My little girl got to go on a once in a lifetime trip with Mommy last week. We kept the trip a surprise until the very last minute because we were flying standby...it was SO hard to keep it a secret because we were visiting family there and trying to make plans before we left. Here she is right before the big reveal. Good thing she can't read yet! Ha!
I tried to get a video of my husband telling her the surprise, but after he said "Mommy is taking you to NYC tomorrow" little brother decided to sit next to her cause a fight. Sibling rivalries are alive in this house, even with exciting news.
The next morning we boarded the plane and away we went!
She was SO excited to land in "Silly-delphia" where my Mom and step Dad picked us up. Then it was off to see my brother on Staten Island. It's been a little over a year since my brother and sister in law have seen the kids, WAY too long in Layla's opinion.
The first thing on our list was to show her Times Square at night. I couldn't wait to see her face in all those bright lights. But first we had to take the ferry over to the big city. She was so wild on this ride. All juiced up from the trip (literally, girlfriend drank her weight in apple juice that day) and so excited to see the city.
After a quick photo op outside the ferry terminal, we were on our way to Times Square. Her face...it was SO worth the trip-
Note- the characters in Times Square are nice, but also very creepy. They would NOT leave her alone! She was a little freaked out but did like this Mickey Mouse. See "his" big tip bag? Yeah...no cash senior.
She also thought petting a police horse was pretty cool!
The next two days were spent visiting family and going back into the city for a few fun things that would be on any 4 year old's list- Dylan's Candy Bar and Serendipity. I think we spent 4 hours at Dylan's, she did NOT want to leave. It was time to go when the poor thing told me she wanted to lick the candy on the stairs. EWWWWW.
Serendipity was just down the block. This was a great place to stop and relax after doing some walking that day. She LOVED her hot chocolate (Mommy had the frozen "hot" chocolate...HEAVENLY).
One of her absolute favorite things to do in the city was take public transportation. How fun is it to take a boat, train AND bus all in the same day? She was right at home and told me that she loved when we had to "run because we were late". LOL.
I bathed her in Purel after this shot-
One of the cool things about staying on Staten Island was (besides being closer to family and lower hotel costs) that we got to take the ferry over every day. We went right by Lady Liberty and got great views of the city!
One thing that Layla didn't take advantage of was the amazing food. Don't worry, Mommy did. My brother had to convince her to eat dinner one night by "roasting" her fries over a tea light.
And would you believe she didn't want ANYTHING out of that case in Little Italy?!
I am so thankful that I was able to take her on this trip. I can not WAIT to go back. Next time we will take Daddy and little brother (Lord help us all). Until then, we'll count the number of buildings in NYC to go to sleep at night and dream about ferry rides and pounds of candy for dinner.