Instead of writing an insanely long post about our trip I figured it would be better to divide it. So I'll just start from the beginning. We left on Wednesday at 5 am. This means that we woke the children up at 4:30 to get them all loaded up and into the van. So by 7:30 that morning they all looked like this.
I think the trip there took about 10 hours or so. The children got so excited when they would see a sign for New York City. It was so cute. :-)
Here we go!
As we exited the tunnel and got caught up in the middle of this...Beloved said, "I miss home." Poor guy. Keep in mind the semis on the left and right were parked.
But, we did make it to our hotel okay. Couple of wrong turns, but nothing too bad. Thanks to my Dad we didn't have to pay $20 a day for parking either. He took Beloved across the bridge into Brooklyn. They ended up parking just around the corner from my sister's apartment. So once we found a place to park the van for the rest of our stay we all headed on over to my sister's apartment. My BIL took everyone up to the balcony (or whatever you want to call it) to check out the view. As long as I stayed away from the edge...I was okay. LOL It's a great view from up there. Of course the children thought it was the greatest. It's amazing how the height didn't seem to bother them at all, but it sure made the rest of us nervous.
My Sissy then took our family down to a park on a pier near the Brooklyn Bridge so the children could see the Statue of Liberty. Granted we weren't close at all, but at least they could see it and that made them very happy. I was surprised how well the digital zoom did on our camera.
On the way back to the apartment we stopped by another park in between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge (near my sister's apartment) and let the children play for a couple of minutes. I couldn't get a very good shot of the play area, but the whole thing was in the shape of a ship. The children thought it was great!
After letting the children play in the park we visited a little while longer at my sister's before taking the subway back to the Financial District/Seaport Historic District. (I should add that the children loved the subway! And I loved the fact that it was ten times cheaper than taking a taxi.) By the time we got back to our hotel room everyone was so tired. Little E hid on the floor (don't remember why exactly) and the next thing I knew, he was asleep. It was so cute.
So, that is part one of our trip. I have a lot of work to do outside in my garden, but I hope to post the second part of our trip this evening. Hope you all enjoy the pictures. :-) Blessings to you all!