Monday, September 29, 2014

NYC for the Day

On Saturday we spent the day in NYC. We had been wanting to go into the city as a family ever since we moved here two months ago, but our Saturdays have been either busy or rainy days. We woke up Saturday morning to a clear, beautiful day and decided - somewhat last minute - to head to NYC! We had so much fun!
 It's quicker to drive into the city, but the girls really wanted to take the train and see how Josh gets into work each day. I had thrown together a bag of snacks and activities to keep them busy on the train, but we didn't need any of it because the girls were just so excited to look out the window and see where we were headed.
Calm, little Mya is the perfect traveller! She was so sweet and content all day! 
(In our rush to get out the door Mya somehow snuck her blankie with her. I'm pretty sure that blanket is now full of diseases after a day in NYC!)
 Josh usually takes a 40 minute express train into NYC, but we took a regular train into Penn Station and then hopped on the subway for a few stops to get up to the Natural History Museum. It took us about an hour. Bryn loved the subway even more than the train because she could stand up and hold on to the bar. 
 The Natural History Museum. 
Josh and I had been there last fall and were really excited to come back with the kids this time.
 The museum is gigantic and even though we were there for two hours we didn't even cover as much as Josh and I saw before. We mostly just went to all the animal and dinosaur rooms and then the Native American section. 

The monkeys were some of our favorites :)
 Bryn also went nuts for the dinosaur hall

For lunch we went right across the street to the Shake Shack, which was every bit as delicious as I had remembered it. I'm not even a big burger person, but these are so good!
 This was the girls' first experience with Shake Shack and they were easily converted!
 After lunch we walked around Central Park and the girls had fun getting some energy out. 
Bryn (and Josh) enjoyed climbing on the huge rocks throughout the park. 

 One happy pregnant lady with a hot Levain cookie in hand!

After Central Park we took the subway to the New York Public Library - somewhere none of us had been before. 
We had actually hoped to see the Sesame Street exhibit that has been advertised lately, but we hadn't realized that the exhibit was at the library's Performing Arts extension building which was way back by the Natural History Museum. Bummer! We didn't want to make the trek back up there, so we'll have to see it another time.
The library was a really beautiful building and we loved the art and architecture throughout the whole thing. 
 After the library we walked over to Broadway to see Time Square and for Josh to show us where he works. Mya had fallen asleep in the stroller by this point, but Bryn was in awe of all the lights and signs and people. 
 There is still a lot that we'd love to see and do in NYC as a family, but I'm glad we could fit in at least one NYC trip before the baby gets here and things get crazier. 

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