Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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We left on Friday :)

NOTHING else has been going on in our lives- I promise you. Adam took a test, we got sick, there was conference, then the making up for being sick, Adam took his fourth round of tests this past Friday and right after the last one we left for...


Neither of us have ever been, and one of Adams mission companions and his wife now live in the Bronx and they gave us an open ended invitation to come whenever we wanted. And since this was right after a test, and since Adam had some other buddies from Ohio that were going to be there the same weekend we decided this was the prime time to go!

We were packed up by 2, and Logan and I got gas and played around while Adam took his test. We were on the freeway by 3!
We got into the Bronx about 10 on Friday evening- you should have seen us once we got into New York :) I was trying to take pictures of the city line, and when we went over the George Washington Bridge Adam and I kept on exclaiming- we are on the George Washington Bridge!! :) We were excited. The Bronx by the way is a much less scary place then either of us were anticipating. Apparently our friends live in a super nice neighborhood (and their apartment was SO pretty) but even when we walked to and from the subway I felt super safe.
We were out of the house by 9 Saturday morning, caught the 6 train right around the corner from our friends apartment and got off right by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This was the one stop that no matter what I HAD to make. And interestingly enough- it was Adams favorite.
We went through a super cool exhibit on Egyptian art- and they had a whole recreation of the temple in Dunbar (Denbar?)
Then we went through an exhibit on armor from all over the world and over time. This was Adams favorite thing in the entire trip. He says he could have spent half a day in just those two or three hallways. And I have to admit. It was pretty awesome.
Then of course because my husband loves me, we went and saw impressionist art :) I saw my mom's FAVORITE piece and I was tearing up just staring at it. Pathetic I know but it was SO amazing.
We were out of the museum around 11:30, then took a nice strolling walk through central park. (I should mention that the wife of Adams mission buddy Ledjah was touring us the whole time- SO nice of her) and I sat and fed Logan. Who was a star through all of it. He really didn't nap the whole weekend but as long as he had food he was great. (Though he now HATES his car seat haha!)
Around noon we met with Adams mission buddy Lance and we went through the American Museum of Natural History. They had a butterfly conservatory exhibit going on where you go into this room FULL of live butterflies. It was SUPER cool. They had a part of the wall that was all for cocoons and you could watch the butterflies hatch... Logan was completely entranced. He was looking all over and everywhere- he couldn't get enough! They had butterfly's the size of my thumb nail and ones the size of my whole hand.
Then we went to a Dinosaur exhibit- Adam's second favorite part of the trip. It was AMAZING! Just the sheer amount of skeletons- and so many different ones! Not just the average that you are used too. I liked the hall dedicated to the water animals. My favorite was this turtle frog dog thing. Adam of course liked the room with the T-Rex. And for some reason, though this was the most exciting exhibit of the day- Logan fell asleep.
As we were walking out of the museum we met up with Adams buddies from Ohio and we all went out to lunch. We were going to try this place called the Shake Shack that I had heard so much about but the line was out the door and around the corner and we were all too hungry to stand in line. So we went to a sandwich shop called Lenny's that was REALLY good. Home made bread and chicken salad. Yum!

Then Lance and his wife put us back on the metro headed for Times Square while they went home to nap. :) We walked around Times Square for a minute, and then walked downtown to the Empire State Building. (The picture of Logan was with Adam's buddy Tony who comes from a HUGE Italian family. Logan LOVED Tony.)
It took us about an hour of standing in lines but we went to the Empire State Building observatory on the 86th floor and I tell you- the hour in lines was WORTH it. It was so amazing. Breathtaking. And VERY windy :) Logan liked the wind at first, but then it was so strong and cold in his face that he got SUPER fussy so I took him inside while the guys mulled around for a little while longer.

After all that we were so tired that we said goodbye to the guys and headed for the subway. It took us about an hour from the empire state building to get back to the Bronx, but we were inside our friends door by seven. (A requirement of Adams to go on this trip. He thought if we were out after dark we would get mugged and stabbed haha!) I have never seen Logan so happy to get out of a stroller. I let him stay up pretty darn late just so he could kick around and get some energy out.

Ledjah made us an amazing dinner- Albanian salad, homemade cheese and broccoli soup, homemade veggie pizza. I put Logan to bed then we sat up until 3 am eating and talking. I haven't stayed up so long in YEARS.

Sunday morning Adam and I woke up STILL tired and VERY sore. Ledjah made us Crepes for breakfast, then we packed up the car and were on our way back home by 11am. We are still tired despite over ten hours of sleep, and working out this morning proved a little difficult but it was SO worth it! Such an amazing trip.

I don't think I can pick a favorite thing- I kind of got the impression that once you see one big city you see them all. I was sad I didn't get the same sense of shock that I got when I first went to London- but then I had seen a big city before. But while London is old and cultural- New York is so TALL and exciting and modern- I really loved experiencing it all. And I am also glad we are home :)


  1. Wow! What a great trip! It looks amazing. :) You look amazing. Seriously, what a chill mom you are!

  2. I'm so glad you had fun on your trip. I loved New York and I actually want to go back and do all the things I didn't get the chance to do last time. And I have to say, you look amazing. Can't even tell you had a baby this year!