Sunday, November 16, 2008

a delicious weekend in the city that never sleeps

So I returned from New York last night... the city still on my mind. I left still wanting to walk around the balmy 60 degree streets at all hours of the day and night, showtunes still echoing in my ears, my mouth still craving more meals of exotic foods, and lingering thoughts of the MoMA.
We drove down Friday morning, past the stunning Manhattan temple and checked into our Times Square hotel where my children promptly devoured the Godiva chocolates waiting for us. We then set out for Turkish food, feasting up kebabs, pita, and pilaf and my children's a favorite Gazoz soda and cherry juice in an outdoor courtyard. We walked on to the MoMA. It was fun to see my 7 yo old walk into a room and know a Chagall, a Picasso, a Mondrian, a Rousseau, on sight. My 3 year old was entranced with the sculptures and astounded patrons as he stood at the windows noticing every detail of color and design that passed in the city below. It was exciting to watch as he stood before pieces and traced the movement of the shapes and patterns in the air. My baby on the other hand was overtired and forced me to rush through the gorgeous Van Gogh exhibit. I have seen many Van Gogh's in person, but truly this show was breathtaking. The Boccioni and Klimt pieces also begged me as to stay but alas, my children's rambunctious feet beckoned us to leave. I begged off 5 covetous minutes in the museum store and then we walked back through the gently foggy evening air passing down and across so many landmark buildings and streets. We stopped for a wooden subway car to add to the train collection and jamba juice (my boys new love- we new englanders don't get much in the way of restaurants).
At the hotel, my boys tumbled into their jammies and crawled on the pillowy hotel beds as I got ready for my gala event. All glammed up I walked the few blocks through time square to the theater where it was held. Nothing like being all dressed up and walking through the NY city crowds.
The fundraiser was fabulous. Delectable food and I love a great open bar even if it means I just have variations of every juice soda known to man and garnished with a variety of drink accessories: sprite with a cherry, fresh grapefruit juice, half gingerale half cranberry with a lime twist. Fabulous performances by a couple who have performed in numerous Broadway shows. Great presentations and awards from the VBF. Always a treat to meet up with such a great team of people I have worked with over the last 4 years. Did I say great auction items. I only left 550$ lighter than I arrived? (good deals I promise) ohh and I ran into Daniel Radcliffe exiting the theater as I passed by on my way to the hotel (celebrity sightings always add to the NY experience)
Saturday I taxied off to Beth Israel for the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation Conference. (I am the developmental expert for the VBF) A morning of great presentations, by the world experts, if only all medical professionals had this important knowledge. I did 4 hours of psycho-social support counseling with families. These families have often been through so much whether it be trying to find the right diagnosis and treatment for their child or trying to cope with the stares and comments they are constantly bombarding with when having a child with a visible difference. I love being able to use my professional skills in this way. I gain and learn so much from these families and individuals. Truly a reminder of all that is precious and good and where our beauty and strength truly lies. After the conference, I then raced back to the hotel to greet my boys. Smart daddy-o had taken them out for breakfast and a day at the Natural History Museum. We all walked down to Hell's Kitchen to sit upon pillows and feast upon Moroccan tagines, before leaving the city. Finally we retrieved the car and drove 3 very tired boys home. There's the weekend update!

1. NYC 2. VBF 3. beauty in so many forms

14 comments:

LL said...

YOU look absolutely beautiful!!!
and that picture of ss#2 on the shoulders is PERFECTION!
so glad you guysh ad such a great weekend.

Jenny said...

Hot time in the city!

ellen said...

I heart NY. I plan to be there in a few weekends and can't wait. There's no city like New York City. It sounds like you had a great time!

Courtney said...

sounds like a great weekend!

Jane said...

How fun! Glad it all went well.

Michelle said...

Ooh, what a fab weekend!

Meemer said...

that sounds wonderful! one of my goals in this life is to take my children to nyc. what a cool experience.

Swimmingmom said...

Hubba hubba! You look great. Sounds like you will have to have a girls weekend in NY to spend as much time as you'd like in any exhibit you please! There was a Van Goh exhibit at the MFA while I was dating dh. I wonder if you lived here then. 8 years ago.

Andrea said...

oooh la la mama. You look so pretty. And I am so jealous. What a great trip.

PS--just catching up on your blog...I think anyone who doesn't know your artsy side probably hasn't met Svelvet and Shequita yet. I see artist written all over your multiple personlaities.

Becky said...

thank you for describing your trip in great detail so that I can live vicariously through you. Glad you had FUN!

sweetpea said...

sounds wonderful!!! You look amazing!

Trueman twins said...

Sounds like a truly wonderful weekend packed with a little bit of everything!

bluestocking mama said...

sigh, i love new york city. how fun! and you look great!

Evelyn said...

Wow! Grandpa and Uncle Darwin and G'ma enjoyed it all together. Thanks. You are fantastic!!!!


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