A Weekend In New York City & Meet Lucy!
Ever since Michael and I made our 1st trip to New York City for Christmas, we couldn’t wait to go back. We knew we wanted to take Shawn the next time, so we waited until he was a little older and could be fully trusted not to run off. My sister Jessica lives 3 hours away from NYC, so we drove to her house and then took the train into Grand Central Station for the day. It was fun but extremely tiring for us all.
Now before I go any further, I want to tell a story and introduce you all to Lucy. Lucy is the niece of a very adventurous, still young-at-heart mouse named Elliot. Back in 2005, Elliot the Mouse left our blogging friend Wynne’s house in the snowy Canadian winter and came to visit Darylynn in sunny Southern California. He enjoyed traveling so much that he embarked on a worldwide journey to visit all their blogging friends. He has been all over the world and decided that it was time for him to retire. All these later, Elliot’s young niece Lucy has decided that she too wants to see the world just as her uncle Elliot did. So this is where her story begins…. Lucy traveled with us to New York City to see the sites and what a grand time she had!
We started our day very early and were on the train headed for NYC by 7:30am. Shawn and Lucy were ready to go explore this brand new city. They really enjoyed looking out the window at the Hudson River and all the other wonderful sites to see.
Here are the 3 of us sitting in our seat while made the 2 hour ride into Grand Central Station.
Grand Central Station was AMAZING to see and I couldn’t believe how big it was! I could have gotten lost in there! Our 1st stop was to see one of my favorite clients from work and it was nice to finally meet them since I talk with them frequently on the phone and through email. After our quick visit, we were off to explore the city.
This is how Lucy traveled for most of the trip (unless Shawn decided he wanted to hold her) and I have to give Michael a lot of credit for wearing a back pack with a stuffed mouse around the city. Not to mention posing with her too. He’s a great sport. 🙂
This was Shawn and Lucy’s 1st time riding on the subway. They both enjoyed it greatly and we would travel on it throughout the entire west and south sides of Manhattan. The weather was in the 80’s and it got to be unbearable at times. Shawn and I don’t handle the heat well, so at times Shawn was cranky and miserable but we still had a good trip.
Since we were only going to NYC for 1 day, we knew that we needed to be very selective on what we decided to see. Plus, with Shawn going on the trip too we couldn’t jam pack everything into that single day. So we decided on a couple highlights and didn’t really have a set schedule. The 9/11 Memorial was 1st on the list, followed by the Statue of Liberty and the Museum of Natural History with a little bit of shopping at the Lego Store. We never made it to the museum because we were exhausted by then, so we figured that we would be back another time to do that.
The 9/11 Memorial was a fitting and beautiful tribute to all that lost their lives on that day. I wasn’t sure that even after all these years if I was ready to see it in person. As I bent down to explain to Shawn (in a way that a 6 year old could understand and not get scared) why this was very important, I almost lost it. (A couple night’s later Shawn asked me about it again and why someone would do that. It broke my heart to explain to him but it made me smile that he was curious and had questions about it.)
We didn’t make it into the actual museum because the lines were huge, but next time we visit we are going for sure. We did see a traveling museum once, so at least we’ve seen something for it.
The new towers are simply stunning and blend right in with the sky. I could have just stared at them for a long time because they sparkled in the sunlight.
Lucy was quite glad that she had gotten the chance to visit the 9/11 Memorial and see the new towers as well. She wasn’t born yet when 9/11 happened, so it was quite the learning experience for her.
She was very patient with us as we mapped out where were headed next – The Statue of Liberty!
We had to stand in line for 45 minutes in the hot sun to get on the ferry to take us over to Liberty Island. This is where Shawn lost almost all of his patience. I don’t blame him because it was a long line and so very hot! However, we all made it and got onto the ferry boat. Lucy did well and didn’t get seasick at all.
The Statue of Liberty was so great to see and worth the wait. Shawn however took 1 look at her and said “well we’ve seen her, lets go back now”. Poor kid just wanted to get out of the sun and start making our way the Lego Store (our last stop of the day).
Here’s Michael standing in front of the Statue of Liberty. Michael caught Shawn and I stealing a little smooch while taking a break on Liberty Island.
Lucy posed for another photo with NYC in the background. She really enjoyed seeing the Statue of Liberty too. We never did make it to the Museum of Natural History because we were just exhausted but we did end up the Lego Store like we promised Shawn. By the time we made it back to Grand Central Station, got something to eat, boarded our train and made it back to my sister’s house, it was 9:30pm. Talk about a long day!
I was glad to spend some time with my sister and her boyfriend and spend the day in the city.