A bit ago, I posted about my trip to NYC with my youngest daughter. It was her first time, and we crammed an awful lot into the three days.
It was her first time on the Amtrak.
Which left really early - we got up at 4. She was a bit springier than I was.
And super excited to be there. She was in love with the seats, the roominess of the overhead bins, and the ginormous size of the seat tray tables. (She's also the queen of selfies, angles and all, as you will see soon.)
She had absolutely no separation anxiety as she waved good bye to her dad.
My other kids, however, didn't fare so well. Here is the text she received, about 45 minutes after the train pulled out. Apparently, should one desire to shake a bottled protein shake, it's preferable to leave the top on - who knew?
The business class car was last, which gave us the luxury of looking out the back window. Great fun!
We made it into the city by about 2:30, and then the fun began. Every building we saw was the EXACT building that Jessie is filmed in! She just knew it was the one right behind her in this picture - or maybe it was another. (Yes, I know what building that is, and where the show is actually filmed.)
She also said that there weren't as many people on the streets as she thought there might be.
She had very few "must do's" while in NYC - and we were there for a work event for me, and I needed to visit the office, and had a few ideas of my own - but one of her goals was visiting the Hershey's store - and of course, the M&M store is just right across the street....
One of the other BIG goals was to visit the Today Show plaza and, of course, you simply MUST have a sign. So we went to a Duane Reade and picked up poster board - she'd brought all of her markers and such - and drew herself a sign. She decided to decorate it with a slice of pizza and an apple, duh. She pulled images off her iPod to make sure she drew just the right things.
We got up really early to grab breakfast before - and she took a backseat of the cab selfie -
And we made it to the Plaza, where we managed to slide in up front and she took another picture of us, and I took a couple of her with Dylan and Shanelle from the Saturday Today show.
(Apparently, I make all the goofy faces in the world when I take a selfie. Gah.)
We went to the work event, and by the time it wrapped up, we were pretty spent. We went back to the hotel, changed, and went for a piece of pizza. Then she said she really, really, really wanted to see Central Park, and so we went there, and she found the rock climbing area, and it was a really great, centering and calming activity - for someone who doesn't like crowds and had a couple of stressed out points on the trip, this was the perfect way to get everything back under control and in order.
And we walked and walked and she bought a strawberry juice pop and we listened to a ton of pop up musicians and drummers and she gave them money from her wallet and we killed both of our phone batteries and had to beat feet back to the hotel in the dark
Sunday we got up and went to Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral - one of my goals, I try to go to Mass there every time I'm in the city - and then it was time to get back on the train.
Which was probably the most stressful part of the trip, filled with a broken shopping bag, losing my lunch on the sidewalk (not throwing up, but my lunch fell out of the bag and rolled away), rude people on the train, a total and complete falling apart which was way overdue, and then, finally, we did homework and missed classwork and I caught up on my work and she slept for two hours and I read and reflected on our trip.
It was fantastic.