I’ll start by just saying it: New York City was not put together by someone who owned a stroller. And CERTAINLY not someone with a double stroller. When we lived in D.C. we visited NYC a bunch, and always had babies with us, went on the subway, blah blah blah…I knew it was tough. But it’s even tougher when you’re in a big group with five “strollered” kids, two heavy double strollers and one umbrella stroller with a super chubby baby occupying it.
Man we were a sight to behold lugging all those kids up and down big flights of stairs. That being said, we LOVED visiting NYC. There’s something about that city that I just can’t explain. I love it. My Dad served his mission there and over the years he’s somehow instilled such a love for the city in each of his kids. Saydi got us there safe despite the three bawling kids in the car for most of the trip and we got there just in time to meet up with my two brothers, one with his cute little family and one with is cute girlfriend. We stayed up and talked and hung out (no picture of that, darn it).
The next day we took off for the Staten Island Ferry to check out the Statue of Liberty. We stopped by Times Square on the way…I LOVE that place with all it’s commotion and brilliance.
Serious smog but you gotta just love that Lady.
Such an amazing symbol.
And then, get ready for some serious excitement: My family has this secret place in NYC where you can see the most amazing view without standing in the tourist lines at the Empire State Building. It’s this office building my dad found long ago and my whole family raves about it. When I say raves, I mean really seriously RAVES and loves this place. One brother got engaged up there and another hid a note for his future fiance somewhere on the top. I know, my family is a little wacky that way. I had been there before years ago but for some reason we didn’t go all the way up, and in the meantime all the different siblings who have lived in the city have figured out sneaky ways to get past security, go through various boiler rooms, up rickety old stairwells, and climb up crazy old ladders to the very top. Charity & Noah totally showed us the ropes.
Here’s the view looking down:
the second rickety ladder from a pieced together construction platform to the top…
we were right level with the Chrysler Building and
the Empire State Building
my brother is the cutest Dad…(besides Dave of course)
The next day we headed to The Cloisters before we had to leave to catch our flight. The Cloisters is this amazing collection of art and architecture from all over midieval Europe. It was gorgeous with the best lighting. I wish I could have stayed all day taking pictures. Luckily for everyone else we had a flight to catch.
You’re up late missy! Great, long post. I can’t wait to read it!
i LOVE all of these pictures! i’m so glad you had such a great time. it’s fun to be with siblings…and your little people.
That first picture is surreal! It looks like you snatched them up and put them into a movie scene or that they’ve just landed on a new planet. I LOVE NEW YORK CITY!!! AND I love WELLEsley’s hair on the fairy. (BTW I remember changing my name at exactly her age. Must be a timing thing for independence… or appreciating origins?!) You’re the best Shawni!
has a smile like adam in one of those first ones. sounds like you really lived it up like always. tal looks really happy and i am so excited about that.
Loved the pics! I need to get back to NYC one of these days. Shouldn’t it be easier now that it’s only 1.5 hours away??? Thanks for such a fun post 🙂
Shawni, you have inspired me to document things better…what a great family journal you have created through your blog! Can’t wait until this weekend.
What a fun trip!!! The pictures are so great. What a great travel log and fun to read.
You took amazing pictures! I need some serious tips. I love NY it is so different than where we live. I need to get back there soon! What a great trip!
I could go on and on about everything…your pics, your writing, your family, the city, the adventures, etc, but I won’t. i will say though, that the pics of the trees in the park are breathtaking. I LOVE TREES! Thanks so much for sharing this!
WOW! How could I be so blessed to be the mom, mom-in-law and Grammie of this group! Every picture was worth a thousand words! I DIDN’T care for the one of that looks like my son is one step from death! BUT loved all the others!