Hey there. We've been home from NYC for a couple of days now but we all needed a lot of rest to catch up from the lack of sleep and tons of walking we did.
We had a great time and filled our 3 days with lots of "New York Minutes."
All three kids slept in the same bed at the hotel in Buffalo where we stayed before our 6am flight to NYC.
"There were 3 in the bed and the little one said...."
The kids are experienced travellers now. They are more than happy to kill time in the airport. Here Afton creates "Airport Art,"
and Camden keeps off the 5am sun (??) and hits the technology.
After dropping our bags off at the hotel we visited the Central Park Zoo.
Then onto Times Square where we met....
After a yummy supper at Applebees we hit the HUGE M&M store for dessert.
How long does it take for a family of five to eat $30 worth of M&Ms?? Answer - A LOT less time then you think!!
For breakfast each morning we enjoyed muffins, croissants and bagels from a local bakery right near our 74th Street hotel. Mmmmm....
After breakfast on Day 2 we took the subway down to the Chelsea District and walked the High Line Park. Here is our first view of the railway line turned tree-lined park:
Afton enjoys a snack of fresh raspberries before she....
... runs freely through an outdoor theatre in the park.
For lunch we walked to Greenwich and enjoyed food from PB &Co. Everything they serve contains peanut butter. Here Afton enjoys her "Fluffernutter" sandwich - PB and marshmallow fluff.
Once lunch was done we took a taxi down to the South Street Seaport to catch a 1-hour boat cruise around Manhattan island.
Work continues on the new World Trade Center.
And of course, this fine lady stood watch as we floated by:
We took this family trip to NYC on request of our oldest son, Bryn. He has faced some gigantic health issues in the last 18 months and we always try to remind him that everyday is a gift. We have no way of knowing if his issues will return so we try to spend as much time together as a family, living every day to the fullest. We were so glad to able to do this trip with our happy, healthy 7-year-old boy.
On the last morning of trip, we visited the New York City Museum. Frankly, it stunk!! But I did manage to capture a few artsy pictures of its interiors.
Before heading for the airport, we spent some additional time in another area of Central Park. The kids ran around, climbing rocks and chasing birds while I snapped a few more pictures.
Overall, the trip was a great success. Our older two children have fond memories of the Times Square and the Statue of Liberty. Our youngest may have been too young to really absorb all of the things he saw and did, but I think he enjoyed the time with his family.
Kevin and I are pleased with how well our kids travel. In fact people are always telling us that they are impressed with our kids at hotels, in restaurants and in airports. I guess we are raising them well - they grow in patience, goodness and curiosity everyday.