Friday, March 27, 2009

The Super Special Day



We had a great day today. We were out of the hotel for almost 12 hours with NO STROLLERS! I never though we'd make it, but the big kids were champs. I've never felt so much freedom in New York! Subway? No problem...we can handle the stairs for once! They were so much more engaged with their surroundings while walking...they always seem to zone out when they're strapped in to a stroller.




We started out the morning by sleeping in, then getting ourselves big cups of Starbuck's Perfect Oatmeal (I like mine with brown sugar and the nut medley) and eating them in Central Park. The kids explored and had a great time.




After breakfast, we headed off to the Museum of Natural History, where the kids were completely convinced that all of the animals there were just "models" and not dead animals. I didn't correct them. They were completely obsessed with the Dinosaurs, anything underwater, and anything that looked like it might be a video. As you can see below, Ava was totally in tour guide mode. For some reason that meant she had to have her hands on her hips all day long.




Then it was off to the Staten Island Ferry to see, as the kids call it, the Statue of Liverty. The sun was actually out today, so we didn't even have to wear our gloves! It was awesome. I don't think we've ever been in New York when the sun has been out. We wandered around midtown for a while, then went to one of our favorite hole in the wall chinese places for dinner.



Then it was a loooong 2 avenue block walk back to the hotel playing I Spy with the kids to distract them from how far they'd walked today. =)

They are now completely conked out. We have some exciting plans for Eli's Birthday tomorrow, and of course, the Profound Pictures Prize Package is ending! Thanks so much to all of you who have donated!

We will be ending the contest when we return tomorrow, whenever that may be. I chose noon as a timeframe, but it may be after that, although you shouldn't count on it! We will videotape the drawing, and email the winners! Though I will probably not post them publicly until I have their permission, you can expect to receive an email tomorrow if you are a winner, so make sure you check your spam folder!

Thanks for all your kind words on yesterday's post. I am so glad that Eli has touched so many people's lives...it means a lot to us. I am cautiously excited about tomorrow, although I know that I may lose it at some point throughout the night/day. Usually the night before is the worst...remembering him kicking, that I wanted to go to the hospital but didn't...it's just hard. So please, if you all could save me a tiny little piece of all that prayer power we're giving Stellan to help me with a little peace for tonight, I'd greatly appreciate it.

8 comments:

M J said...

Plenty of prayer power to go around, El! :)

Anna said...

Praying for you tonight. I hope you are able to be at peace tonight and get a good night's sleep for tomorrow's big day!

avbernat said...

Your children are ADORABLE!!! And I'm lovin' the hubby with the carrier! HAHA! In fact, I'm gonna make my hubby watch the video to finally shut him up about how he can still be a man with a carrier strapped across his chest! LOL!

Anyways, I'll be praying for you tonight. I know you must be going through a hard time, but your celebration of his life, those moments while he lived inside of your womb, will live on forever. Lots of HUGS!

Know that we're thinking of you :D

Analiza

Mandy and Jack said...

Man, your kids are cute. Good thing you've got the biting story, or I'd say THEY'RE bad birth control too!!

And of course of course of COURSE I'll be praying for you today, El. I have been thinking of you and Eli all week - every time I see the date approaching. I hope you're having a wonderful time in NY and that you still can enjoy Eli's birthday and can focus on his very important LIFE today.

Emily said...

Praying for you. And wow! All day without strollers and surviving NYC! You guys rock!

E @ Scottsville said...

Looks like an awesome trip to the Big Apple! We drove all the way from Texas back in 2006. My kids just LOVED getting to see all of it in person. =0)

My hubby who GREW UP IN NEW YORK had NEVER been to the big city or even seen the Statue of Liberty. So it was his FIRST TIME!

4 Lettre Words said...

El, I'm so glad you guys and gals are enjoying the trip. Today...my heart breaks and rejoices with you, all together. XOXO!

writing4612 said...

Love seeing all the pictures of your adventures in New York! The kids are too cute.

Thinking of you...

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