Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween, Pika Pika!

Lina joyfully wearing her Pikachu baseball cap + pin + socks & Pokémon backpack. Lovely cookies to eat and beautifully carved pumpkins to see. Exciting week for the tween, not just because we love Halloween...but also because baby tooth #9 fell out.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Dog Parade & Costume Contest at Luna Park

For the 1st time, we attended Luna Park's Dog Parade & Costume Contest. We are dog lovers...and it was a treat to go to Coney Island and see over 120 dogs dressed in costumes...all of the dogs were super friendly & adorable. Some of our favs:

And the nice staff at Luna Park gave kids yummy Halloween treats.

Monday, October 8, 2018

FROZEN the Musical on Broadway

New Yorkers are reluctant to venture into the overcrowded tourist trap known as Times Square...but since it is a world-famous destination...I wanted to be sure that Lina will experience it again as a tween and remember the area when she grows up. We went to see Annie on Broadway a few years ago, but now with FROZEN the Musical on Broadway...that gave us a reason to visit one of New York's most iconic places again.

Lina was excited (as you can see from photos). She said "whenever there's a movie or TV show about New York, they show Times Square...the place of dreams & luxury."

The best part about going during October is there's LESS crowds (whew)...and my budget appreciated the extremely discounted prices (compared to summer and holidays). Re: FROZEN the musical, Lina said "it put me in a trance...the special effects and singing, plus acting, were soooooo felt like I was in a DREAM!"

We ate a delicious meal at Ruby Tuesday. Lina was craving meat big time...we had been eating mostly vegetarian meals for 2 months. We ended up swapping the dishes pictured below...since she is not a huge fan of burgers (I am, and the bacon cheddar cheeseburger - extra well done - was yummy), she absolutely loved the BBQ ribs and ate every bite, as well as the mashed potatoes...I took the onion rings (she doesn't ever want that side dish) and we split the fries. Re: lunch at Ruby Tuesday, Lina said "it was soooooooooooo yummy. I could eat it EVERY DAY....sauce on the ribs was messy but worth it...I felt like a lion eating the meat."

That meal filled us up for many hours. We explored Times Square for 6 hours total during this very warm fall day (80 degrees!)...& I did it without sugary treats, caffeine or alcohol, at any of the locations we visited...I noticed many adults around us indulged, though, to plow through the crowds without feeling so much stress.

We went to Dave & Buster's for the first only cost me 20 bucks for Lina to play arcade games for an hour and a half non-stop.

She enjoyed playing Candy Crush Saga for the first time ever. It was one of her favorite games at this arcade.

Re: Dave & Buster's, Lina said "they have much better games than Coney Island's arcade...Dream Raiders is great...motion, like a ride, in addition to the cool game..." The Dream Raiders motion platform video arcade game was definitely her favorite and she played it multiple times.

The Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots arcade game looked very cool.

We did go home with souvenirs...cute finger toys she won at Dave & Buster's...

AND I purchased at the St. James Theatre...a soft doll, Lina's favorite Frozen character, Anna, and the adorable reindeer Sven...these stuffed toys are now part of her beloved collection...nestled in her bed.