The back story to our day in NYC.....I have visited NYC multiple times throughout my life, the last time being December, 2011. NYC is a city that I have always wanted to share with the children but the opportunity has never presented itself to date. When we were planning our trip up north, we went back and forth about taking on the city and ultimately decided that it would be too much to tackle with all six children in tow.
Fast forward to our third day in Washington, D.C. Ryan and I were sitting on a park bench taking it all in....the children were all enjoying the nice weather and having some outdoor freedom. I had a thought stirring in me about possibly going to NYC for the day....after all, we would be in Philadelphia and NYC is just a short train ride away and we had experienced a successful time conquering D.C.....so I spoke my thoughts to Ryan and he suggested we look further into it.
So we changed around our hotel reservations, purchased our train tickets, researched the "must dos" of NYC and off we went!
Our first official stop off of the train was a pretzel truck for a quick snack....bleck. That was by far the nastiest pretzel ever. Maryn had a good time feeding the pigeons so it wasn't a total fail, ha!
We saw Radio City Music Hall, home of the Rockettes - I thought this would be such an amazing opportunity for MK but she was like, "Who are they???" Quick lesson on the Rockettes and we were on our way!
Nine months ago, we traveled around China with this sweet lady, Wendy. She and her son, Leo, live in NYC and we just happened to be a block away from her office....she took a moment and came down to meet everyone and see a sleepy Chapman.
Then it was off to purchase tickets to go up on the Rock....tickets were purchased and we headed out to find the home of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Times Square was all things Times Square....
busy, crowded and advertisements everywhere....LOVE.
We rounded our way back to St. Patrick's Cathedral, a stroll through Sax...
and a pleasant walk through the American Girl Doll store....
Photos in front of Rockefeller Center prior to their top of the Rock experience....
The ballerina statue changes each year....and the ice skating rink is a restaurant in the less than frigid temps.
The boys took so much in on this day....they were awestruck and it made my heart happy to know that we were able to do this city as a family.
Little Chapman spent some time resting on her daddy's back....
We walked to and fro and all just took in everything our minds could handle....Maryn was a true sport, she danced her way through the city!
the park is always full of entertainment....such a beautiful spot in the middle of the hustle and bustle of NYC.
This little one....she just cracks me up sometimes. Such a strong, sweet little will she has. She was not intimidated at all walking amongst the park goers.
This little jewel had us all baffled....there are NO instructions, no amounts....it took ALL of us to figure out but we made it work and off to the Statue of Liberty we went!
Maryn decided nap time was a must on the subway....
World Trade Center
The little dot between the boys' arms is the Statue of Liberty....our goal was to see it and we did!
Because we only had one day in the city, we chose not to take the boat over to the island and actually get up close and personal!
A big and a little....bestill my heart. I love the way my boys love my girls!
On top of the Rock....the children all agreed this was their favorite part of the day!
The city views were amazing....
it was may favorite part of the day too....while Ryan took the six children up on the Rock, I sat outside Rockefeller Center and took in the day to day life of New York City....it was fabulous. People watching is a fav!
The boys had one last request....Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange....bam! They walked and the girls and I played in a park....
our day could not have been better! We saw so much, we all came out with memories and we were all together for NYC.