Translation: DAVE IS STARVING!!!!!!
Poor thing, but my theory on that is grab some bread, slap together a sandwich and let's get stuff done!!!!!
I am an annoying wife. I openly admit this. But I'm nice to kids so they keep me around.
MANHATTAN.... The boys treated us to a weekend there, it's one of those grossly unfair situations because it's actually a combo birthday and Father's Day gift for DAVE... but I get to go!!!
How stinkin' cool is that????? And I get cool stuff on Mother's Day, so I'm grading this a WIN/WIN!!!!!
The cool summer followed us to Manhattan where we park the car in a garage and kiss it goodbye until we leave... First stop?
The Seaport while we waited for Luke to get out of work.
Well, wait, I lied. First stop was STARBUCKS and a venti caramel macchiato which I loved..... iced, because it's fun to have it iced now and again!
Then supper at Harry's Italian, a great little grab a seat on the sidewalk restaurant at 2 Gold Street... Finance boy is on the left and Lawyer Boy is on the right. They looked WONDERFUL!!!!!!
We got to talk with a New Yorker at the next table, a cool guy who must live nearby because we ran into him several times... and he loves the YANKEES!!!! :) Check out the bread on that table, as if ordering Italian isn't enough, do you see how thick it is???? I love chewy bread!
Then subway to Yankee game, and I love the subways, it's a people-watching extravaganza and of course the boys think I'm insane.... but seriously, there are stories aching to be told on every single subway ride through New York....
If you think I'm kidding, check out this site:
Trust me. Every block, every building, every ride has a story!
Jeter, warming up! We won that night, the only game of the three weekend games we won, so good job Luke picking Friday night tickets!!!!!!
Saturday was different. So different.
We started the day like we often do in downtown Manhattan, at the Pearl Diner. We love this diner, it's so old school, and it has survived the constant barrage Lower Manhattan has suffered in the past 15 years... So it's a tradition to eat at the diner at least once!
We had 9:30 tickets for the newly opened 9/11 Museum.... And when I say that this was the most gripping place I've ever been, I don't use those words lightly.
Beautiful. Poignant. Heart-wrenching. Tragic circumstances, amazing grace.
It was a total experience in remembrance, and so beautifully done that I felt surrounded by grace and peace in the midst of tragedy. Despite the growing crowd as the day progressed, the quiet dignity of this hallowed ground was kept through whispers and prayer and tears...
My kids sang this beautiful hymn in Easter pageants written and directed by Sr. Diane Dennie of St. Lawrence Church... this hymn was what I felt as I walked silently from display to display in the new memorial museum...
I was walking on Holy Ground...
Sanctified, blessed and respected, holy ground.
Dave and I go to Ground Zero at least once a year. We make it a point to take time out of our visits to remember how fragile life is, and how targeted we are by those who hate us...
And to pray.
And then there's THIS!!!!!
Who owns a St. Bernard in NYC?????? These guys, apparently!
I love eating on Stone Street, outdoor seating, you get a wonderful view of the Humans of New York when you eat outside! It's awesome!!!!!
THEN.... the Highline...
An old train track turned into an elevated park, oh thank you mayors of Manhattan for pushing this through because it's so delightfully wonderful!!!!! You walk above the streets, and the vantage point is wonderful... and there is seating so you can SEE THE STREETS..... the irony was not lost on me, LOL!
Chelsea Market, my first time in Chelsea Market, a great gathering of shops, so NYC because it's casual and yet high end and yet casual and yet... you get it!!!!
Well, I HAD to take a pic of this, LOL!!!!! Another Ruthy, spelled my way, who makes cakes????
Who'd a thunk it???????
And we finished off the night on Luke's rooftop patio.....
With the Freedom Tower glowing lilac just behind us....
My view of the guys is looking out over the tip of Manhattan towards the Hudson River, I think Luke's head is blocking the river, he's always had a big head!
A great weekend. Beautiful. Poignant. Reflective.
If you go to New York, go to the 9/11 Museum. Spend time there, it's not a quick visit, but you will be blessed by sheer respect and imagery surrounding you in a prayerful presence.
God has blessed us with so much. In there??? I remembered to thank him for it.