Birthday Weekend

We are finally done with all our Costa Rican travel posts, which I hope you enjoyed and are now in current time.  

The week before last M and I celebrated our birthdays. It was in the middle of the week so we didn't really do much but we had big plans for the weekend. 



At what point do we get to blow out our own candles? Actually we have stopped doing candles. Never realized, before Covid, how gross it actually is. But this was just the four of us so we did.. for old times sake. 

On Saturday we headed into the city in the afternoon. It turned out to be a beautiful day. I had spotted these viral hot chocolates on Instagram and wanted to try them. We found a small line outside the store, a couple minutes long. M and I shared an original, hot chocolate with a circle of roasted marshmallow fluff and a scoop of some more creamy deliciousness. While they kids chose an Oreo topping. They were very good and decadent. We walked while we sipped.



To Central Park and down to the Met. 



Then we drove back down to Midtown. Time for the Knicks game.


 


The game wasn't great, the Knicks lost but we still had a good time. 

The next morning we checked out and headed out for breakfast. We had intended to eat at Maman but turned out they had a power outage and were still working on getting the kitchen up and working so we walked around for a bit. We didn't want to pick up pastries or a bagel and were looking for a sit down place when we walked by La Pecora Bianca, a fancy Italian place that looked like it was serving breakfast. We were ravenous and skipped over the food pictures.. but did snap some of ourselves while we waited. 


The matchy matchy was not intentional. We didn't know we had both packed red for the next day. 



We wandered around the city for a bit. The kids had never been to FAO Schwartz, in fact they were little when Toy R Us shut down so they had never really been in (or remembered) a full on toy store.






H really loved the magic. And the people who worked there were all so wonderful and even taught him how to do a trick. 


We had 2pm tickets to a show so we stopped at Breads Bakery to grab a quick bite before. And then off to the show! This was M and I's twelfth broadway show.. you can check out all the shows we've seen here






I am not always a fan of sequels and prequels. Some things I believe, should be left untouched and I felt Harry Potter was one of them. It was initially over 5 hours long but they have now condensed it and is now 3.5 hours with an intermission. And I must say, it was sublime. Absolutely amazing. There was magic in the show, magic I know was obviously a slight of hand but they had done it so brilliantly. If you are even remotely a Harry Potter fan I'd say check it out.. now!

Once the show ended we made a quick run to get out of the city and over to our friends house to catch the big Super Bowl game. We had double booked accidentally, not realizing that the Super Bowl was on that weekend, but it all worked out. 

It was a whirlwind of a weekend but such fun. 


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Comments

  1. Happiest belated birthday - those hot chocos do look so good

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  2. What a lovely, busy weekend. Your sons will have such wonderful memories. Happy birthday to you and M. I've always thought blowing out candles on cakes was unhygienic, especially with very young children, but it's fun!

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  3. Looks like you had an amazing weekend! I have seen those hot chocolates on IG. Hope they tasted as good as they looked.

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  4. Happy Birthday to you both! New York is a fun city to visit, so much to see and do. Take care, have a great week!

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  5. Happy belated Birthday to you both!! What a fun weekend you all had. YAY for decent weather. The hot chocolate looks amazing. I'm sure the boys loved FAO Schwarts. Toy stores are something I have fond memories of as a child. Funny how things change over the years. I'm glad you enjoyed Harry Potter. Have a wonderful week!!

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  6. Lovely! Your family shots are more delicious than the treats. I had given no thought to chemicals possibly emanating from the candles until now. Wow! But they are so pretty. :(

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    1. It's not the chemicals but the blowing all our germs onto something everyone will now eat.

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  7. What a fabulous way to celebrate both your birthday! Of course you always find the best treats. Happy Birthday Hena!

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  8. I am so jealous of Harry Potter!!!! I'm glad you had a good birthday weekend! My birthday is Thursday. February babies!

    Jennifer
    Curated by Jennifer

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  9. Belated best wishes to both of you. Such a great birthday!

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  10. You guys really celebrate. What a great time you had!!

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  11. Jam packed with fun and celebration!

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  12. happy birthday to you both!! Looks like you celebrated in the most delightful way with family and a fun city.

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  13. Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a wonderful day. Those specialty coffees sure sound good. My kids loved the Harry Potter movies growing up, and still have all the books. Sounds like such a fantastic time in Central Park. I've always wanted to go there. ; ) A fun and memorable day!

    ~Sheri

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  14. Wow! Happy Belated Birthday ~ by awesome photos looks like a great time ~ hugs,

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka ( A Creative Harbor)

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  15. The candle thing made me laugh! We say the same thing. I can't believe we used to blow germs all over the cake...and then serve it lol. Now we just cut a piece and place a candle in that piece, so it doesn't get all over the cake :) Hope you had the best birthday!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  16. Happy birthday to you and M. I loved joining you on your celebrations, and I can't get over those hot chocolates. No wonder they are legendary! xxx

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  17. Wow what a WONDERFUL birthday! So glad you enjoyed New York and got to FAO Schwartz and Happy Potter.

    Allie of
    www.allienyc.com

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  18. What a great way to celebrate birthdays ! Love NYC...your post makes me want to plan a trip. Thanks for stopping by my blog...am glad it led me to yours. And...I love the name of your blog!!!

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  19. Happy belated birthday! Your celebration in NY looked like so much fun. That is such a fabulous way to celebrate both of your b-days at once!

