My husband periodically goes to NYC for business and we always toy with making it a family trip. Because self preservation is important to me, I have always maintained that we are not ready. This year when he found out he'd be going, I agreed that the kids were finally old enough AKA not going to drive me totally nuts.
Reed left for his trip early in the week and I flew alone with the kids on a Friday. Yup ALONE. I didn't lose anyone and the kids were very well behaved...a stranger even said this to me so it must be true. The flight was pretty uneventful. The bigs were a little nervous about sitting apart from me but quickly realized there were perks to their new found freedom. These came in form of ordering as much Coke as they wanted and also watching programs that they aren't allowed to watch at home. John even looked over at me at mouthed, "You can't stop me."
We arrived at LaGuardia just prior to rush hour. I really didn't think much of it because I figured traffic would be coming out of the city not in....I was totally wrong. There was an accident and traffic was a nightmare. I get motion sickness very easily but opted not to take anything since I was flying alone with the kids. I was regretting this very much about 15 minutes into this drive. Our taxi driver was very nice but oh my it was a rough ride. The girls began crying somewhere around 97th and the FDR. At about the same time, a police car with sirens on showed up and the taxi driver looked at me and said, "This is how we are getting into the city fast." I said a prayer while he tailgated the police car. He wasn't the only one who wanted to ride behind the police...we narrowly escaped accidents at least 5 times due to other cars who tried to cut us off and get behind the police. We did this for about 20 blocks, the girls were sobbing and I told the cab driver to drop us off as soon as he could safely stop. We ended up getting off at 45th and Lexington and walked the rest of the way to our hotel in Times Square.
After the nausea wore off, we headed to the Empire State Building. Along the way, Reed was pulled into a street show. The kids got the biggest kick out of this. It was really fun for a about 5-10 minutes & then I didn't want to give them any more money. I got Reed out of the show by having the kids scream, "He doesn't have any more cash!"
We all loved the Empire State Building. We went to the observation deck on the 86th floor. The kids loved looking through the binoculars and identifying all the sites. It was a beautiful clear day and the views were breathtaking. I think this is a must do when visiting NYC.
We finished off our first day in Manhattan with some soft serve ice cream.
I took A LOT of photos on this trip! I will be posting multiple blogs with my favorites! Hope you will read along!