Day 3 started earlier than Day 2. Thank Goodness!
We started the day on a Circle Line Cruise of the island of Manhattan. My kids were so excited to see the Statue of Liberty! It was one of the highlights for sure.
I’ve seen her many times now and her beauty is still just as awesome as the first time.
We also got great views of the city and the Brooklyn Bridge:
After the cruise, and a stop at Shake Shack (can you tell I was not stressed about the race at all? I normally wouldn’t eat a cheeseburger the day before the race), we decided to head back to the hotel so that we could have plenty of time to get dressed in our costumes and then make our way to the Upper West Side to Trick or Treat.
Like I alluded to in this post, we decided to go with an NYC theme for this year. I am so happy with how they all turned out. Guys- Halloween is exhausting for moms, but honestly there’s nothing more fun than seeing them all dressed up!
Here’s a picture of all of us on the subway. People kept stopping us to take our pictures! It was so fun. That’s when you know you did good, right? I was complimented many times on my Elphaba representation. I might just have to recycle this costume many times.
The neighborhood we went to for Trick or Treating was in the Upper West Side not too far from Central Park. The neighborhood was unreal! Every single brownstone was decorated and the residents were all on their doorsteps handing out their candy and greeting all of the children. I kept thinking, this is so cool. I think Brian might have gotten over me saying “This is so cool!” so many times to him.
It was quite busy (I kept counting my kids) but every once in a while we would head out in the street and take a breather from the crowds. The pictures do NOT do it justice, but it was dark, so all of the pictures I took didn’t turn out too great.
Want to hear a funny story about Lou’s costume? So, a few months ago, right when Costco came out with their Halloween costumes, I bought the girls costumes there (they were cute, they were cheap, and I knew they would sell out fast because they always do.) I bought Posey a vampire costume, and Lou a witch costume. Well, it’s been hanging in their closets since then and they’ve been excited to wear them, so B and I decided to let them wear those costumes to our church Halloween party, and then in NYC, have them wear their NYC-themed costumes. Well, remember that Lou was sick the night before we left (the night of our church Halloween party)? Because of that, she never got to wear the witch costume she had adored for months. In the hotel, when we all start to get dressed in our costumes, she says, “Where’s my witch costume?!?” Uhhh………. “We brought your other witch costume. The green witch costume.”
The whole night of Trick or Treating people would tell her, “Oh wow! The Statue of Liberty!” Then she’d say to me and B, “Why does everyone think I’m the Statue of Liberty!! I’m a green witch!!” By the end of the night, she was not having it. #momoftheyear She can wear the Costco witch costume next year right??
After collecting lots of candy, we headed home. Sugar crash alert on the metro!
I think you guys all know what we did the next morning:
After the race, we all met back at the hotel and Lou passed out. She was dead asleep! I was wasted, too. Everyone else was really excited about visiting the 9/11 Memorial, so I offered to stay in the room with Lou so that we could both get some rest.
Lou ended up taking a four hour nap. Apparently marathon spectating is exhausting. I slept for a bit, too. Once Lou woke up, we met up with B, Connor, Cash and Posey at the Waffles and Dinges stand at Bryant Park. (We all agreed they didn’t compare to Waffle Luv.) Connor, Cash and Posey were going on and on about the 9/11 Memorial. They told me about all that they saw and watched about 9/11. It made me really bummed that I didn’t go. Next time, for sure. Connor took a ton of pictures, but unfortunately, not many were very good. Here’s one he took of a fire truck:
After waffles and some people watching, we made our way back to the hotel to pack up and prepare for our return flight to Arizona the next morning.
Flights home always seem to take much longer, don’t they?
Overall, we survived and we had a blast. As soon as we got in our car at the airport in Arizona, Lou said, “let’s go back to the hotel in New York City.” I wish!!
On the drive home the boys were excited to talk about the highlights and everyone’s favorite moments. It was a nice reminder that the kids don’t remember the stress, or the fighting. They really do remember only the cool things.
As for me and B? We remember both, but at the same time we remember that the memories far outweigh all of the work. Can’t wait for our next adventure!