We are on our first official all-family vacation! Corey had two days of meetings he needed to be in Manhattan for, and we thought...New York City at Christmas time?? Yes please! So we made a vacation out of it! We were supposed to be here Sunday night and leave Friday night, but due to a series of ridiculously unfortunate circumstances, we got stuck in San Francisco for a night and arrived Monday evening and will leave Saturday night now. The kids did awesome on the plane! Everett basically slept the whole time, and the kids stay busy with movies, iPad games, and looking out the window. I'm so proud of how they handled our travel days especially considering everything we went through to get here! I also brought the flight attendants on both flights chocolate so they would be nice to the insane family taking 3 small children on a plane. They were very kind and accommodating as a result, and I've got one package of chocolate left for our flight home. I definitely recommend bribing the flight crew if you plan to fly with small kids!
The three hour time change is a little bit rough on the girls. Everett couldn't care less. He just spends his day in the ergo and naps off and on. He's pretty chill about the whole thing. We haven't wanted to just stop our sightseeing to come back to the hotel for 3 hours. midday for the girls to nap, so they are a little sleep deprived, but they're doing really well considering the circumstances. It's been hard for Corey and I to fall asleep much before midnight (since that's 9pm pacific time), but we've all slept until 8:30ish, so can't complain there!
We came without any baby gear except a carrier for Everett. You can rent most of that stuff here, and we knew we'd have our hands full at the airport with 3 kids and all our luggage. You also don't need car seats to ride in taxis here, and we didn't want to lug them around everywhere we went. There are car services here that can pick you up with reinstalled car seats too, which we might do for our ride back to the JFK airport since it takes an hour and a half in traffic. We have a rental double stroller coming today. Only $48 for 5 days, which is totally worth it to us! We tried to get by without it, but with the kids not napping, they're having a hard time with all the walking. Plus, we're ok walking two miles each way to do/see things and save money on the cab fares. Kiddos can't make it that far. They will be able to nap or take a rest in the stroller this way. Or I can take a break from having Everett in the carrier if one of the girls wants to walk. I'm going to need a serious neck/shoulder/back massage when I get home. I average wearing Everett in the ergo or wrap 10-12 hours a day. By the end of the day my back is dying. So it'll be nice to have the option to put him down.
We went to an excellent coffee place yesterday...Intellegencia. Yum! I took the girls to see the Macy's Christmas window displays on W 34th just down the street from the coffee shop. We killed a half hour doing that while Corey was in meetings. They were enamored. I was really impressed with how involved the displays are! My pictures aren't really worth posting. It was hard to get a good angle while keeping track of the girls and not getting s reflection or glare. Look it up online. Amazing. We still need to go see the ones in Saks Fifth Ave. We also hit up Rockefeller Center last night and saw the tree and light show and the skating rink. We found another great coffee shop called Blue bottle coffee. Another great spot. We had dinner at Trattoria Trecolori in Times Square. Excellent food!! Best fettecine Alfredo I've ever had, and that was with gluten free noodles too! We took the kids to the Lego store, the Disney store (nicest workers in there!), and Toys R Us. Of course, they HAD to ride the Ferris wheel. So fun for them! They got their first pez dispensers...Dori for Eden and Nemo for Charlotte. We're hanging out at the hotel a bit today until Corey is done with work around 1 or 2, and I'm also waiting for our stroller to be delivered. We're planning to head to the southern part of the city to see the Statue of Liberty, the new One Worle Trade Center building, and the 9/11 memorial along with a couple other things in the area. We're skipping the 9/11 exhibit in th buillllding as we've been warned that its really graphic and not appropriate for small kids. We have plans to come back again without the kids and will do that by ourselves. We might try to hit Greenwich village today too.
Tomorrow is Central Park and the Museum of Natural History.
More later! Signing off for now. Kids are starving and ready to eat each other if I don't make them lunch soon (we're staying at a Residence Inn so we have an actual kitchen, and they offer free grocery shopping services, so we're saving money by eating breakfast and lunch in our room or packing it to take).