Happy happy happy happy New Year friends!!!
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I know that we sure enjoyed the extra time at home and with family. You know…I just don’t know what this year holds for me, but my prayer is that I live each day for the glory of the Lord and allow Him to use me as He sees fit. I hope you are starting off today with fresh possibilities and optimism too. Sending so much love from my home to yours this second day of January. xo
Okay…today and tomorrow, I’m sharing pics from our recent trip to NYC with the kids. We had THE BEST time! We’ve always wanted to take the kids to NYC around the holidays, and this year, we decided to do it. It was crowded, it was cold, it was crazy busy and it was a great way to fill the week between Christmas and New Years. In fact, I think we might try and make a post-Christmas trip a new tradition. It was such a fun time!
What’s not fun? Waking up at 3:00 AM to catch a flight. We wanted to get to NYC early on Tuesday, so that meant waking up in the middle of the night to leave for the airport. The good news is that the kiddos all slept the entire way there on the plane, so that’s always a plus!
Waiting for our flight…Ashby’s all like “I’ll just sleep here”.
We arrived!! Here we are at our hotel ready to go! We got into the hotel at 11:00 and our rooms weren’t ready, so we dropped off our bags and hit the streets. We didn’t go back to the hotel until 8:00 PM! Many of you asked about our hotel arrangements (since there are six of us) and we just got two adjoining rooms. Traveling with six leaves you fewer options, but two adjoining rooms worked just fine!
On Tuesday, we let the kids get their extra Christmas gift…we told Smith that part of his NYC Christmas present was getting something from the Lego store and the girls got something for their Wellie Wishers (Santa brought them Wellie Wishers) at the American Girl store. So, we headed up Fifth Avenue to see the stores decked out for the holidays, peek at the tree and hit both of those places.
The line for the American Girl store was wrapped around the building and down the street. IT. WAS. INSANE. That being said, we really only waited in line about 15 minutes because they kept it moving quickly. These two had brought their new Wellie Wishers to NYC, so they were excited to get each one a new outfit.
Rockefeller Center was PACKED!!! Oh mercy it was crowded…but we had fun nonetheless! See my big three watching the ice skaters around the tree?
Speaking of the tree…here we all are in front! ‘Tis the season!
Right inside Rockefeller Center is a Lego Store, so this guy picked out a new set.
Love these outnumbered boys so much! 🙂
After we left Fifth Avenue, we headed to Dylan’s Candy Shop and one of my littles fell asleep.
They ate candy and we walked back to Central Park for some play time. Here they are with the Plaza Hotel behind them.
My view in the park…coffee and crazy kids.
Sometimes, Madeley must be thinking “these people are crazy!”.
Miss Madeley loved playing in the park!
And these three did too!
For dinner that night, we had made reservations at The Smith on the Upper West Side. Smith was PUMPED to eat at The Smith. Annnnd…we were pumped too because the food was excellent!! Everything about the meal was delish! This was our first visit but most definitely not our last!
Inside The Smith with the Smith. xo
Homemade potato chips with blue cheese sauce was one of our appetizers. Yes. Ma’am.
So…apparently, that was the last pic I took from our first day. After dinner, we headed back to our hotel and went to sleep because the next morning, we were going to be getting up early to visit Fox & Friends. More on that tomorrow. As for today, my kiddos are out of school and my hubby is home from work, so I’m going to go hang out with them. Sending lots of love to you this year. I’m so grateful to share my life with this little community. You guys bless me more than you’ll ever know.
And if you’re looking for some New Year’s resolution stuff, don’t forget that on Wednesday, January 11, Erika and I kick off our new Workin’ It Wednesdays link up and the first topic is how you work at keeping your New Year’s Goals. So, if you blog, make sure you link up that day!