Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New York City

This past weekend we took a trip to New York City to do the tourist thing with my husband’s parents and one sister. We jam packed over 20 sights into one day (between Midtown and Downtown)! It was CRAZY! By the end of the day we were literally shuffling our feet (I’m not exaggerating) making our way back to Grand Central Station. But we had a GREAT time and we hope to do it again in the warmer weather.

We came thisclose to being on the Today Show. We elbowed, kicked, and clawed maneuvered our way up to the railing and the hosts came out and stood on the other side of the plaza. When they were done all the people from that side started leaving but we knew they would be coming out one more time so we elbowed, kicked, and clawed maneuvered our way to where they had been standing. Doesn’t it figure, when they came out again they moved locations to EXACTLY where we had been standing just moments before! WOMP WOMP! But we still had fun!

What really helped our weary bones was the event my mom got us into for lunch. Her office was hosting a Christmas party for all their millionaire clients. Let me tell you, living like a millionaire, even just for lunch, was pretty awesome! We monopolized Santa and took about 65 variations of pictures with him, then they also had a second backdrop set up so we took several variations of family pictures. They gave us 5x7’s and snow globes of each shot…for free! (I really liked being a millionaire. I wish I was one all the time!) They had an amazing spread for lunch (and even had gluten free options! Can you hear the angels singing? I can.) and there was a snow machine (that Bud monopolized the entire time), face painting, gingerbread man painting, a FAO Schwartz display table and an American Girl Doll display table. It was a great party!

I’ll let our pictures do the rest of the talking…

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Plaza - getting ready to jump

NBC Plaza looking at Rockefeller Center

The Palace Hotel 
(notice Bud holding up my iPod. I think that's the only reason he's smiling so nicely.)

The Palace Hotel

From the Palace Hotel looking at St. Patrick's Cathedral

Doesn't Babe looked thrilled to have her picture taken with the Toy Soldier?

She was ready for a nap. I swear she really wanted her face painted. I don't think she wanted to kill anyone, despite the look she's giving. I think.

Empire State Building from my mom's office

Family picture in front of "The King" (aka Henrik Lundqvist - the goalie for the NY Rangers)

Proud Ranger fan

He was so excited to get to stand up on the subway and hold on like the "big people"


Walking to Ground Zero. That's my mom and Babe in the distance

Ground Zero - new tower

Ground Zero - other new tower 

  Bud wanted a crown hat in the worst way! I couldn't deny him!

 Looking at the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park

Looking at the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park

Looking at the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park

Rockefeller Center at night from my mom's office

We actually made our way into the crowd down there. It was nuts but we survived! Now I know why we never went to see the tree even though we lived so close! 

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  1. Looks like an awesome trip!!!

    Thanks for all the name suggestions/thoughts. :)

  2. I haven't been to NYC since junior high and this whole post made me yearn to go back. Looks like a blast.

  3. Great pictures! Looks a great time :)

  4. Oooooh, I love your pictures! Makes me reaaaaaaaaally want to visit NYC. That would be a dream trip...alas, someday.
    Thank you so much for sharing your pictures.

  5. Not only are these pics awesome, but your kids are ADORABLE. Totally adorable.

  6. How Awesome...Never been to NYC, would sooooo love to go. Bucket List. Thanks for the pictures. You all look great. Glad you had fun.

  7. Great pictures--looks like great fun! We are headed to NYC this weekend to see family and friends, and I get to stay until Wednesday! I love it this time of year, and your preview makes me even more excited!

  8. Thank you for saying "Hi" at my blog...and thanks for the fun fact about Saint Patricks...I think we might go to Mass there or one of the other big churches. Do you want to do a guest post on my blog while I'm away? Let me know!!