Beauty and Black Friday

On Thanksgiving we traveled “over the rivers and through the woods, to grandmother’s house” we went, to celebrate the holiday with family. It was good.

Good friends (and cousins). IMG_2771Good wine. Seriously, this wine was awesome. IMG_2758Good food and good dessert. Pumpkin whoopie pies rock!IMG_2764We broke from tradition this year. Instead of our annual black Friday Story Book Land trip, we took a black Friday into the city trip to see Beauty in the Beast. The kids are always amazed by the city.IMG_2823Little Lady was particularly mesmerized by the size and scope of City Hall.

I took the obligatory pre-show picture before heading into the Academy of Music.

A beautiful venue, for sure.

IMG_2835 The show was entertaining and the kids liked it, though one had to be plied with non-stop food for the second half, I’m not naming any names, but…IMG_2838 I thought the show was very enjoyable, but I don’t know if it was one I would choose to see without kids. Because if I was sans kids, in a theatre bustling with movement, occasional crying, switching seats, and candy wrapper opening, I may have gone nuts. But, I could (sort of) overlook it since it was a children’s play and because this was only one of our ten different seat configurations.IMG_2833And in all honesty, watching my kids faces was half the entertainment (even if one of those faces kept asking when “half time” was).

I have awesome, yet, very faint memories of seeing Peter Pan on broadway, in NYC, when I was a girl.  It was magical. I hope my nieces and children will feel the same way.IMG_2839

After the show, we took a brisk walk, it was cold on Friday, towards Maggiano’s, detouring into Macy’s, just in time for their holiday light show.IMG_2851

We did this last year along with the Dickens Village, and while I didn’t plan on making it a yearly tradition, it was worthwhile since we were already in the city for the show.IMG_2848And the kids liked it.IMG_2840 We capped off the night with dinner at Maggiano’s. I’d say it was a much better way to spend black Friday¬†than in the shopping malls.

Happy Tuesday!


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