Saturday, December 10, 2016

Christmas Time in the City

Monday is my mother's birthday. It is a big birthday too so I wanted to do something extra special for her. For my dad's birthday in January, I threw him a surprise party. It was great but I know mom well enough to know she would want something different. Instead of a surprise party, I surprised her with a trip to NYC to see a Broadway show. My mom has always loved Broadway.
When I planned the party for dad, I had mom help me a lot. It became her job to get him to the church building without him suspecting anything on a random weeknight. She came up with the plan to make him think they were cleaning the church and he was completely clueless! We jump out and yell surprise when he came in in his sweats ready to clean. 
Well I needed a helper to make sure my mom was available for the day of the show, so I asked my dad. My almost exact words to him were, "I bought tickets for Dec 7th so make sure she doesn't make any plans"
So he went to mom and said, "Don't make any plans on Dec 7th."
AHHH dad!!!! Mom and I were talking about it right before we left for NYC and dad walked in. He couldn't understand why we were laughing. "What? I did exactly like you said. She didn't make plans." 
The show  we went to was The Color Purple and we went to the matinee. We also really wanted to go to the Carnegie Deli because its always been a favorite of our family and it is closing for good at the end of the year. Mom and dad both thought they wouldn't be able to go one last time so this was a must! We went to the deli first but the line was huge. Instead of waiting and worrying about missing the show, we walked down 5th avenue and went to Rockefeller Center to see the tree. 

The tree doesn't look that great to me to be honest. It did look a lot better at night when you couldn't see how few and oddly shaped the branches are, but I didn't get a picture of that.
We went into Saks and I loved looking at the shoes! Dad amused himself by taking pictures.





Next we were off to the show. We walked through Times Square on the way to the theater and I was so excited to see the church's video for #LIGHTtheWORLD on on of the large monitors.



I really wish I had read the book or seen the movie before going to see the play. I knew nothing about it going in to it. It was a little hard to follow because it was mostly singing with out a ton of dialog. There was also no set or costume changes which made it hard for me to know when the scenes changed, The singing was fantastic! Overall I enjoyed it. The lady next to me had two young boys with her (I'd guess they were 5 and 7 years old). The whole time I kept thinking, wow this is not for kids!
After the show, we headed back to the Carnegie Deli for dinner. There was a line out of the door again but it didn't look too long. Looks can be deceiving because we still waited about 45 minutes to an hour before we were seated. It was of course worth the wait because the food was amazing.
 Dad's dinner (He only ate half of one half of the sandwich)
Mom's (she ate about half of hers)
I did take a picture of mine but I did it on snapchat (follow me khsunset46) and forgot to save it, but it was huge and delicious!
After dinner, mom really wanted to go to Macy's and because it was her day, we went. We walked down 5th Avenue again to see the store windows lit up.

video
This is a small part of the light show outside of Saks
How gorgeous are these lights outside of Lord and Taylor?!
On our walk back to the car we passed through Times Square again and I found more ads for the church for #LIGHTtheWORLD. It was so exciting to me! 
Another monitor showing clips of the video as well as a poster billboard right next to it. On the next building there was a gigantic poster billboard as well for mormon.org. It was the biggest billboard I've seen in my life. I don't know why I didn't get a picture! The light must have turned green or something! It was a great trip and mom is busy planning her next visit to NYC. 

Mom,
I love you! Thank you for everything you have done for me. You are truly one of my best friends and I loved being able to spend the day with you and treat you for a change.
Happy Birthday!!!

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