Since I have been back, I have been trying to get my sleep patterns back to normal. Bleh! …and it doesn’t help that we took a day trip down to Santa Cruz on Tuesday. Boy, I am exhausted! Hopefully, I will be able to share some photos of the furbabies hanging out in Santa Cruz soon.

Until then, here are some recent scrapping goodness to share:

Be back soon to share my Santa Cruz adventure!

Hugs,

sarah.

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18 responses to “new york city.

  1. I think I’ve said this before, I so like the mix of your stories and scrapwork in your blog. You’re blog is so entertaining, I love visiting! xxx Peggy

  2. Waw, NY!! I would love to go there too but it’s so far away from Belgium πŸ˜‰
    Nice layouts.

  3. Chris

    Your photos and story make your trip sound just great despite the rain – all the yummy food etc. Love your layouts – so full of energy and fun

  4. Now I would have to say, PLAYING IN THE RAIN IS FUN!!!! So glad to see you and Gloria had fun.

  5. Julie

    *sigh* I sooooooooooo wish I would have made it there on my trip….but no time :(….I MISS MY HOME!!!!! AWESOME PICS and loveeeeeeeeeeee the lo’s! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  6. Looks like you made the most of your time in NYC even though the weather didnt cooperate! Loved the pics you took.

  7. Fun times! I’ve never been to NYC…someday, though. Love the journaling style on the first layout!

  8. Oh I have been caught in the rain in NYC…total downpours! But it was always in late Fall and it was bone-chilling! Looks like you had a blast! Certainly makes me want to go back. NYC is my absolute FAVORITE place to visit! Love the pics and the LOs!!! Hope you are getting re-adjusted to West Coast time.

  9. Ok, so you wish you were in La Jolla & I wish I was in NYC! Only been there once, but I soooo wish to return (SOON!!!). Looks like you had a great trip, inspite of the weather.

    β™₯ the new LO’s…. especially the pottery painting one! ADORABLE! πŸ™‚

  10. scott – i realized that you are holding “austin” not “elton”. crap, i titled it wrong. haha.

  11. Glad to see a bit of rain, didnt stop your plans.

  12. Sean

    Hi Sarah,

    This is your younger brother Sean. I don’t know if you remember me, but we used to live together for quite a while. I haven’t seen or talked to you in quite some time and I was wondering if we’ll ever see each other again. That is all. I hope life is treating you well.

    – Sean

  13. Love, Love, LOVE NYC! Enjoyed reading about your little trip! I don’t blame you for splashing in puddles and enjoying the day despite the rain. Who would wanna waste a day in New York just because of some silly weather? πŸ™‚

  14. I LOVE NYC! Looks like you had a great time. Thank so much for stopping by my blog, and thanks for letting me know that you stopped by. πŸ™‚

  15. What great pics and it looks as if you had a wonderful time!!!!! The pics of the cupcake look yummy!!!! Love the scrappyness!!! You did an outstanding job!!!! Thank you for your kind words on my blog!! Smiles to you today!!! πŸ™‚

  16. gloria

    All i have to say is that I am thrilled my commute isn’t every week to the East Coast anymore. Practically living out of a hotel room and my little suit case. Although at times I do miss NYC…there is nothing like being at home at the local break. =P

    Love the layout. Especially of Elton.

  17. gloria – it’s not elton. it’s austin, remember?!

  18. wow it looks like you had so much fun!!

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