Tuesday, August 11, 2009

NYC part one..no other (that explains the 25+ pics)

We're back from a thrilling, exhausting, exciting, INCREDIBLE 4 days in New York. It was wonderful!! It was absolutely insane that we brought the kids, but worth it. Now we just dream of going back alone someday. What a city! I'd been to NY once when I was five, but since I have little to no memory of it, it was a whole new experience. We loved it! New York is indescribable. It really is bigger than big-never ending. Our friends that live there described it well. Meg told us that when they moved there it was all so new and energizing and stimulating..., but after a year, they're ready to go. They're exhausted! It's almost as if the energy of ny has sucked everything out of them. They do love that they've had a year there, though, and I'm sure are sad to go. As for us, we want our year in New York! (; Here's a run down of what went on.

1. We arrived in the wee hours of Friday morning-around 2:30 am. Geof. was scared out his mind (and extremely tired, I'm sure from doing all the driving) about maneuvering a vehicle iin this vast city.

2. Took the subway to Rockefeller square/center. So tired from not sleeping the night before, in a grumpy haze, sorry to Geof. and kids.

3. Went to Central Park. Beautiful day. Beautiful weather. Might I add that all weekend long it was in the high 70s/mid 80s with a nice cool breeze?? We were glad to be leaving Monday morning when the temp. increased to 90+ humidity! Thanks for the great weekend, weather guy!

4. The kids and I stayed at an awesome playground in Central Park (with water, yah!) while Geof. walked to Times Square to stand in line for possible Broadway tickets.

5. Geof. returned with our friend Meg who had just finished work. She so kindly took the kids from us (and had a terrifying experience on the subway with 3 small children who like to push limits-and sadly, nobody cares about kids in NYC, so they didn't offer to help her. They all just looked at her like she was crazy for having 3!! Had it been a small dog, I'm sure they would have gladly offered their assistance), we headed off to find some yummy New York pizza, saw the sights at Times Square (kind of like Vegas but even bigger!! Can you believe it?!!), and then headed off to see "Mary Poppins".
-I forgot to mention the nasty costumed weirdos dressed up as Elmo, Shrek, Hello Kitty, Statue of Liberty..., you name it. Who knows WHO these people are, but they somehow got a hold of a costume, wear it day in and day out, walk around New York in it, snapping pics with tourists, and who knows, probably make quite a bit of money in the process. I just couldn't believe how nasty and dirty they were and people were actually posing with them-kids and all! So funny..

6. Mary Poppins was perfect. I loved it. It was exactly what I've been needing for the last, hm...8 years? I thought it might be the same as the movie, but was so much better!! The play was based off of the books more, so the story was a bit different, but all the same, just amazing. The music was so incredible-I can't even begin to describe with my limited vocabulary...

7. A little about the subway. We took it all over and for the most part, the kids were good. Good for OUR kids, I'll add. Cole like to swing from bar to bar (which I know, is sooo gross..my friend said they did a swab test on those things and 10-15% of it is covered with semen. I know, ggggrrrroosss!!). But, what can you do?! See above pic for another glimse into our subway experience. Cole's such a clever kid...

8. The next day (Sat.) Meg took us to the Natural History Museum..or Museum of Natural History. Whatever. You know, "Night at the Museum" museum. A friend from her ward got us in for free and we got to see an IMAX show and frog exhibit, as well. All fabulous. Thank you, thank you, friend of Meg! (;

9. Went to central park again. Possibly my favorite part of the trip. They had the Central Park Rollerskating Club in attendance. Oh my goodness, oh my goodness! It was sooo cool! I just wanted to get in there and DANCE! I'll post a video so you can see what I mean. Sooo neat!!

10. Why am I numbering, not bulleting all this? Anyway, here's Dayne with not one, but two dogs that she had just been petting for the last 10 minutes or so. See the lady in the pink skirt? Yes, that's Bernadette Peters. Here Meg and I were, sitting and talking together while Dayne was chatting away with Bernadette! I didn't realize it until I looked up when she asked, "Is her name, Dayners?" I knew she had to be someone famous and whispered to Meg, "I know that face. Who IS she?", to which her husband replied (who had been talking to us about Dayne's talent with dogs), "She's Bernadette Peters". Meg immediately after texted her friend who replied with, "really?? She's a LEGEND!" Geof. was pretty mad he came last minute when they were getting up to leave. He so wanted to give Bernadette the line, "I don't care about the money, I only care about the stuff" from "The Jerk".

