The Shull five decided to take a little fall trip to NYC last week.
We’ve been talking about doing this for years and decided this year was the year. We wanted to walk the city, stop for yummy food, see the sites, enjoy a show, eat more food and just spend a little quality time together. Mission accomplished :).
The entire time I’m in NYC in the fall, I think about You’ve Got Mail. I was just sure I’d see Tom and Meg strolling hand and hand too. #lovethatmovie
Here we are bright and early Thursday morning at the airport! We arrived at 6:00 AM (whew!) and ate a quick breakfast before boarding our flight. If you’ll notice, kindergarten has taught Smith how to use bunny ears in every.single.picture he’s in.
We left really early because we wanted to arrive in the Big Apple before lunch.
We arrived, checked into our hotel and headed to lunch at Serendipity. We wanted the kiddos to be really excited about their first meal in New York…and burgers, fries and gigantic sundaes are exciting to my kids!
Love these girls so much!
Even his gigantic sundae gets bunny ears :).
Her eyes say it all!
I mean to tell you…our sundae was unbelievably good! That’s black forest cake underneath the ice cream, fudge and whipped cream. Oh my.
We walked down the street from Serendipity and stopped by Dylan’s Candy Shop for some goodies to take home. I love that it was decorated for Halloween! (Two out of three are looking…I consider that a win.)
After lunch and the candy shop, we walked to Central Park. By the time we arrived, little Miss was fast asleep.
The big kids played and played!
I love this guy so much :).
My kids are perched up there on the rock. Climbing and sitting on the big rocks were their favorite part of the park.
After spending time at the park, we headed to dinner at Tarvern 29. We read about this restaurant before our trip and made reservations…and it was so good! We had the deviled egg appetizer and then Andrew and Kensington had burgers while the rest of us enjoyed pulled pork flat breads. Holy delicious! Our table was right by the window and overlooked the city…it was the perfect way to end our first day.
And as you can see…even Grace came :).
This girl makes everything more special.
Here we are the next morning relaxing before our busy day. For this trip, we stayed at the Grand Hyatt on 42nd Street. This was our first time to stay here, and we picked it for several reasons…it is right next door to Grand Central Station (which made jumping on the subway simple), and it was within walking distance to Midtown and the Upper East Side. Our room was on the 30th floor, so we were hoping for a great view…it was of a brick wall ;). Oh well…better luck next time!
We set out like troopers for the day because we didn’t think we’d go back to the hotel all day long and they were calling for major rain in the afternoon…
Rain boots, check. Jackets, check. Four umbrellas, check. Stroller cover, check. Gratitude that we have a stroller to haul all of this stuff, check, check. (What am I going to do when all of my kids can walk without a stroller??? Carry my own stuff??? Eeks!)
We began our day at the bottom of Manhattan and worked our way up. First stop, we checked out the Statue of Liberty (see it behind them). We decided not to go all the way over there and see it up close because we didn’t have time to do that and everything else. We just appreciated it from across the water.
We walked from the Statue of Liberty up to the Freedom Tower and 9/11 Memorial.
Just amazing, They did an amazing job with this memorial.
Three happy campers!
From the 9/11 Memorial, we headed to China Town and then Little Italy for lunch outside.
Love this boy.
After lunch, we walked over to Georgetown Cupcakes for perhaps the best five minutes of my life :).
Smith and Kensington picked Halloween cupcakes, Andrew had chocolate birthday cake and Ashby picked a vanilla one with a flower on top. I picked…
…Pumpkin Spice. #ohmygosh #mylovelanguageispumpkin
And then out of nowhere, I hear two girls squeal my name…
…and it was my friends Stephanie and Laura! What in the world?!?! There we are on some side street eating cupcakes when two of my friends happen to cut down this street on their way to lunch. Steph moved to NYC about six months ago and Laura lives in Dallas. I’ve known these girls for years. They’re besties with Sean and Catherine. Here’s a throwback for you…
…we were all three bridesmaids at Sean and Catherine’s wedding. Such a small world!
After our cupcakes, we headed to the High Line for a little walk and playing.
And then we popped into Chelsea Market which was extra fun because it is totally decked out for Halloween!
Look at them looking at one of the Halloween displays! Smith is holding on so tight!
The kids wanted to head back to Central Park for an hour before dinner…so, here they are again on the big rock. I’m pretty sure they want Santa to bring them a big rock. #notgoingtohappen
We had to leave Central Park because it started raining! Me oh my! Ashby under her stroller cover was the luckiest Shull! We took the (very crowded) subway to dinner at Carmine’s and then ran 5 blocks in the pouring rain. You know what warms you up after being soaked? A bunch of yummy Italian food :).
We’re smiling because we’re about to dive into Italian heaven.
This is Smith’s “just feed me” face.
After dinner, we ran to the theater to see Aladdin. It was raining and we were running through Time Square like a bunch of crazies :).
During intermission, Andrew got us M&Ms and we took a few pics.
Three girls at Aladdin!
Ashby LOVED it! We didn’t know what she would think…but this girl totally loved the show! She paid attention, clapped and laughed right along with the audience.
Now, the coolest part about Aladdin is that the actor (Adam Jacobs) who plays Aladdin is my friend Katie’s brother-in-law. So, after the show, we got to go backstage. Adam could not have been nicer to us! He insisted we go check out the stage and see the props. How cool is that?!? This show is so good (whether you have kids or not!) and all of the acting is outstanding!
Me with the coolest guy in NYC!
Adam was showing us the props backstage. Where is Smith? He was literally looking inside the Genie’s lamp :). Such an extraordinary way to end Day 2.
To see Day 3, click here.
And then there’s this…
You need these in your fall. Click here for the recipe.