Monday, May 02, 2011

Spring Break Surprise

On Thursday of Spring Break, I told the kids we were going on a picnic. I packed up the car with all the stuff we would need, like extra outfits and pillows and a pack-and-play. Luckily our kids aren't too aware of their surroundings, so they didn't even pick up on the strange packing list or lack of food. About an hour into the drive, we broke the news: We were going to New York City. The girls were so excited. Patch cried. He thought a picnic sounded funner.
We stayed with Grandpa in Harlem. On Friday morning, we hopped on the Subway and headed down to the Brooklyn Bridge. The walk across took nearly an hour. It was really fun.
We had lunch at the world famous Grimaldi's Pizza. Yum. I love pizza cooked in a brick oven. I also love eating at places that are world famous. We walked around Brooklyn for awhile, in an area called DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). We found the Jacque Torres chocolate shop. It smelled delicious and reminded me of the movie Chocolat.
After Brooklyn, we hopped back on the subway and did some shopping at the American Girl store. We walked up to Central Park, rode the carousel, and walked over to the LDS Temple that is near Lincoln Center. We climbed on a fountain, got in trouble, and then got back on the subway.
Dinner was at Ellen's Stardust Diner, where the waiters are actors and Patch fell asleep holding a hot dog bun. We did a little more shopping after dinner, and then got back on the subway to get our car, which was parked in Harlem.
It was a really fun trip. It was a really fast trip. Our kids were so surprised and are begging us to go back. Spring Break just wasn't long enough.


Brooke said...

Wow! My hubby's family lives in New Jersey. We have done some of those fun things, however it takes us two long days of driving to get there. Our favorite sights are the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the shore.

Karen said...

Love how you surprised the kids. Looks like you fitted a lot in. Are you resting now you are back at home?

Lisa said...

I love that Patch would have preferred a picnic! Ah, the simple things of life! Looks like a fabulous trip!

A.J. Dub. said...

Sounds like a lot of fun!

Mama Pea said...

That's awesome. My dad used to do that in the middle of winter. He'd say, let's go out for dinner or out for a drive. We'd be like, "groan!" A few minutes into the drive, we'd find out that Mom had packed our suitcases while we were at school and they were in the trunk. We'd go to some hotel and swim and stay and have a blast. It was a great relief from the winter. I love what you did. Glad you had fun! I have never been there. My daughter would cry if we weren't going on the picnic, too! LOL.