Thursday, May 01, 2008

NYC: Part 2... The End

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.


(NOTE: MANY PICTURES HAVE BEEN DELETED)
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?

73classy comments:

Stella said...

Shoes, Dahling...shoes!! ;)

We could always use some good dentists, and their mom and dad, here in NJ!!

So glad you got Jay a piece of fabulous NY pizza!!

Jolyn said...

Oh, yes. Ditto here. Stilletos?

Jenny said...

Absolutely beautiful photos!

I've always been afraid to visit NYC, but I think you just changed my mind. It sounds fabulous!

Melissa said...

Hmmm, let me guess...shoes? Looks great!!

HRH said...

The photos are great. What a trip. What an experience for the kids.

Ashlee said...

So jealous of your trip. It sounds like you had a fabulous time and your kids will always remember it. :0)

Natalie said...

Umm, you bought shoes, right?

That looks like so much fun! I have been all over the country (including Buffalo and Albany, NY AND Newark, NJ), but have NEVER been to New York City. I sooo want to go!

Sandy C. said...

What fun! I love the photos :) NYC is such an amazing place.

I'm guessing a pair of stilletos too ;)

tricki_nicki said...

Umm, a wallet? A keychain. A Hello Kitty lunchbox? I got nothin'. ;)

Stephanie said...

I'll step out of the box and suggest that perhaps you bought...Lingerie?! (I don't even know if Saks sells it or not, how pathetic am i?). Just kidding, I think we all know you bought some more toe-blistering stilettos. Just please no more pics of it! ;oD

Chelsea said...

I would also guess some very gorgeous and classy shoes. Or a handbag...

I will make it to NYC someday!!

Wendi said...

I really have no idea... I will take a guess though. *wink*
Stilettos?

Angie said...

white socks? JUST KIDDING!

let's see em! You know you wanna show us!!!

KEEP BELIEVING

The Mom said...

Manolos?

the mama bird diaries said...

I love seeing the city i all home through your lens. Cool, cool photos.

OHmommy said...
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OHmommy said...

Geez.... am I THAT predictable?

I bought these in brown as my EVERYDAY mommy summer shoes...


http://www.toryburch.com/catalog_detail.aspx?cid=467&id=33742#


You like? As everyday mommy shoes?

OHmommy said...

If you don't have these....

http://www.toryburch.com/catalog_detail.aspx?cid=467&id=27336

Try them out. They are simply divine. My 1st pair. More comfy then my smelly Crocs. Worth every stinky penny.

Jane the Sane said...

Oooo...Saks! Hmm...my first thought was shoes but I am going to go with a luscious handbag!

Elizabeth...mommy...etc said...

WOW! these photos are soooo wonderful...makes me so eager to take tulip to the big nyc in a few years. you should enter some of these in a contest!!! *elizabeth

Kristen said...

I just love the picture of the kids in central park! How fun for all of you!

What a great Mama! :)

cyndy said...

My guess is that you bought shoes!
I'm so glad you had a great time, and of course the pictures are wonderful.

just jamie said...

So jealous of your shoes. So.

You look good in NYC. I'm sure they need dentists there.

ShannanB said...

How fun. The hubs and I are actually going to New York on Thursday for a little getaway. I can't wait.

Irene said...

Again, sounds wonderful. I so want to go.

And your next trip is Africa? With the whole crew I am assuming? WOW!

THopgood said...

I wanna see a picture of the SHOES!

I heart NYC too!

Karen said...

Africa! How fun - for real? With the family?

What a beautiful time of year to visit NYC - all the blooming things.

This Southern Belle said...

Now, you have me browsing for apts in NYC ;) Sounds like a great trip!

Stephanie said...

Haha - ummmm...shoes? :)

Great pictures!

Lisa said...

I've never been to NYC...but looking at your pictures makes me want to go ASAP!!!

Beth from the Funny Farm said...

Oh, it looks like you had FABULOUS TIME! (I want to tour NYC Broadway someday.)

Beth said...

Sounds like such a great day!

Did you buy shoes??

Memaw's memories said...

You had to have bought shoes. Probably stilletos.

Were the Monolo's? Please say yes. I want to know someone who had a pair.

Crystal said...

Oh that pizza looks so good I want to rip it out of Jay's hands. What a really fun time. I feel inspired.
(can't wait to see your new shoes)

Blessings From Above said...

Looks like you had an amazing time. I was wondering if Lola would get to go to the American Girl store during your stay in New York. I bet she loved it! I've taken Madison to the Chicago and LA American Girl stores, but we have not made it to NY one yet. Maybe this summer...

As far as what you came home with, I am guessing some fabulous shoes?

Robin said...

I wish I was you, or your sister, or your child, that's it, you could adopt me and take me to New York with you.

Anne said...

mmmmmmmm.... NYC pizza. Great photos. I think you should write a NYC guide to playgrounds. :-)

renatamic said...

not stilletos?? i'm amazingly shocked! you're not becoming a little more practical, are you? ha!

LunaNik said...

The photos you took are just wonderful. The pic of you and the kiddos in the park with the buildings towerng in the background make me want to RUN back to NYC. I love it there. It is my favorite place in the world. I'm glad you love it too.

Don Mills Diva said...

You bought shoes and I MUST see them!

And West Africa for New Year's? I need deets stat.

Indy said...

I love all of the comments about the shoes. Women love shoes! Fabulous shoes OHmommy. So jealous!

