After arriving on Monday we met Irish's friend Chris for lunch at the Shake Shack, where we had to fight for a table. Chris works at MTV just around the corner from our apartment, so he squeezed through the crowds of tourists to meet us. After lunch we went to the Toys r Us on Times Square because the kids could not miss the enormous Despicable Me sign across the front of it. Everyone got a toy and August spent the rest of the trip carrying around Iron Man. Monday night, we met up with Leila, went swimming at her gym because it was unmercifully hot, and then we went to her father's restaurant for diner.
Grace let us know it was the nicest restaurant she has ever been to, and I think she was right. It's pretty remarkable that it has been open for more than 35 years, people going to Studio 54 could stop in to eat there. Leila's parents came by when we were finishing and August had a bowl of ice cream with her dad, George. August is a very charming 3 year old when he wants to be, I think they enjoyed each other's company.
|Grace, Riley and Ruby|
|George and August|
|How much could we get if we sold this picture to People magazine?|
From there we went up to see the dinosaurs, and then my children's attention spans were used up, and it was time to go get lunch.
|acting like dinosaurs|
|Irish told me to look like I was learning things.|
|boyhood dream being fulfilled|
|August holding hands with Penny|
|I set the timer on the camera, and almost made it in time. (Amanda, Chris, Irish, me)|
|Riding the tram back|
And then we met George to drop off the keys and headed back to Pennsylvania. My miles in the minivan this summer got closer to 3000, by the time we drive back to Denver next week it will be over 4000 miles. If the three hour drive to NYC is any indicator the 24 hour drive to Denver will be challenging- Grace was very very curious about how close we were to our destination. Now Irish and I are ready for a few days alone- so we are off to Niagara Falls today. Then Hershey Park. Then a very long drive, and a very long plane ride back to Korea!