Friday, April 14, 2017

Seaglass Carousel & A Day Out in NYC.

Day four of our spring break was spent in new york city again. I am so grateful that we live so close to a city where we can explore and venture out when time permits, and because Jon, and the kids have had all week off for spring break have taken advantage of the time going to the city as a family! This time we decided to drive to Staten island and take the ferry over to the city, and it was a dream for Noah! He absolutely loves boats, and was so excited to be standing against the railing to see the city. I'm not sure he remembers the first time we took the ferry to Ellis island, but he will definitely remember this ride. 

Since the ferry took us straight to the financial district we had the opportunity to look at the 9/11 Memorial. It's always emotional to come back to the very same spot where the twin towers once stood. I remember so clearly the first time we visited the city, and went inside the twin towers. Lexie was a baby and Sierra was five when we went inside, and just like Chelsea and Noah will only remember them through pictures. 
I loved this moment with Noah as I was standing right beside him while capturing this moment. He was asking me what the waterfall is for, and why, and what those names engraved on the wall were for. This was my educating moment. To finally explain to him that some really bad people were flying a plane and crashed into the two tall thin buildings that he always sees in movies filmed in new york city. He knows exactly what the twin towers looked like because when we watch Home Alone (Lost in new york), Center Stage, and Jersey girl I've explained to him what that building was. Now I think it's time to have him watch the World Trade Center movie so he can see how it happened. 
Every time we go to the financial district we go to Steve's to have pizza! This is one of our favorite places to come. I will always remember the first time we tried this place! Noah was like 18 months old.
Noah was so excited to finally ride the seagrass carousel with iridescent fish! I'd heard about it's uniqueness, and it truly is one of a kind. You can read more about it here. I've never seen any carousel like this, and I was lucky enough to ride in it twice! We were all impressed on how it twists, and turns in circles, and goes up and down as opposed to your normal carousel which just goes around and around. This ride was absolutely relaxing, and the music they play in the background makes it more zen. I had to put my phone down, and be in the moment!  
These kids had such a fun time looking at each other as the fishes were turning, and every time they did...Noah would stick out his tongue at his sisters. You can't see him, but he's doing it! 
Jon obviously was a little too tall for this ride, but boy did he really enjoy the serenity of it all. 
Having a zen moment.
 I thought it was funny how the ticket guy photobombed this photo of the kids!
It's a good thing we don't live in the city because we'd probably be riding this thing once a week! Once again we had another amazing day. I wish all our days were like this. Free from worry. Not thinking about any negativity at all. Just happy family time! Tomorrow is Jon's last day of the break, and then we have Easter weekend to enjoy before he goes back to wearing his browns. Sure do appreciate all the hard work he does in order for us to have fun days like this! 

Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend! 

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