We live about an hour and a half from one of the greatest cities in the world.  And this past week, I got to hang out there twice, on two different days.  The first day was on Sunday, when we took a small group of friends to hang out at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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It’s one of our favorite art museums.  It’s big and amazing and filled with all sorts of wonders.  At least in my opinion.  As we walked through the first few exhibits, Ellee leaned over and said, “Mom.  These pictures are weird.  And kind of uncomfortable.  Why would you ever bring me here?”

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And I looked around, and realized, that from her 7 year old perspective, she was totally right.

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Some of the art was definitely weird.  And uncomfortable.  And I could totally give her that.

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However, some of the art was just simply amazing and so that was what we tried to focus on for the rest of the trip.  My favorites from the day, included this beautiful painting.  It seemed to be a place that would be perfect for us to bring our new boat too.

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Other favorites included a few gorgeous pieces by Van Gogh and Monet.  It was a treasure it was to be able to see such incredible works of art.

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After hanging out at the Met for awhile, we walked over to Central Park.  Because it’s awesome and one of our favorite places to go when we visit the city.

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I made Jeremy take a picture with me, which he was mostly willing to do.

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And then, as we were leaving the park, we stopped to watch a guy who was making these really big bubbles.  However, by far, the most entertaining thing was watching Jeremy and Steve-O try to get the perfect iPhone shot.

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It turned out to be an absolutely gorgeous day to spend in the city.  After the park, we picked up Chipotle and Starbucks and then headed back home, happy and full.

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Then, today, Ellee and I had the privilege of spending a girls day in the city with some of our awesome friends.

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All of these girls were in our Art Club this year and it had been a mom dream of ours to be able to take them to the Museum of Modern Art.

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It should be noted that the MOMA is a great museum to take kids.  I’m so proud of the girls, they all did an amazing job enjoying the museum.

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One highlight was visiting the Art Lab, where the girls were able to make their own stop motion videos.

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They loved it and it was fun to see them interacting with art in a technological way.

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Afterwards, we visited the Sculpture Gardens.

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And then walked around to enjoy the rest of the museum.  Of course, my personal highlight was seeing Van Gogh’s Starry Night.  That painting is just incredible and I will never get tired of being able to see it in person.  Ellee was less than thrilled, not about the painting, but more about me making her take a picture with it.

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All together, we spend a couple of hours, walking around the museum and enjoying the art.  At the end of our visit, I found a kind stranger who was willing to take a group picture for us.  I’m so glad she did, because it was definitely a day to be remembered.

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After the museum, on our way to dinner, we stopped at Dylan’s Candy Bar.  It was delicious, but a little dangerous as there were so many yummy treats to choose from.

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Then, afterwards, we walked down to Serendipity 3 for dinner.  The food was amazing, as usual, and the desserts, were just heavenly.  I feel it necessary to share that I did not tackle this beast of a dessert by myself, but thankfully had help from my friends.  It was a delicious sort of peanut butter pie/hot fudge/ice cream/bananas deliciousness and I didn’t regret a single bite of it.  Granted, I’m going to have to work extra hard at the gym for the next few weeks, but it was totally worth it.  Other dessert favorites included a Strawberry Sundae, and Frozen Hot Chocolate, of course.

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I’m so happy to say that altogether, it was an incredible day.  These moms are absolutely amazing and such beautiful friends and the girls all were fantastic too.  Being able to spend time in New York City with these friends was a memory that we will treasure for many years to come.

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Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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