Birthday Weekend in NYC!

My husband’s birthday was on June 30th and he finally hit the big 3-0! We had a fun filled weekend! 

JUNE 30 – FRIDAY

We had breakfast at a local spot in the South Bronx. We were running a few errands in the area before heading to Mountain Creek Waterpark!

Left was my sandwich: Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich with jelly…Right was hubby’s: Bacon,lettuce, and onion sandwich with BBQ sauce! 😋
 

We just finished at the Waterpark and are now enjoying our Strawberry lemonade and Rainbow Italian ices!

My cousins and friends had come into town and my mother n law was super nice to cook us all dinner that night. We had baked ziti, baked chicken, rice and beans, and garlic bread. It was so delicious! And we sung Happy Birthday to the birthday guy! 

JULY 1 – SATURDAY

Now we’re on our way to Bubba Gump Shrimp in Times Square! 




“Run Across America” Sampler Appetizer – grilled shrimp, mama blue’s fried shrimp, seafood hush puppies, spicy chicken strips and bubba’s far out dip and homemade tortilla chips! and a Frozen Coronita!
“I’m Stuffed!” Shrimp – Large Shrimp with Crab stuffing, baked in garlic butter and Monterey Jack cheese served with Jasmine rice!
My beautiful cousins to the left and my gorgeous childhood friend to my right (been friends since the 5th grade!)

Later that night, I threw a party for Danny and invited our friends and family over! 

Our guests were playing beer pong, King’s Cup which is a drinking card game, Head’s Up and other games as well! 

My husband wanted pernil (Spanish style pulled pork) so I cooked it for the first time! His mother makes really good pernil so she gave me instructions on how to make it and it turned out amazing! There was no more pernil left haha! 

I also made Buffalo Chicken dip for the first time and that was totally fine too so I’m guessing everyone like it! 

Sorry that the food pictures look so rough. I took a quick snap shot of everything but I wanted you guys to see all that we had at the party! 

Pernil (Spanish style pulled pork), rice and beans
Baked ziti
Buffalo Chicken Dip
My husband’s famous pasta salad
Watermelon
Hubby’s Ice Cream Cake!

Unfortunately I didn’t take any more pictures because I was caught up in the fun! 

It was a great weekend and I’m glad that my husband enjoyed his birthday weekend! =)

My Family Visits NYC!

My parents, sister, aunt, uncle, and granny cane into town from PA/OH to come visit my husband and I. 

My mom told me that they wanted to visit a few places in Manhattan but when they arrived on Friday, everyone was super tired. So we ended up ordering food from an Italian restaurant up the street from my apartment. 

It was nice to be able to relax with them. We watched this movie called Central Intelligence starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. It was hilarious!

Saturday, I took them to a popular shopping area in the South Bronx where there are a whole bunch of stores on 3rd Ave. My family loved it and bought so many things! I ended up buying a few things too! =)

Some shops on 3rd Ave!
My sister, me, and my mom shopping on 3rd Ave in the South Bronx
 

Later that night, we had a pot luck dinner at my place and game night! My mom’s family is from NYC so her brothers and niece came out to join us for the night.

L to R: Baked Ziti by mom n law, Lemon Garlic Chicken and BBQ Bacon Chicken made by me, potato salad, and Pasta Salad made by my husband!
Back row L to R: Sweet Plantains, Spanish Rice, Spanish Rice, White Rice…Front Row L to R: Beef Stew, Chicken Stew, Potato Salad, Beans
 

My mother n law and a few of her family members joined us as well. 

We played this game called “Heads Up” which is super fun! We also played Jenga
which was harder than I thought because you need to have a steady hand when moving those blocks around! 

My family and I playing Jenga!

Sunday morning, my family headed home.

It was so refreshing to have my family spending time together because it’s been a while since we’ve all gotten together. It was such a pleasure and can’t wait to do it again! I love my family =)

My family!