Saturday, April 9, 2016
The Sweet Sixteen (St. Pat's) Bday Recap--NYC Style! (beware, picture heavy!!) :)
Here's the text I sent her...and the pic above is what she sent me back... :) I was trying to be so secretive about our whereabouts...I think I succeeded :)
All decked out in green too for our first St. Pat's in NYC! Ready to rock those streets with our Steg-St. Pat's-coolness :)
Me and my gang fighting the crowds at Rockefeller Center. They had some of it blocked off due to the parade around the corner...there was quite the crowd forming here.
We really could not see a thing...just too many people.
LOL...this is what D thought of the parade apparently :) Not all that exciting...lots of bands, lots of military...some cool bagpipes, but no floats or not even any Irish step dancers (at least Chicago had that at that parade). Oh well. Ya' gotta try it once. I do think there were less drunkards here than in the Chicago parade.
...but this is what she was doing...drinking a bday creme soda in chemistry class. Oblivious to us being in the same city as her :)
She got something sweet for her bday from Nina and Poppy Stegs...Baked by Melissa mini bite-size St. Pats cupcakes! Yumm! I still am bummed she did not share with us...there were 24 here!
The bday girl in all her glory! Go Sweet 16-er!
One of her resident leaders walked by at this point so she took a pic of us...love it! Our whole gang together for her bday. Love.
And this is what Kev and the kids did for those 1 1/2 hours. Fun, fun, fun! At least it was a semi-nice day! Being crazy in Lincoln Center.
And they spotted a pic of Joshua Bell. If only we had stayed a few more days in the city, we could have seen him play! Darn!
Kev taking a pic of me taking a pic of them being goofy...nice.
One of my fav. shots...something so peaceful about a big park within a big city.
LOL...our attempt at a selfie by the fountain with props....
Geez, Shelb....never fails for a good face! Hopefully she will be my Sweet 16-er that likes her pic taken in 4 years!
Chowing...I was just glad we found a spot to sit. I thought we might have to eat on the street. This place was hopping as usual!
Then we made the long walk back to SAB. It is a trek. I don't blame her for not wanting to walk. At least this time she didn't leave us in her dust!
I think we had to relight the candles a couple times...I can't even remember.
But we helped her blow them out...and that was that. Nothing fancy. And she did not light her hair on fire as in year's past. Good idea to wear it in a bun all day! The ballerina has gotten smarter over time!
Should have gotten a pic of us with our girl before dark...but this was the best we could get. Hard to believe I gave birth to her 16 years ago and now look at her....making us proud in the Big Apple!
Things went wrong here....apparently Lo decided to do a blow-out poop. Poor Hailey got it all over her hand...not the end to her bday she was hoping for :)
And off she stormed to her dorm...disgusted with poopy hands. Only a Steg bday would end this way. :) :) :)
Teaching Lo about subway safety :) I wouldn't want Hayeee teaching him...she pushes that yellow line.
Had to get a pic in front of it. Love this city!
And while she was opening her gifts...we were on the bus ride back to our lil' NJ motel. One fell asleep right away.
The others were not far behind.
Yes, it was a crazy trip...very last minute...we bought the hotel ticket the night before...we didn't tell a soul we were going. It was one surprise after another. We didn't get to see our girl for more than a few hours on her bday...but it was worth every penny spent and every hour spent. I wouldn't have changed a thing. It meant a lot to our family to be together on this special day. Her first birthday away from home and in the big city. So grateful to my grandma and Aunt Mary for making it possible. It was a blessing to make this trip. Lots of crazy times, but lots of great memories. Happy Sweet 16, Hailey Nicole! I know we infringed on your NYC territory, but we loved seeing your sweet bday face that day! It will always be ingrained in this mama's heart and mind. Love, love, love you, girl!