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  20. You had a fabulous birthday weekend. That's the way to celebrate and to have the whole family enjoy the experience.

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  21. Anonymous2/19/2024

    Happy birthday!!! OH my!!! That hot chocolate is not just BEAUTIFUL, but it looks SO delicious! I wish a place made something similar here.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  22. Birthdays are for most of us wonderful, for some of just another day which I don't get and birthday cake is usually lovely

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  23. Sounds like it was a great birthday celebration. Happy birthday.

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  24. Belated Happy Birthday to you and M! And is your eldest the same height as you now? Cray cray:)
    PS So agree about HP. I still want to see the play but TBH, I read the book (script) and I wasn't the biggest fan. :P

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  25. I'm glad to get an explanation on those hot chocolate things. They look yummy! I didn't realize there were still FAO stores. My niece worked at one in the Dallas area when my kids were little and we loved to go there!

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  26. Happy Birthday, Hema, looks like you and the fam had an absolute BLAST!

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  27. Happy Birthday! Great pics!

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  28. Happy birthday to those in your family celebrating and this looked like a fantastic and fun-filled weekend for all of you. Those hot chocolates look divine! TFS all those fun family photos.

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  29. Happy Birthday! I enjoyed spending the celebration with you! And I told you before, but I have to say it again. I love your family and the way you spend time together. Have a cozy evening!

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  30. Happy belated birthday to you both! I agree about the birthday candles (I’d never given it a second thought before COVID)! Looks like you had a wonderful time.

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  31. Happy Birthday's to the both of you and it looks like you did have fun. Lovely family photos which is wonderful to see.

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  32. Happy Birthday to you both. That sounded like a fun weekend in the city! I LOVED HP and The Cursed Child. We saw it a few years ago with our older daughter and we all were blown away. I miss going to shows and need to get back to it. I hope you're having a great week!

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  33. Happy birthday๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚

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  34. What a great birthday weekend in the city! You guys, as usual, did so much. Very impressive... the show and the game look like so much fun.

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  35. Happy birthday to both of you .....
    thank you for sharing interesting story of your family.....

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  36. What happy pictures! I love that fancy hot chocolate. I wonder if I could do something like that at home? I'll have to figure it out.

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  37. Happy belated birthday!
    Despite the Knicks' loss, it looks like y'all had a blast celebrating. May you be blessed with many more :) xo

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  38. Funny you mention the candles because I have had the same thought since Covid. No candles anymore for me. What a fun birthday weekend! Now I'm craving hot chocolate.

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  39. Happy belated birthday to both of y'all. It looks like y'all had a fun weekend! :)

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  40. Anonymous2/20/2024

    I received a McDonald's breakfast sandwich for my birthday. lol What can you do when your spouse is laid up with back pain? Anyway, I'm enjoying living vicariously through your many adventures. Best wishes to you and yours. And Happy Belated Birthday(s)!

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  41. Belated birthday wishes. How happy your boys look with those amazing Oreo milkshakes. It sounds like a fabulous weekend xx

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  42. Belated birthday wishes to you and M! Wish they had the condensed version of The Cursed Child when we went years ago. The 5+ hour run time was such a slog.

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  43. Happy birthdays! It looks like you all had a great time, I miss NY so much, glad you enjoyed it!

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  44. Wonderful adventures as always. I hope you both had a lovely birthday!!

    Corinne x
    https://skinnedcartree.com

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  45. Happy birthday!! It looks like you had an AMAZING time, I am so glad! Talk about getting a bunch of fabulous experiences into one weekend- an NBA game, Broadway, amazing food, toy stores. So happy for you all, thanks for sharing the joy with us!

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  46. What a wonderful birthday weekend! Those hot chocolates look delicious and what fun going to a game, and then a play! Definitely a whirlwind celebration!

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  47. Those hot chocolates look awesome! I have never been into basketball, but I bet just the atmosphere there would be interesting to see.

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  48. Happy Belated Birthday to you both, it looks like you packed in a fun weekend to celebrate, and sounds like the kids enjoyed it too!

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  49. Anonymous2/21/2024

    Wonderful celebration for two lovely people. May God bless you.
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  50. Happy belated birthday weekend to you both! Looks like you had a fun weekend to celebrate!

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  51. Happy belated birthday to you and M! ๐ŸŽ‚
    Your celebration in NY looked like so much fun.

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  52. Happy Belated Birthday to you both! Boy, you all really know how to celebrate! I don't know which event would be more fun -- they're both great. I'm like you -- I gave up candle blowing during Covid -- unless it's a cupcake!

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  53. Happy belated birthday to you both! It looks like you had a wonderful weekend.
    Julia x
    https://www.thevelvetrunway.com/

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  54. Happy belated Birthday to you both.
    What a fun weekend you had.

    All the best Jan

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  55. Happy bleated birthday! We LOVE Harry Potter so I'm sure my boys would love that show; while we have seen quite a few live performances we have taken them to any on Broadway. I'd love it but my husband and boys have going into the city.

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  56. *hate* not have! LOL

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  57. This looks like such a lovely trip! And I'm so jealous of the show you got to see! Those hot chocolates look like they are to die for as well. Happy belated birthday! Thanks for visiting me earlier on Lisa Loves Literature!

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  58. Happy belated birthday! It looks like you all had a good time!

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  59. You all look wonderful! A belated but no less sincere happy birthday to you and your beloved! xoxo

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  60. Happy Birthday Happy Birthday!
    Beautiful smiles!

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