11. Saw some other great performances-could of stayed there all day. Very c o n t e n t.

12. We brought along a lame little umbrella stroller that we finally ditched the last day because the kids couldn't stop fighting over it (Dayne and Cole, mind you). June wasn't interested, but was the one we needed MOST in the stroller.
-another thing I forgot to mention was our walk after our visit at Central Park on Sat. We were walking down some beautiful, tree lined streets of the city (where there were actual doorman at the entrances of apartment bldgs) and to my surprise, and dismay(that I didn't own a truck), people had left close to brand new mattresses, furniture (nice, real wood)..., you know, the kind of stuff you pay an arm and a leg for anywhere else? These people apparently didn't know what else to do with it when they moved out (or in), so they just left it out on the curb. I was dying. No, I'm not too proud to admit I'm all for 2nd hand furniture, even mattresses!

13. "Here kids, squeeze onto this tiny little bench and STAY there!" At one point we got onto the train (sub) and it was so jam packed full that I was sure someone would cop a feel or try and steal a kid...fortunately, as I mentioned before-they're not dogs, only kids. No takers...

14. I love Geof. I'm so darn hard to please and be married to, I don't know how he does it. He works hard, loves us all to pieces, and puts up with more than most. I love his mouth in this pic. He's trying to get a sleepy June up and dressed and I'm snapping pics of him. wow. you'rethemostwonderfulestgeof.

15.World Trade Center. We couldn't get a better shot than this, but they're in construction mode, so you wouldn't get much more than a bunch of cranes and other construction tools in the shot.

16.On our last day we went to Wall street (geof.'s request). It was without personality. Lots of gray, tall buildings and stone...much like the heart of those working there. Geof. did appreciate this statue of George Washington, though. He took his oath of office here. Pretty cool stuff, right?

17. The Bull.

18. back of "The Bull". Oh, Geof.

19. Took the ferry to Staten Island.
Geof. took this shot of Cole. I love it. The sunset was just what it should of been on our last night there. We're lucky. We've been able to see and do so much. And we plan on doing and seeing much, much more!

20. A real pic! I know, can you believe it?!


Gina said...

That is the best to bring the whole family. I have never been there. One day. You are not the hardest person to live with, I am sure.

Marisa said...

AWESOME post. I felt like I was there with you!

Meags said...

oh i love new york......some day! i love the pictures. i miss you guys so much. you are amazing to expose your children to so much culture at such a young age. i love you all!

Emily said...

All those pics are the best! I should've realized which friends you were staying with, but didn't until I saw the picture of Meg. How cool for them to have had this past year living there. I love that you saw Mary Poppins and SO many other great things, including a celebrity! I still remember almost wanting to cry when we drove into San Franciso, it was so amazingly overwhelming, I bet I'd be the same there and even more so, someday I'll go....but in the meantime I'm so glad you did!

Elissa said...

Yes, Elissa is actually online and reading her friends' blogs...it's amazing. And, I loved your pics -- I especially loved Dayners and the dogs...she is a girl after my own heart. So, we really missed you guys while you were gone. Two questions: when are we going to hang out, and how is your gallbladder?

Arah said...

so cool. I'm jealous. I've always wanted to go to NYC. Completely JEALOUS!

Ellynn said...

oh my gosh i'm so freaking jealous! sounds and looks like you guys had so much fun!the pictures were awesome and cole is hilarious! i miss you guys!!!!

Hurliman Family Blog said...

lucky, lucky girl!!! I miss you guys so much and think of you everyday. I am wondering how things with your health have turned out??? I was so shocked to wake up to your news that day!!! As for your trip, how cool is that. I love the ferry pics, awesome! We have been hanging out with Meagan and Cory a lot lately, I love them guys!!! Thank you for introducing us to your awesome family! Someday we will all be together again right???? Miss you!!!

Mindi said...

Wow, what a trip! Glad you all survived.

GeorgeAndBethness said...

Love all the NY pictures. Be careful with Dayne, June and Cold. They are too gregarious and friendly.

andyandmeg@gmail.com said...

What an exciting trip! I haven't been to New York since I was a tiny kid also, and I would love to go!

jordan and maci said...

this post made me homesick...what fun! and you are totally right...there are no words to describe ny--you just have to see it for yourself!

ivyjeanne said...

looks and sounds like you guys had a BLAST. so glad you guys finally got to go. did you make it to the nyc library by chance? quite possibly the best building there...glad to hear you like mary poppins, i've been debating whether to see it or not (afraid it would be ruined by the movie but i guess not huh..?)

we miss you guys. we keep hoping to sneak down south but we haven't found a weekend to do so just yet. good news though -- shane got a job! ;)