Thursday, July 27, 2017

Trip to New York City

Andy and I decided to take a trip over Memorial Day weekend - just the two of us.  We have gone on a number of trips with friends, but rarely take trips by ourselves and decided it was time.  We had such a great time!!

We spent our first few hours on Thursday walking around Times Square.  The kids got gifts from the Hershey's store and they were quite pleased when we got home!

We started off Friday with a visit to the 9/11 Memorial and museum.  It was heartbreaking and amazing at the same time.  Mostly heartbreaking, but they have done such an amazing job with the museum.  

North Tower reflecting pool

North Tower reflecting pool

One World Trade Center

I didn't know what to expect when we went into the museum and it is hard to describe the feelings you have walking around underground where the towers used to stand.  We did the guided tour and I highly recommend doing a guided tour if you ever go.  The stories our guide had were heartbreaking, but it made the experience more real and you were able to better understand each thing you were seeing.

After a very heavy and emotional day, we headed out to Yankee Stadium for a game.  We enjoyed the game and our $14 beers!  :-)

We spent Saturday doing more tourist things like seeing the Empire State Building, the New York Stock Exchange, and the bull and the defiant girl (she was my favorite!).  Then we headed over to Battery Park to look at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  My Grandma came to the U.S. when she was a young girl and spent time at Ellis Island so that was very neat to see.

On the recommendation of a friend who used to live in New York City, we signed up for a sunset sail around the New York harbor.  Best part of the trip!!  The views were amazing and it was BYOB so that was fun too!

We started of Sunday with a walk through Central Park.

Then we headed to the Met.  We aren't exactly into art so we went with the soul purpose of getting up to the rooftop garden bar.  It didn't disappoint.  Fantastic views and good wine.

We talked about going to a show, but we never got around to getting tickets so we ended our last evening at One World Trade Center Observatory.  It was a little frustrating getting to the top.  We had tickets for 5:30pm, but you wait in a lot of lines and go through a small exhibit during your wait.  I think we finally got to the top at 6:20pm.  The views from the bar were worth it though.

I don't remember how much Andy's beer
cost, but my drink of the left was $18.  

Looking down at the reflecting pools
Then we took one last walk through Times Square and around Rockefeller Center.

Very Busy May

It's almost August and I am just getting to a blog post about May.  We basically have not been home since April!  

Here is our May in pictures!

Ryan freezing at Kayley's soccer game

Our soccer girl

Rainy day = MESSY basement

Pre-K Lemonade Stand

Twinning - Ryan copies everything Drew wears!

Getting ready for the game

Playground fun before Drew's tournament

She's on top of the world!

T-ball practice

Swing and a miss!  :-)

More soccer

Break from baseball for swimming lessons

Ryan loves swimming lessons and Ms. Emily

Celebrating Dad's birthday without him - Drew
and Andy had a double header and these two
needed to get to bed so they had cake without
the birthday boy!

Drew received an academic excellence award

We have a Pre-K graduate!

Ryan loves his Pre-K friends

Onto Kindergarten!!

In Omaha at Uncle Mitch's for Madison's graduation

His favorite game


Grandpa and some of his grandkids

Playing hoops at the graduation party

Who needs a shirt anyway?

Last day of 3rd and 4th grade!

Kindergarten eye screening

Are my eyes really big, Mom?

Time for softball

Look at that form!

Baseball boys!