The best part is that it was actually everyone in the family! Mom and Dani made the drive with us from Memphis and then hooked up with Joey and Megan who took them from PA to NYC. Joey just happens to have been accepted to a highly prestigious acting school for 6 weeks to study the Meisner technique at the Maggie Flanigan Studio. Look it up - super impressive!!
Anyway, so that meant we had all 4 siblings, mom, all 3 grandkids, and all 3 spouses/boyfriends all in NYC randomly for a whole day and a half. Crazy!
It was a short period of time, but we made the absolute most of it. First of all, huge shout out to Brian for taking on the Manhattan and Brooklyn traffic like a boss. It was nuts, and he did so good. Second, also car-related, we got some up close and personal time with NYPD when our car was broken into. On our first night, we parked the rental car down the street from Cheri and Alex's apartment in Bed Stuy and the next morning we saw the window was smashed out. The only things we left in the car were Violet's booster seat, a water bottle, and some allergy medicine, so I guess those things are worth stealing these days. Luckily, it did not ruin our trip and we got a replacement vehicle later that evening.
Anyway, while dealing with the car and the police, we got breakfast in Brooklyn and played with the cutest niece ever invented. She and Violet had fun uniting their twin cat sisters.
Then, we embarked on the kids' first subway adventure. Jeremy was SO excited about this. "It is a train that goes underground and underwater, Mom!" Wow.
We popped out of the subway and headed into the Natural History Museum for a visit to the dinosaurs. It was so huge and I think we made it about an hour and a half with the monsters before we had to leave to feed the beasts. It was a lot of fun, though. So freaking huge.
Next, we got food from the carts (hot dogs, falafels, pretzels, and smoothies) and copped a squat for a picnic in Central Park. Perfect weather, yummy food, perfect people to share it all with.
Then we headed over to Battery Park to see the Statue of Liberty from a distance (that is a later trip with older kids) and to hit up the Sea Glass Carousel that just opened. We also played a bit in the fountains located at the park thanks to Alex and his scheming ways.
Finally, we wrapped up our Manhattan trip with some delicious Carvel ice cream and another subway ride back to Bed Stuy.
It also happened to be Alex's birthday and Joey and Megan's wedding anniversary, so it was quite a hot mess crazy time. We cooked out yummy burgers with a side of Chinese takeout (because why not?) and it was fun and cramped and wonderful.
So many amazing thanks to Cheri and Alex for hosting us, Mom and Dani for getting the rental car and watching Clue 70 times with the kids. We made some great memories and had an absolute blast!