{personal} NY NY

This up coming Friday I am going to start back up my Foreign Service Friday posts and talk about our move/pack out experience and getting ready for the flights etc. So for now I am going to skip over that and go right to our brief stint in NYC

Christopher needed to do some work in New York before we came here to Paris. Since it was on the way we ALL got to come with him, wahooo! Three days in NYC and we don’t have to pay for it? Yes please. Then I remembered that at this point a large chunk of this amazing city was still with out power. Ohhhhhh nooooo! Thankfully it was coming back quickly and by the time we got there except for some sad damage to nature at Battery Park you couldn’t tell they had been in a state of emergency only days prior. We were lucky enough to stay at the Marriott directly on Time Square.

view from one of our rooms

The kids really needed to get out after a long day of delayed flights, long taxi rides etc. So we dropped our things and headed out to see the square

Samantha our “au pair” will be in lots of pictures and I am sure in lots of funny stories as well as she is a riot and always up for adventures

(thank goodness or I don’t think she would be very happy with her job ha!)

The kiddos thought it was pretty awesome, especially the mounted police.

The Hershey “factory” was right down the street and I didn’t realize until that moment that almost all our favorite candies are made by Hershey

Me: Peppermint Pattie   Sawyer: Plain Hershey bar   Finn: Reeses   Evie: Anything she can get her grubby hands on… so I guess she doesn’t really count ha!

The boys really wanted this GIANT hershey bank, because, you know, we have ample room in our suitcases for a ginormous plastic syrup bank.

While Daddy had to work we got to explore all the fun toy stores NYC has to offer. The kids especially loved the huge Toys R Us lego section.

We of course rode the ferris wheel. Apparently Sawyer was feeling proper as he devoured his sour candy during the ride.

It had been my plan to do a photo session with my kiddos on the Brooklyn Bridge. Something I had been wanting to do for a long time. The weather the previous weekend had been gorgeous and I was so excited. Then the storm hit and well, I knew with how cold it was it would end up being a disasters with tears in front and behind the camera ha! So that evening when we met up with one of our college friends Jed and he took us to Battery Park to see the statue of Liberty  I knew I would go a bit picture crazy. Evie of course decided Jed was her new best friend :)

The kids enjoyed running around for a bit even though it was soooooo cold.

I really wanted to get a shot of all the kiddos but finn had zonked out in the stroller and I just couldn’t bring myself to wake him up.

Plus Evie refused to take off Chloe’s hat so… yeah I just let them run.

Sawyer has gotten to a magical age. I absolutely adore it. Well behaved (most of the time) yet still fun and immaginative. He finally gets the concept that if I actually look at mom and smile then it will be over super fast ha!

Chloe on the other hand is a mad women. She runs every where and is extremely opinionated. I love my little fire ball.

When Finn finally came to I tried to grab a quick one with everyone. I love his half asleep grin and Sawyers pretending to be the Statue of Liberty

The view is beautiful from Battery even with all the storm damage.

The sunset was gorgeous but finally we just got to cold and headed back to our friend’s house to catch up and get warm.
That evening Chris let me pick which play we went to see. Well, if you know me or know my photography, you know I have a huge thing for Page boy hats and vests so of course it had to be Newsies

It was incredible! I really regret not bringing the boys. This would have been a fun introduction to big production theater. But being able to see a play together was wonderful!

Since our flight didn’t leave until 8:30 pm the next day, we had an easy morning then we took the kiddos to the Natural History Museum while Samantha took in the musical Once.

Chloe loved being able to walk around with everyone and I loved hearing gasp after gasp from the boys and Evie.

For dinner we went to Shake Shack for the first time. YUM! I didn’t know they had these in DC and it is probably a good thing I didn’t because I would have been having a shake a night ha!

I don’t know if it was the wisest selection before a seven hour flight but luckily my nervous flying tummy was okay.

All in all it was a pretty amazing three days in NYC and a great way to say good bye to the states.



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All pictures in this post shot with a canon 5d mark 11 and 50 1.4 or my iphone


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    Jenni says

    I can’t wait to read about more of your adventures! I have 4 small kids as well and it’s exhausting to go to Target let alone NYC and a move to Paris! Lol. So exciting! I am very glad that I just get to read about it versus doing it! Lol. I give you TONS of credit! Can’t wait to see what you’ll sew up once you get settled! One of my favorite tops I made for my little girl was that little red ruffled number that you gave a tutorial on. To die for!,

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