A little over two years ago (December, 2006), Marc and I took a "Christmas trip" to New York City. I had been to NYC twice; however, one was in Jr. High, and the other one was my Jr. year in High School. I knew that I would look at the big city different now, and I did....
This was Marc's first trip to NYC.
I have way too many photos to share, so I picked out just a few.
Our hotel was very close to the Empire State Building. So, right after we arrived in the city, we checked into our hotel. Then, we walked to the Empire State Building. It actually was a perfect day to be up there (clear day), but it was a bit cool (remember -- December).
Here's one photo of the city from the Empire State Building.
Our second day in the city, we did A LOT! We did spend some time on Wall Street. Here's the famous New York Stock Exchange Building. Thanks to the events on 9/11, we were unable to get inside the building.
**As a side note, if you've ever been to NYC, you know that you do an ENORMOUS amount of walking. During this trip, I wore a pedometer around to track my steps. On this second day of doing A LOT, I logged nearly 34,000 steps -- yep, around 17 miles. Even Marc's legs were tired by the end of the day.
Also, on the second day, we took the fairy out to see the Statue of Liberty. Here's an awesome photo of us (near the Statue of Liberty) with the NYC skyline behind us. Unfortunately, the Twin Towers weren't there.
Here's a photo of the Statue of Liberty I took while looking nearly straight up at her.
Other things we did included (but this list isn't everything) -- visiting "Fox and Friends" in the morning, both of us running a 10-K race in Central Park (one of the highlights), touring the New York Mercantile Exchange (Marc's contacts at Koch Industries got us actually inside), seeing an opera at the New York Metropolitan Opera, walking the Brooklyn Bridge, seeing the "Bodies" exhibit, eating at "Lombardi's" (the first pizza restaurant in this country), visiting FAO Schwartz toy store, etc....The list could go on and on and on.
It was one of the most exhausting five days of my life, but boy, was it worth it. We both really want to visit the city again someday. We'd like to take our kids there someday -- when they're a bit older to walk. Marc would LOVE to run the NYC Marathon. So, you know we'll be back at least for that.
On a completely different note -- I made a post awhile back about Luke sucking his thumb. Well, he definitely still does that -- especially when he's putting himself to sleep. In the last five days, however, he's REALLY been sucking his thumb. It's as if he's figured out to really console himself when he's upset since he won't take a pacifier.
This photo is from this morning. He was playing with his little "tag toy" (as we call it). He then stuck his thumb in his mouth while holding the toy up to his nose (like a blanket). I know a lot of babies do stuff like that, but when it's your own baby, it's sure CUTE!