Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Break 2017 Day 3

Our second day in NYC was packed.  There are so many fun things to do that you can’t possibly fit them all in such a short period of time.  We had our priorities though and that means our first stop was Wafels and Dinges.  They opened late so we stood outside in the freezing cold and wind, that itself should tell you how amazing these things are.  We found them a few years ago when Phillip and I had gone to the city without the kids and we fell in love with W&D.  They are kind of pricey… we ended up spending $4o and the kids all got mini waffles but oh the joy you experience while eating them is more than worth it.  You will feel your taste buds dancing!

This was mine... I had Dulce de Leche!!!  Good heavens it was AMAZING!

This was hubbies and he LOVED it!  Peanut butter, bananas, and bacon.

Phillip bought a cup of coffee so that we wouldn't have to sit and eat in the cold.  Kiddos and I got hot chocolate and I was not impressed...

Next, we walked over to the New York Public Library, my kids were shocked that you had to go through security to get into the library.  They were also amazed at the beauty in this building, it is so shocking to think that it was built well over one hundred years ago.  Can you imagine how difficult it would be to build a structure of this size without cranes and other large machinery?  While we were exploring the library, we found a little shop and purchased a “few” books to add to our collection at home.

I loved this frozen fountain we saw on our walk to the library.

After the library, we went to the place I was most thrilled about.  We went to Grand Central Station!  In GCS, there is an out of this world market.  The selection of cheeses and breads and chocolates is astounding.  GCS is another one of those buildings that blows you away with the architecture and detail.

While in GCS hubby had another favorite NYC meal, he had Shake Shack.  Hubby absolutely LOVES Shake Shack and I like it also, but not nearly as much as he does.  To be honest I think Smashburger here at home has burgers that are just as good, but we indulged him.    

Phillip got a burger with fried mushroom.

Nathan got a chicken sandwich and fries!

The younger kiddos and I got plain cheeseburgers.

The last major thing we wanted to do while in the city was visit the Statue of Liberty now I know I have told you how cold it was while we were there (think 20 degrees) but now imagine that while in a boat on the water.  Luckily, we were some of the first people on the boat and were able to sit inside.  The SoL is such an awesome sight, she is gorgeous and represents so many amazing things about the country I love and call home.  I was thrilled to be able to share this with my kiddos. 
During our time on Liberty Island we went through the museum which was great for adults and kids.  They had individual speakers for each person and you could go at your own speed.  Our oldest especially loved this (they had a kid’s version) and came out pleased to be able to share all his knowledge with us.  Our baby also thought it was neat and our youngest didn’t care… at all.

Sooooooo cold!

Skyline from the Statue of Liberty

Nathan LOVED listening to this thing.

Jacob was excited to be a booger... this kid!

Ellis Island

After we finished the Statue of Liberty we took the short drive to our resort in the Pocono mountains, on our way we stopped at Cracker Barrel.  We had a gift card left over from Christmas and it worked out perfectly.  Our poor waiter was new and even though he repeated our order back to us he somehow managed to get mine a little mixed up.  We ended up with shrimp (which I hate) and I also got my steak which he comped.  Even though it wasn’t a big deal he insisted on taking it off our check, so we might have given him an insane tip.  Hubby and I both worked in the food industry and know how crazy it can be and how people can be overly rude.

When we booked the resort, the lady had asked us if we wanted an upstairs room or a downstairs room and I had insisted on a room on the top floor.  My thought process was that we would need to work off all the AMAZING food we would be eating.  I hadn’t realized though that the units themselves were three stories.  So not only was our unit on the second “floor” but once inside there were three sections.  The very bottom was a mud room type area, then you go up a flight of stairs to the kitchen, blacony and a bedroom with double beds and bathroom, up a couple of steps to the living room, then you take another flight of stairs and you are on the landing with the master bedroom and bathroom.  The resort was wonderful and we enjoyed our stay there… more about that later though.

Living Room

Kids Room and Bathroom

 Random pics:

My favorite purses and favorite chocolate!

We all got new hats!

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