Hello Monday – 5/8/23

Happy Monday! I’m here with Holly sharing some fun from our weekend. I hope you’ll link up with us for Hello Monday!

I checked off a bucket list item this weekend and it was SO GOOD!!! Jeff and I went to New York City with my sister and her husband to see Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden. It was so amazing! We were only in New York City for 22 hours, but we made the most of it. We took the train up on Friday morning. I’ve been fortunate to find pretty good train fares that make it so easy to get to the city. We pick the train up at the BWI airport station, instead of the Baltimore city station. It isn’t as pretty, but it is so much easier to park and get on the train.

When we got to the city at around 12:30, we headed straight to our hotel. We stayed in the Broadway Plaza hotel. It is a little boutique hotel and was lovely. Our rooms weren’t ready, so we dropped off our bags and hit the road. After seeing Holly’s pictures of the Conservatory Garden in Central Park, I knew I wanted to see those tulips. We grabbed a slice of pizza and hopped in a cab to make our way north.

The tulips did not disappoint. The gardens were beautiful! The sun came out and the weather was perfect. One of the gardens was closed for renovation, but we walked all that we could before heading out.

From there we had about 3 hours before we wanted to go to dinner so we decided to go to the Museum of Modern Art. None of us had been before and it was a short subway ride away. The MoMA was wonderful! There was a Georgia O’Keefe exhibit. I was familiar with her flower paintings but not much else. This sunrise was my favorite!

The we headed up to the fifth floor to see the most famous works. It was amazing to see them in real life!

I was excited to see Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth. A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline was inspired by this painting and we spotted it on our tour!

After a few hours in the museum we headed back to the hotel. Our rooms were ready and we checked in. The hotel had bottled water and snacks waiting in our room and we were pretty happy to see them. I always have snacks packed when we are traveling with the kids, but I didn’t even think about it for Jeff and me.

We decided to eat at a little restaurant around the corner from our hotel, John Doe. The food and drinks were delicious!! I ordered a skinny margarita because it was Cinco de Mayo.

From there it was off to the Garden! The doors opened at 7 and we got there shortly after. We didn’t get picked for the Billy Joel front row seats, but it was ok. Our seats were fabulous! We were the first row in the balcony and had a great view of the stage!

I sang almost every word to every song Billy sang. I dance bounced in my seat so hard that I was shaking the row three seats down in both directions. My legs, hips, knees, and neck hurt the next morning from dancing so big! I did not care one bit because it was worth it. Billy Joel can sing, friends, and he sounds so good! He puts on an incredible show. I didn’t take many pictures because I was soaking in every word and every note of the show!

We attempted to go out for a drink after the show but were too tired. So we headed back to the hotel around 11:45 and went to bed.

I was up pretty early, but was able to doze until almost 8. Our train left at 10 am so we met up with Annie and Zach in the lobby at 9 and headed to the train station for our ride home. I watched King Charles’ coronation on the ride home, but still have some more to catch up on. We got home around 12:30 and all headed to my parents’ house.

When we booked the trains, my sister and I decided that even though there was a ton to do in New York, we were going to come home pretty early on Saturday so we could have some time together with everyone. My parents were watching our boys and my niece while we were away. We haven’t all been together since last June, so we were due for some “all of us” family time. Saturday afternoon and evening were great. My mom and dad made a delicious dinner and we all hung out. I was excited to get some sister time and some Aunt Sarah time in.

On Sunday, I slept in until 8 o’clock, which is pretty unheard of! Once we were up and moving I started working on all the getting ready for the week Sunday things. I didn’t get very much done, but it was worth it. Luke and I went to see one of his buddies in her dance showcase. Jeff took Jack to his golf tournament.

I hope you had a great weekend! I made a playlist of Billy’s set list from Friday night and it makes me feel like I am back at the show. I’ll be listening all day today! Have a great day full of sunshine and books!

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10 thoughts on “Hello Monday – 5/8/23

  1. Tanya says:

    Wow, what a weekend! We saw Billy Joel many years ago and he was amazing. It was actually a Billy Joel/Elton John concert and Billy Joel put Elton to shame!

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