The Big Apple!

I thought our trip to NYC would be nothing but stress, but it turned out to be a nice getaway. Don't get me wrong, it was still a lot of hassle handling kids away from home, but I can honestly say it was mostly enjoyable.

I was most surprised with how good Anna + Will were in the car. I am so proud of Anna. She has come a long way since her last long trip to the Outer Banks. We relied a lot on baby shows to keep her entertained in the car during that 6+ hour drive. This time? She happily chatted with us, played with Pooh bear, and KEPT QUIET when Will napped. She did so good. And speaking of Will....the little man napped like a champ in the car. Seriously, I was totally dreading the drive, but it couldn't had gone better. I want to plan more road trips in the future now. :)

We went to NYC for hubs' sister's wedding. The wedding itself was a blur, to be honest. I didn't even really get to enjoy my meal with two kids to wrangle. And normally, I love taking pictures, especially at a special event, but this was the only picture I got of the bride and groom:
But besides the wedding, we also squeezed in Central Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park. I knew we couldn't do much with a toddler and a baby, so we kept it very simple. Anna really enjoyed all the various playgrounds she played at, especially the ones at Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The facilities were new and clean. Both kids had a blast at the
Water Lab. In fact, Anna said she wanted to take off her shorts and shirt. I was glad to find this little gem. After Pier 6, we walked along the waterfront to Pier 1. All along the way, we got to see the skyscrapers of Manhattan. The kids didn't care, but I liked it.
brooklyn park
Oh, and Central Park. I have been there many times, but this time was definitely my favorite. We came here right before we went to the wedding...that's why I was wearing a dress and pearls, in case you were wondering.
central park
When we saw the $250+ hotel rate for a small room in Manhattan, we knew that staying with my uncle in Queens was the way to go. Yes, it was more trouble, but we got to spend time with family that we hardly see and we also ate lots of good food in Flushing, NY. But MOST OF ALL, we realized how grown-up Anna is now and how she can be talked and reasoned with. At my cousin's house, hubs and I had to run next door to my uncle's to get something for Will and left Anna at the dining table with my relatives...people that she wasn't familiar with. It might not sound like a big deal for most kids and parents, but for Anna and us, it was huge. When we returned, the first thing we heard was her laughter.
So, this was our NYC trip in a nutshell. Definitely a lot more memories than I could put in words how Will made the whole line at Grimaldi's Pizzeria laugh. Haha, that was the best! But anyway, NYC was a really good trip. I am so glad we took the plunge and did it. Now I want more road trips, please!

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  1. Yay for road trips! It's always more work with kids, but it also makes it twice as fun. And the more you expose them to it, the better they do (hopefully!). :)

  2. Still can't believe how great our two little kids are. Most of the things we worried about never even came to be. However, I'm not going to volunteer for road trips up to NYC anytime soon - those damn parking garage rates are bloody murder!

  3. Oh I wish I'd known you were in town! I'm so glad you guys had a great time in the city and that the kids were on such good behavior. Looks like you guys loved the experience. And you're right, Anna is all grown up now :)

    P.S. Bethesda Terrace and Angel of the Waters is my favorite place in the whole park. I love that fountain.

  4. I just came back from NYC as well, yesterday! I love that city!

  5. Anna really likes splashing about! She really needs some gills!


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