Wednesday, July 28, 2010

New York, New York

I'm finally updating the blog - my apologies to my mom and sisters who have been annoyed with the lack of updates....

So, last Thursday, we loaded up the van and headed north to New York. I must say; a 6 1/2 hour drive was so easy compared to last months 2 day drive! The kids were great and the weather was perfect. We hit traffic leaving DC and again just before getting to New York - exactly what we expected.

Once we arrived we were greeted by tons of family. Gemma was in her glory with all of the cousins! Spencer was pretty excited too, since his cousin Thomas is only one year younger than he is. Gianna was spoiled rotten with all the attention, since she is the baby by 5 years.
Carolyn, Helen, me and Joanne.
On Saturday we went to the beach. Gemma and Spencer tried boogie-boarding for the first time and did really well. We arrived around 12:00 and the kids stayed in the water until 5pm. (I did get them out long enough to reapply sunscreen - but that was it!)
Gemma playing in the sand waiting for the sunscreen to dry!
This was Gianna after 2 minutes in the van. She was a little nervous of the water, but she quickly got over her fear and spent the majority of the time in the waves. We arrived home and quickly showered and changed to go to Raymond's house for dinner - where the kids did more.....swimming!
The great thing about having a large family is always having babysitters!

On Sunday we packed up and headed to Brooklyn to meet with an old family friend (who I forgot to take a picture with!)
Gemma in front of the old apartment mom, dad and the girls lived. I didn't really how fuzzy the photo was until I uploaded to the computer - oops!
The school my dad and sisters attended.

After we had a mini-tour of the "old neighborhood", we grabbed lunch, said good-bye to our friend and were back on the road. Since we didn't know the next time we'd be in New York, we decided to take advantage and drove through the city to Battery Park so the kids could see the Statue of Liberty.

It started to rain - I was so bummed! This was the best I could do with the Brooklyn Bridge!
After an hour of driving, we made it to Battery Park and actually found a street spot! It was still raining, so we did the best we could. I would love to go back and take the ferry around it, but if not, at least the kids can say they've seen the Statue of Liberty!

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