Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Day 4 & 5 - Favorite Foods and The Big Apple

Day 4 - We spent Tuesday visiting with my aunt and uncle and going to some of our favorite food spots. It was cold, windy and rainy so there was not too much to do outside. We went down to Ocean Grove - a little village by the sea that has lots of cute little shops. Not too many of them were open yet as school is not out and summer has not arrived in New Jersey. We did eat lunch at a local diner that had delicious broccoli cheddar soup, huge sandwiches and yummy breakfast specials like peanut butter cup french toast (which I really, really wanted to try but ended up picking something else.) Then we visited our favorite cheese shop where Ken was disappointed to learn that they were out of his favorite cheddar. However, he found a few others that he thought he might like. We walked down to the beach and then on our way back stopped at a great bakery, The Ocean Grove Bake Shoppe, where we got yummy cupcakes, gooey bars, and blondies. Karlee and Kendall wanted to show Aunt Lois and Uncle Bob how they could swim so we headed back to the hotel for swim. After swimming and a stop at GGM's, we headed to Bahr's for some seafood.

Day 5

"I am Eloise. I am six. I am a city child. I live at the Plaza."

This is the beginning of one of Karlee's all time favorite books, Eloise by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight. When we asked her the one thing she wanted to do at GGM's she answered "go to the Plaza Hotel." So we decided that we would take a quick day trip into the city, see a few sites including the Plaza and FAO Schwartz and then head home. Scott, Shanna and Mom came with us and Scott and Shanna are even staying overnight ans seeing a show tomorrow before they come home. So we left out this morning to Staten Island to take the ferry across to the city. It was drizzling when we got to the ferry but stopped by the time we arrived in the city. We headed to the subway to go to Scott and Shanna's hotel to drop off their bags. Then we headed to the Plaza. Karlee was absolutely enthralled!! She loved it - she absolutely loved it! She visited the boutique and got to pick out some Eloise books and movies and send Eloise a postcard since we missed her at the hotel. She even got her picture taken with the doorman. After the Plaza, we crossed the street to FAO Schwartz, the famous toy store. It is huge - covering several floors. We were short on time so we went through very quickly and let the girls pick out a Barbie. Then we headed back down to the ferry to come back to GGMs.

Here are some things that I learned in NYC:
1. The subway is not very stroller friendly - especially big, huge, boat double stroller friendly. I think we spend more time trying to get up ad down into the subway that we did seeing the sites. On several occasions we had to carry the double stroller up or down the stairs or go all over the place hunting for an elevator or escalator (one that worked!! because we found a bunch that didn't).
2. People in New York are very friendly (except for the wacko homeless guy on the subway but I 'll get to him later). On more that one occasion, people offered to help/did help carry the stroller up and down the stairs, gave directions, pointed out the elevators, helped us understand the subway, fixed our lunch order. In fact, on our first subway excursion, a group of guys serenaded Kendall trying to get her to stay in her stroller. It was awesome - five guys singing oldies a cappella - The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Up on the Roof, Barbara Ann. The were selling CDs so Ken bought one to remember our trip (and help out the guys - they were so nice and helpful with directions and Kendall).
3. Homeless people can be very scary! We got to see our very own certifiable wacko on the subway. He had pencils sticking out of both ears, one shoe, one foot wrapped up in a bunch of cloths, a black garbage bag that he pulled McDonald's cups out of and scattered all over the floor, newspapers and other trash. He walked in circles, talking to himself and spitting out the window and on the floor.
4. It is an amazing thing to see your children experience something that they really look forward to for the first time. The look on Karlee's face many. many times was priceless. I am so glad that we got to go and have such a great time.

Marker Incident #2. - I thought that I had made my point with Kendall about the markers but apparently not!

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