For years I've been wanting to take Liam on a solo trip to NYC and this past weekend I finally got my chance. Without question, it was truly all that I imagined it would be and even though I did a lot of driving over the last two days, it was by far one of the best weekends of my life.
You long time readers know this was not our first trip to the city together (my SIL and one of my best friend's both live there) but, this was the first visit that we've had in the city that wasn't geared around activities only for children. In the past most of our trips involved playgrounds, skateparks, museums, Shake Shack, and (insert tourist attraction here). Instead, this time we planned to do all the things that I would do without kids in the city and I had faith that Liam would still have a great time. I've had toddlers for so long now that I sometimes loose sight of the fact that these boys will someday be teens, and then adults, and I'm just starting to see how awesome that time is going to be (minus the door slamming and yelling, of course)!
On Saturday, we arrived in the city a little before noon after a rain soaked drive down. My sister-in-law. who is the queen of all things cool, had booked brunch at Le Coucou, which absolutely blew my mind from beginning to end. The decor, the food, the service was all so exceptional, I can see why it's one of the most popular places in town right now. Liam, just kept on remarking on how fancy it was (I think it was the white tablecloths that he was most impressed with) and really he was just so happy to be included in something that was so "grown up."
I could have absolutely spent the rest of the day there, but we soon learned that a nine year old can only brunch for so long. A few weeks ago, he discovered the magic that is a Rohld Dahl and when we figured that if we wanted to stop for a drink somewhere else in town (we did!!!) then we would have to find a bookstore so he could get his hands on Matilda, which just so happens to be my favorite book from my childhood. My sister-in-law mentioned an incredible bookstore in the area (again, she knows everything) and we made our way to McNally Jackson books which is the most adorable bookstore on Earth. It's like the shop in You've Got Mail, but in real life and I absolutely could have spent the rest of the afternoon there but for the fact that we were in NYC- so much to do and see!
On our way to the bookstore we passed Supreme skate-shop which is LEGENDARY in Liam's world and it was the one place he really wanted to go in the city. The shop did not disappoint and he left with the coolest deck around, which has not left his side since purchase. After that we did a little pop in for mom at the one place that I have been DYING to go to, The Line NYC.
The Line, is unique in that it is a store that is set up like an actual apartment (aka most perfectly curated apartment) and you make your way from one room to the other pretty much just gasping for air since everything around you is so beautiful. We stayed as long as we possibly could or should I say as long as Liam could, and this is the one case where having an impatient nine year old with you comes in handy because let me just say, I would have wanted to buy errrrething! Instead, we went for drinks at the famed Bowery Hotel and then made our way to dinner with family at Eataly which is the ideal place for adults and kids alike.
Since we couldn't just go the city to shop and eat (why, exactly? ;)) the next day all of Liam's dreams came true and we went to his first NFL game at MetLife Stadium. My SIL and her fiancee have season tickets and while I knew our seats were good, I had no idea just how GOOD they actually were. I don't think I've ever seem my son happier and really, that alone made the trip worth it. Even though the game was between the Jets and the Seahawks, he couldn't imagine wearing anything other than his beloved Patriots gear and while I was a little nervous for him, I have to say everyone was so incredibly nice. As most of you know New York and New England have more than a few rivalries so it was a relief all around when he got a few fist bumps on the way in.
We drove home straight from the game and arrived happy but exhausted. All Liam could say the entire ride home was how much fun he had and how grateful he was for all the adults that made this weekend happen. I love that he is finally at the age where he will remember all these things and that he is old enough to do things that I like to do, and young enough to still want to hang with his mom. If there is a "sweet spot" we are definitely in it and I can't wait until Gray is old enough to join in the fun! Xx