Maybe it would be helpful to tell you how we planned out this New York vacation in the first place. Jacob had us sit down one evening and write down two things that we would feel really disappointed if we missed seeing. Two things might not sound like much, but with 7 adults going to one city that could be a ton of “important” places to go.
Today, we mapped out where everyone’s “not to miss places” were and realized that most of them were on the same street—5th Avenue. So, we started walking, and pointing and snapping pictures.
Today, it was raining and we quickly found that everyone in the state of New York has an umbrella hidden somewhere on their person–except us. How do they do that?
An MTV salute to SpongeBob? Help me.
I really like this town.
One of my kids said, “We have those at home, mom.” Pretty sure they meant the bird.
Well, we don’t have anyplace like this where I come from. I didn’t even know such a place existed. Now, I ask you–how is a rational person supposed to behave?
I’m all a quiver.
Oh, we’re going in, all right.
Pretty sure that my Daney Boy would always catch this football. Yum!
Even the Hershey’s store can’t interfere with Chompy’s nap time. How would it be to just magically fall asleep whenever you’re tired?
Wait. Maybe I already do that.
A store dedicated to the proposition that all M&Ms are created equal. I totally lost sight of nearly all my children and all their children in this place.
The bald kid and I sat in a corner and waited it out.
This thingy looked pretty important, so I took a picture.
It’s soup to me.
Oh-ho! So this is where the natives are getting those umbrellas. Very clever indeed. It did me no good though, because being hobbit-like in stature, I still couldn’t reach them.
Being book lovers, we needed to see the NY Public Library. This building holds over 15 million books. Sounds like our family room. What a cool place.
We sat outside the library to regroup and Jillian found a couple of birds that were happy to eat out of her hand. We don’t have them back home.
This incredible place is St.Patrick’s Cathedral. It has been here since 1879. It is actually much bigger than it looks on the outside.
Breathtaking on the inside.
While we were walking quietly around, admiring the beauty of this reverent place…
we looked over at sweet baby Beckham and without any prompting from anyone—
…he was so reverently—folding his arms. Babies “get” things better than we do sometimes.