First I need to mention that I packed my nice camera and lens and everything…. and soon realized the lens was broken! Ugh! I apologize for all of the iPhotos, but I guess it’s better than nothing. They also seem to come out pixelated on this site (as opposed to my old one) so I apologize for that, too. Now that that’s behind us, let’s get started.
Thursday morning we woke up bright and early to get to the airport. All the bags had been packed, outfits had been set out, and breakfast was waiting (thank you Quaker Oatmeal bowls). Each kiddo had their own suitcase that they were in charge of until we checked them, and each had their own backpack filled with things to keep them busy on the plane (in a family with four kids, everyone needs to be responsible for their own things because Mom and Dad can’t hold it all.) Luckily Lou was feeling better! I think it was partially due to her excitement because she kept saying, “I’m not sick! We’re going to New York City!”
Getting through the airport is a lot of work with children, but B and I could finally breathe once we got to the gate.
The kids did pretty well on the flight. We had a stop in St. Louis.
Lou didn’t sleep a wink on the plane ride, but did decide to fall asleep as soon as we made it to baggage claim to get our bags- of course.
As soon as we got our bags and stepped out into the New York air, we realized that New York City with our kids was gonna be NO JOKE. Our main goal: stay together!
We took an Uber XL from the airport to our hotel, the Hyatt Place New York (the only hotel I could find that would sleep a family of six in one room- and the hotel was fantastic!)
At check-in, I asked for a map of the subway system and where the closest station was. The subway was going to be our main mode of transportation for a couple reasons: taxi’s can’t typically fit six people together, and the cost of taxi’s and uber’s adds up really fast. Luckily the station was just one short block away from our hotel. We got one week metro passes for us and they boys (we knew we’d get lots of use out of them and we DID.) They didn’t make us buy passes for the girls.
The plan was to go ice-skating in Rockefeller Center on our first night in New York City, but when we got there, it was quite busy. Seeing this, and knowing that our kids don’t know how to ice skate and that they were very tired, B and I made the choice to forgo the ice rink. We anticipated lots of falling and tears and that didn’t sound like a blast. So, since we had purchased City Passes (click here) online beforehand, and it included Top of the Rock, and we were right there, we decided to head to the top of Rockefeller Center. I’m glad we did- it was lots of fun! The kids loved seeing the city from up so high!
(The flash was so bright! This was our best option!) And a family selfie because they’re so much fun:
After Top of the Rock we went back to the hotel. The girls and I got ready for bed while B took the boys to a haunted house in Times Square. The boys loved it.
On Friday we slept in really late (we were still on AZ time) so by the time we got up, got everyone dressed and fed, it was noon. Oops.
We went right to Central Park to rent bikes. We spent a lot of time there. We stopped and ate and played at the playgrounds and fountains in-between riding. The colors were beautiful and the weather could not have been more perfect.
It was so fun to ride bikes on the marathon course. In the picture above you can see the 25 mile marker in the distance. Oh man! Seeing it gave me butterflies of excitement!
After Central Park, the kids wanted some down time after all that riding and before we saw a late Broadway show, so we all headed back to the hotel. While they rested in the room with B, I headed real quick to the expo to get my race number. I asked a nice gentleman to take my picture and as it turns out, he only spoke Japanese or Chinese (not sure which), but he took it anyway! When I walked over to the backdrop and turned around, he was on his knees ready to take it. It was a little confusing and made me laugh. He cut off my feet, which is one of my photo pet peeves, but he did good!
After the expo, I walked back to the hotel. Midway back I stopped and got a soy hot chocolate at Starbucks. Yummy. Next was The Lion King! Stopped and took a photo in Times Square:
A few minutes later, as we were walking to the theater, this Hello Kitty grabbed Posey for a photo right as the walk sign turned green, so I snapped it real quick and grabbed Posey and ran to catch up with the rest of the family. Minnie and Hello Kitty were not happy! They wanted money!! They were yelling at me as we ran away. For the rest of the trip, Posey was concerned that Hello Kitty was going to hunt her down for not paying for a picture.
The Lion King was phenomenal. Posey and the boys were entranced the entire time and so was I! On the way home from the airport on Monday, we were talking about our favorite NYC moments and Posey said The Lion King. Everyone loved it! Lou did this the whole time:
(Bad lighting in the following photo. Sorry.)
After The Lion King it was time for bed. The kids loved to complain about all of the walking. I kept reminding them that complaining about walking a few blocks to and from train stations made them sound lazy. They didn’t seem to care. It made them sleep heavy at night so that was a major plus.
Race Rundown is coming your way very soon!