Monday, December 04, 2006

New York 5

Monday was my last day in NYC so we had big plans. :) I got a lot of my stuff packed and ready to go in the morning, because I knew that we were going to be out and about until it was time for me to leave. I came with a 3/4 full suitcase, most of which were advents and I left with a full suitcase and an extra box, and no advents. :)

We then left Jessica's apartment and headed out to see the Statue of Liberty! and I was excited. We bought our tickets and got on the boat, but I did not bring my jacket. I hate wearing a jacket, because I feel like it is too restrictive on my arms. And although the weather had been very nice the whole weekend, it was progressivly getting colder every day. So, it was kind of cold, and then we got on a boat which made it even colder. But Jess let me borrow her scarf. :) She is awesome.

When we got to the Statue of Liberty island, we bought some hot chocolate. Then we walked around the Statue and it was great to be their.

We asked this man to take our picture together in front on the Statue, but I don't think he was standing up straight. haha
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This is a view of Manhattan. Jessica told me that 5 Years ago the Twin Towers would have been almost triple the height of the highest building. Pretty amazing.

When we were done looking we got on the boat again which took us to Ellis Island. That was such a fascinating place. It told you all about what the immigrants had to do before they could be brought all the way to American soil. And there were lots of things that if they weren't up to par they would be sent back to the country they come from. I am sure that was heartbreaking for them. I was a little anxious while we were there to make my plane in time, so I hurried through the museum, but I still enjoyed it.
I talked to Steve on the cell phone while we were waiting for the boat to take us back. He had gotten sick the day before, and was feeling awful, so he was really ready for me to come home, and did not want me to miss my flight! I asked him what he was doing, and he said "taking a nap in bed." I said where are the boys, and he said downstairs. Wow! Our bedroom is on the third floor and the boys were on the first floor. I don't think I could ever go to sleep on the third floor with the 3 boys playing on the first floor. Oh the ease of being a Father. :)

After we got off the boat, we stopped by China Town on our way home to buy a NYC sweatshirt, and then we headed back to Jessica's house. I quickly finished packing and then Jessica again hailed me a gypsy cab to get to the airport in, that cost me an arm and a leg. The driver was very nice and friendly and even turned the horrible rapy music that was playing, to some nice easy listening Christmas music for me. I even fell asleep for a little bit in the back. But for some reason when I got out, I forgot to tip the poor guy! I am sure he wasn't very happy about that, but it really didn't even cross my mind. I don't know if it was because I was anxious about getting there, or half asleep or that the ride cost $50 already. But I do feel bad.

I was heading to the airport at 5:00pm and I could not believe the traffic. I have never seen anything like it. But I guess if you make an island with soooo many jobs on it and few places for people to live, EVERYONE is heading out of town when they get off work. It was crazy.

But,I got to the airport in plenty of time. Then boarded a half full airplane, so we all go our own bench to fall asleep on, and was home in a very short 6.5 hours. The wind must have really been pushing us because that is FAST.

This is what was greeting me when I got home. Oh and they looked so cute to me after not seeing them for 5 days. I love my rowdy, obnoxious, loud little boys!


Natalie said...

Your boys are so cute. What a great thing to come home to. Crazy what a little alone time can do for a mom! Your trip sounded like it was wonderful. I am so happy that you got to do that.

Sue said...

Again, wonderful. My favorite is the picture of you and the boys at the end.

Alicia said...

That was so much fun to read. It sounds like a wonderful trip. I'm glad you got to see EVERYTHING! I really liked the Statue of Liberty when I visited, but I loved Ellis Island! Isn't it neat to learn about all of the people who came through there? The church did a lot to help with that museum. You actually look like you could be a woman arriving to Ellis Island from Russia or something in your picture with the scarf wrapped around your head.

I also LOVED the picture of you and the boys. They look very excited to see their mom again.