Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Family Vacation 2010: Part III (NYC)

After we spent our 3rd morning at Sesame Place, we drove to NYC during nap time! I know it sounds bit crazy to think about taking 3 two year olds to NYC...but Jeff and I love the city and to be honest, this was the part of the trip that helped make us feel like it was a vacation and not just a trip. A little something for us too! :)

We swam in the hotel pool and the girls just loved it! Then the next morning we had a town car pick us up and take us to Times Square. Now, I'm going to go out on a limb here...but wouldn't you assume that every cabbie in NYC should know how to get to Times Square? I mean, it has to be one of the most requested stops for tourists....right?  Well, our guy had trouble getting to the GIANT Toy's R' Us that is smack dab in the middle of Times Square. So much so that I started getting irratated and thinking he was just trying to run up the bill, so I pulled out my GPS and told him where to turn and and FINALLY made it.
The girls showing Jeff all of the "pretty colors and lights" in Times Square!
Aw...our first family pic in NYC! too bad Anna is showing off her circus trick of no-hands-cup-drinking!

As you might be wondering...yes, I dressed the girls identically (and in bright colors) on purpose. I do this when I anticipate we will be in large crowds. NYC qualifies...lots of people, and obviously we held their hands the entire time, but it's just helpful when we need to see them or spot them quickly.

We met up with our friend Julee (who went to OSU, worked with Jeff at the Newport back in the day, but is originally from Long Island, and ALSO has 6 year old Triplets! I know....how cool is that!?). So we met Julee and Steven, Jack and Jordan at the Toy's R' Us and walked around together.

The girls got a kick out of seeing the gigantic tyranasauraus Rex that moves and roars. It just has to be out of Jurassic Park...it looks that real! Alexis liked it most and would get close, but Anna and Ava just liked Rex from a distance! They also loved going into the two story Pink Barbie House and I can't believe we made it out of there without buying a thing.....well, okay, Julee bought them their first NYC shirts, but I didn't spend a dime! woohoo!
Two sets of TRIPLETS!
L-R back Jack, Steven, Jordan
L-R front: Anna, Ava, Alexis
It's hard to get 6 kids to look at the same time!

So we left TRUs and took a cab back to the hotel to get our truck and then drove out to the island to meet up with Julee and family at her house.
This was the only picture I took of the city...just didn't get the chance, except while we were driving out to Long Island. But here's my proof we were actually there....if the Times Sq. pics didn't convince you. :)

Julee took us to a cool beach club where she has a private little cabana. The kids all played in the sand and we could all just sit and have some cold drinks while they enjoyed themselves. Plus there is a kiddie pool close by, so we also spent some time there and then came back for some snacks and a quick shower before leaving to go to dinner. It was such a great day! It was so nice to have a place where you can leave all of the sand and toys and also have a fridge and shower...all to ourselves. So NICE!

So then we left there and met up with Julie's husband Mark at a fantastic little restaurant called Grimaldi's. Definitely a place you need to check out the next time you visit NYC! YUM!
We sat outside and had a wonderful, delicious meal with great friends. The only little mishap came when the girls were all running and playing with Mark (he's SO much fun and gets tons of giggles from the girls) and Alexis got too excited and took a nose dive skid on the sidewalk. She scraped up her nose pretty good, but luckily no serious injuries.

We headed back to our hotel that night after saying our goodbyes to Julee and family and headed home the next morning. I thought we would just drive half way home or maybe 3/4ths the way, but Jeff was determined to make it the ENTIRE way! What should have been about a 9-10 hour drive quickly became a 12 hour+ drive and needless to say....all 4 of us girls were beyond ready to be out of the truck.
Although, I do have to admit....it was so nice to have both Saturday and Sunday to unpack and clean out the truck prior to going back to work on Monday. Good call, Jeff. :)

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