Friday, February 17, 2017

Lifelong Friends and Lifelong Loves

Yey for BFFs!!

I had a great visit from Alyssa this week.  She and her daughter were in town with her daughter's choir for a school trip but while the girls and their chaperones stayed in a hotel in Midtown, Alyssa got to stay up in Harlem with us!  She was busy with lots of fun shows and trips with the girls each day but we got to chat into the night in the evenings and catch up like only friends of 38 years can :)


Stephanie and I had a great surprise for Alyssa's birthday (Valentine's Day) - Steph took the train up from DC and we all stayed in a fun hotel downtown, had a delicious Japanese dinner and did some cocktail tasting.  There's nothing like spending quality time with friends you've known for decades.

And just to make the trip extra special for Alyssa, I ordered up a snow storm complete with a couple feet of snow!  We did the obligatory sledding in Central Park followed by hot chocolates at Dunkin Donuts.  I think the kids will forever associate snow with hot chocolate.

A red cardinal spotted in a snow covered tree

Alyssa wasn't the only one to celebrate a birthday last week.  Kevin turned 47!

We celebrated his birthday by doing two of his favorite things: fine dining and fine art.

We rounded out the birthday week on Valentine's Day with a romantic dinner for two at the world famous Minton's, a Harlem legend, which also happens to be around the corner from our apartment.  Minton's is a supper club where Bebop and modern jazz were born.  Its stage has seen the likes of Dizzy, Ella, Billie, Thelonious, Duke, Benny, Miles and many more jazz greats.

"If marriage is about deciding to love on a daily basis, I have woken up to a no-brainer every day since." David Carr

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