Monday, March 11, 2013

Philly to NYC

Our flight to Philly was pretty much painless! We were able to get a whole row together, which seriously saved us. Noah is just a mover now and doesn't want to be sitting on any laps anymore! It was our first time going all together--I was so grateful to have Mark's help!

The first day there, we caught a train to get to NYC. My mom wanted me to make sure that I got a picture of Noah with his first train. 

Noah was Mr. McFussy but things are always more fun when Grandma is dancing in the aisle and singing "The Wheels on the Bus"...what a fun grandma!

The Urban Jungle

The Empire State Building

Walking to our hotel--Hotel Metro

Once we threw our stuff in the hotel room, we headed out to find the High Line that we'd been hearing so much about. It's a great project that the city has done--created a walkway on old train tracks. It was a great little walk with views of Manhattan and all sorts of interesting people watching. I learned on this walk that a) I have absolutely no style. I mean I know I don't really have a style, but after that excursion my confidence is absolutely shot! Models ev-er-y-where. b) I guess I don't really have a b. Maybe the b is that I would never want to have a place next to the high line. By "next to" I mean 2 feet-arm's reach-canseewhatbrandoftoothpastetheyhave- next to. We saw so many awesome buildings--anything from shiny and jagged modern structures to the older, exposed-brick look, but we could look right into some of these apartments! No gracias. 
We had a really great time haha! I know I sound so weird but I really could've people watched for another few hours!

Right after this picture was taken Noah had a pretty impressive face-plant. His lip was all bloody and puffy and AH I felt so awful because it was totally my fault! I think I was fixing his hat or something and he lost his balance and I wasn't there to catch him! Bad mom. His dad aka favorite parent had him laughing and back to normal in no time.
Notice my mother's socks on Noah's hands...and no, they weren't clean. 

We pretty much took taxis everywhere. The subway took a lot longer to figure out because a couple of the lines were still under construction/repair from Hurricane Sandy flooding! The 6 of us crammed in the taxis were always an adventure. Of course Noah loved the TVs in the back of the little addict.

That night we wanted to find a yummy restaurant. We needed a place that was walking distance, so we decided on the Mesa Grill, one of Bobby Flay's restaurants. I'd probably give it a 7/10. The service was great--it wasn't high high end, but definitely fancy and when you have a very mobile 14 month old it has the potential of being stressful. They had a high chair for him and didn't mind me chasing him around in the front waiting area. I met the manager and he was so kind about Noah. He said, "I have three kids... I get it! We have 5 high chairs and 4 boosters now that I'm manager. Chef Flay drew the line at having crayons at the table!" Cool guy. was good. 

The next day we didn't get outside until about 12 so that Noah could at least get one solid nap. I attempted to run...that was a joke! We got ready, packed our things, and headed out to the streets towards Rockefeller Center to pay tribute to one of our favorite shows 30 Rock. I'm pathetic, I know.

Action shot of the men.

It got pretty chilly! Snug as a little bug!

Can't you just hear the theme song when you see those flags and statues??! 

We couldn't ignore the fact that there was a huge LEGO store! Awesome! 

We seriously stressed about where to eat lunch because...AHH THERE'S SO MUCH PRESSURE TO EAT WELL WHEN YOU'RE IN THE FOOD MECCA OF THE WORLD. Does anyone else feel that way when they travel? Food is EVERYTHING to us Freeman's. Vacation automatically translates to "Food adventure" for us. With a fussy/restless toddler we settled for the basement part of RC. We didn't even know there was a whole retail section down there, so it turned out great. We got to explore and let Noah run around indoors, plus the food we got wasn't half bad. 

As soon as we left RC, we braved the subway to get to the Natural History Museum. The only reference I had to this museum was The Night at the Museum movie...and it was so much cooler than that.

That little guy down there is Noah bear. He just couldn't resist taking off anytime we set him down. He helps us get some calories burned that's for sure :) 

This museum had the coolest displays that I've ever seen..the animals looked so real it was unbelievable. Noah was IN HEAVEN. I would've liked to read more about everything that I was looking at but seriously it would take a few days. I'd love to get back there again!

anxious toddler just dying to run into the street.....

and climb all the stairs.

Grandpa had to buy him his first little Lego set. Here we are waiting for the train to head back to Philly. It was a wonderful 2 day getaway and we are so grateful to my parents for taking us! 

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