“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” Joe Fox (Tom Hanks), You’ve Got Mail
Oh, I love this city. I’ve loved it since the first time my love took me there. And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better than those fabulous memories, we did something wild. We took our little angels there too! I want to cry looking back at these memories of us. Yes…my little, southern family in the city that never sleeps. New York City in the fall…it’s perfect. I have never made an official bucket list, but if I had, being there with them would have definitely been near the top! Not near, definitely at the top! And the smiles and laughter on those sweet angel faces during these four days...priceless.
Earning their wings.
I loved everything about it. I loved the anticipation of the trip and Jonah’s reoccurring question, “How many more naps till New York?” And Jesse’s sweet “We’re going on an airplane! High, in the sky!” If I only had a picture of the two of them walking in front of me through the airport with their backpacks on, full of necessities, like stickers and snacks and her baby and his DS. I love how they both tapped the side of the plane for good luck just like I always do just before getting onboard. And I really loved how Jonah looked at me and said, “We have to wave to Ms. Kelly (our awesome nanny) from the airplane. She said that she would be waving to us.” And we did, as soon as we took off. “Hey Ms. Kelly!” She and the kids must have talked about New York even more than I realized because Jonah had a list of attractions in mind. And sweet Jesse mentioned “M&M World” many times. Oh, her heaven. And Jonah was aching to see the Statue of Liberty and Central Park. Yes, we will see it all! As much as we can my angels!
And boy, did we. During those four days and three nights, we traveled by bus, by airplane, by taxi, by train, by boat, and yes, even in a horse drawn carriage. We couldn’t have possibly fit any more into our days and nights. We never slowed down. None of us wanted to. Too much to see and do! No time to rest. Resting is for the birds. Although, I did pass out several nights. I'm not that good.
We checked in our hotel room and the kids picked out their bed and we hurriedly got our things together to hit the town. Hello New York City! Hmmmmm. Where should we go first? We never had the time to write out a daily itinerary. Well then, how about the best toy store ever….a little place they call FAO Schwarz. Sounds good to me!
Oh, Jonah. You rocked the piano buddy. I have a million of these pictures.
And Jesse, you made the sweetest little French speaking friend. I imagine you guys meeting up again one day when you are studying abroad. New item to bucket list: learn to speak this beautiful language.
And then, we might as well go ahead and get a taste of Central Park.
A perfect playground in a perfect park.
Guess it's not vacation unless we play in the sand.
And then, we might as well go ahead and end the day with some New York pizza. It’s the best you know.
And a quick peak at Times Square. Just had to.
And that's just the first day. To be continued...