New York, New York!!

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Ever before we left the UK for good, one of my friends had told me she was planning a mummy/daughter trip to NY with her little girl. The little girl also happens to be one of MHs best friends. It was therefore a no brainer that when the time approached, we planned a little road trip to meet up and hang out for the weekend. Naturally the hubby and I put in a few orders of "essentials" that we needed her to bring with her when she came to the US. For him: one of every shirt TM Llewin currently stock as they don't have it here! Ok slight exaggeration but there were a lot of shirts!  For me: Child's Farm bath soap for the kids (For my sanity! This soap smells nice and doesn't unleash the wrath of eczema on their bodies). And for us: euthymol toothpaste (Nigerians I know you hear me! It is the marmite of the toothpaste world - you either love it or hate it! Personally I'm addicted! And speaking of marmite, I should've ordered that too - ended up forking out $12 for it - but that's a story for another day!) Anyway, she called us true Africans and asked us where we thought  she'd fit her stuff. We blew her lots of kisses and told her we loved her forever. She said pay back was coming. I said I'd take the risk. She will keep her word. I live in fear! 

Anyway,  as the weekend to approached, one of my school mum chums turned friend for life sent me a picture of herself chilling in Central Park! I could barely contain myself! Her daughter is MHs other best friend so we planned to meet up the same weekend and surprise the girls with a reunion! Children never react how you expect! Morayo-Hope was quite overwhelmed and they stood and stared at each other unsure of what to do! We told them to hug, and soon it was as if they'd never parted. We strolled down to Central Park and had brunch at the Tavern on the Green. It was lovely watching them play and have fun together whilst we ate and caught up. (Charlie's mum is Nicola, the clever mama behind Tressy  - a fun new brand for girls!)

 

From there we met up with my other friend and her little girl and it was another sweet reunion. We walked to the American Museum of Natural History and I was very impressed. We shall return!! If you ever visit NYC be sure to go. It's a must-see. By the end of the day we were exhausted. I won't go into too much detail about how I thought it would be a good idea to head to Shake Shack for dinner as I'd heard their burgers and shakes were legendary. Let's just say, the food was legendary as was the heaving crowd in there and lack of seating. W need up doing takeaway and catching a taxi back to the hotel! You must try the peanut butter milkshake if you ever go! So yummy! 

I think they are happy..... 

I think they are happy..... 

those little red shoes died that day! What was I thinking?!  

those little red shoes died that day! What was I thinking?!  

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Day 2: Queuing up to get into Stardust Diner! 

Day 2: Queuing up to get into Stardust Diner! 

Choices choices!!  

Choices choices!!  

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Judah with his cupcake after a spectacular meltdown in Magnolia Bakery 😩 

Judah with his cupcake after a spectacular meltdown in Magnolia Bakery 😩 

At last she can eat her cupcake - but not before I get the perfect shot!  

At last she can eat her cupcake - but not before I get the perfect shot!  

Judah is always trying to jump into the water! 

Judah is always trying to jump into the water! 

Kola and Judah playing their favourite game! 

Kola and Judah playing their favourite game! 

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"I'm going to climb this mountain now mummy!" 

"I'm going to climb this mountain now mummy!" 

She conquered Mt. Central Park, the world is her oyster! (Photo credit - uncle Busoye!) 

She conquered Mt. Central Park, the world is her oyster! (Photo credit - uncle Busoye!) 

On the second day we went to Stardust Diner for breakfast. It was right across from our hotel! My friend had recommended it. It's basically an old style diner with wannabe broadway stars belting out big show tunes whilst you eat. These wannabes are also your waiters/waitresses. Morayo-Hope thoroughly enjoyed herself. The food isn't much to write about but we enjoyed the music! 

We then met up with Kola's bro, uncle Busoye & headed to Central Park as it was another lovely day. The kids had so much fun and I just lay down in the sun. We finished off the trip with some pizza. We got back to find a ticket on the car for parking near a fire hydrant! Oh well, sometimes you learn the hard way. It was all worth it to reunite with some special friends and create some lovely memories for the children! 

Ok fine, I still cant help thinking I could've bought a handbag I've been eyeing with that penalty charge! Sigh! 

Fashion slave at heart,

Tanaka 

xoxo