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Friday, May 14, 2010

Part 1: New York City

Okay, it has been a dream of ours (or at least mine) for the past 4 years that we go to NYC for my younger brothers college graduation from The Kings College. Well, my wish came true. This past weekend we traveled to the big apple for the long awaited graduation!!!Our first night in NY. We stayed in Times Square. First stop - a slice of real New York cheese pizza. Yum! I had a list of foods I wanted to be sure to get on this trip to the northeast. Here was #1 marked off my list.
Rockefeller Center

So happy to be in NY!!!
Mom and Dad

Aaron's graduation was at the Lincoln Center. Outside by the road there was a little farmers market set up. Such pretty flowers.
We got breakfast off a cart on the street. #2 on my list - a new york bagel with cream cheese
I love all the cute little places to sit and relax in the middle of a big city.

The Graduate - Aaron.
He graduated with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with an emphasis in Media. Pretty cool, the Kings College is located in the Empire State Building. Each day for the last 4 years, that is where he spent his days.
Some of the proud family - Hannah, Alex, Mom, Aaron, and Dad.
Alex attends Film School in Michigan. His graduation will be coming up in August. Be on a lookout for movies filmed by him.
#3 food on my list - a hot NY pretzel.
Central Park
We took a boat ride in this beautiful little lake......just kidding! That's not us, but it sure was beautiful and looked like a lot of fun!
We walked for a couple hours but didn't get through much of the park at all. It is HUGE and very pretty!
Waiting for the subway
Aaron's girlfriend Sarah was in the process of moving this weekend. So to save a few cab rides of boxes, we all grabbed a box from the old place, took a little subway ride, and delivered the boxes to the new place. So this is what it is like to move in NY.....

There was a graduation party for Aaron at my cousin Tiffany's house (which is actually the place Sarah is moving to for the summer). Here are her little NY girls along with my nephews.
At the party. Tara, can you believe our dream has come true???!!! We made it to New York!!!

Hannah with the kiddos on a subway ride.

We took a visit to Toys R Us in Time Square. Barrett is standing in front of a huge tower made out of Lego's. Pretty amazing!
Saturday night - Mary Poppins on Broadway
It was a fabulous show. I always loved that movie, so it was fun to see the musical, and on Broadway of all places. (Sorry, I know I look ridiculous in this picture - hair all crazy. It was super late after the show and I was super tired after a long day in the city.)
Life underground - subways galor!
Sunday morning - a trip to see the Statue of Liberty. We planned to go to the crown, but the tickets were sold out, so we just looked from a distance.
Next stop - the World Trade Center Site. This is the fire house right across the street.
These incredible works of art were at the site.

Rebuilding. This is a view from Barrett's work building in NY. I enjoyed getting to see where he works when he goes on business trips here.
Yummy food #4 - okay, so this is not native to the northeast, but it still was something I wanted to enjoy in the city - Hot Chocolate from Starbucks. It was nice and hot for a very cold day.

We did a little shopping in China town on Canal Street. I have never been asked so often if I wanted to buy a Gucci or Rolex watch or a designer purse as often as I did when I was here. Pretty much every 10 feet you walk people call out in a not so loud voice (so the police don't hear) asking you to follow them to their products. It gets kind of annoying and a little uncomfortable after a while. All I walked away with was an I Love NY shirt. Nothing too exciting, but I still had fun.
Waiting for the subway to Aaron's apartment. Thankfully they were selling these scarves on the side of the street super cheap. When I first bought it, I had no idea it would get as cold as it did. I pretty much wore it for the rest of the trip.
Camryn and Chandler on the Subway.
On the walk between the subway and Aaron's apartment there is this super weird store. They sell grave stones.....along with fresh homemade bread. Um, I'm not sure I would feel perfectly comfortable buying bread here, but apparently Aaron gets it here all the time. The owner of the store knows him since he goes in there so often. That's my brother!

The boys
Right next to his apartment is this cute little diner.
We had lunch there Sunday afternoon.
He goes there throughout the week to study.
Brooklyn, New York Aaron's Home - 2nd floor
Here is his kitchen. Chandler and Camryn turned that floor into a game board. How creative. Aaron has a little grill, so when he wants to grill, he crawls out the window here and grills on the fire escape outside. Once again, weird. :-)
Next up, our trip to Long Beach Island....Stay tuned.

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