I'm so thankful my family didn't pick this week to visit! They were here two weeks ago and almost everything we did in the city has been closed this weekend due to Irene. The city that never sleeps is actually taking a nap!
Wednesday morning we took the train from White Plains, NY so they could see Grand Central Station. This was Josh's first time on a train!
Josh at Rockefeller Center, iconic-landmark-not-to-be-missed #2.
Empire State Building!
This was actually my first time to go up to the observation deck. The views were incredible. And the elevator goes from the 2nd floor to the 80th floor in exactly one minute.
The next day we took a break from all the walking in the city and hung around Newtown. I took them to a wine tasting at McLaughlin Vineyards which they really enjoyed. My favorite part? When Josh told the person faciliating the tasting that this wine was way better than the wine my parents usually drink. :)
Friday we went back into the city. First stop: Battery Park and the ferry to the Statue of Liberty. This was also my first time to see Lady Liberty!
From Battery Park, we walked through the financial district so they could see Ground Zero. This is the new, still being built World Trade Center.
Next stop: Central Park!
Final stop for the night: dinner in Koreatown. Yum...
Chris was able to take the train into the city after work and meet us for dinner!
The original plan for Saturday was to go to Boston, but I think two days in NYC wore my mom (and her new heart valve) out. So we ended up staying in CT and I took her to Silverman's Farm to pick peaches! We made 10 jars of peach jam a few days later.
On Sunday after church, Chris hung out with my dad and brother and I drove my mom into the city to see her first ever Broadway show. We went to the TKTS booth in Times Square to hopefully get tickets for Jersey Boys or Mamma Mia. Jersey Boys was sold out and Mamma Mia wasn't listed that day, we got tickets to see "Catch Me If You Can" instead. I hadn't heard much about the show, but it ended up being fantastic! Too bad it's closing next month. Mom LOVED it. :)
So that was my family's visit in a nutshell! It was so much fun to have them here. Too bad my sisters and their families couldn't have been here too. Although if they had come we would have had to rent a van or something...we could barely fit in my little Civic as it was!
8:41 and we still have power...25% of the state is currently without power...maybe we won't lose it after all? Fingers crossed! :)