This afternoon, while the older two were at a friend's house and Fifi was napping, I was touring 20 million dollar NYC apartments online. Ahem. Just a couple pennies below our target price range. Yes, I fell in love with the city. What is there not to love?
Reality is that my husband works with his mother and father as a Dentist in Ohio. Ahem. Exciting, I know. Ohio is where we will stay. Therefore, it is time to find closure with NYC.
What did we do in NYC? With my sister as a tour guide I should re-phrase the question to ask "What didn't we do?" That would be much easier to answer.
Basically, with two pre-school aged children, we toured playgrounds. We saw Helena Christensen at a SoHo playground. I drooled over the stilettos of the Park Avenue moms in Central park. We made friends with three chiwawas on a roof top Greenwich village penthouse. With my not-so-city-friendly-double-jogging stroller we ate on the run and played in nearly a dozen different playgrounds. For 12 hours each day, the kids were on the go. Good thing that back in Ohio we are always on the go and very rarely plopped in front of the TV. They were troopers and embraced everything. Did I mention that TWO separate families asked ME for directions amidst the chaos of Battery Park? Yes, I felt very cool blending in with NYC.
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Their first glimpse of a NYC subway.
Feeding pigeons, in line for the ferry to Ellis Island.
After waiting for 2 hours and 22 minutes we saw the Statue of Liberty.
After 22 minutes on Ellis island Jay was hungry and Lola was sleeping.
Back on Manhattan. We toured Central Park for hours. There were ponds, waterfalls, and rock formations. It was breathtaking.
Looking for Eloise in front of the Plaza. No luck. That is me... the brunette with the blond kiddos. My blond sister was mistaken for the mother of MY children more often that I never was
Fao Swartz had life sized Star Wars legos.
... and a nursery full of $100 babies to "adopt."
We took the advice of some Classy Chaos commenters and headed toward Dylan's Candy bar. The kids thank you. And so does my Dentist husband.
That was the end of JUST the first day. Exhausted? Yes. Worth it? Yes. Would I do it again? Heck, yes!!
Nobody came home to Ohio empty handed. Jay scored legos at the Toys R Us in Time Square. Lola came home with Julie, the newest American Girl doll. And I.... I bought something spectacular at Saks on Fifth Avenue. Any guesses?