Beth said...

Yep, I loved it when I studied in London and people actually thought *I* knew where I was going. It brought me a little rush!
So happy that you all had fun.

Kelly said...

Your everday summer shoes kick butt! I love them.

sounds like an incredible trip. Look at it this way, if you lived there all the time, you would lose some of the excitement of it and take a lot of it for granted. This way, you have something awesome to look forward to when you visit!!

Kathryn said...

That looks like so much fun! Who knew New York was so kid friendly? Now I want to take my kiddos.
I have darker hair (darker than my natural color) and blond kiddos too. People are always quesioning it. Ah well.

the MomBabe said...

So fun!

LaskiGal said...

You are not predictable . . . we just know how you are about shoes!!!

Looks like you had a blast! LOVE the pics!

I'm always riveted when watching NYC edition of House Hunters . . . Oh well . . . I guess Ohio will do, for now (still hard for me to trade skyscrapers for cows--no offense to the cows!).

Steph said...

I love NYC and though some may think it isn't kids friendly I think it is great. So glad you had a good time. Africa for New Years? Interesting tell us more. Hmmm.... let me guess shoes??

amanda said...

yeah for dylans candy!! i am sooo glad you liked it :) did you bring me anything??

all the pics are wonderful!! makes me wish we still lived there. there truly is nothing better than spedning a whole day "lost" in central park :)

Happy Days said...

My guess is stilletos!! These pictures makes me want to pack up and go there. Wish we had a tour guide there!!!

duchess said...

Gotta be shoes!

Taya said...

Love the shoe links! You are so classy! Here in the west I stick to hiking boots ands my comfy rocket dogs... not so classy! I am totally impressed your kids are such wonderful travelers!

Eve Grey said...

I would get either shoes or a purse.

Ali said...

the sleeping and eating the giant slice of pizza is my favorite. it's perfect!

Cecily R said...

First of all, I LOVE your picture filled posts. You are so wildly talented.

Secondly, your Google ad made me laugh outloud (which is hard today because I feel so crappy). It was for naught monkey shoes. I'm assume that is NOT what you got from Saks.

And lastly, this post makes me want to go to NYC even more!!

CC said...

Looks like so much fun!!!!! We got to go to NYC briefly last summer (as in for a day). Lots of fun and pictures! :)

Joeprah said...

Ok, where oh where to begin. First, that pizza looks so good right now, my stomach just growled as I am typing this, no joke. Second, the legos, awesome. So cool you brought some home. I also want to speak about the Statue of Liberty photo...were you laying down taking it? If so, that rawks. I do that too and mine never turn out as good as that one. Really cool stuff!

Hey, if you get a spare second I would love a little support on my latest post, some lady wrote a horrible post about SAHDs and I posted a response today. If you can't make it that's cool too, you still rule.

Tara R. said...

Great photos... I love that last one at the candy bar. Those are some genuinely excited kids.

April said...

Adopting babies for $100 just cracked me up!

The Immoral Matriarch said...

Pizzzzzzzaaaaaa!!!!!!!!

MamaWise said...

I'm thinking a purse to accessorize your sexy stilettos!

Sounds like you had such a blast!

Huckdoll said...

ummm... ummm... ummm...

Shoes.

Haha, love the look on Lola's face in that last photo!!

I also adore Central Park ones, what a beautiful time of year to travel there with all the blooms.

carrie said...

Duh, you bought SHOES!

The look on Lola's face in front of the candy . . . oh, it makes my cheeks ache! :)

Half-Past Kissin' Time said...

A sensible pair of flats?

Rhea said...

First off, your kiddos are ADORABLE. Also, I love your sister's skirt in the subway picture.

It sounds like you guys went to all the usual NYC sites and experienced the fun stuff! I'm super jealous. Your kids are troopers for hanging in so long and for waiting over two hours to see the statue of liberty!

Love the pictures. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

LceeL said...

Whatever you bought at Saks, I'm sure it suits you to a tee. My guess is classy scrubs.

Kimmylyn said...

I love the shoes you picked out..I actually never heard of Tory Burch..but I am a huge fan now.

I love the photos.. LOVE.. Your family is so beautiful.

Kimber said...

I want a photo of the shoes...it has to be shoes!

Kim

Hey it's Amy Shipp said...

What a bunch of FUN you guys had! :D Yay you!
Oh and Cecily, I am coming to talk to you about my Naughty Monkey shoes...

Lisa said...

How fun is that?!

Kendra said...

Wow What precious pictures those are!

I love New York City ... even though I've never been!
My grandparents moved to the mid-west from New York when my mother was like 13 ... I have always had a love affair with it! I must go someday.

Karen MEG said...

OMG I love those Tory's!!!! You are sooooo chic, I love it!

And hey, we have a pic with little G asleep next to those babies too!!!!

Have I told you lately how adorable your kids are? What a trip!

SLOWDOG said...

WOW! What a fabulous trip! LOVE seeing it thru your lens. You are a talented woman. Sounds like so much fun for all 4 of you. Happy for you!

Victoria said...

LOVED this recap and the great photos! You're making me want NYC over and over. Soon for us. After a couple of trips to the Beach, and Minneapolis, and South Dakota and North Dakota, and Georgia and Canada.

We have a busy summer planned. =)

I'm glad I got caught up this! Oh, and we did American Girl in Chicago! I have pics over my way.

Thanks for sharing!!

 

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