It has been nine long years since our friends have visited us. It is only a 5 hour drive, but sometimes it can be worlds away. Now that two of their three wonderful kids are out of the nest, it seemed a little easier to find a weekend that wasn't totally committed to sports, studies, events, birthdays, etc. etc. etc. and a visit was finally scheduled...the first weekend after the Rock Center tree was lit. And where did they want to go? NYC of course. For fun, their youngest brought along her best friend...both with the same name. They don't seem confused by it at all. I was thoroughly confused by it. But no matter. They were both adorable.
It all began with a train ride. Such a hum drum thing for those of us who use it all the time....very new and even intimidating for them.
Unseasonably cold for early December...we bundled up well and made our way down to Battery Park so they could see Lady Liberty. She was awfully small out in the harbor...but they still thought it was worthwhile. Here they are at the sight of the Korean War Memorial (I checked Mom, Uncle Lambert wasn't listed) bravely fighting the wind.
For the Mr./Dad we had to hit the courthouse steps. He is a law and order junkie. So while he posed on teh steps, we all yelled: Dun-Dun. Or is it Bum-Bum? Well whatever. If you know the show, you know the sound. It's amazing how all the sights of NYC have so much history and yet people always get the most excited about those that resonate from movies, tv, and other things they experience from their LaZBoy at home. I have to admit, when we returned from Italy, we did sit up a little straighter when we connected movie sites to what we had seen.
Next was all about ChinaTown. Thoroughly daunted by the whispers in our ears (Gucci? Coach? Fendi?) we stuck with the actuall retail shops. The girls crowded in to the little shop to find their Hello Kitty glitter necklaces. "Two for $15!" "You no want one! One is $12" "I make you good deal"
And of course - Radio City. With our own little dancer giving us her streetside kick-line. (And as an aside, can I just say what a pain in the a$$ blogger video upload is.)
The crowds got thicker and thicker as we moved on. Really, if we hadn't had Tay#1 to serve like an icebreaker ship, our team of cruisers wouldn't have gotten far at all. That little girl can weave her way through a NYC crowd like a pro.
Happy Pre-Holiday's everyone!
Rock Center Christmas Tree 2010