There’s something about a 10-day vacation that makes coming back to reality so dang difficult! It’s taken me a few days to get organized to finally sit down to write about our New Jersey vacation. And now, I don’t even know where to begin! Our time in New Jersey was so special, especially for my husband. We hardly ever get to see his side of the family. In the four years that we’ve been together (dating and married) we’ve gone to New Jersey three times and then saw them in Denver for the wedding last September. Whereas we get to see my family all the time since they’re a short 30 minute drive from us. So, spending 10 days with them was much needed!
Last week, I told ya’ll about the main event we went to NJ for… his grandparent’s 60th wedding anniversary! We ventured down to the Jersey Shore to their beach house for the weekend and it was quite the celebration. Everyone was there for the special occasion! We had a formal dinner at one of their favorite restaurants, which was decorated just like their wedding day. They even danced to the song they played at their wedding and cut the most beautiful cake! It was so sweet!
The rest of the weekend was spent on the harbor at the cutest beach house I’ve ever seen. I mean, look at that view! Tubing, canoeing, crabbing… it was a jam-packed weekend. Our Fourth of July was spent at Ship Bottom Beach on Long Beach Island. Flash flood warnings limited our firework viewing, but their neighbors put on a show for us the day before. Like, no joke, the fireworks they were sending off were of professional grade, and they were right in our front yard.
One of my favorite parts about Corey’s family living in New Jersey is how close they are to New York City! We try to take a day trip to the city every time we’re up there. I just love that Corey used to live there and that he can take me around to some of the hot spots. This time he surprised me with VIP tickets to the top of the Empire State Building, which is a bucket list item for me! If you ever plan to do this, the VIP tickets are well worth the price. Instead of spending hours waiting in line, we were able to skip all that nonsense and spend more time at the top taking in all the views!
We managed to cram a lot of sightseeing in while we were in the city. Our morning was spent at Bryant Park where we visited with one of my high school friends. In the middle of this park was the cutest little carousel surrounded by patio tables with board games like chess, checkers and mancala (my favorite childhood game). If I lived in NYC I would spend all my time here reading and people watching. It was the cutest little park! A trip to the city is not complete without some authentic New York-style pizza. Corey and I take pizza very seriously, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that we found THE BEST pizza place in Little Italy – Rubirosa. It was simply de-licious!
Overall, it was the most perfect vacation with some of my most favorite people in the world! Here’s an Instagram roundup of all the fun outfits I was able to snap photos of while on vacay. Enjoy!