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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Traveling to New York with Kids

Traveling with kids can be tricky, labor intensive, and baggage laden (literally and figuratively) but sometime in September, I got it into my head that I really, really wanted to take the kids to NYC between Thanksgiving and Christmas so they could see the city all trussed up for the holidays. As an ex-flight attendant and military kid, I have always loved to travel and have intentionally worked to instill that love in my kids as well. Maybe I'm weird, but there isn't anything I don't like about travel: the planning, packing, even the drive to the airport. The excitement of going somewhere else has always been a huge rush for me--even when it was my job.

Thankfully, (and luckily since I was barely into my twenties when I met him) I manged to hook my life up with a partner that feels the same. Rod enjoys the thrill of a distant city, shore, or exotic landscape just as much as I do (together we've been to Singapore, New Zealand, Malaysia, The Bahamas, and ALL OVER the U.S.) --which made heading to NYC with the kids an easy sell, even if the trip itself was not always such a breeze.

The Lady

Bryant Park

Grouchy outside the New York Public Library


New York Public Library

Who doesn't like a horse drawn carriage?

Horse drawn carriage through Central Park

Rock clambering in Central Park

Outside The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sometimes we still get a picture alone :-)

No time for a sarcastic expression, having fun

Framer

Catching him having fun when he wasn't looking

Looking up at One World Trade Center

Heading into FAO Schwarts--we were not alone

Wonderful Irish Pub near Times Square where The Boy played on my iPhone

86th Floor plus The Girl's signature "Really Mom?" look

From the 86th floor of The Empire State Building

One example of the 15 successful photo bombs The Boy executed
Some of the things they loved:
  • Central Park (all of it)
  • The subway (and making me crazy about staying behind the Yellow Line!)
  • NYC pizza
  • Times Square
  • FAO Schwartz
  • Cabs ("The yellow ones don't stop" --Elf)
  • Walking way out in front of me like they're all by themselves (also crazy making!)
  • Shopping (The girl)
  • Counting steps (The boy)
  • The M&M store 
The trick to traveling with kids is patience, deep breathing exercises, and occasionally heading down to the hotel bar with just your spouse to have a glass of wine while the kids watch ELF and eat NY takeout pizza up in the room.

Memories for a lifetime.