Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A New York Minute

Last night while we were sitting around the dinner table and I was anxiously waiting for bedtime so that I could curl up on the couch and watch the Bachelorette, Scott got a phone call. There was a work emergency in NYC and he had to go. "When?"  "Like NOW!"  Then he says, to the boys delight, "Do you want to come?"  "Sure."  We cleaned up dinner, packed in lightning speed and hit the road. We got to Manhattan around 11PM and Scott immediately went to work.  The kids and I checked into the hotel. We stayed in Times Square which we have never done. It was really fun being in the middle of all the excitement.
Harley was completely mesmerized by the bright lights of Broadway and all the kids wanted to explore the surrounding streets despite the late hour. We opted for bed, but probably should have stayed up and partied because Harley was a nightmare in the hotel room.  All she wanted to do was look out the window pointing and saying, "THIS! THAT!"  She finally settled down around 3AM which is about the time that Scott came back.  Unfortunately, he had to leave again before 6AM and at this point the boys were up and ready to go.  We had a quick bite and headed out. First, we went to Good Morning America until the kids got bored. Then we spent some time walking around Times Square.
To celebrate the summer solstice there was a giant YOGA party in the street.  Oh, how I wanted to be a part of it! But it might have been a little difficult with a baby on my back and two little boys in tow.  I am not sure what was more entertaining, seeing the thousands of female YOGI's in their awkward positions or watching the men on the street who stopped to watch the women!
Scott finished his work and we met up parking our car near Central Park and the Plaza Hotel. The hotel was absolutely fascinating to the boys because according to Atley that is where the kid stayed on Home Alone 2.
The most important thing to the boys was a visit to FAO Schwarz.  They were so eager that we arrived 20 minutes before it opened. 
Recognizing their excitement to get inside, the workers in the store actually formed a line for them and clapped as they entered-the first customers of the day.
Harley was fascinated by the thousands of stuffed animals both big and small.
Of course, we all played the BIG piano!
Next, we headed to the Empire State Building but we just let the boys hang out the sun roof  and wave as we passed!  Finally, Scott dropped me off in the Fashion District (35th-38th between 7th & 8th Ave), where I lost myself in fabric stores for about an hour.  I wish I would have taken pictures of all of the fabric.  It was so cheap, with an amazing variety from all over the world. I can't wait to go back when I have a whole day to look around.  We left the city before noon and got back to D.C. less than 24 hours after we left. We are tired and a little grouchy but we had a very memorable 1st day of Summer!


G&G said...

Oh my goodness, that sounds so fun and crazy. I love that place, didn't get to Canal Street, huh? Can't go with kids and never alone. Apartment out of the picture probably all year, so disappointed.

Melinda said...

So fun! What a whirlwind day.