New York: New York!

I, like many others, heart New York.

Like a lot.

It is one of my favorite places, so I had been marking down the days on the calendar until we got to this stop. I will say it is a bit more stressful to bring the littles, but it was still worth going.

We were not crazy enough to take the fifth wheel into New York. From D.C. we drove the trailer to Pennsylvania and left it there. We also boarded Lucy (our dog) in White Haven. Once we had the fifth wheel and the dog taken care of, we drove to New Jersey, parked the truck, and took a ferry to New York.

 The New York skyline from the ferry.

The New York skyline from the ferry.

 The obligatory Statue of Liberty picture. I've seen tons of photos, but it really is amazing to see it in person.

The obligatory Statue of Liberty picture. I've seen tons of photos, but it really is amazing to see it in person.

 The World Trade Center Memorial. We told the kids more about our memories of 911. This was a hard conversation to have with kids. There's so much to explain and its just hard understand. And that isn't because they're kids. As an adult, I can hardly comprehend it.

The World Trade Center Memorial. We told the kids more about our memories of 911. This was a hard conversation to have with kids. There's so much to explain and its just hard understand. And that isn't because they're kids. As an adult, I can hardly comprehend it.

Our oldest, Colton, turned twelve the day we got to New York, so we were set out to find celebratory cupcakes. Luckily, there was a Sprinkles across the street from our hotel. We also made a special stop to Grand Central Station (which was AWESOME and I totally recommend doing, but it's not the kind of trains you normal picture in your mind).

 The kids were on their post-cupcake sugar high.

The kids were on their post-cupcake sugar high.

 Here we are at Grand Central Station. This was the first time we've even done an audio tour--it won't be the last. We had no idea our kids would like it this much.

Here we are at Grand Central Station. This was the first time we've even done an audio tour--it won't be the last. We had no idea our kids would like it this much.

While we were in New York, I got to have lunch with both my agent and my editor. It is to my great sadness that I totally forgot to take a picture. I did snap a picture of the publisher, Simon & Schuster, on the walk from our hotel to Central Park. I also popped into Barnes and Noble on 5th Avenue to look for my book.

 Simon & Schuster--the publisher of my book.

Simon & Schuster--the publisher of my book.

 EXIT STRATEGY at the Barnes and Noble on 5th Avenue.

EXIT STRATEGY at the Barnes and Noble on 5th Avenue.

New York has so much to see.  Unfortunately, the kids were still pretty exhausted from D.C. (where my watch said we walked ten miles!). There were definitely some sore legs before we even got to the trip.

 We were taking pictures in Times Square when a guy stopped to ask if we wanted him to take it. (We did!) It took about 10 seconds to figure out he was a fellow Texan and Aggie. Whoop!

We were taking pictures in Times Square when a guy stopped to ask if we wanted him to take it. (We did!) It took about 10 seconds to figure out he was a fellow Texan and Aggie. Whoop!

 At the Natural History Museum, I (sort of) got the husband to take a silly picture with me. (We are pretending the dinosaur is chasing us. In case you can't tell. Though you probably can because we are super good actors.)

At the Natural History Museum, I (sort of) got the husband to take a silly picture with me. (We are pretending the dinosaur is chasing us. In case you can't tell. Though you probably can because we are super good actors.)

 This is the expression of kids that are Over. It. They were also unimpressed by their parents antics.

This is the expression of kids that are Over. It. They were also unimpressed by their parents antics.

 They did perk up a bit when we saw this guy. Every kid that walked by said, "Dum-dum, give me gum-gum."

They did perk up a bit when we saw this guy. Every kid that walked by said, "Dum-dum, give me gum-gum."

 By the time we got to the MET, we officially had bribed them with a candy stop. They rallied, but the museum was so packed, this was about as far as we got.

By the time we got to the MET, we officially had bribed them with a candy stop. They rallied, but the museum was so packed, this was about as far as we got.

 We took a taxi and went to Dylan's--a three-story candy store (recommended by my editor). Their energy was slowly coming back--but the promise of candy made it hard to stop and smile for the picture.

We took a taxi and went to Dylan's--a three-story candy store (recommended by my editor). Their energy was slowly coming back--but the promise of candy made it hard to stop and smile for the picture.

Since my middle kid and I have celiac disease, we have to eat gluten free. Eating sans gluten isn't hard to do in NY, but it definitely does take some planning.

 S'Mac was delicious. This restaurant makes variations mac-n-cheese and you can get any of them gluten free. 

S'Mac was delicious. This restaurant makes variations mac-n-cheese and you can get any of them gluten free. 

 We also found this gem. Blooms Cafe understands gluten so well. My kids were thrilled to get chocolate chip pancakes. We all walked out of here stuffed!

We also found this gem. Blooms Cafe understands gluten so well. My kids were thrilled to get chocolate chip pancakes. We all walked out of here stuffed!

 Here they are smiling before they ate their weight in syrupy, carby goodness.

Here they are smiling before they ate their weight in syrupy, carby goodness.

 On the ferry back to our car.

On the ferry back to our car.

I was not ready to leave. There's just so much to see and absorb and do. Plus, I enjoyed my agent and editor so much.

I hope to come back to New York soon than later. (Though I think the next trip to New York will probably be when the kids are with their grandparents.) I'm already starting a list for what Zach and I will do and eat next time we're here.