New York City!

A few days after getting back from Idaho we all set out to a weekend in New York City.

Aaron had an actuary conference in Times Square on Monday, so we decided to make a weekend of it. 
We drove to NYC on Friday evening (it's about 2 1/2 hours away from Simsbury, CT). We stayed at a place we found on Airbnb.com. It was in the Bronx, and it was... Decent. The family is Dominican and SUPER hospitable, but it was a sketchy part of town, so both Aaron and I were extra vigilant, maybe a little too much. The first night we got there the family introduced themselves and then left or went to their rooms. Aaron and I were sitting in the living area reading when all of sudden we hear someone trying to break in through the window with the air conditioning unit. I heard the person moving the cardboard aside and then start pushing away the curtains. I panicked and looked at Aaron, he looked just as panicked as I did. We kind of just sat there like deer in in the headlights until I saw a little hand reach through the curtains, and a little voice (in Spanish) ask "Is anyone in there?"

We soon found out that she is the niece of the person we were staying with, and she is only 7 years old. We laughed about it for quite some time.

The next day we took the subway into the Financial District and bought bagels for breakfast. Sawyer had a grand time chasing the pigeons while eating his bagel.

Look at that face- so determined, it worries me

Later that day we walked around Manhattan, Soho, and Midtown. We really fell in love with the city! So many cool things to do, places to eat, and lots of parks and playgrounds. For a moment we talked about how fun it would be to live in the city, but the city-life (especially the New York City life) just isn't for us :)  I'm just glad we live a couple hours away so we can visit just about whenever we want.

During our walk in Central Park we saw a turkey and raccoon! The raccoon was coming out of a hole in a tree and was obviously taking a breather from her nursing babies. It was so cute!

This is probably my favorite picture from the whole trip

On of our favorite parks was Highline Park in Midtown. The seating and landscaping in this park are very modern and aesthetically pleasing.

Even though it was modern, there was still plenty for Sawyer to do. I loved that the whole park was baby-friendly.

Every so often you would find stadium seating overlooking the street. You could sit down and enjoy watching NYC traffic. Ironically, it's relaxing to watch it, just not drive in it.

We bought some artistic popsicles along the way. Aaron had the plum sour cherry and I had yellow watermelon cucumber. The flavors were very refreshing on a hot day.

On Sunday we went to church at the LDS temple. There happens to be a chapel in the same building and it was really neat to be walking on the streets of NYC and then walk into the chapel and experience complete silence. It was very peaceful and rejuvenating.

Later that day we went to Grand Central Station and Central Park.
Sawyer was amazed at the ceiling of GCS. In case you haven't seen it, it is a beautiful mint green color with stars and constellations mapped over it. Some of the stars are actual lights.

Sawyer's favorite part about Central Park was the sand and water. He could have stayed there for days just playing in the sand and then cooling off in the sprinklers.

We didn't get to do all we had planned, but before we left we had already started planning our next trip to NYC. It was so much fun, and we fell in love with the city. Even though you would have to live in a small apartment, I don't think you'd mind because you wouldn't spend much time there. The city always has something to do and somewhere to go.


  1. Looks like fun! We'll have to come visit you when we do our NYC trip!

    1. We'd love to visit you! When are you coming?

  2. Not for a while! But I'll let you know when we do!