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4th Anniversary Staycation

221892_2033799891414_700277_n Four years ago I finally became Mrs. Bannon after a seven year long engagement.  My hubby and I are not very traditional.  We had our daughter, got engaged, bought our house and THEN got married over the span of a decade or so.  Personally, I think all that matters is that we got everything accomplished in the end.  I also love that T was able to be there for our wedding.  If I got the opportunity to go back and do it over I would not change a thing.  

We decided to celebrate with a little staycation last weekend.  I booked a room at the Empire Hotel for Saturday night.  It was beautifully decorated but INCREDIBLY loud.  I am a very light sleeper so it was not a great fit for me and I would never return.  It was aesthetically pleasing though.  I was pretty obsessed with this chair:

The Empire Hotel NYC

The Empire Hotel NYC

The view from our room was gorgeous and we were able to look right out at Lincoln Center.

The Empire Hotel NYC

After checking in and changing we walked over to Columbus Circle (where we took our wedding pictures) and then to Serafina for dinner.   We adore Serafina and we had a dinner in their private wine room following our ceremony in 2011 so it has a lot of sentimental value for us.  We eat there every year for our anniversary.

(BTW, thank you all so much for the opinions on black or nude heels with my dress.  I wound up going with black heels, tights and jewelry.  It was a little chilly out so it worked perfectly.  I wish I had a better picture to show you.  My Samsung Galaxy S5 takes the most awful low light shots and I forgot my DSLR at home.  This selfie is the best one I had and it looks like I took it with a 1998 flip phone.  Grrrrrrrrr.)


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 As we were walking we spotted a hope sign and ran over to take a picture.  One of my favorite wedding photos is of our family in front of a love sign (that we just happened to stumble upon that day) so this felt kismet.

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Next, we went to see Jersey Boys on Broadway.  It has been on our list of things to do forever.  It was great and I got to drink champagne out of a sippy cup (which is always a good time).  I must say that my hubby is not usually a fan of musicals and he loved this one.  It is about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.  The music was fabulous and we danced in our seats the whole time.

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  We are old so after Jersey Boys we opted to go back to our room at the Empire.  Unfortunately, the line for their rooftop club formed on the sidewalk right outside our window and stayed there until 3 am!  We listened to people screaming, laughing and talking all night.  It was the WORST.  (I should also note that I told the front desk clerk at check-in that I am a light sleeper and requested a quiet room.  She assured me room 125 would be perfect.  Lies.  That made me even more angry about the noise.)  Also,  the next morning around 6 am there was a March of Dimes walk that started setting up.  By 8 am there was a gentleman with a microphone encouraging the crowd to make as much noise as possible.  I wanted to cause him bodily injury.

At that point any hope of ordering room service and luxuriating in bed was long gone, so we walked over to Norma’s at Le Parker Meridian.  We had seen this restaurant recommended on a few different Food Network shows but never got the opportunity to go.  Let me just admit it…Billy and I can be food snobs.  We are in NYC and there are so many options and so many fabulous restaurants that we are not easily impressed but Norma’s just blew us away.  It was LITERALLY the best breakfast I have ever had.  I definitely plan to return there with Taylor very soon!  I cant stop thinking about it!

All in all we had a pretty fun weekend.  It was nice to get to spend some time alone.  I think that is so important in a relationship although I missed Taylor and Jeter terribly and thought about begging Billy to go home in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep.