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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Day 2, NYC

-Day 2, NYC-

March 22, 2007

Today, the babies wore their matching cheetah print suits to take on NY!

We woke up and ate WAY TOO MUCH in the hotel’s restaurant. Dan had a conference call then meetings for the rest of the day (until 10:30 tonight!), so the kids and I braved the city again! This time, we headed to TIMES SQUARE! We had to walk for about 30 minutes, but it was worth the wait!

We saw so many cool landmarks! Here are some of the streets we toured…
We went by the ESPN Zone...

And here we are in the "Crossroads of the World!"

We saw Planet Hollywood, Hard Rock Cafe, Virgin Records, and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co!

We visited the Toys R Us Headquarters in Times Square!! We rode the ferris wheel inside the store!!

We even got to see the Easter Bunny!!!!! We had pictures taken, but the "picture of a picture" is pretty blurry...

There was a HUGE dinosaur in the store, and it roared, and moved around! Avery thought it was real! Courtney said, "Look Avery! It's a T-Rex!!" and Avery said, "No it's not! It's a dinosaur!!!!" :) Courtney was certain it was looking right at her the whole time!

There was an amazing display of things built from Legos. Some of the models were of the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building (complete with a moving gorilla climbing to the top!), and true to NYC, a hot dog vendor cart!

Avery went bonkers in Barbie's dream house... Of course, she wanted one of everything!

Superman was holding up a truck in the ceiling of the store!!

We saw the Fox News Astrovision screen in the center of Times Square!

We heard a huge racket, and on top of the Hard Rock cafe was Gene Simmons from the band KISS, with a bunch of Hard Rock waitresses, scantilly clad of course, hanging on him.

We even visited the Hershey's store on Broadway! We had seen all these chocolates before though, so we went to Godiva later on!!

This is a view of the streets during the daytime! We are professionals at navigating them, now!

Now we're back at the hotel, resting up for a full day of touring tomorrow, starting bright and early... and this time, Daddy's coming along! :)

Thanks for coming to the Vaagen Family Blog Page!

-NYC Trip-

March 21, 2007
I am excited to report that we made it from ATL to NYC LaGuardia Airport without any major catastrophes!! The closest we came to chaos was in ATL when the Airport security made us collapse the stroller the two babies had been in, take off everyone’s shoes and coats, and go through the metal detectors one at a time… Dan had to hold one baby while I held the other, and he sent the other kids through to me individually. This, while all the people behind us counted to themselves… “Yep, there are definitely four children with them!”

The plane ride was fun, and pretty uneventful, besides for my kids coughing their heads off, and the people around us leaning as far away as possible to avoid catching the inevitable. Oh, and Avery screaming “GO PLANE, GO!” at the top of her lungs just as people started to doze off. Here are some views from the plane window! In the first one, you can see Lady Liberty just behind the left end of the island...

The view of the clouds was beautiful!!

-Arrival day, NYC-
March 21, 2007
We are staying at the Doubletree on Lexington. Here is the view from our window.
The kids wanted to take a quick breather before we went exploring...

The first day in NYC, Dan had to work until about 7:30, so the kids and I hit the streets of New York! We went to the FAO Schwartz in Manhattan! It was about a 10 block walk from where we were, which ended up taking us about 15 minutes. It was SO much fun!!

Courtney! You can pick your toys, and you can pick your nose... but you can't pick your toys' nose!!!
They even got to play songs on the huge floor piano from the movie "Big!" I saw the price tag for this toy... $250,000!!! Kids, STEP CAREFULLY!!!!!
The candy shop was REALLY cool. It looked like something out of Willy Wonka!

This is how Avery did FAO... I wish I could shop this way!!

What an exhausting day!!!!!